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1969 Postage Stamp Trains Catalog I

Aurora's 16-page 1969 catalog appeared in two versions; the first was printed on heavy matte-finish paper. It shared its artwork with the 1970 Minitrix catalog, although much of it seems to have originated back in 1967. All pages link to larger images. Also be sure to see Version II.

Aurora introduced three new Minitrix locomotives that, to the best of my knowledge, they never sold on their own. These include a 4-6-2 Pacific steam locomotive, a Fairbanks-Morse switcher, and a GE U-28C road switcher.

The text on the inside cover ("All diesels are eight or twelve wheel drive!") is incorrect. Trix's 6-axle U-28C actually only had eight-wheel drive; one axle on each truck was a dummy. But it didn't matter, since it would appear Aurora never sold any of them. Also, a Canadian set box is shown, above right.

To the best of my knowledge, 17 of the train sets in this catalog were never released: the four "Road Special" and four "Main Liner" sets with the GE U-28C; the four "Tower Switcher" and four "Yard Hog" sets with the F-M switcher; and the "Rocky Mountain" with the Pacific; evidently the "Mighty Mammoth" eventually made it to the market.

Eight new building kits were added, all of them American-styled. There's been some debate as to their source, but there's no doubt they were all from Faller.

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