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N Scale - Con-Cor - Special Premier Set #5 - Passenger Train, Diesel, North American, Transition Era - Gulf Mobile & Ohio - 9-Unit

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N Scale - Con-Cor - Special Premier Set #5 - Passenger Train, Diesel, North American, Transition Era - Gulf Mobile & Ohio - 9-Unit


N Scale - Con-Cor - Special Premier Set #5 - Passenger Train, Diesel, North American, Transition Era - Gulf Mobile & Ohio - 9-Unit


Brand Con-Cor
Stock Number Special Premier Set #5
Original Retail Price $99.98
Manufacturer Con-Cor
Production Type Regular Production
Body Style Con-Cor Box Set North American Prototype
Prototype Passenger Train, Diesel, North American, Transition Era (Details)
Road or Company Name Gulf Mobile & Ohio (Details)
Road or Reporting Number 9-Unit
Paint Color(s) Maroon & Orange
Print Color(s) Yellow
Coupler Type Rapido Hook
Wheel Type Chemically Blackened Metal
Wheel Profile Small Flange (Low Profile)
Multipack Yes
Multipack Count 9
Series Name Special Premier Set
Series Release/Issue Number 5
Release Date 1982-03-01
Item Category Passenger Trains
Model Type Diesel
Model Subtype Alco
Model Variety PA-1 9-Unit Set
Prototype Region North America
Prototype Era Era III: Transition (1939 - 1957)



Specific Item Information: Gulf Mobile & Ohio "The Alton Route and Rebel" "Special Premier Set" #5: 3 locomotives and 6 streamlined cars.
- Diesel locomotives PA-1 #290 (powered), PB-1 #291 (dummy), PA-1 #290 (dummy) - not a mistake, same road # twice for the A units
- RPO #46-1 "The Alton Route"
- Coach #3060
- Pullman Sleeper "I.B Tigrett"
- Diner #2107 "Springfield"
- Dome "Illinois"
- Observation #5998 "The Alton Route"

Series Information: Con-Cor "Special Premier Sets" were put together from new paint schemes that were to be added to the Con-Cor open stock line. These sets were limited to 300 each and supplied with the same wood-grained cardboard box that was used for the "Limited Edition sets'.

Prototype History:
The transition era (1939 - 1957) was the heyday for passenger rail. The industrial boom triggered by the second world war created tremendous capacity for production which was no longer needed for war production. The North American factories turned to consumer goods and services and the rail system was a major recipient of this ouput.

The interstate highways system as we know it now was still a thing of the future and long distance travel by highway was simply not practical and aircraft travel was still a luxury for the well-to-do. People traveled the country by rail and there was a huge variety of railroads and services available to the traveler. Innovation was constant, and the materials and machinery employed by the railroads was evolving as fast as the engineers could think of new things to entice the fickle consumer to ride a particular route or particular service.

This all came to an end when the automobile and airplane replaced the passenger train as the preferred vehicles of transportation in the 1960s.

Road Name History:
The Gulf, Mobile and Ohio (reporting mark GMO) was a Class I railroad in the central United States whose primary routes extended from Mobile, Alabama, and New Orleans, Louisiana, to St. Louis and Kansas City, Missouri, as well as Chicago, Illinois.

The Gulf, Mobile and Northern Railroad was created as the reorganization of the New Orleans, Mobile and Chicago Railroad in 1917. The GM&O was incorporated in 1938 to merge the Gulf, Mobile and Northern Railroad and the Mobile and Ohio Railroad, which was accomplished in 1940. The GM&O later bought and merged the Alton Railroad in 1947.

On August 10, 1972 the Gulf, Mobile and Ohio Railroad merged into the Illinois Central Railroad, forming the 9600-mile north-south Illinois Central Gulf Railroad. In 1996 Illinois Central spun off some of its redundant trackage, including most of the former Gulf, Mobile and Ohio. Most of this trackage was acquired by other railroads.

On February 11, 1998 the Illinois Central was purchased by the Canadian National Railway (CN) with the integration of operations beginning on July 1, 1999.

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 2019-06-16 13:21:14. Last edited by Alain LM on 2019-06-16 13:22:51

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