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N Scale - Con-Cor - 0001-00220x - Locomotive, Diesel, EMD SD45 - CSX Transportation - 6629

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Brand Con-Cor
Stock Number 0001-00220x
Manufacturer Roco
Production Type Regular Production
Body Style Con-Cor Diesel Engine SD45
Prototype Vehicle Locomotive, Diesel, EMD SD45 (Details)
Road or Company Name CSX Transportation (Details)
Reporting Marks CSX
Road or Reporting Number 6629
Paint Color(s) Blue, Gray and Yellow
Print Color(s) Blue and Yellow
Paint Scheme YN2 "Bright Future"
Coupler Type Rapido Hook
Coupler Mount Truck-Mount
Wheel Type Nickel-Silver Plated Metal
Wheel Profile Deep Flange
DCC Readiness No
Release Date 1984-01-01
Item Category Locomotives
Model Type Diesel
Model Subtype EMD
Model Variety SD45
Prototype Region North America
Prototype Era Era IV: 2nd Gen Diesel (1958 - 1978)
Scale 1/160



Model Information: In 1972, Con-Cor contracted with Mehano to build a new SD45 model. They wanted Mehano to re-use the shell that had been designed for Atlas in 1969, but with a superior (for the time) mechanism. Apparently the original 1969 mechanism was a real piece of junk. So Mehano re-used their (somewhat better) mechanism used in their RSD-15 mechanism combined with the shell from the earlier 1969 model. The mechanism for this version of the model used a small motor, plastic driveshafts and traction tires on four of the twelve wheels. These models are stamped "Made in Yugoslavia" on the bottom.
Handrails were delivered separately, to be installed by the modeler.

A second version of the model appeared in 1984, but carrying a new mechanism produced by Roco in Austria. The new model only has four out of six wheels in each truck, the others being "gliders". The Roco model uses a skew-wound 3-pole motor with all gears made from plastic. The headlight is non-directional. The heavy mechanism is NOT split-frame. These models are stamped "Con-Cor Austria" on the fuel tank.

DCC Information: This model is not DCC capable.

Prototype History:
Notable as the first locomotive with an engine larger than 16 cylinders upon its introduction in 1965, the EMD SD45 was used on nearly every railroad at one time or another. Over the course of six years, EMD built a whopping 1260 SD45 locomotives for freight use on more than 25 railroads, with many more acquiring them second-hand. The SD45, while sharing the same common frame as the EMD SD40, was distinguished by a number of characteristics such as the flared radiator that stretched across the side of the locomotive's long hood. Several SD45 locomotives are still preserved and in service today.

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Road Name History:
CSX Transportation (reporting mark CSXT) is a Class I railroad in the United States. The main subsidiary of the CSX Corporation, the railroad is headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida, and owns about 21,000 route miles (34,000 km). CSX operates one of the three Class I railroads serving most of the East Coast, the other two being the Norfolk Southern Railway (NS) and Canadian Pacific Railway. It also serves the Canadian provinces of Ontario and Quebec. Together CSX and Norfolk Southern Railway have a duopoly over all east-west freight rail traffic east of the Mississippi River. As of October 1, 2014 CSX's total public stock value was slightly over $32 billion.

CSX Transportation was formed on November 1, 1980, by combining the railroads of the former Chessie System with Seaboard Coast Line Industries, and finally with the Seaboard System Railroad in 1986. The originator of the Seaboard System was the former Seaboard Air Line Railroad, which previously merged with the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad in 1967, and later with the Louisville & Nashville Railroad, as well as several smaller subsidiaries such as the Clinchfield Railroad, Atlanta & West Point Railroad, Monon Railroad and the Georgia Railroad. The origin of the Chessie System was the former Chesapeake & Ohio Railway, which had merged with the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad, and the Western Maryland Railway.

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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.

Important Note: The Con-Cor product numbering can be very confusing. Please see here in the article how to properly enter Con-Cor stock numbers in the TroveStar database.

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: Alain LM on 2018-08-25 15:24:48. Last edited by Alain LM on 2020-12-02 07:52:26

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