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N Scale - Atlas - 50 005 106 - Passenger Car, Heavyweight, ACF Coach - Chicago Great Western - 274

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N Scale - Atlas -  50 005 106 - Passenger Car, Heavyweight, ACF Coach - Chicago Great Western - 274


Brand Atlas
Stock Number 50 005 106
Secondary Stock Number 50005106
Original Retail Price $38.95
Manufacturer Atlas
Production Type Regular Production
Body Style Atlas Passenger Car ACF 60 Foot Coach
Prototype Passenger Car, Heavyweight, ACF Coach (Details)
Road or Company Name Chicago Great Western (Details)
Road or Reporting Number 274
Paint Color(s) Maroon, Orange & Gold
Print Color(s) Gold
Coupler Type AccuMate Magnetic Knuckle
Coupler Mount Truck-Mount
Wheel Type Injection Molded Plastic
Wheel Profile Small Flange (Low Profile)
Body Material Plastic
Announcement Date 2019-04-15
Item Category Passenger Cars
Model Type Heavyweight
Model Subtype ACF
Model Variety 60 Foot Coach
Prototype Region North America
Prototype Era Era II: Late Steam (1901 - 1938)
Scale 1/160



Specific Item Information: • Based upon C&NW and CNJ prototypes • Full scale dimensions and details • All cars include separately applied window glazing, diaphragms and roof vents • Observation car includes separately applied end railing details and a drumhead. • Detailed interiors (excluding baggage car) • AccuMate® operating knuckle couplers

Road Name History:
The Chicago Great Western Railway (reporting mark CGW) was a Class I railroad that linked Chicago, Minneapolis, Omaha, and Kansas City. It was founded by Alpheus Beede Stickney in 1885 as a regional line between St. Paul and the Iowa state line called the Minnesota and Northwestern Railroad. Through mergers and new construction, the railroad, named Chicago Great Western after 1892, quickly became a multi-state carrier. One of the last Class I railroads to be built, it competed against several other more well-established railroads in the same territory, and developed a corporate culture of innovation and efficiency to survive.

Nicknamed the Corn Belt Route because of its operating area in the midwestern United States, the railroad was sometimes called the Lucky Strike Road, due to the similarity in design between the herald of the CGW and the logo used for Lucky Strike cigarettes.

In 1968 it merged with the Chicago and North Western Railway (CNW), which abandoned most of the CGW's trackage.

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.

Item created by: scottakoltz on 2019-04-22 11:36:42. Last edited by scottakoltz on 2020-06-01 15:51:46

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