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N Scale - Atlas - 50 002 986 - Tank Car, 31K, Crude Oil, TrinityRail - ConocoPhillips - 660936

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Stock Number 50 002 986
Brand Atlas
Manufacturer Atlas
Image Provider's Website Link
Body Style BLMA Tank Car TrinityRail 31K Crude Oil
Prototype Tank Car, 31K, Crude Oil, TrinityRail
Road or Company Name ConocoPhillips (Details)
Reporting Marks PPRX
Road or Reporting Number 660936
Paint Color(s) Black
Coupler Type Generic Magnetic Knuckle
Wheel Type Chemically Blackened Metal
Wheel Profile Small Flange (Low Profile)
Announcement Date 2016-06-01
Release Date 2017-06-01
Item Category Rolling Stock (Freight)
Model Type Tank Car
Model Subtype 31K
Model Variety Crude Oil TrinityRail

Model Information: This model was originally produced by BLMA. It was later acquired in 2016 by Atlas when they purchased BLMA. The model features: Fine-Scale Detail; Separate Brake Detail; Accurately Painted/Printed; Prototypical Ride Height; BLMA 100-Ton ASF Ride Control Trucks; BLMA 36" Metal Wheels; and Body-Mounted Brown Knuckle Couplers .

Prototype Description: Built by the thousands from 2012, the TrinityRail 31K Crude Oil Tank Cars are a prominent part of crude oil shipments across North America. With recent developments in oil extraction, mile-long unit trains of these duty-specific cars - complete with visually unique 'end shields' - are running to nearly all corners of the country. With oil demand and output at all-time high levels, thousands of these cars have been built in over eight reporting marks, with much more to come.

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 2016-06-07 08:24:44. Last edited by gdm on 2018-01-09 10:48:15

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