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N Scale - Aurora Postage Stamp - 4856-Custom - Locomotive, Diesel, EMD F9

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N Scale - Aurora Postage Stamp - 4856-Custom - Locomotive, Diesel, EMD F9 Image Courtesy of Klaus Nahr


N Scale - Aurora Postage Stamp - 4856-Custom - Locomotive, Diesel, EMD F9 Image Courtesy of Klaus Nahr


Production Type Custom
Stock Number 4856-Custom
Secondary Stock Number 4856/240
Original Retail Price $12.95
Brand Aurora Postage Stamp
Manufacturer Minitrix
Body Style Minitrix Diesel Engine F9 (A+B Units)
Prototype Vehicle Locomotive, Diesel, EMD F9 (Details)
Road or Company Name N/A (Details)
Coupler Type Rapido Hook
Coupler Mount Truck-Mount
Wheel Type Nickel-Silver Plated Metal
Wheel Profile Deep Flange
DCC Readiness No
Release Date 1968-01-01
Item Category Locomotives
Model Type Diesel
Model Subtype EMD
Model Variety F9B
Prototype Region North America
Prototype Era Era III: Transition (1939 - 1957)
Scale 1/160



Specific Item Information: Powered B-Unit. Re-painted by the previous owner, probably because the original paint had faded.

Model Information: Introduced in 1966 as Aurora Postage Stamp models. Though Minitrix sold these as F9, the vent and porthole configuration suggest a F7.

Prototype History:
The EMD F9 was a 1,750 horsepower (1,300 kW) Diesel-electric locomotive produced between February 1953 and May 1960 by the Electro-Motive Division of General Motors (EMD) and General Motors Diesel (GMD). It succeeded the F7 model in GM-EMD's F-unit sequence. Final assembly was at GM-EMD's La Grange, Illinois plant. The F9 was also built in Canada by General Motors Diesel at their London, Ontario plant. A total of 100 cab-equipped lead A units and 154 cabless booster B units were built. The F9 was the fifth model in GM-EMD's highly successful "F" series of cab unit diesel locomotives.

A F9 can be distinguished reliably from a late F7 only by the addition of an extra filter grille ahead of the front porthole on the side panels on A units. Internally, the use of an 567C prime mover increased power to 1,750 hp from the F7's 1,500 hp.

By the time cab units such as the F9 were built, railroads were turning to the road switcher-style of locomotive, and the F9 was succeeded in most part by the EMD GP9.

From Wikipedia

Road Name History:
No applicable company.

Brand/Importer Information:
In 1967, Aurora Plastics Corporation started importing the Minitrix N Scale product line. These trains were marketed as Postage Stamp Trains. It was a bold entry into what would become a very active market in the new N-Scale model train market. The basic starter set took advantage of N-Scale’s small size by packaging everything necessary for a small model railroad in a book-like box. The larger starter sets were packaged in more conventional boxes. Aurora went out of business in 1977.

The Body styles of this product line were made in Austria by Roco, imported into the United States by Minitrix and then rebranded by Aurora. Some of the exact same molds were also produced by Roco for Atlas who branded them using their own name.

A lot of information can be found on All about Aurora Postage Stamp Trains web site by David K. Smith.

Item created by: klausnahr on 2020-11-29 11:52:45. Last edited by klausnahr on 2020-11-29 11:52:46

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