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Stock Number 1020
Brand Atlas
Manufacturer Atlas
Body Style Atlas Boxcar 60 Foot Auto Parts
Road or Company Name Atlas Model Railroad (Details)
Additional Markings/Slogan Atlas Model Railroad Co., Inc. 50 1949 1999
Paint Color(s) Gold with red sills and ends
Paint Scheme Party Edition
Coupler Type Rapido Hook
Wheel Type Injection Molded Plastic
Wheel Profile Standard
Release Date 1999-01-01
Item Category Rolling Stock (Freight)
Model Type Boxcar
Model Subtype 60 Foot
Model Variety ACF Auto Parts
Region North America
Era Era IV: 1958 - 1978
Prototype Boxcar, 60 Foot, Auto Parts (Details)
UPC/GTIN12 Number 732573010208
Scale 1/160
Body Material Plastic


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Specific Item Information: Atlas Model Railroad Co., Inc. 50 1949 1999. This commemorative model was presented to guests who attended the Atlas anniversary celebration party.

Model Information: This body style comes in two different variations: Double Door and Single Door.

Prototype History:
In the early 1960s, the auto industry, looking for better and more efficient ways of shipping parts to assembly plants, worked with railroads and car builders to develop specialized freight cars. The primary requirement was the ability to handle a variety of different parts without the use of custom-built interior fixtures and racks. The 60 foot cars were for higher density items such as engines, transmissions and castings. Their big brothers, the 86 footers handled lower-density automotive components such as stamped parts.

Various manufacturers built these cars including ACF, NSC and Pullman. National Steel Car's 103-ton, 60-foot, 9-inch box car is equipped with rub rails and interior lading securement; double 8-foot plug doors that are 12-feet, 9-inches high, have a 16-foot clear opening, 60,000 pound nailable steel floor and 15-inch end of car cushioning. NSC box cars are available with a variety of options and can be tailored to suit specific shipping needs.

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: nscalemodeler160 on 2016-04-14 17:52:54. Last edited by gdm on 2018-02-15 13:18:39

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