All About Aurora Postage Stamp Trains
Aurora's 1969 catalog shared its artwork with the 1970 Minitrix catalog, although much of it seems to have originated back in 1967. This is one of three versions; I'm currently researching the others. All catalog pages link to larger images.
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, together with a bookshelf box.
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.
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