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N Scale - Con-Cor - Limited Edition Set #10 - Passenger Train, Diesel, North American, Transition Era - Monon - 9-Unit

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Stock Number Limited Edition Set #10
Original Retail Price $169.98
Brand Con-Cor
Manufacturer Con-Cor
Body Style Con-Cor Box Set North American Prototype
Prototype Vehicle Passenger Train, Diesel, North American, Transition Era (Details)
Road or Company Name Monon (Details)
Reporting Marks The Hoosier Line
Road or Reporting Number 9-Unit
Paint Color(s) Red and light Gray
Print Color(s) White
Additional Markings/Slogan The Hoosier Line
Coupler Type Rapido Hook
Wheel Type Chemically Blackened Metal
Wheel Profile Small Flange (Low Profile)
Multipack Yes
Multipack Count 9
Series Name Limited Edition Set
Series Release/Issue Number 10
Release Date 1982-08-01
Item Category Passenger Trains
Model Type Diesel
Model Subtype EMD
Model Variety F3 9-Unit Set
Prototype Region North America
Prototype Era NA Era III: Transition (1939 - 1957)



Specific Item Information: Limited Edition Set #10 Monon "The Hoosier Line": 3 diesel locomotives with 6 smoothside cars.

- Roco F3A #81A (powered), F3B #61C (dummy), F3A #81B (dummy) marked C.I.L
- Baggage/RPO #12
- Diner car #53
- Coach car #34 (Con-Cor 8205)
- Pullman #51 (Con-Cor 8207)
- Vista Dome car (no #) (Con-Cor 8206)
- Observation car #72

The set also includes:
- a vinyl record: original re-recording of the 1947 , "Up and Down The Monon" sung by The Indiana Society of Chicago, with The French Lick Springs Hotel Orchestra, on a 33 1/3 rpm monorail sound sheet by EVA-TONE (45822X)
- a Monon booklet
- a Monon cloth patch

Extra cars were offered:
- Coach
- Dome
- Pullman Coach

Series Information: Con-Cor "Limited Edition Sets" or "Limited Edition Collector's Sets" were started after requests to 'custom paint' replicas of great passenger trains of the past. As these sets were very limited in quantity, many were sold out before they got to the retailer. While the quality of painting varied from time to time, they are a handsome addition to any collection and impressive on a layout.
With the exception of the first set, all were furnished in a wood-grained cardboard box with colored foam storage insert. For some sets, the manufacturer furnished additional cars or add-on sets.
The number of the set in the series is not printed on the box, but a listing was kept by Con-Cor and available as print-out in the most recent sets or on the (former) Con-Cor website.
Sets #1 to #13 were without stock number; stock numbers have been assigned and printed on the side label starting with set #14.

The wood-grained cardboard box has been used for other sets called "Special Edition Set" by Con-Cor, that only received a regular stock number, but were not accounted in the "Limited Edition Set" collection.

Prototype History:
The transition era (1939 - 1957) was the heyday for passenger rail. The industrial boom triggered by the second world war created tremendous capacity for production which was no longer needed for war production. The North American factories turned to consumer goods and services and the rail system was a major recipient of this ouput.

The interstate highways system as we know it now was still a thing of the future and long distance travel by highway was simply not practical and aircraft travel was still a luxury for the well-to-do. People traveled the country by rail and there was a huge variety of railroads and services available to the traveler. Innovation was constant, and the materials and machinery employed by the railroads was evolving as fast as the engineers could think of new things to entice the fickle consumer to ride a particular route or particular service.

This all came to an end when the automobile and airplane replaced the passenger train as the preferred vehicles of transportation in the 1960s.

Road Name History:
The Monon Railroad (reporting mark MON), also known as the Chicago, Indianapolis, and Louisville Railway (reporting mark CIL) from 1897 to 1956, was an American railroad that operated almost entirely within the state of Indiana. The Monon was merged into the Louisville and Nashville Railroad in 1971, and much of the former Monon right of way is owned today by CSX Transportation. In 1970 it operated 540 miles (870 km) of road on 792 miles (1,275 km) of track; that year it reported 1320 million ton-miles of revenue freight and zero passenger-miles. (It showed zero miles of double track, the longest such Class I railroad in the country.)

Read more on Wikipedia.

Brand/Importer Information:
Con-Cor has been in business since 1962. Many things have changed over time as originally they were a complete manufacturing operation in the USA and at one time had upwards of 45 employees. They not only designed the models,but they also built their own molds, did injection molding, painting, printing and packaging on their models.

Currently, most of their manufacturing has been moved overseas and now they import 90% of their products as totally finished goods, or in finished components. They only do some incidental manufacturing today within the USA.

Important Note: The Con-Cor product numbering can be very confusing. Please see here in the article how to properly enter Con-Cor stock numbers in the TroveStar database.

Item created by: Alain LM on 2019-05-18 11:08:07. Last edited by Alain LM on 2020-05-30 10:06:59

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