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N Scale - Aurora Postage Stamp - 4704 - EMD F9 7-Unit Double Headed Freight Set - Baltimore & Ohio - 5-Unit Set

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N Scale - Aurora Postage Stamp - 4704 - EMD F9 7-Unit Double Headed Freight Set - Baltimore & Ohio - 5-Unit Set


N Scale - Aurora Postage Stamp - 4704 - EMD F9 7-Unit Double Headed Freight Set - Baltimore & Ohio - 5-Unit Set


Brand Aurora Postage Stamp
Stock Number 4704
Secondary Stock Number 4704-240
Manufacturer Minitrix
Production Type Regular Production
Body Style Aurora Train Set North America
Prototype EMD F9 7-Unit Double Headed Freight Set
Road or Company Name Baltimore & Ohio (Details)
Reporting Marks F9
Road or Reporting Number 5-Unit Set
Additional Markings/Slogan Transcontinental Express
Wheel Profile Small Flange (Low Profile)
Multipack Yes
Multipack Count 5
Release Date 1967-01-01
Item Category Starter Sets
Model Type Diesel
Model Subtype Passenger
Model Variety Diesel
Scale 1/160



Specific Item Information: I believe one of the engines is a dummy unit. Two coaches and an observation car. With Track. With Power Pack.

Road Name History:
The Baltimore and Ohio Railroad (reporting marks B&O, BO) is one of the oldest railroads in the United States and the first common carrier railroad. It came into being mostly because the city of Baltimore wanted to compete with the newly constructed Erie Canal (which served New York City) and another canal being proposed by Pennsylvania, which would have connected Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. At first this railroad was located entirely in the state of Maryland with an original line from the port of Baltimore west to Sandy Hook. At this point to continue westward, it had to cross into Virginia (now West Virginia) over the Potomac River, adjacent to the confluence of the Potomac and Shenandoah rivers. From there it passed through Virginia from Harpers Ferry to a point just west of the junction of Patterson Creek and the North Branch Potomac River where it crossed back into Maryland to reach Cumberland. From there it was extended to the Ohio River at Wheeling and a few years later also to Parkersburg, West Virginia.

It is now part of the CSX Transportation (CSX) network, and includes the oldest operational railroad bridge in the USA. The B&O also included the Leiper Railroad, the first permanent horse-drawn railroad in the U.S. In later years, B&O advertising carried the motto: "Linking 13 Great States with the Nation." Part of the B&O Railroad's immortality has come from being one of the four featured railroads on the U.S. version of the board game Monopoly, but it is the only railroad on the board which did not serve Atlantic City, New Jersey, directly.

When CSX established the B&O Railroad Museum as a separate entity from the corporation, some of the former B&O Mount Clare Shops in Baltimore, including the Mt. Clare roundhouse, were donated to the museum while the rest of the property was sold. The B&O Warehouse at the Camden Yards rail junction in Baltimore now dominates the view over the right-field wall at the Baltimore Orioles' current home, Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

At the end of 1970 B&O operated 5552 miles of road and 10449 miles of track, not including the Staten Island Rapid Transit (SIRT) or the Reading and its subsidiaries.

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 09:25:26. Last edited by scottakoltz on 2020-05-14 14:59:58

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