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N Scale - Atlas - 50 005 117 - Passenger Car, Heavyweight, ACF Coach - Monon - 45

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N Scale - Atlas -  50 005 117 - Passenger Car, Heavyweight, ACF Coach - Monon - 45


Brand Atlas
Stock Number 50 005 117
Secondary Stock Number 50005117
Original Retail Price $38.95
Manufacturer Atlas
Production Type Regular Production
Body Style Atlas Passenger Car ACF 60 Foot Coach
Prototype Passenger Car, Heavyweight, ACF Coach (Details)
Road or Company Name Monon (Details)
Road or Reporting Number 45
Paint Color(s) Black & Yellow
Print Color(s) Yellow
Coupler Type AccuMate Magnetic Knuckle
Coupler Mount Truck-Mount
Wheel Type Injection Molded Plastic
Wheel Profile Small Flange (Low Profile)
Body Material Plastic
Announcement Date 2019-04-15
Item Category Passenger Cars
Model Type Heavyweight
Model Subtype ACF
Model Variety 60 Foot Coach
Prototype Region North America
Prototype Era Era II: Late Steam (1901 - 1938)
Scale 1/160



Specific Item Information: • Based upon C&NW and CNJ prototypes • Full scale dimensions and details • All cars include separately applied window glazing, diaphragms and roof vents • Observation car includes separately applied end railing details and a drumhead. • Detailed interiors (excluding baggage car) • AccuMate® operating knuckle couplers

Road Name History:
The Monon Railroad (reporting mark MON), also known as the Chicago, Indianapolis, and Louisville Railway (reporting mark CIL) from 1897 to 1956, was an American railroad that operated almost entirely within the state of Indiana. The Monon was merged into the Louisville and Nashville Railroad in 1971, and much of the former Monon right of way is owned today by CSX Transportation. In 1970 it operated 540 miles (870 km) of road on 792 miles (1,275 km) of track; that year it reported 1320 million ton-miles of revenue freight and zero passenger-miles. (It showed zero miles of double track, the longest such Class I railroad in the country.)

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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: scottakoltz on 2019-04-22 11:46:17. Last edited by gdm on 2019-05-19 11:13:30

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