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N Scale - Atlas - 22055 - Couplers - 70-Ton Roller-Bearing

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N Scale - Atlas - 22055 - Couplers - 70-Ton Roller-Bearing


Brand Atlas
Stock Number 22055
Original Retail Price $4.50
Manufacturer Atlas
Production Type Regular Production
Body Style Atlas Accessories Trucks
Prototype Description Couplers
Road or Reporting Number 70-Ton Roller-Bearing
Coupler Type Rapido Hook
Coupler Mount Truck-Mount
Wheel Type Injection Molded Plastic
Wheel Profile Standard
Item Category Accessories
Model Type Trucks
Model Subtype Roller-Bearing
Scale 1/160



Specific Item Information: American Steel Foundries ASF A-3 Ride Control roller bearing truck.
Original Retail Price from Atlas 2013 catalog.

Model Information: The Atlas trucks are sold by pair. They are offered with either Rapido or Accumate couplers, or without couplers (then designated as 'Caboose couplers'). They are equipped with low-profile brown plastic wheels.

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: Alain LM on 2019-11-17 04:24:29. Last edited by Lethe on 2020-05-07 00:00:00

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