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N Scale - Con-Cor - 0001-041009 - Passenger Car, North America, Transition Era Consist - Wabash - 8-Unit

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N Scale - Con-Cor - 0001-041009 - Passenger Car, North America, Transition Era Consist - Wabash - 8-Unit

Brand Con-Cor
Stock Number 0001-041009
Secondary Stock Number 41009
Original Retail Price $199.99
Manufacturer Con-Cor
Production Type Regular Production
Body Style Con-Cor Box Set North American Prototype
Prototype Passenger Car, North America, Transition Era Consist (Details)
Road or Company Name Wabash (Details)
Road or Reporting Number 8-Unit
Paint Color(s) Blue and Light Gray
Yellow w. Red pinstripes and Gray roof
Brown (boxcar)
Print Color(s) White / Red
Coupler Type Rapido Hook
Wheel Type Chemically Blackened Metal
Wheel Profile Small Flange (Low Profile)
Multipack Yes
Multipack Count 8
Multipack ID Number 0001-041009
Series Name Special Edition Set
Item Category Passenger Trains
Model Type Streamlined
Model Subtype Mixed
Model Variety 8-Unit Set
Prototype Region North America
Prototype Era Era III: Transition (1939 - 1957)

Specific Item Information: Wabash "Special Edition Set" Set #1: 1 Express Boxcar and 7 Smoothside Passenger Cars
- Merchandise Service boxcar
- Baggage "Railway Express Agency" (Blue and Light Gray)
- RPO car "United States Mail / Railway Post Office" #475 (Blue and Light Gray)
- Coach car #1426 (Yellow w. Red pinstripes)
- Pullman Sleeper car (Yellow w. Red pinstripes w. Gray roof)
- Dome car #200 (Yellow w. Red pinstripes w. Gray roof)
- Dining car "Coach Buffet" #1525 (Blue and Light Gray)
- Observation car "Parlor" #1621 (Blue and Light Gray)
Note: it is possible that some of the cars listed above may belong to the other Wabash set #2 and vice -versa.

Series Information: Con-Cor "Special Edition Sets" or "Special Limited Edition Sets" were the result of Con-Cor using the last of their stock of cars. Several new molds had to be made to accomplish this project as the original molds by Rowa had been destroyed in a fire. Several Rowa passenger cars in these sets were delivered unnumbered.
There has been two subseries:
First subseries - mid to end 1980s: These sets are furnished with usual wood-grained cardboard box that was used for the "Limited Edition sets'. The label does not have any mention of "Special" or "Limited" set. They contain locomotives and cars.
Second subseries - early 2000s: These sets were delivered in the colorful packaging 'Great American Trains' that was also used for the latest of the "Limited Edition Sets". They are marked " Special Edition Set" on the side label. They contain only cars; the matching locomotives were sold as separate items.

In this series, we have also listed sets that were delivered in the "Limited Edition Set" packaging, though not necessarily being 'Limited' in the sense that the locomotive and cars were generally available from open stock.

Prototype History:
Passenger train consists during the transition era were a hedge-podge of different railcars. Many cars were pre-war heavyweights. Some of these heavyweights were rebuilt for postwar service while some were well worn vintage specimens. These were mixed in with newer streamlined cars in both smooth-side and corrugated varieties. Premier flagship trains of this period were usually all-lightweight consists with new colorful paint schemes trailing behind the latest and greatest diesel and/or steam motive power.

Road Name History:
The Wabash Railroad (reporting mark WAB) was a Class I railroad that operated in the mid-central United States. It served a large area, including track in the states of Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, and Missouri and the province of Ontario. Its primary connections included Chicago, Illinois; Kansas City, Missouri; Detroit, Michigan; Buffalo, New York; St. Louis, Missouri; and Toledo, Ohio.

The Wabash's major freight traffic advantage was the direct line from Kansas City to Detroit, without going through St. Louis or Chicago. Despite the Wabash name disappearing in the 1960s, the company continued to exist on paper until being merged into the Norfolk Southern Railway in 1991.

At the end of 1960 Wabash operated 2,423 miles of road on 4,311 miles of track, not including Ann Arbor and NJI&I; that year it reported 6,407 million net ton-miles of revenue freight and 164 million passenger-miles.

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 2019-06-19 05:11:01. Last edited by Alain LM on 2020-05-31 05:40:41

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