Penn Line is an American toy retail company based in Boyertown, Pennsylvania.

This company is interesting and important for Fleischmann model railway collectors because Penn Line sold Fleischmann wagons in their sets in the 1950s together with locomotives and wagons from other manufacturers. These Fleischmann wagons are among the most sought-after models today. The sets and wagons were only sold in the USA.

I received the following message from a collector friend:

„In 1967 the importer Merzbach is still listed in the Technical Journal of Model Car Racing as an importer with address 200 Fifth Avenue, New York 10010. Listed here as a source of supply for Faller.“

Northern Pacific Railroad passenger cars

The most famous and sought-after cars are the passenger cars of the Northern Pacific Railroad.
The Northern Pacific Railroad is a transcontinental railroad in the northern United States

The 1955 Northern Pacific RR passenger cars were created by painting Cars 1420-1423, which Fleischmann used to make Pennsylvania RR cars, in Northern Pacific colors (dark green). The carriages are lighted and are on the ground with C2/5; C4/5 and C5/5 stamped.

The passenger carriages of the 1955 edition all have a sticker on the floor:

The wagons of the 1st series do not have their own Fleischmann catalog numbers.

A 2nd series was launched in 1959. Fleischmann may still have stocks that were sold in Fleischmann packaging in 1959. 1959 Series cars are stamped 21/9 but of course no Penn-Line decals.

The wagons now have their own Fleischmann catalog numbers: 1420P-1423P

These cars are much rarer than the 1955 series cars.

catalog no.

corresponding to bottle catalogue

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520

1422

1955

Pullman van

540

1421

1955

Pullman dining car

550

1423

1955

Pullman sleeper

530

1420

1955

Pullman express train carriage

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1420P 1959

Pullman express train carriage

Where
1421P 1959

Pullman dining car

Where
1422P 1959

Pullman van

Where
1423P 1959

Pullman sleeper

Where

Freight wagons

catalog no.

corresponding to bottle catalogue

description

photo

4001432Monon box car; Stamp: B13/5

4201431Wabash fridge car; Stamp: B13/5

4401426Gondola car „Western Maryland“, stamp: B12/5

450 Piggy back car

460 Caboose C&E I

The freight wagons have a square sticker:

locomotives

catalog no.

Manufacturer

description

photo

900AAtlasDiesel „A“ Unit Locomotive

900BAtlasDiesel „B“ Unit with Diesel Horn

D-300?Mighty Midget Switchers

 

sets

catalog no.

contents

photo

5501D-300; 420; 450; 460 
5502900A; 400; 440; 450; 460 
5503900A; 540; 530; 520

5504900A; 400; 420; 450; 460 
5505900A, 900B; 400; 420; 440; 450; 460

5506900A; 900B; 520; 540; 550; 530

55072x 900A; 900B; 2x 400; 420; 440; 450; 460

Diesel Horn

packagings

Box for Fleischmann US freight cars

Box for Fleischmann US freight cars

Yellow cardboard box with a snap-on lid for the express train carriages.
Label box #530

Lugs of the 1959 series

 

Cover image set 5505 + 5506

Miscellaneous

Catalog 1957

Thanks for the help to:

Michael R. Barnickel, Oberasbach

Last edit: 06/15/2020