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N Scale - Con-Cor - Limited Edition Set #35 / 851812 - Mixed Freight Consist, North America, Transition Era - Great Northern - 12-Unit

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N Scale - Con-Cor - Limited Edition Set #35 / 851812 - Mixed Freight Consist, North America, Transition Era - Great Northern - 12-Unit


N Scale - Con-Cor - Limited Edition Set #35 / 851812 - Mixed Freight Consist, North America, Transition Era - Great Northern - 12-Unit


Brand Con-Cor
Stock Number Limited Edition Set #35 / 851812
Secondary Stock Number 851812
Tertiary Stock Number 0001-00851812
Original Retail Price $119.95
Manufacturer Con-Cor
Production Type Regular Production
Body Style Con-Cor Box Set North American Prototype
Prototype Mixed Freight Consist, North America, Transition Era (Details)
Road or Company Name Great Northern (Details)
Reporting Marks GN
Road or Reporting Number 12-Unit
Paint Color(s) Omaha Orange and Pullman Green
Print Color(s) White and Pullman Green
Coupler Type Rapido Hook
Wheel Type Chemically Blackened Metal
Wheel Profile Small Flange (Low Profile)
Multipack Yes
Multipack Count 12
Multipack ID Number 851812
Series Name Limited Edition Set
Series Release/Issue Number 35
Release Date 1995-08-01
Item Category Freight Train
Model Type Steam
Model Subtype Box Car
Model Variety 12-Unit Set
Prototype Region North America
Prototype Era Era III: Transition (1939 - 1957)



Specific Item Information: Limited Edition Set #35 Great Northern Special Merchandise "Loader Cars " Add-on Set: 12 boxcars (6x 40' and 6x 50').

- 40' Single Door Box Car with Markings "DF" #39398
- 40' Single Door Box Car with Markings "Stb" #39404, #39407
- 40' Single Door Box Car with Markings "PC" #21941, #21943, #21947
- 50' Double Door Box Car with Markings "DF" #39346, #39347, #39348, #39458
- 50' Double Door Box Car with Markings "PC" #39362, #39376

As a number of original buyers purchased both the basic and the add-on set and then mixed up the cars between the two sets, the original composition of each set could not be determined with certainty.
Below are the additional (and different) numbers that we think belong to the basic set:
- 40' Single Door Box Car with Markings "DF" #39394, #39396, #39427, #39431, #39433
- 40' Single Door Box Car with Markings "Stb" #39402
- 50' Double Door Box Car with Markings "DF" #39348, #39357, #39359, #39454, #39469
- 50' Double Door Box Car with Markings "PC" #39355

So be careful if acquiring the sets from different sellers, you might end up with duplicate numbers.

Series Information: Con-Cor "Limited Edition Sets" or "Limited Edition Collector's Sets" were started after requests to 'custom paint' replicas of great passenger trains of the past. As these sets were very limited in quantity, many were sold out before they got to the retailer. While the quality of painting varied from time to time, they are a handsome addition to any collection and impressive on a layout.
With the exception of the first set, all were furnished in a wood-grained cardboard box with colored foam storage insert. For some sets, the manufacturer furnished additional cars or add-on sets.
The number of the set in the series is not printed on the box, but a listing was kept by Con-Cor and available as print-out in the most recent sets or on the (former) Con-Cor website.
Sets #1 to #13 were without stock number; stock numbers have been assigned and printed on the side label starting with set #14.

The wood-grained cardboard box has been used for other sets called "Special Edition Set" by Con-Cor, that only received a regular stock number, but were not accounted in the "Limited Edition Set" collection.

Prototype History:
A mixed freight train is a train that hauls a variety of different freight cars or wagons. A mixed freight depends on the locale and industries. The train will be carrying cars to be brought to a yard where a local will bring them to the various industries. The location determines the industries, and the industries determine the cars.

Which cars are in which trains is determined by the waybills they are assigned - which is close to a totally random process. For example, through freights simply run from up staging to down staging and back, stopping long enough to trade out 30 percent of their cars and change from steam to motor (catenary) or vice-versa. Thus freights will have a variety of cars, changing each time they pass through a switching yard.

Road Name History:
The Great Northern Railway (reporting mark GN) was an American Class I railroad. Running from Saint Paul, Minnesota, to Seattle, Washington, it was the creation of 19th century railroad entrepreneur James J. Hill and was developed from the Saint Paul & Pacific Railroad. The Great Northern's (GN) route was the northernmost transcontinental railroad route in the U.S.

The Great Northern was the only privately funded - and successfully built - transcontinental railroad in U.S. history. No federal land grants were used during its construction, unlike all other transcontinental railroads.

The Great Northern was built in stages, slowly to create profitable lines, before extending the road further into the undeveloped Western territories. In a series of the earliest public relations campaigns, contests were held to promote interest in the railroad and the ranchlands along its route. Fred J. Adams used promotional incentives such as feed and seed donations to farmers getting started along the line. Contests were all-inclusive, from largest farm animals to largest freight carload capacity and were promoted heavily to immigrants & newcomers from the East.

In 1970 the Great Northern, together with the Northern Pacific Railway, the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad and the Spokane, Portland and Seattle Railway merged to form the Burlington Northern Railroad. The BN operated until 1996, when it merged with the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway to form the Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railway.

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: Alain LM on 2019-05-19 04:15:19. Last edited by Alain LM on 2019-05-19 08:01:04

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