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Model Information: This car was made initially by Rivarossi under contract with Atlas. The tooling was moved the the New Jersey Atlas factory in the early 1970s. The 1971 Atlas catalog lists a C&EI, B&O and SOO release. These never materialized. They did, however produce a Wabash and Rock Island version as their first post-move release. Much much later, the tooling was redone and production moved to China. The Rivarossi and US releases use Rapido couplers. The early Chinese releases likely used Rapido couplers as well. More recent releases use Accumate couplers. See a video of this car on our YouTube Channel
All-steel gondolas date back to the early part of the 20th century.
Road Name History:
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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.
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