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Specific Item Information: Car comes with a spooled cable load and two figures glued to the deck. One of them appears to be skiing.
Model Information: This Model Power tooling is a bit of an odd-ball. Unlike other Chinese made Model Power toolings of the late 1980s and 1990s, this model has a die-cast metal body. It is also not a copy of some other manufacturers model (at least nothing like this exists in N Scale). It is the only 40 foot depressed center car ever made for N Scale. That being said, I have my doubts that a 40' depressed center car prototype ever existed. Also, typically the depressed center cars are designed for heavy loads and sport 6-axles on two trucks. This model has only 4 axles.
The model typically comes with a factory load of some kind or other. One car even comes with a working searchlight! The searchlight car also has N Scale figures walking about on it (though not operating the searchlight...). This model is somewhat rare and likely cost a bit more than other Chinese made models to produce.
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.
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In early 2014, Model Power ceased its business operations. Its extensive portfolio of intellectual property and physical assets are now exclusively produced, marketed, sold, and distributed by MRC (Model Power, MetalTrain and Mantua) and by Daron (Postage Stamp Airplanes and Airliner Collection).
Item created by: gdm on 2017-07-01 08:09:50
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