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N Scale - Con-Cor - 001-008505 - Locomotive, Steam, 4-6-2 - Pennsylvania - 14-Unit

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N Scale - Con-Cor - 001-008505 - Locomotive, Steam, 4-6-2 - Pennsylvania - 14-Unit

N Scale - Con-Cor - 001-008505 - Locomotive, Steam, 4-6-2 - Pennsylvania - 14-Unit

Brand Con-Cor
Stock Number 001-008505
Secondary Stock Number 8505
Original Retail Price $159.98
Manufacturer Con-Cor
Production Type Regular Production
Body Style Con-Cor Box Set North American Prototype
Prototype Locomotive, Steam, 4-6-2 (Details)
Additional Markings/Slogan Merchandise Service
Road or Company Name Pennsylvania (Details)
Reporting Marks PRR
Road or Reporting Number 14-Unit
Paint Color(s) Maroon, Red & Silver
Print Color(s) Red & White
Coupler Type Rapido Hook
Wheel Type Chemically Blackened Metal
Wheel Profile Small Flange (Low Profile)
Multipack Yes
Multipack Count 14
Multipack ID Number 001-008505
Release Date 1987-01-01
Item Category Freight Train
Model Type Steam
Model Subtype 4-6-2
Model Variety 14-Unit Set
Prototype Region Global
Prototype Era Era II: Late Steam (1901 - 1938)

Specific Item Information: Con-Cor 8505 N Scale Merchandise Service Collector Set. Included in the set are a Minitrix Pacific K4 (4-6-2) #1361 Pennsylvania Steam Locomotive and Tender, (2) REA (Railway Express Agency) Pennsylvania Boxcars #2117, #2185, (10) Pennsylvania Boxcars 'Merchandise Service' series #924xx and (1) #77831 Caboose. Locomotive features include plastic construction, motor, decorative bell, metal handrails and side rods front fixed knuckle coupler and metal wheels and axles. The Freight Cars feature plastic construction, plastic trucks, rapido couplers and metal wheels.

Prototype History:
Under the Whyte notation for the classification of steam locomotives, 4-6-2 represents the wheel arrangement of four leading wheels on two axles, six powered and coupled driving wheels on three axles and two trailing wheels on one axle. The 4-6-2 locomotive became almost globally known as a Pacific type. The type is well-suited to high speed running. The world speed record for steam traction of 126 miles per hour (203 kilometres per hour) has been held by a British Pacific locomotive, the Mallard, since 3 July 1938.

The introduction of the 4-6-2 design in 1901 has been described as "a veritable milestone in locomotive progress".[3] On many railways worldwide, Pacific steam locomotives provided the motive power for express passenger trains throughout much of the early to mid-20th century, before either being superseded by larger types in the late 1940s and 1950s, or replaced by electric or diesel-electric locomotives during the 1950s and 1960s. Nevertheless, new Pacific designs continued to be built until the mid-1950s.

The type is generally considered to be an enlargement of the 4-4-2 Atlantic type, although its prototype had a direct relationship to the 4-6-0 Ten-wheeler and 2-6-2 Prairie, effectively being a combination of the two types.[4] The success of the type can be attributed to a combination of its four-wheel leading truck which provided better stability at speed than a 2-6-2 Prairie, the six driving wheels which allowed for a larger boiler and the application of more tractive effort than the earlier 4-4-2 Atlantic, and the two-wheel trailing truck, first used on the New Zealand 2-6-2 Prairie of 1885. This permitted the firebox to be located behind the high driving wheels and thereby allowed it to be both wide and deep, unlike the 4-6-0 Ten-wheeler which had either a narrow and deep firebox between the driving wheels or a wide and shallow one above.

From Wikipedia

Road Name History:
The Pennsylvania Railroad (reporting mark PRR) was an American Class I railroad, founded in 1846. Commonly referred to as the "Pennsy," the PRR was headquartered in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

The PRR was the largest railroad by traffic and revenue in the U.S. for the first half of the twentieth century. Over the years, it acquired, merged with or owned part of at least 800 other rail lines and companies. At the end of 1925, it operated 10,515 miles of rail line; in the 1920s, it carried nearly three times the traffic as other railroads of comparable length, such as the Union Pacific or Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe railroads. Its only formidable rival was the New York Central (NYC), which carried around three-quarters of PRR's ton-miles.

At one time, the PRR was the largest publicly traded corporation in the world, with a budget larger than that of the U.S. government and a workforce of about 250,000 people. The corporation still holds the record for the longest continuous dividend history: it paid out annual dividends to shareholders for more than 100 years in a row.

In 1968, PRR merged with rival NYC to form the Penn Central Transportation Company, which filed for bankruptcy within two years. The viable parts were transferred in 1976 to Conrail, which was itself broken up in 1999, with 58 percent of the system going to the Norfolk Southern Railway (NS), including nearly all of the former PRR. Amtrak received the electrified segment east of Harrisburg.

Read more on Wikipedia.

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: scottakoltz on 2019-04-08 10:09:15. Last edited by gdm on 2019-04-08 14:10:05

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