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N Scale - Aurora Postage Stamp - 4866 - Covered Hopper, 60 Foot, Cylindrical - United Carbon Company - 46135

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N Scale - Aurora Postage Stamp - 4866 - Covered Hopper, 60 Foot, Cylindrical - United Carbon Company - 46135 Image Courtesy of David K. Smith

Brand Aurora Postage Stamp
Stock Number 4866
Original Retail Price $1.75
Manufacturer Roco
Production Type Regular Production
Body Style Roco Covered Hopper Cylindrical 60 Foot
Prototype Description Covered Hopper, 60 Foot, Cylindrical
Road or Company Name United Carbon Company (Details)
Reporting Marks SHPX
Road or Reporting Number 46135
Additional Markings/Slogan Carbon Blacks
Paint Color(s) Black
Print Color(s) White
Coupler Type Rapido Hook
Wheel Type Nickel-Silver Plated Metal
Wheel Profile Deep Flange
Release Date 1970-01-01
Item Category Rolling Stock (Freight)
Model Type Covered Hopper
Model Subtype 60 Foot
Model Variety Cylindrical
Scale 1/160

Model Information: This Roco model was originally imported through Trix to Aurora for their Postage Stamp line. It has also appeared with Minitrix packaging as imported by American Tortoise. It is distinctive not only for its eight bays and six hatches, but also because the roofwalk runs along only one side of the top hatches. It models an ACF 59' Centerflow hopper from the early 1960s

Brand/Importer Information:
In 1967, Aurora Plastics Corporation started importing the Minitrix N Scale product line. These trains were marketed as Postage Stamp Trains. It was a bold entry into what would become a very active market in the new N-Scale model train market. The basic starter set took advantage of N-Scale’s small size by packaging everything necessary for a small model railroad in a book-like box. The larger starter sets were packaged in more conventional boxes. Aurora went out of business in 1977.

The Body styles of this product line were made in Austria by Roco, imported into the United States by Minitrix and then rebranded by Aurora. Some of the exact same molds were also produced by Roco for Atlas who branded them using their own name.

A lot of information can be found on All about Aurora Postage Stamp Trains web site by David K. Smith.

Manufacturer Information:
The company was founded in 1960 by Ing. Heinz Rössler and started with a plastic Minitanks series of military vehicles. After export to the USA became successful, the model line was expanded with model trains in HO scale and the smaller N scale. TT scale was also subsequently added to the product line. The model rail product line covers many European countries including Germany, Belgium, Luxembourg, France, Spain, Austria, Italy, Switzerland, Sweden and the Netherlands, and also the USA.

On July 15, 2005 ROCO Modellspielwaren GmbH was declared bankrupt. From July 25 the company continues as Modelleisenbahn GmbH, but still uses the Roco brand and associated logo. On October 1, 2007, distribution of the 'Minitank' product series was assigned to the German model car manufacturer Herpa.

Since February 2008 Modelleisenbahn also owns Fleischmann, which like Roco had gone bankrupt. The two companies continue as separate brands under Modelleisenbahn GmbH, while benefiting from economies of scale through joined development projects, marketing and procurement.

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Item created by: gdm on 2017-03-06 15:57:36. Last edited by scottakoltz on 2020-05-12 15:04:42

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