You can see a Video of the "N" AeroTrain running on the "N-Trak" Convention layout in
Louisville by clicking on the Video link at the bottom of this page. The "N-Trak" Convention layout had over 700 modules connected and over
2,000 feet of track. WOW !
A special thanks to Bruce Bryan of the "Dayton N-Trak"
Module Club for his help with the video shoot.
'N" 4 Car set, Pennsylvania front angle view
"N" Rock Island 4 car set, rear view
"N" Rock Island Right side view
Nose Views: Santa Fe N AeroTrain
New York Central   Union Pacific N AeroTrain.
Closer view of Undecorated models, just look at the detail we have been
able to achieve !
'N" 4 Car set, front angle
"N" Rear Observation car
Following are photos with the bodies removed and interiors shown.
"N" AeroTrain Locomotive
Loco chassis is all die-cast metal for pulling power.
"N" Coach car with full interior
"N" Tail end Observation car with full interior
Information on the Features of the Con-Cor "N" Version of the AeroTrain follows:
Highly detailed bodies, with separate add on parts where appropriate.
Diaphrams between cars
Full interior details
LED interior car lightling with circuit boards in each car
Electrical pick-up and metal wheelsets on all cars
Dual flywheel drive
5 pole scewed armature motor
Functional reversing front headlights, and tail of observation back up lights.
Will come in DC mode, with 8 pin NMRA Socket set mounted inside lst coach car
for adding any brand small N Function Decoder, or Sound Decoder (Decoder not included)
Loco Cab interior
Special Edition Collector's Box.
Reprints of articles from the 1955 Popular Mechanics, and 1976 Rail Classics Article on
the original AeroTrain included with Basic 4 car Sets.
The AeroTrain will be as faithfully reproduced as we can make it. It is designed so you can just buy
the basic 4 car set and it will run just fine as a 4 car train with all the features. But it will be easy to add the
extra "Add-on" car set(s) to make a longer train if you so choose either immediately, or at a later date.
"N" Version: Introductory 4 car sets...(Engine, 2 coach cars, and tail end observation
0001-008760 Undecorated (painted Silver, no other paint or lettering)
0001-008761 G.M. Demonstrator color scheme
0001-008762 Pennsylvania Ry. (Pennsy AeroTrain) 1956
0001-008763 New York Central (ran as Great Lakes AeroTrain) (1956)
0001-008764 Union Pacific (ran as City of Las Vegas)(1957)
0001-008765 Santa Fe (ran as The San Diegan) 1956
0001-008766 Rock Island (1958-1966)
"N" Version Add-On 3 car Coach set, Price $219.98
0001-008770 Undecorated (painted Silver, no other paint or lettering)
0001-008771 G.M. Demonstrator color scheme
0001-008772 Pennsylvania Ry. (Pennsy AeroTrain) 1956
0001-008773 New York Central (Great Lakes AeroTrain) (1956)
0001-008774 Union Pacific (City of Las Vegas)(1957)
0001-008775 Santa Fe (The San Diegan) 1956
0001-008776 Rock Island (1958-1966)
The AeroTrain name is recognized by most model railroaders, and yet finding
good information about it was a challenge.
There were two AeroTrain consists (train #1000 and train #1001). Built in
1955 and debuted at the 1955 "GM Powerama" which was held at Soldier's Field
just south of Downtown Chicago. At the same show GM showed a Solar Powered Automobile
(Geeze this was 53 years ago!) -and still no solar automobiles.
The two AeroTrain demonstrator sets logged over 600,000 miles traveling coast
to coast and were open to the public for viewing in many major cities.
In addition to the roads listed below that we can verrify used the AeroTrain
is regular service, we know it also ran on many other railroads such as the Southern Pacific, New Haven, Canadian National, and spent a couple of months in Mexico.
Anyone who can help with photos of the AeroTrain running on other railroads would be appreciated.
Just send us an Email on what you have. (Click on Email link at the bottom of this page.)
Today you can find parts of one Train Set at the Museum in St. Louis, and
parts of the other Train Set at the Museum in Green Bay. The one in St.
Louis was cosmeticly restored about 5 years ago using a $10,000 donation
from the NMRA.
The Consist of each AeroTrain
Each AeroTrain consisted of the locomotive unit, 8 40 seat coaches and the tail end observation car. A total of 10 units per train set. The Locomotive
used the drive train off the SW-1200 switcher (regeared so it could hit a top speed of 102 mph), and the car bodies were built using parts from an inter-city bus body that GM was building at the
The GM Designer responsible for the AeroTrain project Charles "Chuck" Jordan
is retired and living in Southern California. "Chuck" was very helpful in confirming design
specifications and details of the AeroTrain. "Chuck" was the primary designer of the 1958 Corvette, and was named Cadillacís Chief of Design in 1959. We owe a huge "THANK YOU" to Chuck for his help on this project.
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"N" AeroTrain has been shipped, we only have a handful of sets left. Some people
have reported problems with the N AeroTrain, but in almost 100% of the cases the problems are due to the Customers not looking at
and following the directions on the Assembly sheets that come with the sets.(Hey it is a guy thing, Remember, if all else fails read the directions
#1) Loco does not run by itself.
The Loco and 3 cars must all be CONNECTED using
the varioius connectors and on the track to run. The control module for the Loco motor is on the Circuit Board in Coach Car #1, not in
the loco itself, so the loco will not run on the track by itself... all 4 cars make one LONG CIRCUIT and must be connected together for
everything to run... even the Loco and only lst car on the track will not run, as it is still an open circuit... the last Tail End Observation
car must be connected electroniclly using the connectors for the train to run.
You need to remove the body shells from Coach #1
and Coach #2 and connect all the plugs as shown on the assembly diagram, these plus must be "tight", if loose the electronic connection
may not be made. (Body shell from rear end Observation does not need to be removed.) NOTE: The Coach with the holes in
the bottom (the one with the 8 pin decoder socket) needs to run right behind the locomotive in the train.
the coach bodes after you have connected the connectors, make sure you do not pinch any of the wires between the side of the body
shell and the end diaphram of the car body. The wires go Underneath the diaphram, so they can move side to side freely when the cars
go through a curve. They are measured so they are just long enough to do their job without rubbing on the track. If they seem to be
drooping too much you probably do not have the connector pushed onto the circuit board receiver far enough. If you leave wires pinched
betweeen the side of the car shells and diaphram it will either lift the car off the track a bit and cause derailments, or when going around
curves it will pull the car side to side and off the track.
Suggest you connect all the cars together and leave
the body shells off the two coaches, and run the train back and forth to make sure everything working OK, before re-mounting the the
2 Coach Body shells.
If you plan to add a decoder (Standfard NMRA 8 pin socket is in the
#1 coach car). you must make sure the train runs properly in DC first. Then if you have problems later you know the problem is either in the Decoder
itself, or the installation of the Decoder. As pointed out often, we warantee these sets ONLY in DC mode. If you have a question about using or
installing decoders in the N AeroTrain, check out item #13 on the following web page.. www.con-cor.com/webFAQ.html
2nd Tail light not working...
Some people think both Tail lights at the rear of the
Tail end Observation car should be lighted same time. No so, the "Red light" (Left light) is on when train is moving forward. The Right light
(White light) is the backup light and only on when train is backing up (and Red light is off when backing up.) This is how the real AeroTrain
N AeroTrain derailing.
No offense, but this is often not a problem with AeroTrain, but the quality of the trackage. We
have test run the N AeroTrain for hours and hours at train shows, and on N Trak Layouts without problems... but because of its design with
only a single axle at each end of the cars make it more sensitive to uneven trackage, or track not level side to side.
The real AeroTrain had some of these same problems
due to its design by General Motors. We designed in as much "float" as we could with the bolsters on the cars without raising the cars
above their prototype height (adjusted for scale). We also found a couple of models where a wheelset was found out of guage, so if you have
a problem with derailing at switches etc, check the wheel gauge. One fellow said he fixed one wheelset and they run "just fine" on his
code 55 track.
Also make sure you are running the Coach cars in correct sequence. The one with the
NMRA plug (it has the holes in the bottom) is designed to run immediately behind the Locomotive, as it weights a more than the
other Coaches.. if placed anywhere else in the train it might cause some derailments as you will have Heavy locomotive -lightweight coach
-then the heavier Coach - then lighter coach. the heavier Coach in middle of train can cause lighter cars to derail from time to time.
Also we found by putting just a tiny amount of weight in the tail end observation car
it helps keep the last wheelset in the train to track correctly. This weight is just glued to the underside of the Observation roof (above
the printed circuit board) so it does not interfere with the lighting and can not be seen through the windows. We would be happy to
mail you one of these weights at no charge. Just contact our office. Or maybe you can find a small flat weight around your tool box some
place and glue it in to accompish same result, but make sure to keep it away from the Elecronic Connector on top of the Printed Circuit board.
If you seem to have derailings problems, I would check
if the train seems to have problems at the same spots all the time, (sometimes you might notice it is off the track until it hits a curve or
something, so carefully watch for the exact spot is is derailing at). Might be a bump at a rail-jointer, small kink in the rail, or uneven track.
Finding and fixing this problem will make all your trains run better. Once again we have put a lot of running hours on these models testing
them, and sometimes find we need to put a shim under some places in the track etc, but once running smoothly, they have run for
hours and hours without problems.
If you look at the bottom piece of foam in the N AeroTrain
box you will see a diagonal cut out where you can store all 3 of the passenger cars without dis-assembling them. The Locomotive must be
be stored seperately because of its weight so it is not damaged when the box is carried around.
The N AeroTrain has some traction tires on the Locomotive
wheels to help it pull. Pulling was a major problem with the "real" AeroTrain due to only 3 powered axles on the Locomotives. We have added the maximum
weight to the locomotive we could, and minimized the weight of the cars, to improve performance of this train. Since all axles on all cars are
picking up power, there is no problem with running over switches and other track components using traction tires on the locomotive, as all
cars are part of the pickup for the motor circuit.
Lubrication and Maintenance:
For best performace you will need to check the AeroTrain
after every few hours of running for dirt and debris on the wheels. Using LaBelle Lubricant #108 clean off any debris with a Q-Tip, and then
re-lube all wheel axle end pickups with LaBelle #108, do NOT over Oil, just a drop or two on each axle end will be enough. If you over-oil
the excess oil will only pick up more dirt and debris. Warantee is voided if LaBelle products are not used to Lube and Maintain this model.
Jump to short Video clip showing our new N AeroTrain Running on the "N-Trak" Layout at the Louisville "N" Track Convention.
A special thanks to Bruce Bryan of the "Dayton N-Trak"
Module Club for his help with the video shoot.
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