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K-Line Western Pacific "Feather" Engine, Box Cars + Caboose 1/2/2001

I have always called K-Line the "uncollectible collectible". Meaning that they are such nice cars, for the money, but they just don't command $$ in the resale market. I look at them as an operators dream..........

My personal objective is always to learn more about what I am collecting and selling. Possibly this is one of your desires as well. I feel the "hunt" becomes more enjoyable when you know what you are looking for as well as the background. Here is a small treatise about the 9 Western Pacific Feather Box Cars introduced by K-Line from 1990 thru 1995 with the matching switcher and caboose.

What makes them such a nice collectible is the combination that they are relatively inexpensive, colorful, utilize sprung metal trucks, are in demand as well as available.


  1. K6436 - Yellow feather:
    Maroon Box (New 5-90 / Blt 6-90)
    Blue Box (New 5-90 / Blt 6-90)
  2. K6456 - Orange feather (New 3-91 / Blt 3-91)
  3. K6466 - Blue feather ( ------------ / Blt 4-92)
  4. K6481100 - Red feather (New 2-93/ Blt 1-93)
  5. K648105 - Purple feather (------------ / Blt 2-95)
  6. K648103 - Green feather (New 2-94 / Blt 2-94)


  1. K648102 - Orange feather (------ / Blt 7-93)
  2. K648106 - Small White "modern" feather (------ / Blt 7-95)


  1. K648104 - Small Silver feather (----- / Blt 6-94)


  1. K2327 - S 2 WP Switcher (silver, black & orange
  2. K6167 - Caboose (silver & black) (------/ Blt 5-93)

In total, the count for these is 9 cars. Don't forget about the 3 that are not silver. Two are brown. One is a medium brown with a modern white squarish feather. The other brown one is a deep, dark, rich brown with an orange feather, yellow printing and black ends. A most attractive offering.

One of the most provocative of them all. A real sleeper in my view. The 3rd car is an off red with silver printing. Also an unusually attractive color in the shade of which it is produced.

All cars in my collection have the Classic Maroon box except for the Yellow feather which also came in a blue box. The engine and caboose attractively match the silver theme.

If you haven't seen these cars I suggest you pursue them to at least get a look at how attractive as well as how much a value they are. You will be pleased as your wallet won't be badly bruised. The toughest one to find of the regular production appears to be the large Orange feather with the Yellow feather next and then the Blue. Green, Red and Purple are more readily around. I am unsure on the toughness of the nonsilver ones in any sort of a ranking at this point. They are all a good challenge.

That is my story and I am sticking to it!!

Mike Spanier

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