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N Scale - Atlas - 45766 - Boxcar, 40 Foot, USRA Double Sheathed Wood - General Equipment Trust - 3393

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Stock Number 45766
Original Retail Price $20.95
Brand Atlas
Manufacturer Atlas
Image Provider's Website Link
Body Style Atlas Boxcar 40 Foot USRA Double Wood Sheath
Prototype Vehicle Boxcar, 40 Foot, USRA Double Sheathed Wood (Details)
Road or Company Name General Equipment Trust (Details)
Reporting Marks GET
Road or Reporting Number 3393
Paint Color(s) Brown
Print Color(s) White
Coupler Type AccuMate Magnetic Knuckle
Wheel Type Injection Molded Plastic
Wheel Profile Small Flange (Low Profile)
Release Date 2012-06-01
Item Category Rolling Stock (Freight)
Model Type Boxcar
Model Subtype 40 Foot
Model Variety Double Wood Sheath
Prototype Region North America
Prototype Era NA Era II: Late Steam (1901 - 1938)
Scale 1/160

Specific Item Information: Limited Edition

Model Information: This car was first produced by Atlas in 2006. It models a interwar double-sheathed wood boxcar as standardized by the USRA during the First World War. Features: 5-5-5 or 7-8 steel ends; Fishbelly or standard center sill; Vertical or end mounted brakes; AccuMate® couplers; Steel or wood doors.

Prototype History:
Double-sheathed means the cars carried wood sheathing both inside and out. The structure that this sheathing is applied over steel framing. The USRA double-sheathed design boxcar had a steel underframe with a monster heavy deep-fishbelly steel center sill. The interior carried horizontal sheathing and the exterior carried vertical sheathing. These are described as steel UNDERFRAME. (but not usually called "steel framed").

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 2017-03-31 12:02:43

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