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N Scale - Atlas - 2180 - Locomotive, Steam, 2-8-2 Heavy Mikado - Undecorated

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N Scale - Atlas - 2180 - Locomotive, Steam, 2-8-2 Heavy Mikado - Undecorated


Production Type Regular Production
Stock Number 2180
Original Retail Price $27.98
Brand Atlas
Manufacturer Rivarossi
Body Style Rivarossi Steam Engine 2-8-2 Mikado
Prototype Locomotive, Steam, 2-8-2 Heavy Mikado (Details)
Road or Company Name Undecorated (Details)
Paint Color(s) Black
DCC Readiness No
Release Date 1969-01-01
Item Category Locomotives
Model Type Steam
Model Subtype 2-8-2
Model Variety Mikado
Prototype Region North America
Prototype Era Era II: Late Steam (1901 - 1938)
Scale 1/160


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Model Information: This model was first developed by Rivarossi for Atlas and released in 1969. The model uses much the same design as Rivarossi's earlier 4-6-2 and 0-8-0 models. The first several releases were models of the USRA light Mikado. In 1982, a version was created to model the Heavy Mikado. Atlas was the sole importer of the early version through 1977. After that Con-Cor started importing them, and it at under Con-Cor's request that the 'Heavy' version was developed. Con-Cor continued to import these models (with no significant changes) through 2006 when Rivarossi went bankrupt.

Compared with the later Kato-made steamers of the 1980s, these locomotives are not very good. They use a fairly wonky electrical pickup scheme which may require some fiddling in order to produce reliable current. They don't have much in the way of shell detail either.

DCC Information: Don't even think about it.

Prototype History: The Heavy Mikado was "conceived" under the auspices of the United States Railway Administration (USRA), an agency established during WWI to regulate the railroad industry during the war. One of the first undertakings of the USRA was to develop locomotive (and rolling stock) designs that the railroads could share. This "common design" program was highly successful in streamlining production, and many USRA engines were used long after the war was over, essentially "outliving" the agency that conceived them.

The 2-8-2 is a railroad steam locomotive that has one leading axle followed by four powered driving axles and one trailing axle. This configuration of steam locomotive is most often referred to as a Mikado, or shortened to just "Mike". The USRA ultimately created 12 different steam locomotive designs, including both the Heavy Mikado and Light Mikado. Both the Light and Heavy Mikado used the same 63" drivers and running gear, but the Heavy Mike had a fatter boiler and put out more pounds on the drivers. This resulted in a more powerful locomotive.

Under the USRA's watch, 233 Heavy Mikados were built. Including copies built later, the total number of Heavy Mikes was 957 units, purchased originally by 23 different railroads, primarily in freight service. Some Mikado steam engine are still in service today, employed mostly for tourist or railfan trips.

Road Name History: Although they may be molded in color, unpainted and unlettered, undecorated products are marketed to modelers who seek to custom decorate their models for private roads and/or road and/or company names that were not commercially produced by any of the major manufacturers.

Undecorated models are frequently also unassembled or only partially assembled and required modelers to be comfortable with glue, paint and sometimes solder in order to prepare their models for display. Materials for these models can vary but often include plastic, pewter and resin. Models may or may not come with decals or other decorations such as plastic signage, railings and ladders to enhance the appearance of the final product.



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: gdm on 2016-03-27 08:35:08. Last edited by gdm on 2018-09-21 12:57:00

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