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N Scale - Aurora Postage Stamp - 4717 - Santa Fe - 6-Unit Set

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N Scale - Aurora Postage Stamp - 4717 - Santa Fe - 6-Unit Set

N Scale - Aurora Postage Stamp - 4717 - Santa Fe - 6-Unit Set Image Courtesy of Klaus Nahr

Stock Number 4717
Original Retail Price $27.50
Brand Aurora Postage Stamp
Manufacturer Minitrix
Body Style Aurora Train Set North America
Road or Company Name Santa Fe (Details)
Reporting Marks Transcontinental Express
Road or Reporting Number 6-Unit Set
Additional Markings/Slogan Transcontinental Express
Coupler Type Rapido Hook
Coupler Mount Truck-Mount
Wheel Type Chemically Blackened Metal
Wheel Profile Deep Flange
Multipack Yes
Multipack Count 6
Release Date 1968-01-01
Item Category Passenger Trains
Model Type Diesel
Model Subtype EMD
Model Variety F9A 6-Unit Set
Scale 1/160

Specific Item Information: Santa Fe Transcontinental Express Set: 1 Diesel Locomotive with 5 Lightweight Corrugated Budd Cars and Track Oval. - EMD F9A #510 - 4891-220 Coach #3152 - 4891-220 Coach #3152 - 4891-220 Coach #3152 - 4892-220 Vista Dome #502 - 4893-220 Observation #3117 - 3 Straight Tracks - 1 Straight Track with Rerailer - 11 Curved Tracks - 1 Curved Terminal Track Also available with Power Pack as Santa Fe Golden Spike Express and Part Number 4727

Road Name History:
The Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway (reporting mark ATSF), often abbreviated as Santa Fe or AT&SF, was one of the larger railroads in the United States. Chartered in February 1859, the railroad reached the Kansas-Colorado border in 1873 and Pueblo, Colorado, in 1876. To create a demand for its services, the railroad set up real estate offices and sold farm land from the land grants that it was awarded by Congress. Despite the name, its main line never served Santa Fe, New Mexico, as the terrain was too difficult; the town ultimately was reached by a branch line from Lamy.

The Santa Fe was a pioneer in intermodal freight transport, an enterprise that (at one time or another) included a tugboat fleet and an airline (the short-lived Santa Fe Skyway). Its bus line extended passenger transportation to areas not accessible by rail, and ferryboats on the San Francisco Bay allowed travelers to complete their westward journeys to the Pacific Ocean. The ATSF was the subject of a popular song, Harry Warren & Johnny Mercer's "On the Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe", written for the film, The Harvey Girls (1946).

The railroad officially ceased operations on December 31, 1996, when it merged with the Burlington Northern Railroad to form the Burlington Northern & Santa Fe Railway.

Read more on Wikipedia.

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.

Item created by: gdm on 2017-03-09 09:17:29. Last edited by klausnahr on 2020-11-23 17:07:35

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