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N Scale - Atlas - 50 004 988 - Boxcar, 50 Foot, Wood, Double-Door - Akron Canton & Youngstown - 3808

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Production Type Cancelled
Stock Number 50 004 988
Original Retail Price $29.95
Brand Atlas
Manufacturer Atlas
Body Style Walthers Boxcar 50 Foot Double Door Wood Sheathed
Prototype Vehicle Boxcar, 50 Foot, Wood, Double-Door (Details)
Road or Company Name Akron Canton & Youngstown (Details)
Reporting Marks ACY
Road or Reporting Number 3808
Paint Color(s) Brown
Print Color(s) White
Paint Scheme End Doors
Coupler Type AccuMate Magnetic Knuckle
Wheel Type Injection Molded Plastic
Wheel Profile Small Flange (Low Profile)
Announcement Date 2019-04-15
Item Category Rolling Stock (Freight)
Model Type Boxcar
Model Subtype 50 Foot
Model Variety Wood, Double Door
Prototype Region North America
Prototype Era NA Era II: Late Steam (1901 - 1938)
Scale 1/160

Model Information: Walthers produced this boxcar starting sometime in the 1990s. It appears in the 1997 Walthers catalog with six road names and an undecorated model. It is unclear who made this model for Walthers, but it has been speculated that the manufacturer was Heljan of Denmark. There is a flaw in the assembly of this model that the double doors arte prone to warping over time. The one example we examined in our library clearly shows this warping. It is a typical 1st generation model of the 1970s or 1980s with decent printing and detail but made with old school truck-mounted Rapido couplers.

Announced to be re-run under Atlas brand in April 2019 after Atlas purchased the tooling from Walthers, but run cancelled in June 2019. Atlas advertised it as a new model, with the following features:
• Available in end-door or standard end configurations
• Crisp painting and printing
• Separately applied side doors
• Free rolling trucks
• Knuckle couplers

Prototype History:
Cars of this style appeared around 1929 on several western railroads, where they were used to handle automobiles, furniture and lumber products. Their double-wide doors simplified loading these cargoes, which did not fit well in smaller cars. Like most cars of this period, steel and wood parts were used in construction. Many remained in service into the 1960s. Most of these cars had roofs with flat steel panels.

The outside braced single sheathed box car proved to be a significant development in railway freight car technology. The use of steel for the under frame (center and side sills), side and end frames initiated a new form of railway freight car building technology. Steel center sills and other under sill framing gave the cars the strength necessary to withstand the stress of longer and faster trains as well as the considerable stress involved in the contact necessary to activate closure of the knuckle coupler while being made up into trains in rail yards or from being picked up from local sidings along the line. The steel frame and the single wood side sheath minimized the weight of the car. This type of car design led to easy construction and repair. Its initial construction cost was low. The design provided secure joints between sides, ends and floors which prevented grain leakage.

Road Name History:
The ACY finished their 10 mile line between Mogadore and Akron, Ohio in 1912. In 1920 a big opportunity presented itself as New York Central began selling off a number of subsidiaries to avoid running afoul of anti-trust laws. One of these subsidiaries the Lake Erie & Western had controlled the Northern Ohio Railway which ran from Akron to Delphos, Ohio. The NO was leased to ACY, even though it was 16 times the size of the ACY. They operated under the ACY flag and in 1944 the two merged. They never did reach Canton or Youngstown. The ACY was best known for serving the tire and rubber industry in the Akron area. Passenger service was a bit of an afterthought with the last mixed train operating in 1951.

The heaviest power in the steam fleet were USRA light Mikados, at least one of which was equipped with a tender booster. Their diesel fleet (about 18 locomotives give or take) was a bit odd. Their switchers were all Alco and their road power was all Fairbanks Morse. The FMs were setup to run long hood forward. In 1964, the AC&Y was purchased by the Norfolk & Western as part of the N&W-NKP-Wabash-P&WV-AC&Y consolidation. Unlike the other roads, the N&W kept the AC&Y as a separate operation.

By 1970, all of AC&Y's Alcos and FMs had worn out and had been traded in to EMD. However, they were traded in for new locomotives for AC&Y's parent, Norfolk & Western. N&W then leased older power (mostly ex-Nickel Plate GP-9s) to AC&Y. At that point, the only way to tell you were seeing an AC&Y train was "Leased to AC&Y" painted in small letters below the road number on N&W geeps. Finally, the AC&Y was merged into the Norfolk & Western in 1982 in preparation for the Norfolk Southern merger.

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 2019-04-19 15:23:22. Last edited by CNW400 on 2020-06-05 09:12:59

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