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N Scale - Con-Cor - Limited Edition Set #27 / 8511 - Freight Train, Diesel, North American, Transition Era - Union Pacific - 15-Unit

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Stock Number Limited Edition Set #27 / 8511
Secondary Stock Number 0001-008511
Tertiary Stock Number 8511
Original Retail Price $199.98
Brand Con-Cor
Manufacturer Con-Cor
Body Style Con-Cor Box Set North American Prototype
Prototype Vehicle Freight Train, Diesel, North American, Transition Era (Details)
Road or Company Name Union Pacific (Details)
Reporting Marks UP
Road or Reporting Number 15-Unit
Paint Color(s) Cars: 2-tone Gray
Loco+Caboose: Armour Yellow
Print Color(s) Cars: Yellow
Loco+Caboose: Red
Paint Scheme Greyhound
Additional Markings/Slogan Express Service
Coupler Type Rapido Hook
Wheel Type Chemically Blackened Metal
Wheel Profile Small Flange (Low Profile)
Multipack Yes
Multipack Count 15
Multipack ID Number 8511
Series Name Limited Edition Set
Series Release/Issue Number 27
Release Date 1987-12-01
Item Category Freight Train
Model Type Diesel
Model Subtype EMD
Model Variety E7 15-Unit Set
Prototype Region North America
Prototype Era NA Era III: Transition (1939 - 1957)



Specific Item Information: Limited Edition Set #27 Union Pacific "Express Service" Basic Set: 3 diesel locomotives with 11 boxcars and a caboose.

- Diesel locomotives E7-A #959 (powered), E7-A #960 (dummy) & E7-B #961 (dummy)
- Caboose #2316 "Work Safely"
- 11x 50' Box cars (double door): #9151, #9152, #9153, #9154, #9179, #9182, #9224, #9225, #9226, #9228, #9229

As a number of original buyers purchased both the basic and the add-on set and then mixed up the cars between the two sets, the original composition of each set could not be determined with certainty.
Below are the additional (and different) numbers that we think belong to the add-on set:
- 12x 50' box cars (double door): #9184, #9185, #9198, #9205, #9200, #9201, #9204, #9208, #9211, #9215, #9216, #9220

So be careful if acquiring the sets from different sellers, you might end up with duplicate numbers.

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:
A freight train or goods train is a group of freight cars (US) or goods wagons (International Union of Railways) hauled by one or more locomotives on a railway, transporting cargo all or some of the way between the shipper and the intended destination as part of the logistics chain. Trains may haul bulk material, intermodal containers, general freight or specialized freight in purpose-designed cars. Rail freight practices and economics vary by country and region.

Diesel engines during the transition era were relatively primitive compared to their modern equivalents. Canada, Mexico and the United States are connected by an extensive, unified standard gauge rail network. Partially from Wikipedia

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 2019-05-20 14:55:14. Last edited by Alain LM on 2020-05-30 12:23:30

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