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N Scale - Atlas - 40 000 734 - Locomotive, Steam, 4-4-0, American - North Central Railroad - 17

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N Scale - Atlas - 40 000 734 - Locomotive, Steam, 4-4-0, American - North Central Railroad - 17


Brand Atlas
Stock Number 40 000 734
Original Retail Price $119.95
Manufacturer Atlas
Body Style Atlas Steam Engine 4-4-0 American
Prototype Locomotive, Steam, 4-4-0, American (Details)
Road or Company Name North Central Railroad (Details)
Reporting Marks NCRR
Road or Reporting Number 17
Paint Color(s) Black, Red and Gold
DCC Readiness Friendly
Release Date 2014-03-01
Item Category Locomotives
Model Type Steam
Model Subtype 4-4-0
Model Variety American
Prototype Region North America
Prototype Era Era I: Early Steam (1835 - 1900)
Scale 1/160



Prototype History:
Under the Whyte notation for the classification of steam locomotives by wheel arrangement, 4-4-0 represents the arrangement of four leading wheels on two axles, usually in a leading bogie, four powered and coupled driving wheels on two axles, and no trailing wheels. Almost every major railroad that operated in North America in the first half of the 19th century owned and operated locomotives of this type. Due to the large number of the type that were produced and used in the United States, the 4-4-0 is most commonly known as the American type, but the type subsequently also became popular in the United Kingdom, where large numbers were produced.

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.

Item created by: gdm on 2015-11-25 07:16:54. Last edited by gdm on 2018-06-04 08:42:20

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