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N Scale - Con-Cor - 4001H - Passenger Car, Lightweight, Smoothside - Burlington Northern

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N Scale - Con-Cor - 4001H - Passenger Car, Lightweight, Smoothside - Burlington Northern


Brand Con-Cor
Stock Number 4001H
Original Retail Price $36.98
Manufacturer Con-Cor
Production Type Regular Production
Body Style Con-Cor Passenger Smoothside 85 Foot Coach
Prototype Passenger Car, Lightweight, Smoothside (Details)
Road or Company Name Burlington Northern (Details)
Reporting Marks BN
Paint Color(s) Green with White Stripe
Print Color(s) White
Coupler Type Rapido Hook
Coupler Mount Body-Mount
Wheel Type Injection Molded Plastic
Wheel Profile Standard
Item Category Passenger Cars
Model Type Lightweight/Streamlined
Model Subtype Streamlined Smoothside
Model Variety 85 Foot Coach, Passenger
Prototype Region North America
Prototype Era Era III: Transition (1939 - 1957)
Scale 1/160



Model Information: Model based on the Great Northern 60-seat short-haul (day) coach manufactured by Pullman in 1947 for the Empire Builder (more here).

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 Burlington Northern Railroad (reporting mark BN) was a United States railroad. It was a product of a March 2, 1970, merger of four major railroads - the Great Northern Railway, Northern Pacific Railway, Spokane, Portland and Seattle Railway and the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad - as well as a few small jointly owned subsidiaries owned by the four.

Burlington Northern operated between 1970 and 1996.

Its historical lineage begins in the earliest days of railroading with the chartering in 1848 of the Chicago and Aurora Railroad, a direct ancestor line of the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad, which lends Burlington to the names of various merger-produced successors.

Burlington Northern purchased the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway on December 31, 1996 to form the Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railway (later renamed BNSF Railway), which was owned by the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Corporation.*

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.


Item created by: scottakoltz on 2020-06-29 21:26:39. Last edited by scottakoltz on 2020-06-29 21:26:40

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