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N Scale - Con-Cor - 0001-004002 - Passenger Car, Lightweight, Smoothside - Santa Fe - 5-Unit

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Stock Number 0001-004002
Secondary Stock Number 4002
Tertiary Stock Number 0001-040377
Original Retail Price $119.98
Manufacturer Rivarossi
Brand Con-Cor
Body Style Con-Cor Passenger Smoothside Set
Prototype Vehicle Passenger Car, Lightweight, Smoothside (Details)
Road or Company Name Santa Fe (Details)
Road or Reporting Number 5-Unit
Paint Color(s) Silver, w. Yellow and Red stripes
Print Color(s) Black
Paint Scheme Valley Flyer
Coupler Type Rapido Hook
Coupler Mount Truck-Mount
Wheel Type Nickel-Silver Plated Metal
Wheel Profile Deep Flange
Item Category Passenger Cars
Model Type Lightweight/Streamlined
Model Subtype Smoothside
Model Variety 5-Unit Set
Prototype Region North America
Prototype Era Era III: Transition (1939 - 1957)
Scale 1/160
Multipack Yes
Multipack Count 5
Multipack ID Number 0001-004002
Series Name Passenger 5-Car Set
Release Date 1994-01-01



Specific Item Information:
With Rigid Face Couplers,$119.98 ea 0001-04002
With Micro-TrainsĀ® Couplers,$144.89 ea. 0001-040377
Contains: RPO #3405, Coach #3087, Sleeper 'Chama Valley', Dome '"Plaza Taos', Observation #3247

Series Information: Con-Cor streamlined smoothside passenger 5-car set, usually composed of: RPO / Baggage, Coach, Pullman Sleeper, Diner or Dome and Pullman Observation / Lounge.
These sets have been offered over several years and in two different packaging.
Road numbers contained in the pack might have evolved over time.

Prototype History:
In the post-war period, passenger rail service boomed. In order to increase efficiency, the railroads set to replacing their old wood, steel and concrete heavyweight passenger cars with newer lightweight, streamlined cars. The new cars were made from stainless steel, aluminum and Cor-Ten steel. These cars required less motive power to pull and were cheaper to manufacture. Production was also concentrated in a few manufacturers rather than each railroad making its own. This led to standardization which further reduced costs. The new "lightweight" cars were also given "streamlined" designs to make them more visually appealing. Budd, Pullman Standard and ACF were all well known manufacturers of these cars.

Smoothside cars are typically painted, unlike their corrugated brethren. This meant that they typically required more maintenance, but this also allowed the railroads to apply distinctive paint schemes to their fleets, typically matching the paintwork on their locomotives.

Road Name History:
The Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway (reporting mark ATSF), often abbreviated as Santa Fe or AT&SF, was one of the larger railroads in the United States. Chartered in February 1859, the railroad reached the Kansas-Colorado border in 1873 and Pueblo, Colorado, in 1876. To create a demand for its services, the railroad set up real estate offices and sold farm land from the land grants that it was awarded by Congress. Despite the name, its main line never served Santa Fe, New Mexico, as the terrain was too difficult; the town ultimately was reached by a branch line from Lamy.

The Santa Fe was a pioneer in intermodal freight transport, an enterprise that (at one time or another) included a tugboat fleet and an airline (the short-lived Santa Fe Skyway). Its bus line extended passenger transportation to areas not accessible by rail, and ferryboats on the San Francisco Bay allowed travelers to complete their westward journeys to the Pacific Ocean. The ATSF was the subject of a popular song, Harry Warren & Johnny Mercer's "On the Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe", written for the film, The Harvey Girls (1946).

The railroad officially ceased operations on December 31, 1996, when it merged with the Burlington Northern Railroad to form the Burlington Northern & Santa Fe Railway.

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 2019-07-25 02:07:52. Last edited by Powderman on 2021-03-04 09:22:04

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