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N Scale - Con-Cor - 0001-008731 - Passenger Train, Zephyr, 1934 - Burlington Route - 9900 "Pioneer Zephyr"

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N Scale - Con-Cor - 0001-008731 - Passenger Train, Zephyr, 1934 - Burlington Route - 9900 "Pioneer Zephyr" Single-Headlight-Zephyr (1934 version)

N Scale - Con-Cor - 0001-008731 - Passenger Train, Zephyr, 1934 - Burlington Route - 9900 "Pioneer Zephyr" Image courtesy of Con-Cor

Stock Number 0001-008731
Original Retail Price $398.98
Brand Con-Cor
Manufacturer Con-Cor
Image Provider's Website Link
Body Style Con-Cor Passenger Train Single-Headlight-Zephyr
Prototype Description Passenger Train, Zephyr, 1934
Road or Company Name Burlington Route (Details)
Reporting Marks CB&Q
Road or Reporting Number 9900 "Pioneer Zephyr"
Paint Color(s) Silver
Wheel Type Chemically Blackened Metal
Wheel Profile Small Flange (Low Profile)
DCC Readiness Ready
Announcement Date 2006-01-01
Release Date 2005-01-01
Item Category Passenger Trains
Model Type Diesel
Model Subtype Budd
Model Variety 1934 Zephyr

Model Information: Features:
  • 5 pole motor w/ Flywheel drive
  • Cab Interior
  • Special material diaphram to connect the 3 cars together for prototypical appearance.
  • Lighted Interior in cars #2 and #3 (The motor/drive is in the the lead car which was also the freight and Mail compartment on the original train)
  • Directional Lighting
  • PC board "DCC" ready, with 8 pin ready for sound installation if you choose.
  • Modeler can add DCC decoder /and or Sound Unit of his own choosing if he so desires.
  • Flush fit windows

DCC Information: 8-pin plug (Digitrax SDN144PS sound decoder sold separately by Con-Cor ref. 0001-006014

Prototype Description: The Pioneer Zephyr is a name that has become synonymous with the word "Streamliner" and needs no introduction. Almost all railfans the world over instantly recognize the name. While the Union Pacific was running their M-10000 "Streamliner" some months before the Zephyr was put into service in May of 1934, the Zephyr stole the public relations show and is better-known and more widely remembered than the UP's M-10000.

The Zephyr's distinctive nose began making the newspapers and newsreels. As a symbol, the train had a distinctiveness, a sleekness, an "image" if you will, that made it easy for the public to identity. When it made its record breaking 1015 mile run on May 26th from Denver to Chicago, it gained even more PR. It traversed the 1015 miles non-stop in 13 hours, 4 minutes and 58 seconds to arrive at the Opening of the Century of Progress Exposition.

It was one of the biggest attractions at the Century of Progress Exposition in Chicago during the summer of 1934. Before it went into regular service in the Fall of 1934, it was taken on tour. During 1934 it traveled to over 220 different American cities and was toured by over 2 million People.

So even if you are not a Burlington Route Fan, it is quite possible that the Zephyr visited your city and you could run it on your layout as a white flagged special just like the real train did during its travels in 1934 over many different railroads in the East, Midwest and Western USA.

The Pioneer Zephyr also stared in its own Movie, "Silver Streak" and was seen by millions more people all over the world.

Road Name History:
The Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad (reporting mark CBQ) was a railroad that operated in the Midwestern United States. Commonly referred to as the Burlington or as the Q, the Burlington Route served a large area, including extensive trackage in the states of Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Wisconsin, Wyoming, and also in New Mexico and Texas through subsidiaries Colorado and Southern Railway, Fort Worth and Denver Railway, and Burlington-Rock Island Railroad.[citation needed] Its primary connections included Chicago, Minneapolis-St. Paul, St. Louis, Kansas City and Denver. Because of this extensive trackage in the midwest and mountain states, the railroad used the advertising slogans "Everywhere West", "Way of the Zephyrs", and "The Way West". It merged into Burlington Northern in 1970.

In 1967, it reported 19,565 million net ton-miles of revenue freight and 723 million passenger miles; corresponding totals for C&S were 1,100 and 10 and for FW&D were 1,466 and 13. At the end of the year CB&Q operated 8,538 route-miles, C&S operated 708 and FW&D operated 1362. (These totals may or may not include the former Burlington-Rock Island Railroad.)

Information sourced from 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: Alain LM on 2016-07-24 09:57:35. Last edited by Alain LM on 2016-07-24 13:49:22

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