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AUGUST 24, 1999
Toymaker to produce scale model of Crashela train


Paul W.Boddlesby, Director of Communications
1 Deferred Maintenance Way
Nutley, New Jersey, USNJ

Model train maker Bockmann Industries has been signed to produce a scaled-down version of Crashela, Amtrek's new high-speed passenger train.

Expected to arrive in stores in time for Christmas, the model is being touted as the most realistic ever made. Each HO scale train set is planned to include front and rear locomotives and three exploding passenger cars. It will boast a high-tech, onboard computer chip designed to limit the train's speed and ensure that it arrives at Plasticville Station late. The model will even be equipped with a tilting mechanism like that of its big brother. (As on the full-size version, the feature can unpredictably malfunction, causing the model to rock wildly on its track.)

According to a Bockmann spokesperson, the Crashela model will be the first toy train in history to use a "randomizing circuit" for the control of train functions. The interior lights will realistically blink off and on. Occasionally, the model may come to an abrupt stop and then sit disabled for 3-1/2 hours while awaiting a rescue locomotive. (Crashela Rescue Engine sold separately.) Optional HO scale busses can even be used by the hobbyist to simulate the alternate transportation typically provided in such instances.

But Bockmann isn't stopping there. A Collector's Edition is already in the works. This special set will offer a train that is programmed to accidentally uncouple after reaching top speed. Collector's Edition packages will also include a Grade Crossing Adventure kit. The detailed miniature will feature an HO scale tanker truck filled with real gasoline sitting stalled on the tracks. Bells and flashing lights warn of an approaching train.

In another innovation for the toy industry, Bockmann intends to mimic Amtrek's business strategy. They plan on selling the train set for less than it costs to manufacture.


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Amtrek is an off-shore corporation headquartered in the United State of New Jersey. It was chartered in 1971 to provide rail service to the U.S.A. and is supported in part by American foreign aid.

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