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N Scale - Atlas - 50 002 611 - Trailer, 45 Foot, Pines - Transamerica Transportation - 550450

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Stock Number 50 002 611
Original Retail Price $19.95
Brand Atlas
Manufacturer Atlas
Image Provider's Website Link
Body Style Atlas Vehicle Trailer 45 Foot Pines
Prototype Vehicle Trailer, 45 Foot, Pines (Details)
Road or Company Name Transamerica Transportation (Details)
Reporting Marks TDSZ
Road or Reporting Number 550450
Paint Color(s) White and Silver
Announcement Date 2015-10-06
Release Date 2016-08-01
Item Category Vehicles
Model Type Trailer
Model Subtype Semi Box Van
Model Variety 45 Foot Pines
Prototype Region North America
Prototype Era Era IV: 2nd Gen Diesel (1958 - 1978)
Scale 1/160
UPC/GTIN12 Number 843375290511



Specific Item Information: Transamerica Distribution Services

Model Information: Pines 45 Foot Semi Box Trailer.

Prototype History:
Pines Trailer produced a variety of semi box trailers. During the 1960s the 45 foot dry model was quite popular and many are still in service today.

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 2016-08-05 18:55:35. Last edited by gdm on 2018-03-20 10:31:24

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