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N Scale - Loco-Motives - 800 - Flatcar, 50 Foot - Department of Defense - 39800

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N Scale - Loco-Motives - 800 - Flatcar, 50 Foot - Department of Defense - 39800 Image used with permission by owner


N Scale - Loco-Motives - 800 - Flatcar, 50 Foot - Department of Defense - 39800


Production Type Regular Production
Stock Number 800
Brand Loco-Motives
Manufacturer Atlas
Body Style Atlas Flatcar 50 Foot TOFC
Prototype Flatcar, 50 Foot (Details)
Road or Company Name Department of Defense (Details)
Additional Markings/Slogan Desert Storm
Reporting Marks DODX
Road or Reporting Number 39800
Paint Color(s) Black; White Trailer
Print Color(s) White; Blue Trailer
Coupler Type Rapido Hook
Wheel Type Injection Molded Plastic
Wheel Profile Small Flange (Low Profile)
Item Category Rolling Stock (Freight)
Model Type Flatcar
Model Subtype 50 Foot
Model Variety Single TOFC
Prototype Region North America
Prototype Era Era II: Late Steam (1901 - 1938)
Scale 1/160



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Model Information: Unlike many other Atlas releases from the 1960's, theAtlas 50 Foot Flatcar was actually produced by Atlas in the United States at their New Jersey facility. This model was first announced in the 1967 catalog with two road names with two Piggyback trailers permanently affixed to the car (TOFC). The two models first appeared for sale in the 1969 catalog at $2.50 each. The 1969 catalog shows two different road names and that is all that was available for 21 years. In 1990, a large new release appears with two dozen road names in two configurations: single 40 foot trailers and twin 24 foot trailers.

Early versions featured Rapido couplers and metal wheels and later versions have Accumate couplers with plastic low-profile wheels. In 1996 (likely when they moved the tooling to China) they started producing multiple road numbers for each paint scheme. By 2008, this tooling was almost 40 years old and showing its age, especially when compared to some of the higher quality models Atlas was producing as part of their new 'Master' line. Rather than retire this very popular (and low-cost) model, Atlas moved the model to their 'Trainman' line along with other older models. This model has been released and re-released a dozen or more times in the last 50 years with a wide range of road names and road numbers.

This model at first glance appears to be very similar to the Rivarossi-produced 40 foot flatcar with stakes, but the TOFC model is 10 scale feet longer and close inspection reveals a different tooling.

Prototype History: A flatcar (US) (also flat car (US) or flat wagon (UIC)) is a piece of railroad (US) or railway (non-US) rolling stock that consists of an open, flat deck mounted on a pair of trucks (US) or bogies (UK), one at each end containing four or six wheels. Occasionally, flat cars designed to carry extra heavy or extra large loads are mounted on a pair (or rarely, more) of bogeys under each end . The deck of the car can be wood or steel, and the sides of the deck can include pockets for stakes or tie-down points to secure loads. Flatcars designed for carrying machinery have sliding chain assemblies recessed in the deck.

Flatcars are used for loads that are too large or cumbersome to load in enclosed cars such as boxcars. They are also often used to transport intermodal containers (shipping containers) or trailers as part of intermodal freight transport shipping.

From Wikipedia

Brand/Importer Information: Loco-Motives was a division of Mallerich Hobby Corp. The company provided custom printing services for railroad modeling. Mallerich Hobby Corporation was incorporated on Friday 31st January 1992 in Taneytown Maryland. They are no longer in business. They repainted other companies models.


Item created by: gdm on 2018-02-26 14:35:19. Last edited by gdm on 2018-03-20 11:39:39

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