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N Scale - Atlas - 2870 - Structure - Railroad Structures - Middlesex Manufacturing

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N Scale - Atlas - 2870 - Structure - Railroad Structures - Middlesex Manufacturing


Brand Atlas
Stock Number 2870
Original Retail Price 24.99$
Manufacturer Atlas Model Railroad
Production Type Regular Production
Body Style Atlas Structure
Prototype Description Structure
Road or Company Name Railroad Structures (Details)
Road or Reporting Number Middlesex Manufacturing
Paint Color(s) Red
Ready-to-Run No
Kit Complexity Moderate Skills
Kit Material(s) Injection Molded Plastic
Item Category Structures
Model Type Trackside Structures
Model Subtype Industrial, Factory
Model Variety Middlesex Manufacturing Company
Scale 1/160



Specific Item Information: Dimensions: 7-1/2 x 3" 19.1 x 7.6cm Atlas’ newest structure is the N Scale Middlesex Manufacturing Company. Its design is based on a well-known landmark in New Jersey that was built in 1883 and continued operations until well into the 1990s. Railroad tracks originally built by the Pennsylvania Railroad lie adjacent to the building. These tracks were used to transport raw materials to be processed by its some 350+ workers, which were then again shipped by rail in their finished forms to their destinations. Based on the original four-story brick building, the Middlesex Manufacturing Company features eight chimneys, a loading dock, elevator tower and entry stairway. On the track-facing side are several loading doors for boxcars to load and unload their freight through. Optional window blanks to brick out the windows and window vents will be included with the model. Currently, the building site is being used for condominiums, making this model a fine tribute to the now demolished historical edifice.

Road Name History:
Railroad structures include but are not limited to stations, depots, yard offices, interlocking towers and tanks. A train station, railway station, railroad station, or depot is a railway facility where trains regularly stop to load or unload passengers or freight.

It generally consists of at least one track-side platform and a station building (depot) providing such ancillary services as ticket sales and waiting rooms. If a station is on a single-track line, it often has a passing loop to facilitate traffic movements. The smallest stations are most often referred to as "stops" or, in some parts of the world, as "halts" (flag stops). Stations may be at ground level, underground, or elevated. Connections may be available to intersecting rail lines or other transport modes such as buses, trams or other rapid transit systems.

From 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.

Manufacturer Information: 'Atlas Model Railroad' represents the New Jersey manufacturing facility for Atlas brand model railroad products. Atlas also imported European made models in their early years and those items will be noted as having manufacturers set appropriately. In the 1990s Atlas moved all their toolings to China.

Item created by: CMK on 2019-08-19 13:55:00. Last edited by scottakoltz on 2019-09-18 14:41:48

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