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N Scale - Con-Cor - 2331B - Locomotive, Diesel, EMD F3 - Great Northern

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N Scale - Con-Cor - 2331B - Locomotive, Diesel, EMD F3 - Great Northern Image Courtesy Roadrailer


N Scale - Con-Cor - 2331B - Locomotive, Diesel, EMD F3 - Great Northern Image Courtesy Roadrailer


Production Type Regular Production
Stock Number 2331B
Original Retail Price $9.98
Brand Con-Cor
Manufacturer Roco
Body Style Con-Cor Diesel Engine F3
Prototype Locomotive, Diesel, EMD F3 (Details)
Road or Company Name Great Northern (Details)
Paint Color(s) Green and Orange with Yellow Stripes
Print Color(s) Yellow
Coupler Type Rapido Hook
Coupler Mount Truck-Mount
Wheel Type Nickel-Silver Plated Metal
Wheel Profile Standard
DCC Readiness No
Announcement Date 1973-01-01
Release Date 1974-01-01
Item Category Locomotives
Model Type Diesel
Model Subtype EMD
Model Variety F3B
Prototype Region North America
Prototype Era Era III: Transition (1939 - 1957)
Scale 1/160


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Specific Item Information: Dummy F-3B

Model Information: In 1975, Con-Cor contracted Fleischmann (Germany) to create a new F3 shell to fit the chassis from their German BR210 model (Product Number 7232). Sadly, this chassis was rather over-sized for an F3. As a result, the shell turned out to be noticeably oversized. Later, in 1979, Con-Cor decided to switch to Roco (Austria) for production of the F3's. This second version used the same bloated shells as the Fleishmann release, but with a new Roco-made chassis. Again, since the starting point was the fat shell, these models also seem somewhat out of proportion. They do run pretty well for a 1970s design.

DCC Information: No provision for DCC in either release.

Prototype History:
The EMD F3 was a 1,500-horsepower (1,100 kW) B-B freight- and passenger-hauling diesel locomotive produced between July 1945 and February 1949 by General Motors’ Electro-Motive Division. Final assembly was at GM-EMD's La Grange, Illinois plant. A total of 1,111 cab-equipped lead A units and 696 cabless booster B units were built.

The F3 was the third model in GM-EMD's highly successful F-unit series of cab unit diesel locomotives, and it was the second most produced of the series. The F3 essentially differed from the EMD F2 in that it used the “new” D12 generator to produce more power, and from the later EMD F7 in electrical equipment. Some late-model F3's had the same D27 traction motors, along with the heavier-duty electrical cables, used in the F7, and were referred to as model F5 by EMD's Engineering Department.

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Road Name History:
The Great Northern Railway (reporting mark GN) was an American Class I railroad. Running from Saint Paul, Minnesota, to Seattle, Washington, it was the creation of 19th century railroad entrepreneur James J. Hill and was developed from the Saint Paul & Pacific Railroad. The Great Northern's (GN) route was the northernmost transcontinental railroad route in the U.S.

The Great Northern was the only privately funded - and successfully built - transcontinental railroad in U.S. history. No federal land grants were used during its construction, unlike all other transcontinental railroads.

The Great Northern was built in stages, slowly to create profitable lines, before extending the road further into the undeveloped Western territories. In a series of the earliest public relations campaigns, contests were held to promote interest in the railroad and the ranchlands along its route. Fred J. Adams used promotional incentives such as feed and seed donations to farmers getting started along the line. Contests were all-inclusive, from largest farm animals to largest freight carload capacity and were promoted heavily to immigrants & newcomers from the East.

In 1970 the Great Northern, together with the Northern Pacific Railway, the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad and the Spokane, Portland and Seattle Railway merged to form the Burlington Northern Railroad. The BN operated until 1996, when it merged with the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway to form the Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railway.

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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.



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: RoadRailer on 2018-09-13 15:20:25

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