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N Scale - Atlas - 409021 - Couplers, Articulated Auto Carrier - Articulated Auto Carrier Middle Truck

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N Scale - Atlas - 409021 - Couplers, Articulated Auto Carrier - Articulated Auto Carrier Middle Truck Image Courtesy of Atlas Trains

Stock Number 409021
Original Retail Price $3.00
Brand Atlas
Manufacturer Atlas
Body Style Atlas Accessories Trucks
Prototype Couplers, Articulated Auto Carrier
Road or Company Name N/A (Details)
Road or Reporting Number Articulated Auto Carrier Middle Truck
Coupler Mount Body-Mount
Wheel Type Injection Molded Plastic
Wheel Profile Standard
Item Category Accessories
Model Type Trucks
Model Subtype Articulated Auto Carrier
Model Variety Middle
Scale 1/160

Model Information: The Atlas trucks are sold by pair. They are offered with either Rapido or Accumate couplers, or without couplers (then designated as 'Caboose couplers'). They are equipped with low-profile brown plastic wheels.

Road Name History:
No applicable company.

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 2022-07-30 23:34:19. Last edited by CNW400 on 2022-07-30 23:34:20

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