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Atlas - 50 004 945 - Flatcar, Logging - Burlington Northern - 633265

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Production TypeAnnounced
Stock Number50 004 945
Original Retail Price$27.95
Body StyleWalthers 45' Logging Flat Car
Image Provider's WebsiteLink
Prototype VehicleFlatcar, Logging (Details)
Road or Company NameBurlington Northern (Details)
Reporting MarksBN
Road or Reporting Number633265
Paint Color(s)Yellow and Black
Print Color(s)White
Coupler TypeAccuMate Magnetic Knuckle
Wheel TypeInjection Molded Plastic
Wheel ProfileSmall Flange (Low Profile)
Announcement Date2019-03-15
Release Date2019-11-01
Item CategoryRolling Stock (Freight)
Model TypeFlatcar
Model Subtype45 Foot
Model VarietyLogging
Prototype RegionNorth America
Prototype EraAll Eras

Model Information: Introduced in October 1998, with a second run in 2007.
Walthers ready-to-run 45 Foot Logging Flat Cars feature a die-cast body, styrene details, free-rolling trucks and standard (Rapido) couplers - Accumate couplers for the second run.
Models were available in three-packs ($26.98) or as singles with a fourth road number ($8.98), in six road names and undecorated. In the second run, models were available as single ($10.98) or in two-packs ($21.98).

Re-run under Atlas brand in 2019 after Atlas purchased the tooling from Walthers.

Here is how Walthers described them:
The 45 Foot Logging Flat Car is the trademark of logging railroads. Based on converted flat cars, the cars have four log bunks, a center sill, and a partially open deck. Some logging railroads ran entire trains of such cars.
Walthers advertised concurrently its Mountain Lumber Company Sawmill (933-3236), with these words "Long trainloads of these cars will look great arriving at Mountain Lumber Company Sawmill, also available in October".
Prototype History:
Among the earliest types of freight cars, flatcars continue to serve as a valuable part of railroading. Flatcars are used to move a wide variety of loads which do not require protection from weather. These cars, are constructed with steel underframes, wood floors and stake pockets on the sides and ends for fastening tie-downs that keep loads from shifting.

Logging flat cars are a specialized type of flatcar converted to carry logs, with the addition of log bunks or upright stake posts secured in stake-pockets available on the side of the flatcar.
Road Name History:
The Burlington Northern Railroad (reporting mark BN) was a United States railroad. It was a product of a March 2, 1970, merger of four major railroads - the Great Northern Railway, Northern Pacific Railway, Spokane, Portland and Seattle Railway and the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad - as well as a few small jointly owned subsidiaries owned by the four.

Burlington Northern operated between 1970 and 1996.

Its historical lineage begins in the earliest days of railroading with the chartering in 1848 of the Chicago and Aurora Railroad, a direct ancestor line of the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad, which lends Burlington to the names of various merger-produced successors.

Burlington Northern purchased the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway on December 31, 1996 to form the Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railway (later renamed BNSF Railway), which was owned by the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Corporation.*

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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: CNW400 on 2019-03-20 19:36:49. Last edited by CNW400 on 2020-06-04 14:13:14

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