Re: Mystery Brass Caboose


brianehni <behni@...>
 

--- In STMFC@yahoogroups.com, "Charlie Vlk" <cvlk@...> wrote:

Trains Inc. was a hobby shop on West Diversey Avenue in Chicago.
One of the principals of the shop was Harry Hagerman. He and wife Betty befriended
young
Jim Conway. Jim's first location for Con-Cor was next door to Trains, Inc.. The second
location
was in Bensenville, just west of ORD..

Independent and mostly prior to JMC/Con-Cor Trains Inc., imported brass from Japan.
The item in
question sounds like it may be a Q NE12 waycar, but I'm not sure that they did that
model.
They did do a Q wood waycar. The NE12 has a streamlined, slanted contour offset
cupola on a
welded seam roof and carbody. Some GN prototype cars were also produced so it may
be one of them.

Harry and Betty ended up working for JMC and Con-Cor after Trains, Inc. was closed;
Betty as a clerk
in the office (later as accountant and office manager) and Harry as a telephone salesman
for the distribution
to Hobby Shops. Both have passed away and JMC was closed down and the remaining
inventory and
business shipped down to Con-Cor's Tucson, AZ location.

Charlie Vlk
(JMC/Con-Cor Alumnus)
And, of course, Jim is also in the process of retiring.

Brian Ehni
(one-time dealer for Con-Cor)

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