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Model Information: This body style is used to haul ingredients for making beer and chemicals like sulfuric acid. N-Scale modelers seem to love them because Atlas keeps on making them. They were originally announced in the 1969 catalog as 'Road Names to be Announced'. They were still in 'real soon now' state as of the 1972 catalog! It seems Atlas was having some trouble finding a manufacturer to produce the darn things. It does seem that they appeared on retailers' shelves on or around 1972 since the 1973 Sun-N-Sand Special Run car used this body style.
Regardless of the introduction date, Atlas has made at least 170 different versions of this car in at least 10 different releases. Originally produced with Rapido Couplers, more recent releases use Accumates. If a prototype exists, it would be 29 foot long and carry about 4,000 gallons of something. According to Atlas, that something might be chemicals, honey, lard or heating oil.
Road Name History: We have been unable to determine if this is a real car or a whimsical paint scheme from the designers at Atlas.
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: Lethe on 2015-07-22 17:53:19. Last edited by gdm on 2016-11-18 09:14:18
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