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N Scale - Atlas - 2100 - Mixed Freight Consist, North America, Transition Era - Burlington Northern Santa Fe

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N Scale - Atlas - 2100 - Mixed Freight Consist, North America, Transition Era - Burlington Northern Santa Fe GP15 Freight Starter Set


N Scale - Atlas - 2100 - Mixed Freight Consist, North America, Transition Era - Burlington Northern Santa Fe


Brand Atlas
Stock Number 2100
Original Retail Price $149.95
Manufacturer Atlas Model Railroad
Production Type Regular Production
Body Style Atlas Train Set Trainman GP15-1
Prototype Mixed Freight Consist, North America, Transition Era (Details)
Road or Company Name Burlington Northern Santa Fe (Details)
Reporting Marks BNSF
Multipack Yes
Multipack Count 6
Multipack ID Number 2100
DCC Readiness Ready
Release Date 2008-09-01
Item Category Starter Sets
Model Type Diesel
Model Subtype Mixed Consist
Model Variety EMD GP15-1
Prototype Region North America
Prototype Era Era III: Transition (1939 - 1957)
Scale 1/160



Specific Item Information: Contents:
- Locomotive: GP15-1 BNSF #1478,
- Cupola Caboose: Burlington Northern BN #11462,
- ACF® 50’-6” Box Car: Railbox (Early) #33655,
- ACF® 3560 Covered Hopper: FMC Chemical #64128,
- Beer Can Tank Car: GATX #23820,
- 90-Ton Coal Hopper: Santa Fe #81104

Model Information: These train sets were comprised of only 'Trainman' locomotives and rolling stock: one EMD GP15-1 locomotive (the only locomotive in the Atlas 'Trainman' roster at the time) and a matching caboose of the same roadname, plus 4 other freight cars with various roadnames.
They were produced in 4 batches between 2008 and 2011. All the sets produced a given year were sharing the same 4 intermediate freight cars and only differing by their locomotive and caboose.

In addition, the set was comprised of:
- 24" x 30" True-Track ® Loop: 16 pcs 11" Radius Curve, 6" Straight, 6" Rerailer
- Terminal joiners
- Power pack
- Instruction Sheet, Warranty Card

DCC Information: The GP15-1 is DCC ready. See here for more details on this locomotive model and compatible decoders.

Prototype History:
A mixed freight train is a train that hauls a variety of different freight cars or wagons. A mixed freight depends on the locale and industries. The train will be carrying cars to be brought to a yard where a local will bring them to the various industries. The location determines the industries, and the industries determine the cars.

Which cars are in which trains is determined by the waybills they are assigned - which is close to a totally random process. For example, through freights simply run from up staging to down staging and back, stopping long enough to trade out 30 percent of their cars and change from steam to motor (catenary) or vice-versa. Thus freights will have a variety of cars, changing each time they pass through a switching yard.

Road Name History:
The BNSF Railway (reporting mark BNSF) is one of the largest freight railroad networks in North America, second to the Union Pacific Railroad (UP) (its primary competitor for Western U.S. freight), and is one of seven North American Class I railroads. It has 48,000 employees, 32,500 miles (52,300 km) of track in 28 states, and over 8,000 locomotives. It has three transcontinental routes that provide high-speed links between the western and eastern United States. BNSF trains traveled over 169 million miles in 2010, more than any other North American railroad.[2] The BNSF and UP have a duopoly on all transcontinental freight rail lines in the Western U.S. and share trackage rights over thousands of miles of track.

According to corporate press releases, the BNSF Railway is among the top transporters of intermodal freight in North America. It also hauls bulk cargo. For instance, the railroad hauls enough coal to generate roughly ten percent of the electricity produced in the United States.

Headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas, the railroad is a wholly owned subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway Inc.

The creation of BNSF started with the formation of a holding company, the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Corporation on September 22, 1995. This new holding company then purchased the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway (often called the "Santa Fe") and Burlington Northern Railroad, and formally merged the railways into the Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railway on December 31, 1996. On January 24, 2005, the railroad's name was officially changed to "BNSF Railway," using the initials of its original name.

In 1999, Burlington Northern Santa Fe and the Canadian National Railway announced their intention to merge and form a new corporation entitled North American Railways to be headquartered in Montreal, Canada. The United States' Surface Transportation Board (STB) placed a 15-month moratorium on all rail mergers, which ended this merger.

On November 3, 2009, Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway announced it would acquire the remaining 77.4 percent of BNSF it did not already own for $100 per share in cash and stock - a deal valued at $44 billion. The company is investing an estimated $34 billion in BNSF and acquiring $10 billion in debt. On February 12, 2010, shareholders of Burlington Northern Santa Fe Corporation voted in favor of the acquisition.

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.

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: Powderman on 2020-03-03 15:46:45. Last edited by Lethe on 2020-05-07 00:00:00

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