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N Scale - Con-Cor - 0001-014750 - Autorack, Enclosed, Bi-Level - Ferromex - 158460

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N Scale - Con-Cor - 0001-014750 - Autorack, Enclosed, Bi-Level - Ferromex - 158460


Brand Con-Cor
Stock Number 0001-014750
Manufacturer Con-Cor
Body Style Con-Cor Autorack Tri-Level Enclosed
Prototype Autorack, Enclosed, Bi-Level (Details)
Road or Company Name Ferromex (Details)
Reporting Marks TTGX
Road or Reporting Number 158460
Paint Color(s) Yellow/Silver
Coupler Type MT Magne-Matic Knuckle
Release Date 2015-01-01
Item Category Rolling Stock (Freight)
Model Type Autorack
Model Subtype Enclosed
Model Variety Tri-Level
Prototype Region North America
Prototype Era Era V: Modern (1979 - Present)
Scale 1/160



Model Information: Con-Cor released this model sometime in the late 1980s or 1990s. Con-Cor markets these as Tri-Level autoracks, but it is clear from the end-doors that these are bi-level models. They are a copy of the Walthers HO autorack kit. Unlike many Chinese-made models from the 1980s and 1990s, these use metal wheelsets (or at least the sample we have does). They are weighted with two 1/4 oz weights inside the model, one at each end, presumably to improve tracking.

Prototype History:
For many years, automobiles were carried in boxcars like other freight. The relative light weight of the cars for their size meant that these boxcars reached their volume capacity far faster than their weight limit. Loading cars through the side doors was also challenging and inefficient. End door boxcars helped with the loading, but could still only be loaded one at a time. Due to these limitations, modified flatcars, known as autoracks, began to appear in the 1960s. At first, these cars were open sided, with the cargo exposed, but later cars added the protection of aluminum sides to enclose the automobiles within.

Enclosed autoracks come in two basic configurations. Bi-level racks have a two decks: the floor of the flatcar itself, as well as one elevated deck. These cars can haul two rows of taller vehicles like vans and trucks. Tri-level racks have an extra deck and can carry three rows of conventional automobiles. Up until the 1990s, tri-level cars were far more common, but with the rise in popularity of the SUV, the number of bi-level cars has grown quickly over the past 20 years.

Road Name History:
Ferromex was launched in 1989 to take over the largest of the concessions from the privatization of FNM. This 5,375 mile line (between C&O and B&O in relative size,) has three main north-south routes: Mexicali and Nogales down along the Pacific Coast to Guadalajara and on to Mexico City; Ciudad Juarez (just across the border from El Paso) south to Mexico City; and Pedras Negras (across from Eagle Pass, TX) south to Mexico City. There is a major intersecting route from Ojinga (Presidio, TX) to the port of Topolobampo. Other braches connect to ports on both the Pacific and the Gulf of Mexico. The company is owned by mining giant Grupo Mexico (Union Pacific has significant holdings in that company.) In 2005, that company bought Ferrosur but it would be six years before the two would be allowed to merge. Many of their operations have been combined but as of this writing, Ferrosur continues to have a separate identity.

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: cwarczinsky on 2016-04-17 16:46:51. Last edited by gdm on 2019-01-20 19:52:07

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