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N Scale - Con-Cor - Limited Edition Set NMRA - Passenger Train, Steam, North American, Transition - NMRA - 6-Unit

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Production Type Special Run
Stock Number Limited Edition Set NMRA
Original Retail Price $195.00
Brand Con-Cor
Manufacturer Rivarossi
Body Style Con-Cor Box Set North American Prototype
Prototype Vehicle Passenger Train, Steam, North American, Transition (Details)
Road or Company Name NMRA (Details)
Reporting Marks Headquarters Express
Road or Reporting Number 6-Unit
Paint Color(s) Blue and Gray
Print Color(s) Gold
Additional Markings/Slogan NMRA Headquarters Express
Coupler Type Rapido Hook
Wheel Type Chemically Blackened Metal
Wheel Profile Small Flange (Low Profile)
Multipack Yes
Multipack Count 6
Series Name Limited Edition Set
Release Date 1980-01-01
Item Category Passenger Trains
Model Type Steam
Model Subtype 4-6-2
Model Variety 6-Unit Set
Prototype Region North America
Prototype Era Era III: Transition (1939 - 1957)



Specific Item Information: Limited Edition "NMRA Headquarters Express": one steam locomotive with 5 heavyweight cars.
This set was originally made for sale by the National Model Railroad Association as a fund raiser.
One third of the price ($65) was a contribution to the NMRA Building Fund.
However, due to poor sales, it was sold at discount stores and retail outlets.

- Steam Locomotive 4-6-2 (Heavy Pacific) #1980 & 6-axle tender
- 80' Baggage Car (and not a 70' RPO Combine Car as announced in NMRA pamphlet)
- 80' Diner "Lookout Mountain"
- 80' Pullman "James J. Andrews"
- 80' Pullman "William A. Fuller"
- 80' Observation "Missionary Ridge"

Set also contains:
- an engraved plaque "NMRA Headquarters Express"
- NMRA certificate and letter from the General Chairman Laurence O. Lauer

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:
During the transition period (1939 - 1957), it was common to see both steam and diesel motive power on North American railroads. However, it wasn't the case that the only steam locomotives were leftovers from the war. Many new model steam engines were produced during this period. These were the latest and best technology that steam technology produced. These were especially common on coal hailing routes where fuel was plentiful, but steam was also common on passenger routes.

One example was the Norfolk and Western J class. These pulled some of their flagship named trains such as the Pochontas, Powhattan Arrow and the Cavalier. Steam passenger service continued well into the 1950s when N&W started the dieselization process.

Road Name History:
The National Model Railroad Association, Inc. advances the global scale model railroading community through education, advocacy, standards, and social interaction.

The National Model Railway Association is an organization focused on the model railroading hobby. It was founded in 1935. It is organized into 18 regions and 150 divisions. Most of the divisions hold regular meetings featuring interesting and informative presentations on subjects ranging from "how-to" clinics to prototype railroad slide presentations. Many also have a regular newsletter for members.

The NMRA organizes a national convention once per year. The location moves from year to year. The conventions offer unique special run cars to attendees.

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.

Item created by: Alain LM on 2019-06-16 14:03:07. Last edited by Alain LM on 2020-05-30 10:41:41

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