Help identifying K-Line Specialty cars

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Help identifying K-Line Specialty cars
Posted by phrankenstign on Wednesday, January 16, 2019 7:54 PM

I have boxed K-Line cars I bought years ago at the first K-Line SuperStore in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.  While documenting all of my train stuff, I looked for item/model numbers and/or UPC numbers on the boxes and cars themselves.  However there aren't any on two of my cars.  I need help identifying the designated item/model number for both.  I bought a hardcover book K-Line released back in the 1990s that I believe contained every single item they'd produced up until then.  However I haven't been able to locate it.  So....I'm hoping someone here who has that book can look them up.

The black covered hopper has the same chrome gold and chrome blue markings on both sides.

  • A top hat and cane picture, "New York New York", some 1/8 musical notes, "K-LINE ELECTRIC TRAINS" are printed in chrome gold.
  • "TOY FAIR 1988", "BLT 2-88", and "K-LINE" are printed in chrome blue.
  • A removable cover is included, but none of the hatches open

The boxcar is powder blue with white doors:

  • Printed in white on the left side of the door are: "Happy Birthday", "June 29, 1990", and "BLT 6-29-90 WHEN EMPTY RETURN TO LAUREL SPRINGS CHAPEL HILL, NC".
  • Printed in white on the right side of the door are: "027KC1", "36TH T.C.A. NAT'L CONVENTION ATLANTA, GA" and a picture of some buildings.
  • Printed in pink is "Ashley" located beneath the white "HAPPY BIRTHDAY".
  • Both sides are painted the same.
  • At first, I thought "027KC1" was the Item/Model number.  However I have another boxcar with the following printed on the box:
  • K-514111
  • 027KC11
  • I'm guessing the 027KC prefix designates a subcategory for specialty runs. I believe the one designated 027KC11 is the eleventh such car while the other is the first.

Can someone here help me?

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Posted by phrankenstign on Sunday, November 10, 2019 10:10 PM

I posted this 9 months ago, but I still haven't been able to identify the designated item/model number for both.

Does anyone here know anything about these?

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Posted by rtraincollector on Sunday, November 10, 2019 11:50 PM

I can't really help you here but I do know Ashley was his daughter

Life's hard, even harder if your stupid  John Wayne

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Posted by phrankenstign on Tuesday, November 12, 2019 3:24 AM



I can't really help you here but I do know Ashley was his daughter



Yes, I know.  I met her on November 4, 1995 at the K-Line SuperStore in Carroboro, North Carolina.  I was talking to a guy there (who introduced himself as "Maury") about all of the great sale items.  He impressed me with his knowledge about many of the oddball items there.  I'd already picked out the boxcar, so I asked him if he knew anything about it.  That's when he told me he made it for his daughter that he was playing with.  He asked her, "Right Ashley?".  She shouted, "Yeah!!!!!" he flipped her.  That's when it dawned on me I'd been talking to Maury D. KLINE (actually Klein)---the MDK in MDK Inc.!  No wonder he knew so many interesting tidbits of information about what was for sale.

Unfortunately, I didn't take the opportunity to ask him what the designated item/model number was for that boxcar.  It just didn't occur to me at the time.

I never asked him anything about the black covered hopper either.

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Posted by hielsie on Friday, November 15, 2019 3:46 PM

I didn't see the first post. I have the book. Bad news good news. Hopper as  described is not shown. Only a 1998 toy fair. #K-1998 TF Blue roof shows twin towers. HOWEVER, after I wrote this, (now bad news is good news), I went through entire back # listing. Found number in list but no picture. K-6200TF K-LINE 1988 Toy Fair

Ashley car as described K-5128. Blt 6-90. Summary of info. Part of a series for daughters birthday. All supposedly have a built date of 6-29-88, her birthday. Look for new on car to see actual prod. date. Subsequent issues yellow, white, grey, pink, lt. blue, 

Lynne Carper


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Posted by phrankenstign on Friday, November 15, 2019 6:02 PM

Thanks!  You've been a GREAT help!

That was exactly what I was looking for.

I've been in the process of inventorying all of my books/catalogs/flyers/etc, but I haven't come across that pesky K-Line book.  I remember ordering it and NOT opening it when it arrived, because I was moving at the time.  I packed it with other train books that ended up in my garage when I moved again later.  I'm almost done going through all of the boxes, so I'm sure it'll turn up soon.

I had my train stuff spread throughout a lot of different unmarked boxes, but slowly I've been finding most of them and repacking them in similar sized, coded boxes.  I've also been inventorying them on my computer along with the code of the box each item is in.  Hopefully I'll be done before the end of the year.

Those particular items I asked about mystified me, since I couldn't find any similar cars after trying a lot of different searches.  I'll post some pics when I dig into those boxes once I start setting up my annual Christmas tree layouts.

Thanks again!


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Posted by hielsie on Monday, November 18, 2019 11:37 AM

You are welcome. Book is hardcover 8 1/2 x 11. Black cover - gold print. Papercover jacket is/are great photos of K-Line trains on a display yard. Collector's Guide Vol 1: 1985-1998.


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