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Atlas - 2115 - Mixed Freight Consist, North America, Transition Era - Burlington Northern

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Stock Number2115
Original Retail Price$149.95
ManufacturerAtlas Model Railroad
Body StyleAtlas Train Set Trainman GP15-1
Prototype VehicleMixed Freight Consist, North America, Transition Era (Details)
Road or Company NameBurlington Northern (Details)
Reporting MarksBN
Multipack Count6
Multipack ID Number2115
DCC ReadinessReady
Release Date2011-09-01
Item CategoryStarter Sets
Model TypeDiesel
Model SubtypeMixed Consist
Model VarietyEMD GP15-1
Prototype RegionNorth America
Prototype EraNA Era III: Transition (1939 - 1957)

Specific Item Information: Contents:
- Locomotive: GP15-1 BN #1384,
- C&O Caboose: BN #10277,
- ACF® 50’-6” Box Car: CSXT #136029,
- ACF® 5250 4-Bay Covered Hopper: Continental Polymers CPIX #2000,
- 40' Airslide Hopper: UP #20068,
- 90-Ton Coal Hopper: BN #528056
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 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.*

Read more on Wikipedia.
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 2020-03-04 16:45:30. Last edited by Lethe on 2020-05-07 00:00:00

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