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N Scale - Ak-Sar-Ben - The 1982 World's Fair Commemorative Train Set - Freight Train, Steam, North American, Transition Era - 1982 World's Fair - 1982

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Commissioned By Ak-Sar-Ben
Production Type Special Run
Stock Number The 1982 World's Fair Commemorative Train Set
Brand Ak-Sar-Ben
Manufacturer Atlas Model Railroad
Body Style Atlas Train Set
Prototype Vehicle Freight Train, Steam, North American, Transition Era (Details)
Road or Company Name 1982 World's Fair (Details)
Reporting Marks ASBX
Road or Reporting Number 1982
Additional Markings/Slogan Follow me to Tennessee
Coupler Type Rapido Hook
Coupler Mount Truck-Mount
Wheel Type Nickel-Silver Plated Metal
Wheel Profile Standard
Multipack Yes
Multipack Count 8
Multipack ID Number 1982 World's Fair
DCC Readiness No
Release Date 1982-05-01
Item Category Freight Train
Model Type Steam
Model Subtype 4-6-2
Model Variety 8-Unit Set
Prototype Region North America
Prototype Era Era III: Transition (1939 - 1957)
Scale 1/160



Specific Item Information: 1982 World's Fair Commemorative Train Set
Limited edition with 300 numbered sets.

Includes:
- a Rivarossi Steam Locomotive 4-6-2 Pacific,
- a 3-Bay Hopper with load,
- five (5) 50' Mechanical Reefers, in 5 different colors, with same road number
- a Cupola Caboose, offset, 8-windows
- a commemorative key chain

Prototype History:
A freight train or goods train is a group of freight cars (US) or goods wagons (International Union of Railways) hauled by one or more locomotives on a railway, transporting cargo all or some of the way between the shipper and the intended destination as part of the logistics chain. Trains may haul bulk material, intermodal containers, general freight or specialized freight in purpose-designed cars. Rail freight practices and economics vary by country and region.

During the transition era, steam engines were heavily used by smaller railroads which relied upon secondhand motive power from the Class-I's. During the postwar years, it was fairly uncommon for these railroads to get their hands on modern diesels and furthermore secondhand steam power was both plentiful and cheap.

Road Name History:
The 1982 World's Fair, formally known as the Knoxville International Energy Exposition, was held in Knoxville, Tennessee, United States. The specialised Expo themed "Energy Turns the World", was recognized by the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE).

It opened on May 1, 1982, and closed on October 31, 1982, after receiving over 11 million visitors. Participating nations included Australia, Belgium, Canada, China, Denmark, Egypt, France, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Mexico, the Netherlands, Panama, Peru, the Philippines, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, the United Kingdom, the United States, and West Germany.

The fair was constructed on a 70-acre (280,000 m2) site between downtown Knoxville and the University of Tennessee. The core of the site primarily consisted of a deteriorating Louisville and Nashville Railroad yard and depot. The railroad yard was demolished, with the exception of a single rail line, and the depot was renovated into a restaurant. The Sunsphere, a 266-foot (81 m) steel tower topped with a five-story gold globe, was built for the 1982 World's Fair. It still stands and remains a symbol for the city of Knoxville.

From Wikipedia

Brand/Importer Information:
Ak-Sar-Ben Hobby Co
Information on AkSarBen Hobby and their history is sketchy at best. Of course, AkSarBen is Nebraska spelled backwards so one might assume that they got their start in the Husker state. The most recent evidence of their existence, however, was in the 2010 Model Retailer Hobby Industry Directory listing them in Jacksboro, TN. The phone number listed is disconnected, so, who knows for sure? What is known is that AkSarBen Hobbies was owned by Allen Miller and got their start in the 1980's producing very high quality custom, limited edition HO and N Scale products. They probably have left the model train business for more than 20 years ago.

Manufacturer Information: 'Atlas Model Railroad' represents the New Jersey manufacturing facility for Atlas brand model railroad products. Atlas also imported European made models in their early years and those items will be noted as having manufacturers set appropriately. In the 1990s Atlas moved all their toolings to China.

Item created by: Alain LM on 2018-02-10 06:17:50. Last edited by Alain LM on 2020-08-07 09:01:44

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