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N Scale - Atlas - 41202 - Open Hopper, 2-Bay, USRA 55 Ton - Akron Canton & Youngstown - 6010

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N Scale - Atlas - 41202 - Open Hopper, 2-Bay, USRA 55 Ton - Akron Canton & Youngstown - 6010 Image Courtesy of Atlas Model Railroad

Stock Number 41202
Original Retail Price $13.95
Brand Atlas
Manufacturer Atlas
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Body Style Atlas Open Hopper 2-Bay 55 Ton Fishbelly
Prototype Open Hopper, 2-Bay, USRA 55 Ton (Details)
Road or Company Name Akron Canton & Youngstown (Details)
Reporting Marks ACY
Road or Reporting Number 6010
Paint Color(s) Black and White Lettering
Coupler Type AccuMate Magnetic Knuckle
Wheel Type Injection Molded Plastic
Wheel Profile Small Flange (Low Profile)
Release Date 2003-09-01
Item Category Rolling Stock (Freight)
Model Type Open Hopper
Model Subtype 2-Bay
Model Variety 55 Ton
Prototype Region North America
Prototype Era Era II: Late Steam (1901 - 1938)
Scale 1/160

Prototype History:
The USRA 55-Ton hopper was designed by the United States Railway Administration during World War I as a standardized hopper to be used by all railroads in order to aid the war effort. After WWI many railroads continued to use the USRA 55-Ton hoppers, as well as build many thousands more clones. The USRA hopper was in use on North American railroads from 1918 until the 1970’s

Road Name History:
The ACY finished their 10 mile line between Mogadore and Akron, Ohio in 1912. In 1920 a big opportunity presented itself as New York Central began selling off a number of subsidiaries to avoid running afoul of anti-trust laws. One of these subsidiaries the Lake Erie & Western had controlled the Northern Ohio Railway which ran from Akron to Delphos, Ohio. The NO was leased to ACY, even though it was 16 times the size of the ACY. They operated under the ACY flag and in 1944 the two merged. They never did reach Canton or Youngstown. The ACY was best known for serving the tire and rubber industry in the Akron area. Passenger service was a bit of an afterthought with the last mixed train operating in 1951.

The heaviest power in the steam fleet were USRA light Mikados, at least one of which was equipped with a tender booster. Their diesel fleet (about 18 locomotives give or take) was a bit odd. Their switchers were all Alco and their road power was all Fairbanks Morse. The FMs were setup to run long hood forward. In 1964, the AC&Y was purchased by the Norfolk & Western as part of the N&W-NKP-Wabash-P&WV-AC&Y consolidation. Unlike the other roads, the N&W kept the AC&Y as a separate operation.

By 1970, all of AC&Y's Alcos and FMs had worn out and had been traded in to EMD. However, they were traded in for new locomotives for AC&Y's parent, Norfolk & Western. N&W then leased older power (mostly ex-Nickel Plate GP-9s) to AC&Y. At that point, the only way to tell you were seeing an AC&Y train was "Leased to AC&Y" painted in small letters below the road number on N&W geeps. Finally, the AC&Y was merged into the Norfolk & Western in 1982 in preparation for the Norfolk Southern merger.

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: trainnut3500 on 2016-07-16 12:22:10. Last edited by gdm on 2018-01-25 18:43:35

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