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Specific Item Information: RF&P 2002 uNcoNveNtioN. 50 foot boxcar. double doors 25th Anniversary. Richmond Fredericksburg & Potomac - Linking North & South Science Museum of Virginia. Car #922202 color scheme: blue box, white imprint, silver doors. No visible mfgr markings. No jewel box card. photo forthcoming. Original retail price is unknown
Model Information: This model was introduced by Atlas in November of 2017. It is a 3rd generation model with body mount couplers and blackened metal wheels. It comes in two variations: offset and center door.
Over 4,300 cars were produced from 1975-1979 by FMC's Portland, Oregon plant. The cars were delivered in numerous colorful shortline paint schemes, as well as the nationwide car pool fleet of Railbox. Many secondhand cars were later seen in Class 1 railroads and large leasing company fleets under additional shortline reporting marks.
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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: jbeezz28 on 2018-01-31 18:51:24. Last edited by jbeezz28 on 2018-02-04 13:12:18
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