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N Scale - Atlas - 50 004 072 - Boxcar, 62 Foot, BX-166 - Santa Fe - 621389 Different Road Number Shown


Brand Atlas
Stock Number 50 004 072
Original Retail Price $34.95
Manufacturer Atlas
Production Type Regular Production
Body Style BLMA Boxcar 62 Foot Double Sliding Door Insulated Bx-166
Prototype Boxcar, 62 Foot, BX-166 (Details)
Road or Company Name Santa Fe (Details)
Reporting Marks ATSF
Road or Reporting Number 621389
Paint Color(s) Red
Print Color(s) White
Coupler Type AccuMate Magnetic Knuckle
Coupler Mount Body-Mount
Wheel Type Chemically Blackened Metal
Wheel Profile Small Flange (Low Profile)
Announcement Date 2018-02-01
Release Date 2019-04-01
Item Category Rolling Stock (Freight)
Model Type Boxcar
Model Subtype 62 Foot
Model Variety Double Sliding Door Insulated Bx-166
Prototype Region North America
Prototype Era Era IV: 2nd Gen Diesel (1958 - 1978)
Scale 1/160



Model Information: The ready-to-run models have etched metal brake wheel platforms, fine scale under body detail, and separately applied air hoses and wire cut levers.

Prototype Information: Built by the Santa Fe at the railroad's Kansas City car shops in 1974, a total of three-hundred of the 61 foot 6 inch long double 8' sliding door insulated Bx-166 boxcars were produced.

From their original Indian Red color, with large white cross logos and "Shock Control" lettering, to their mid-life, minimalist, Mineral Brown paint with small white Santa Fe logos, all the way to BNSF?s modern "Powerbar" logos, it has been reported that Bx-166's have been seen in thirteen different paint schemes.

Used for beer distribution throughout North America, some 40+ years later, re-stenciled to reflect the merged Burlington Northern and Santa Fe railroads (BNSF), a fair number of the remaining cars continue to haul beer, though many have been relegated to non-beer hauling tasks, such as the hauling of bundled corrugated and paper recyclables.

Learn more about the Bx-166 prototype and models in this BLMA You Tube video.

Prototype History:
The BX-166 was a product of Santa Fe's Topeka, Kansas shops in the late 1970s. The BX-155, BX-161, BX-166 and BX-177 were all similar designs. The BX-166 was the double plug door design and was 62 feet long. When built, they were painted in the railroad's Indian Red paint scheme with the 'Shock Control' logo on the sides. In later years, the cars were repainted in a simplified mineral red scheme. Some repainted cars had a small circle-cross herald applied in the upper left corner, while others had reporting marks only.

Many of these cars are still in service, four decades after being built. Some are used for beer service while others carry recycled paper. These cars have twoe 8-foot insulated plug doors on each side.

Road Name History:
The Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway (reporting mark ATSF), often abbreviated as Santa Fe or AT&SF, was one of the larger railroads in the United States. Chartered in February 1859, the railroad reached the Kansas-Colorado border in 1873 and Pueblo, Colorado, in 1876. To create a demand for its services, the railroad set up real estate offices and sold farm land from the land grants that it was awarded by Congress. Despite the name, its main line never served Santa Fe, New Mexico, as the terrain was too difficult; the town ultimately was reached by a branch line from Lamy.

The Santa Fe was a pioneer in intermodal freight transport, an enterprise that (at one time or another) included a tugboat fleet and an airline (the short-lived Santa Fe Skyway). Its bus line extended passenger transportation to areas not accessible by rail, and ferryboats on the San Francisco Bay allowed travelers to complete their westward journeys to the Pacific Ocean. The ATSF was the subject of a popular song, Harry Warren & Johnny Mercer's "On the Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe", written for the film, The Harvey Girls (1946).

The railroad officially ceased operations on December 31, 1996, when it merged with the Burlington Northern Railroad to form the Burlington Northern & Santa Fe Railway.

Read more on Wikipedia.

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: Jenna on 2019-04-08 15:13:57

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