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December 24, 1996

Release # 97-053
CPSC: Ken Giles
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1184

CPSC and MDK Inc. Recall Model Trains

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), MDK Inc. of Chapel Hill, N.C., is recalling about 20,000 model trains. If the train derails, the coupler coil spring could overheat creating a potential fire hazard.

CPSC and MDK Inc. are not aware of any injuries involving these model trains. This recall is being conducted to prevent the possibility of injury.

The trains involved in this recall are The Heavyweight line of O scale passenger cars, sold under the brand name K-LINE Electric Trains, which were produced from 1991 through 1995. These cars are 1:48 scale models of railroad passenger cars from the early 1900s and are designed to operate on a three-rail, O gauge track.

The following types of cars are part of this train product line: coach, pullman, baggage, railway post office, diner, and observation car. All cars are individually boxed

and include an end label listing the model name and number. The following cars were sold through hobby wholesalers and distributed to hobby and specialty retail stores nationwide:

Railroad Name
Car Numbers

Baltimore & Ohio Railroad
K10-0004, K10-0045

Erie-Lackawanna Railroad 6-Car Set (K-44251)
K25-0001, K25-0002, K25-0098, K25-0316, K25-0469, K25-1813

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey
K83-0072, K83-0073, K83-0080, K83-0093, K83-0094, K83-0095, K83-0096

Southern Railroad
K86-0004, K86-0042

Southern Pacific Railroad
K88-0112, K88-1918, K88-5124

Union Pacific Railroad 6-Car Set (K-44911)
K91-0100, K91-0101, K91-0102, K91-0103, K91-0104, K91-0107

These additional cars were sold through the following listed outlets:

Railroad Name
Car Numbers

Chesapeake & Ohio Railroad 6-Car Set (K-44151)
K15-0110, K15-0385, K15-0727, K15-0827, K15-0972, K15-2500
K-LINE Collectors Club (Chapel Hill, N.C.)

Lackawanna Railroad 6-Car Set (K-44381)
K38-0001, K38-0002, K38-0003, K38-0004, K38-0465, K38-1812
The Train Station (Mountain Lakes, N.J.)

Toy Train Museum Cars
K85-1884, K85-1896, K85-1870, K85-1899, K85-1877
Toy Train Museum (Strasburg, Pa.)

Train Collectors Association Cars
K85-1992, K85-1993
Train Collectors Association (Strasburg, Pa.)

Texas & Pacific Railroad 6-Car Set (K-44891)
K89-0718, K89-1018, K89-1109, K89-1402, K89-1658, K89-1818
Collectible Trains & Toys (Dallas, Texas)

Pasadena Mutual Funds Car
Pasadena Group of Mutual Fund (Greenwich, Conn.)

The model trains were sold from late 1991 to the present for about $75 to 125 per car.

Consumers should immediately stop operating the recalled cars, and call MDK Inc. at 800) 866-9986 for information on receiving a free repair. Consumers can write to K-LINE lectric Trains (MDK, Inc), P.O. Box 2831, Chapel Hill, N.C. 27515

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission protects the public from the unreasonable risk of injury or death from 15,000 types of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction. To report a dangerous product or a product-related injury and for information on CPSC's fax-on-demand service, call CPSC's hotline at (800) 638-2772 or CPSC's teletypewriter at (800) 638-8270. To order a press release through fax-on-demand, call (301) 504-0051 from the handset of your fax machine and enter the release number. Consumers can report product hazards to