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N Scale - Aurora Postage Stamp - 4841-355 - Container Car, Ortner - Dupont - 50020

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N Scale - Aurora Postage Stamp - 4841-355 - Container Car, Ortner - Dupont - 50020


Brand Aurora Postage Stamp
Stock Number 4841-355
Secondary Stock Number 4841
Original Retail Price $2.00
Manufacturer Roco
Production Type Regular Production
Body Style Roco Container Car
Prototype Container Car, Ortner (Details)
Road or Company Name Dupont (Details)
Reporting Marks SHPX
Road or Reporting Number 50020
Paint Color(s) Gray
Print Color(s) Red
Coupler Type Rapido Hook
Wheel Type Nickel-Silver Plated Metal
Wheel Profile Deep Flange
Body Material Plastic
Release Date 1968-01-01
Item Category Rolling Stock (Freight)
Model Type Container Car
Model Subtype 70 Ton
Model Variety Framed
Prototype Region North America
Prototype Era Era IV: 2nd Gen Diesel (1958 - 1978)
Scale 1/160



Prototype History:
These odd looking cars were built starting in the 1960s. It's been said they carried containers of acrylonitrile. Boxes of the chemical would loaded onto the car. They had a 70- ton capacity.

ORER Data: January 1965 DUPX 50000-50099--5 cars (no SHPX that match); April 1970 DUPX 50000-50021--22 cars; April 1980 same, except 50008 and 50009 gone--20 cars; July 1985 8 cars left; October 1990 8 cars left; April 1995 2 cars left; July 2000 series gone.

Road Name History:
E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company, commonly referred to as DuPont, is an American conglomerate that was founded in July 1802 as a gunpowder mill by French Eleuthere Irenee du Pont.

In the 20th century, DuPont developed many polymers such as Vespel, neoprene, nylon, Corian, Teflon, Mylar, Kevlar, Zemdrain, M5 fiber, Nomex, Tyvek, Sorona, Corfam, and Lycra. DuPont developed Freon (chlorofluorocarbons) for the refrigerant industry, and later more environmentally friendly refrigerants. It also developed synthetic pigments and paints including ChromaFlair.

In 2014, DuPont was the world's fourth largest chemical company based on market capitalization and eighth based on revenue. Its stock price is a component of the Dow Jones Industrial Average.

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: gdm on 2017-01-30 17:46:52. Last edited by Alain LM on 2018-11-03 13:48:59

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