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Con-Cor - Limited Edition Set #25 / 8509 - Passenger Train, Steam, North American, Transition - Union Pacific - 7-Unit

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N Scale - Con-Cor - Limited Edition Set #25 / 8509 - Passenger Train, Steam, North American, Transition - Union Pacific - 7-Unit
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Stock NumberLimited Edition Set #25 / 8509
Secondary Stock Number8509
Original Retail Price$319.98
Body StyleCon-Cor Box Set North American Prototype
Prototype VehiclePassenger Train, Steam, North American, Transition (Details)
Road or Company NameUnion Pacific (Details)
Reporting MarksPortland Rose
Road or Reporting Number7-Unit
Paint Color(s)2-tone Gray
Print Color(s)White
Paint SchemeGreyhound
Coupler TypeRapido Hook
Wheel TypeChemically Blackened Metal
Wheel ProfileSmall Flange (Low Profile)
Multipack Count7
Multipack ID Number8509
Series NameLimited Edition Set
Series Release/Issue Number25
Release Date1987-02-01
Item CategoryPassenger Trains
Model TypeSteam
Model Subtype4-6-6-4
Model Variety7-Unit Set
Prototype RegionNorth America
Prototype EraNA Era III: Transition (1939 - 1957)

Specific Item Information: Limited Edition Set #25 Union Pacific "Portland Rose": one steam locomotive with 6 heavyweight cars.

- Steam Locomotive 4-6-6-4 Challenger #3975
- Baggage car #630
- Combine Car "Railway Express Agency" #130
- Coach/Sleeper car #250
- Coach/Sleeper car #356
- Diner #3628
- Observation "Nob Hill"

Set also contains:
- “Route of the Daily Domeliners” cloth patch
- UP route map of all UP connections.
- two-sided page UP Time Tables Chicago to Portland and Seattle via Omah
- Single page “Portland Rose Luncheon Suggestions”
- UP toothpick in original wrapping
- UP swizzle stick

as well as instructions and order forms:
- Page on “Basic Tips on Lubrication” and Rivarossi page on lubrication
- Order form for extra Portland Rose cars
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:
During the transition period (1939 - 1957), it was common to see both steam and diesel motive power on North American railroads. However, it wasn't the case that the only steam locomotives were leftovers from the war. Many new model steam engines were produced during this period. These were the latest and best technology that steam technology produced. These were especially common on coal hailing routes where fuel was plentiful, but steam was also common on passenger routes.

One example was the Norfolk and Western J class. These pulled some of their flagship named trains such as the Pochontas, Powhattan Arrow and the Cavalier. Steam passenger service continued well into the 1950s when N&W started the dieselization process.
Road Name History:
The Union Pacific Railroad (reporting mark UP) is a freight hauling railroad that operates 8,500 locomotives over 32,100 route-miles in 23 states west of Chicago, Illinois and New Orleans, Louisiana. The Union Pacific Railroad network is the largest in the United States and employs 42,600 people. It is also one of the world's largest transportation companies.

Union Pacific Railroad is the principal operating company of Union Pacific Corporation (NYSE: UNP); both are headquartered in Omaha, Nebraska. Over the years Union Pacific Corporation has grown by acquiring other railroads, notably the Missouri Pacific, Chicago & North Western, Western Pacific, Missouri-Kansas-Texas, and the Southern Pacific (including the Denver & Rio Grande Western).

Union Pacific Corporation's main competitor is the BNSF Railway, the nation's second largest freight railroad, which also primarily services the Continental U.S. west of the Mississippi River. Together, the two railroads have a duopoly on all transcontinental freight rail lines in the U.S.

Read more on Wikipedia and on Union Pacific official website.
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 2019-05-19 13:30:08. Last edited by Alain LM on 2020-05-30 12:19:19

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