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N Scale - Aurora Postage Stamp - 4870-410 - Tank Car, 33K, LPG - Mobil Oil - 1360

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N Scale - Aurora Postage Stamp - 4870-410 - Tank Car, 33K, LPG - Mobil Oil - 1360 Image Courtesy of David K. Smith

Brand Aurora Postage Stamp
Stock Number 4870-410
Secondary Stock Number 4870
Original Retail Price $2.50
Manufacturer Roco
Production Type Regular Production
Body Style Roco Tank Car 33K Gal LPG
Prototype Description Tank Car, 33K, LPG
Road or Company Name Mobil Oil (Details)
Reporting Marks SVX
Road or Reporting Number 1360
Paint Color(s) Orange and Black
Print Color(s) Black
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 Tank Car
Model Subtype 33K
Model Variety LPG

Model Information: This body style was manufactured by Roco in Austria. It was first imported by Trix of Germany under the Minitrix brand name. It has appeared as far back as the 1970 Minitrix catalog. It was also imported by the Aurora plastics company under the Postage Stamp Trains brand. This model was also imported by Atlas (in prototypical paint schemes - unlike the Minitrix versions) for their 1st generation releases. This body models one of the long Liquid Petroleum Gas (LPG) cars used in the 1950s onward to carry LPG on routes where no pipelines are present.

Road Name History:
Mobil, previously known as the Socony-Vacuum Oil Company, is a major American oil company which merged with Exxon in 1999 to form a parent company called ExxonMobil. It was previously one of the Seven Sisters which dominated the global petroleum industry from the mid-1940s until the 1970s. Today, Mobil continues as a major brand name within the combined company, as well as still being a gas station sometimes paired with its own store or On the Run. The former Mobil headquarters in Fairfax County, Virginia, were used as ExxonMobil's downstream headquarters until 2015 when ExxonMobil consolidated employees into a new corporate campus in Spring, Texas.

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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: bluedragon0 on 2017-11-24 17:31:36. Last edited by scottakoltz on 2020-05-12 15:25:54

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