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N Scale - Atlas - 50 005 312 - Container Car, Single Well, Gunderson TwinStack - St. Mary's Railway West LLC (SMW) - 210334

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N Scale - Atlas - 50 005 312 - Container Car, Single Well, Gunderson TwinStack - St. Mary


Brand Atlas
Stock Number 50 005 312
Original Retail Price $34.95
Manufacturer Atlas
Production Type Regular Production
Body Style Atlas Container Car 53 Foot Well
Prototype Container Car, Single Well, Gunderson TwinStack (Details)
Road or Company Name St. Mary's Railway West LLC (SMW) (Details)
Reporting Marks SMW
Road or Reporting Number 210334
Paint Color(s) Red
Print Color(s) Black & White
Coupler Type AccuMate Magnetic Knuckle
Coupler Mount Body-Mount
Wheel Type Chemically Blackened Metal
Wheel Profile Small Flange (Low Profile)
Body Material Die-Cast Metal
Announcement Date 2019-09-10
Release Date 2020-01-01
Item Category Rolling Stock (Freight)
Model Type Container Car
Model Subtype Well
Model Variety 53 Foot
Prototype Region North America
Prototype Era Era V: Modern (1979 - Present)
Scale 1/160



Model Information: Atlas first released this model in June of 2019. It was followed up by an announced second release in January of 2020. The model features: Die-cast body; Detailed brake lines; Detailed air reservoir; Separate hand grabs; Etched metal walks; Minimum radius: 12-1/2".

Prototype History:
A well car, also known as a double-stack car or stack car (also well wagon), is a type of railroad car specially designed to carry intermodal containers (shipping containers) used in intermodal freight transport. The "well" is a depressed section which sits close to the rails between the wheel trucks of the car, allowing a container to be carried lower than on a traditional flatcar. This makes it possible to carry a stack of two containers per unit on railway lines (double-stack rail transport) wherever the loading gauge assures sufficient clearance. The top container is secured to the bottom container either by a bulkhead built into the car (e.g., bottom and top containers are the same dimensions of 40 ft.), or through the use of inter-box connectors (IBC). Four IBCs are needed per wellcar. In the process of an inbound train becoming an outbound train, there are four processes: unlock to unload the top container of inbound train, remove then unload bottom container, insert after loading bottom container of outbound train, lock after top container loaded.
Double-stack container trains first hit the rails for regular service in 1981. The Southern Pacific Railroad had developed the idea to provide service for the Sea- Land maritime shipping company. SP's pioneering double-stack service let Sea- Land's containers take a shortcut from the west coast to the Gulf of Mexico bypassing the Panama Canal. From prototype car to production order, the SP spent a little over four years on the double-stack development project. The SP's double-stack cars featured unwieldy bulkheads on each end to prevent the loose top container from blowing off of the car.
The support for the upper container came from inter-box connectors (IBCs) which had been used for years in oceangoing container shipping.


Road Name History:
St. Mary’s Railway West LLC.(SMW) is a privately owned and operated Class III Short Line Railroad, located in the Heart of South East Georgia, servicing customers from all over the United States and Canada by providing safe storage for idle and/or under-utilized railcars and locomotives.
St. Mary’s Railway West's close proximity to the "CSX Rice Yard” in Waycross, GA, one of the largest CSX Classification Hump Yards, provides easy access to our railcar storage facility.
SMW is served daily by our Class I partner. St. Mary's guarantees 24 – 72 hours or faster delivery time frame, from initial request to delivery of requested railcars to the CSX interchange, plus provides customized and personalized services are only some of the many advantages, when storing your equipment with St. Mary's.
While in storage, St. Mary's Railway is able to offer a variety of additional services, e.g, state of the art food grade railcar cleaning (coming soon) and repair services by St. Mary's RRA, Coastal Railcar Services LLC., thus making the facility the perfect one-stop service solution.
St. Mary’s Railway prides itself to provide services with utmost attention to detail to our diversified client base.
St. Marys Railway West has not been affiliated with the St. Marys Railroad, which operates between St. Marys and Kingsland, since SMRW purchased the 23 miles of track from CSXT on June 4, 2004.

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 2019-09-11 13:27:02

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