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N Scale - Con-Cor - 1681E - Boxcar, 50 Foot, Grain Loading - Smucker's - 3326

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N Scale - Con-Cor - 1681E - Boxcar, 50 Foot, Grain Loading - Smucker

Brand Con-Cor
Stock Number 1681E
Original Retail Price $3.75
Manufacturer Con-Cor
Production Type Regular Production
Body Style Con-Cor Boxcar 50 Foot Grain
Prototype Boxcar, 50 Foot, Grain Loading (Details)
Road or Company Name Smucker's (Details)
Reporting Marks SMUX
Road or Reporting Number 3326
Additional Markings/Slogan Preserves
Paint Color(s) Green
Print Color(s) Red and Black
Coupler Type Rapido Hook
Coupler Mount Truck-Mount
Wheel Type Nickel-Silver Plated Metal
Wheel Profile Small Flange (Low Profile)
Release Date 1979-01-01
Item Category Rolling Stock (Freight)
Model Type Boxcar
Model Subtype 50 Foot
Model Variety Grain Loading
Prototype Region North America
Prototype Era Era IV: 2nd Gen Diesel (1958 - 1978)
Scale 1/160

Specific Item Information: CON-COR molded into bottom of frame.

Model Information: This model appears in the 1979 JMC catalog but not the 1973. I suspect it was introduced around 1976, but I would love confirmation. It was produced in Con-Cor's NEW Jersey facility and features a die-cast underframe and a standard 1st-generation injection-molded body. The tooling was likely moved to China as at least one modern Christmas Car was produced with this tooling.

Prototype History:
Grain-Loading boxcars were variations on standardized boxcars built with specialized doors. Grain doors were the term used for the wooden, or in later years cardboard inserts mounted inside the regular doors to keep the grain from spilling out when the main door was opened. These allowed any suitable car to be used in grain service.

These cars were typically rebuilt from older cars and modified such that the door was boarded up from the inside and the grain was blown in over the top of the boards. These cars were all made obsolete by the appearance of specialized covered hoppers in the 1980s. At this point some of these cars were adapted for MOW service.

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: gdm on 2018-02-01 09:19:11. Last edited by scottakoltz on 2020-07-08 10:50:42

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