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Atlas - 50 000 043 - Boxcar, 53 Foot, Evans Double Plug Door - Louisville New Albany & Corydon - 5614

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Stock Number50 000 043
Body StyleAtlas Boxcar 53 Foot Evans Dbl Plug Door
Prototype VehicleBoxcar, 53 Foot, Evans Double Plug Door (Details)
Road or Company NameLouisville New Albany & Corydon (Details)
Reporting MarksLNAC
Road or Reporting Number5614
Paint Color(s)Brown/White
Coupler TypeAccuMate Magnetic Knuckle
Wheel TypeInjection Molded Plastic
Wheel ProfileSmall Flange (Low Profile)
Release Date2007-11-01
Item CategoryRolling Stock (Freight)
Model TypeBoxcar
Model Subtype53 Foot
Model VarietyEvans Double Plug Door
Prototype RegionNorth America
Prototype EraNA Era IV: 2nd Gen Diesel (1958 - 1978)
Years Produced1970's
Track GaugeN standard

Prototype History:
This 53' boxcar was manufactured in the 1960s and '70s by Evans Company and was used primarily to haul produce, wood and paper products, and canned goods. This railcar is an insulated RBL (Railcar, Passenger Service, Insulated) featuring a 16 foot opening and double plug doors.
Road Name History:
The LNAC opened their 8 mile line to Corydon, Indiana in 1883. Part of the route involved fording a stream – a practice not uncommon on steam powered logging lines. Presumably this was changed to a culvert before their 4-4-0 was replaced with a small GE diesel switcher. Freight car builder and lessor Evans bought the LNAC in 1980, using the railroad as a common carrier anchor for their extensive per diem and lease freight car fleet. Itel bought the LNAC from Evans in 1987, then the following year, sold the railroad to local investors but kept the LNAC reporting marks. The new owners adopted LNAL reporting marks. In 2006, the line was sold to their largest customer, Lucas Oil Products who have changed the name of the railroad to Lucas Oil Rail Line but with LNA&C lettering still making an honorary appearance.
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: Lethe on 2016-02-06 04:15:32. Last edited by gdm on 2020-06-03 12:41:04

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