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N Scale - Con-Cor - Limited Edition Set #40 / 8521 - Passenger Train, Diesel, North American, Post Transition - Amtrak - 8-Unit

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N Scale - Con-Cor - Limited Edition Set #40 / 8521 - Passenger Train, Diesel, North American, Post Transition - Amtrak - 8-Unit

N Scale - Con-Cor - Limited Edition Set #40 / 8521 - Passenger Train, Diesel, North American, Post Transition - Amtrak - 8-Unit

Brand Con-Cor
Stock Number Limited Edition Set #40 / 8521
Secondary Stock Number 0001-008521
Tertiary Stock Number 8521
Original Retail Price $269.98
Manufacturer Con-Cor
Production Type Regular Production
Body Style Con-Cor Box Set North American Prototype
Prototype Passenger Train, Diesel, North American, Post Transition (Details)
Road or Company Name Amtrak (Details)
Reporting Marks Presidential 1996 Election Tour, 'Whistle Stop' Tour
Road or Reporting Number 8-Unit
Paint Color(s) Silver, Red and Blue / Black
Print Color(s) Blue / White
Paint Scheme Phase III
Coupler Type Rapido Hook
Wheel Type Chemically Blackened Metal
Wheel Profile Small Flange (Low Profile)
Multipack Yes
Multipack Count 8
Multipack ID Number 0001-008521
Series Name Limited Edition Set
Series Release/Issue Number 40
Release Date 1996-03-01
Item Category Passenger Trains
Model Type Diesel
Model Subtype Alco
Model Variety PA-1 8-Unit Set
Prototype Region North America
Prototype Era Era IV: 2nd Gen Diesel (1958 - 1978)

Specific Item Information: Limited Edition Set #40 "The Presidential 1996 Election Tour, 'Whistle Stop' Tour Train": 2 diesel locomotives with 2 baggage cars, 3 Superliner Cars and a platform observation car. This set was not delivered in the usual "Limited Edition Set" wood-grain box, but in a new "Great American Trains" packaging.

- 2 Con-Cor PA-1 (one powered, one dummy) marked "The 21st Century Express / An American Journey" #2010, #2001
- 2 special lettered Amtrak baggage cars with the presidential candidates pictures on them
++ "Re-Elect Clinton and Gore for '96" #3401
++ "Elect Dole and Kemp for '96" #3402
- 3 Amtrak Superliners
++ Dining car #38009
++ Deluxe Sleeping car #32113
++ Sightseeing Lounge car #33003
- 1 heavyweight Observation car "Georgia" #300

Set also contains:
- two authentic campaign buttons (exact type may vary between sets)
- a description page by Con-Cor

Note: Road numbers indicated above are guessing based an low-res photos, so likely to be inaccurate.

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:
Due to the advantages of diesel locomotives, railroads in North America had retired 90% of their steam locomotives by the mid-1950. Also, major cities and their rail yards became unhappy neighbors in post-war America. People were no longer content to endure the large amounts of soot and smoke that coal burning steam engines produced. Early diesels, while dirty by today's standards, were a gigantic improvement in air pollution over steam.

Passenger consists were considered the most 'sexy' of any railroads operations, and hence usually got the newest flashiest equipment. A major exception, of course, was Amtrak, which had no competition and a huge inventory of cast-off locomotives and rolling stock acquired during its formation. Hence, rail service in the 1960s and 1970s was a hodgepodge of the newest, best-looking locomotives and railcars as well as a showcase for older makeshift equipment.

Road Name History:
The National Railroad Passenger Corporation, doing business as Amtrak, is a passenger railroad service that provides medium- and long-distance intercity service in the contiguous United States. Founded in 1971 through the government-sponsored consolidation of most of the remaining U.S. passenger rail companies, it is partially government-funded yet operated and managed as a for-profit corporation.

Amtrak operates more than 300 trains each day on 21,300 miles (34,000 km) of track with select segments having civil operating speeds of 150 mph (240 km/h) and connecting more than 500 destinations in 46 states in addition to three Canadian provinces. In fiscal year 2015, Amtrak served 30.8 million passengers and had $2.185 billion in revenue, while employing more than 20,000 people. Nearly two-thirds of passengers come from the 10 largest metropolitan areas; 83% of passengers travel on routes shorter than 400 miles. Its headquarters is at Union Station in Washington, D.C.

The name "Amtrak" is a portmanteau of the words "America" and "trak", the latter itself a sensational spelling of "track".

Read more on Wikipedia.

Paint Scheme:
Phase III, introduced in 1976, is still used on some equipment. On both passenger cars and locomotives, the outer white pinstripes were removed while the inner stripe was widened, resulting in red, white, and blue stripes of equal width. Turboliners and the LRC test train were painted in white, with the stripes at the bottom of the train. This scheme was introduced "for safety, graphic aid and saving money", as the white band was highly reflective and provided a place for car information, and the standard widths made better use of raw material.

Several types of locomotives that were acquired later were given variations on Phase III. AEM-7 locomotives had the blue stripe expanded to cover the entire lower part of the body. On Dash 8-32BWH locomotives, a deeper blue and red was used; the stripes had additional pinstripes and angled upward across the middle of the body. The similarity to the Pepsi logo led to the units being nicknamed "Pepsi Cans". Genesis locomotives had a lighter roof and narrower white stripe; the stripes angled downward on the sloped nose, and faded towards the rear. That variant was created by industrial designer Cesar Vergara, who also designed the angular bodies of the locomotives.

In October 2013, Amtrak introduced a new variant of Phase III with the production of the new Viewliner II cars, the first of which entered service in 2015. The Viewliner cars have some changes from previous Phase III passenger cars, including a red reflective stripe at the bottom and a newer ("Travelmark") logo. In January 2016, Amtrak revealed a P32AC-DM that was repainted into Phase III, similar to that of the heritage units Nos. 145 and 822, but featuring modern logos and "Empire Service" emblems on the sides. All P32AC-DMs will eventually be repainted into this scheme, with costs shared between Amtrak and the state of New York.

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 2019-05-26 12:24:56. Last edited by Alain LM on 2020-05-30 12:50:57

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