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N Scale - Atlas - 2754 - Track, Turnout, Wye, Single - Track - #6

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N Scale - Atlas - 2754 - Track, Turnout, Wye, Single - Track - #6 Image Courtesy of Atlas Model Railroad


Brand Atlas
Stock Number 2754
Original Retail Price $16.95
Manufacturer Atlas Model Railroad
Image Provider's Website Link
Body Style Atlas Track Code 80
Road or Company Name Track (Details)
Reporting Marks Custom N Line Standard Wye Switch
Road or Reporting Number #6
Item Category Track
Model Type Code 80
Model Subtype Snap, Wooden ties
Model Variety Turnout
Prototype Track, Turnout, Wye, Single
Region North America
Era/Epoch Era V: 1979 - Present


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Specific Item Information: 1 piece
Original Retail Price (MSRP) as per 2015 price list.

Body Style Information: Atlas N scale Code 80 track has been used on thousands of model railroads over the last 30 years. It is a complete range of sectional snap tracks, and also includes one flex track. Turnouts are available either manually or remotely controlled (electrical motor).

Road/Company Information:
Can't have model trains without track can we?


Rail codes:
The code refers to the actual height of the rail. The followings heights are used for N-scale:
- Code 80 = 0.080" tall or about 13" N scale height - the mostly used for sectional tracks.
- Code 70 = 0.070" tall or about 11" N scale height
- Code 55 = 0.055" tall or about 9" N scale height - the mostly used by modelers wishing a realistic effect for their layout. Can be used with all modern rolling stock (low flange wheels).
- Code 40 = 0.040" tall or about 6" N scale height

Turnout codes:
The turnout number describes the length needed for the diverging track to be 1 foot apart from the straight one . So the lower the number, the sharper the curve, and the higher the number, the more gradual curve on the diverging track.
- In a #4 turnout, the rails are 1 foot apart at a distance 4 feet beyond the frog
- In a #6 turnout, the rails are 1 foot apart at a distance 6 feet beyond the frog
- In a #8 turnout, the rails are 1 foot apart at a distance 8 feet beyond the frog
Note that European brands such as Minitrix or Fleischmann use a different notation for turnouts and refer to the radius of the curvature of the diverging track.

Brand/Importer Information:
In 1924 Stephan Schaffan, Sr. founded the Atlas Tool Company in Newark, New Jersey. In 1933 his son, Stephan Schaffan, Jr., came to work for his father at the age of sixteen. Steve Jr. built model airplanes as a hobby and frequented a local hobby shop. Being an enterprising young man, he would often ask the owner if there was anything he could do to earn some extra spending money. Tired of listening to his requests, the hobby-store owner threw some model railroad track parts his way and said, "Here, see if you can improve on this".

In those days, railroad modelers had to assemble and build everything from scratch. Steve Jr. created a "switch kit" which sold so well, that the entire family worked on them in the basement at night, while doing business as usual in the machine shop during the day.

Subsequently, Steve Jr. engineered the stapling of rail to fiber track, along with inventing the first practical rail joiner and pre-assembled turnouts and flexible track. All of these products, and more, helped to popularize model railroading and assisted in the creation of a mass-market hobby. The budding entrepreneur quickly outgrew the limitations of a basement and small garage operation. Realizing they could actually make a living selling track and related products, Steve and his father had the first factory built in Hillside, New Jersey at 413 Florence Avenue in 1947. On September 30, 1949, the Atlas Tool Company was officially incorporated as a New Jersey company.

In 1985, Steve was honored posthumously for his inventions by the Model Railroad Industry Association and was inducted into the Model Railroad Industry Hall of Fame in Baltimore, Maryland. In addition, Steve was nominated and entered into the National Model Railroad Association Pioneers of Model Railroading in 1995.

In the early 1990s, the Atlas Tool Company changed its name to Atlas Model Railroad Company, Inc.

Manufacturer Information: 'Atlas Model Railroad' represents the New Jersey manufacturing facility for Atlas brand model railroad products. Atlas also imported European made models in their early years and those items will be noted as having manufacturers set appropriately. In the 1990s Atlas moved all their toolings to China. Models that were made in China are signified by having their manufacturer set to 'Atlas China'.


Item created by: Alain LM on 2017-06-11 16:30:24. Last edited by Alain LM on 2017-06-12 09:23:59

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