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N Scale - Atlas - 31402A - Tank Car, Single Dome, Shorty - Detrex - 9533

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N Scale - Atlas - 31402A - Tank Car, Single Dome, Shorty - Detrex - 9533


Brand Atlas
Stock Number 31402A
Manufacturer Atlas
Body Style Atlas Tank Car Beer Can Shorty
Prototype Type Tank Car, Single Dome, Shorty (Details)
Road or Company Name Detrex (Details)
Reporting Marks GATX
Road or Reporting Number 9533
Coupler Mount Truck-Mount
Release Date 2008-04-01
Item Category Rolling Stock (Freight)
Model Type Tank Car
Model Subtype 29 Foot
Model Variety Beer Can
Prototype Region North America
Prototype Era Era IV: 2nd Gen Diesel (1958 - 1978)
Scale 1/160



Model Information: This body style is used to haul ingredients for making beer and chemicals like sulfuric acid. N-Scale modelers seem to love them because Atlas keeps on making them. They were originally announced in the 1969 catalog as 'Road Names to be Announced'. They were still in 'real soon now' state as of the 1972 catalog! It seems Atlas was having some trouble finding a manufacturer to produce the darn things. It does seem that they appeared on retailers' shelves on or around 1972 since the 1973 Sun-N-Sand Special Run car used this body style.

Regardless of the introduction date, Atlas has made at least 170 different versions of this car in at least 10 different releases. Originally produced with Rapido Couplers, more recent releases use Accumates. If a prototype exists, it would be 29 foot long and carry about 4,000 gallons of something. According to Atlas, that something might be chemicals, honey, lard or heating oil.

Prototype History:
These cars transport higher value commodities which typically are shipped in smaller amounts. One example is corn syrup. Some carry petroleum refining catalysts, sulfuric acid and sodium hydroxide. The typically ride on roller bearing trucks with 33 inch wheels.

Road Name History: Since 1920, Detrex has been dedicated to meeting the specialized needs of industry with a wide variety of products and services. Detrex is well positioned to maintain its competitive advantage with a philosophy that stresses quality products combined with exemplary service.

Their customers include manufacturers of lubricants, fuels, semiconductors, pharmaceuticals and other industrial products. Detrex is proud to maintain a tradition of supplying high-quality goods and services to industries wh

ich serve such a wide spectrum of end users. The corporation is publicly held (DTRX.PK) and its shares are traded over the counter. Headquartered in Southfield, Michigan, Detrex Corporation was founded as a manufacturer of alkaline cleaners. Today (2016) we have revenues of $50 million, employ 70 people and are comprised of the following operations:

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: gdm on 2015-07-23 08:20:53. Last edited by gdm on 2020-06-03 12:13:07

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