All About Postage Stamp Trains
Passenger car styles were often specific to the railroads on which they ran. For example, Trix's Vista-Dome (below) appears to be based on the Pleasure Dome, a car made by Pullman in 1950 for the Santa Fe (right). Also, dome cars were used on western lines almost exclusively; more information here. Making matters worse, Trix deliberately made all of their passenger cars as much as 15% shorter than their real-life counterparts in order to navigate tight curves better. (Arnold did the same thing with their passenger cars, while Röwa and Rivarossi chose to make correctly-proportioned models.)
Unfortunately, between their short length, generic styling and totally made-up paint schemes, Trix's cars were all pure fantasy, and in these days of prototypically accurate models, their only real value is nostalgia.
Unlike the freight cars, which were manufactured by Roco in Austria, the Postage Stamp passenger cars were manufactured by Trix in Western Germany, although Trix didn't brand them. Today, they may show signs of age: sometimes the aluminum paint may become slightly yellowed, as may the grey plastic trucks, especially if they've been exposed to sunlight. Curiously, although the 1967 passenger sets were made to accept Vista-Domes, the sets instead had coaches, suggesting perhaps there was a delay in their release. They came in both styles of packaging.
Production of these cars presumably continued until the late 1990s, when Trix went bankrupt, and their new owner, Märklin, ended production of all North American models. Beginning in the late 1970s, Model Power took over the Minitrix passenger car line and released them in many road names, including those originally sold by Aurora. These re-issues are often mistaken as Postage Stamp cars; however, the big giveaway is that they have black trucks instead of light grey.
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Postage Stamp Trains is a Trademark of the Aurora Plastics Corporation.