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N Scale - Atlas - 2899 - Automobile, Ford, Taurus - Taxi


Production Type Regular Production
Stock Number 2899
Brand Atlas
Manufacturer Atlas
Body Style Atlas Vehicle Automobile Ford Taurus 1996
Prototype Automobile, Ford, Taurus (Details)
Road or Company Name Taxi (Details)
Reporting Marks 1996 Ford Taurus Sedan
Paint Color(s) Yellow with Black and White Checkerboard
Paint Scheme Taxi Cab
Multipack Yes
Multipack Count 2
Release Date 2006-08-01
Item Category Vehicles
Model Type Automobile
Model Subtype Ford
Model Variety Taurus 1996 Sedan
Prototype Region North America
Prototype Era Era V: Modern (1979 - Present)
Years Produced 1985-present
UPC/GTIN12 Number 732573028999
Scale 1/160


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Prototype History: The Ford Taurus is an automobile manufactured by Ford in the United States. Now in its seventh generation, it was originally introduced in the 1986 model year, and has remained in near-continuous production for more than three decades. It has had a Mercury-branded twin, the Sable (1986–2005; 2008–2009), as well as a performance variant, the Ford Taurus SHO (1989–1999 and 2010–); in addition, it served as the basis for the first-ever front-wheel drive Lincoln Continental (1988–2002). It was a front-wheel drive mid-size car until 2007, and has been a "global" full-size car (built on the Ford D3 platform) since 2008, and available in front- or all-wheel drive since 2008.

From Wikipedia

Road Name History: A taxicab, also known as a taxi or a cab, is a type of vehicle for hire with a driver, used by a single passenger or small group of passengers, often for a non-shared ride. A taxicab conveys passengers between locations of their choice. This differs from other modes of public transport where the pick-up and drop-off locations are determined by the service provider, not by the passenger, although demand responsive transport and share taxis provide a hybrid bus/taxi mode.

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: nscalemodeler160 on 2016-04-15 13:50:14. Last edited by Alain LM on 2018-10-11 08:09:41

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