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N Scale - Con-Cor - 0001-603006(03) - Autorack, Enclosed, Bi-Level - Chicago & North Western - 820612

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N Scale - Con-Cor - 0001-603006(03) - Autorack, Enclosed, Bi-Level - Chicago & North Western - 820612


Brand Con-Cor
Stock Number 0001-603006(03)
Manufacturer Con-Cor
Production Type Regular Production
Body Style Con-Cor Autorack Tri-Level Enclosed
Prototype Autorack, Enclosed, Bi-Level (Details)
Road or Company Name Chicago & North Western (Details)
Reporting Marks ETTX
Road or Reporting Number 820612
Paint Color(s) Yellow Flat; Yellow/Silver Rack
Coupler Type Rapido Hook
Release Date 2001-11-01
Item Category Rolling Stock (Freight)
Model Type Autorack
Model Subtype Enclosed
Model Variety Tri-Level
Prototype Region North America
Prototype Era Era V: Modern (1979 - Present)
Scale 1/160



Model Information: Con-Cor released this model sometime in the late 1980s or 1990s. Con-Cor markets these as Tri-Level autoracks, but it is clear from the end-doors that these are bi-level models. They are a copy of the Walthers HO autorack kit. Unlike many Chinese-made models from the 1980s and 1990s, these use metal wheelsets (or at least the sample we have does). They are weighted with two 1/4 oz weights inside the model, one at each end, presumably to improve tracking.

Prototype History:
For many years, automobiles were carried in boxcars like other freight. The relative light weight of the cars for their size meant that these boxcars reached their volume capacity far faster than their weight limit. Loading cars through the side doors was also challenging and inefficient. End door boxcars helped with the loading, but could still only be loaded one at a time. Due to these limitations, modified flatcars, known as autoracks, began to appear in the 1960s. At first, these cars were open sided, with the cargo exposed, but later cars added the protection of aluminum sides to enclose the automobiles within.

Enclosed autoracks come in two basic configurations. Bi-level racks have a two decks: the floor of the flatcar itself, as well as one elevated deck. These cars can haul two rows of taller vehicles like vans and trucks. Tri-level racks have an extra deck and can carry three rows of conventional automobiles. Up until the 1990s, tri-level cars were far more common, but with the rise in popularity of the SUV, the number of bi-level cars has grown quickly over the past 20 years.

Road Name History:
The Chicago and North Western Transportation Company (reporting mark CNW) was a Class I railroad in the Midwestern United States. It was also known as the North Western. The railroad operated more than 5,000 miles (8,000 km) of track as of the turn of the 20th century, and over 12,000 miles (19,000 km) of track in seven states before retrenchment in the late 1970s.

Until 1972, when the company was sold to its employees, it was named the Chicago and North Western Railway. The C&NW became one of the longest railroads in the United States as a result of mergers with other railroads, such as the Chicago Great Western Railway, Minneapolis and St. Louis Railway and others.

By 1995, track sales and abandonment had reduced the total mileage back to about 5,000. The majority of the abandoned and sold lines were lightly trafficked branches in Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota, South Dakota and Wisconsin. Large line sales, such as those that resulted in the Dakota, Minnesota and Eastern Railroad further helped reduce the railroad to a mainline core with several regional feeders and branches.

The company was purchased by Union Pacific Railroad (UP) in April 1995 and ceased to exist.

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: cwarczinsky on 2016-04-18 18:53:32. Last edited by Mopjunkie on 2020-05-18 18:30:52

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