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N Scale - Atlas - 20 001 822 - Boxcar, 50 Foot, ACF - Laurinburg & Southern - 5081

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N Scale - Atlas - 20 001 822 - Boxcar, 50 Foot, ACF - Laurinburg & Southern - 5081


Brand Atlas
Stock Number 20 001 822
Manufacturer Atlas
Production Type Regular Production
Body Style Atlas Boxcar 50 Foot ACF Single Door
Prototype Type Boxcar, 50 Foot, ACF (Details)
Road or Company Name Laurinburg & Southern (Details)
Reporting Marks LRS
Road or Reporting Number 5081
Paint Color(s) Orange / White
Coupler Type AccuMate Magnetic Knuckle
Wheel Type Injection Molded Plastic
Wheel Profile Small Flange (Low Profile)
Release Date 2012-11-01
Item Category Rolling Stock (Freight)
Model Type Boxcar
Model Subtype 50 Foot
Model Variety Single Door ACF
Prototype Region North America
Prototype Era Era III: Transition (1939 - 1957)
Scale 1/160
Track Gauge N standard



Model Information: These models feature: prototypical non-terminating corrugated ends; diagonal paneled roof; single 10-foot YSD design sliding door (non-operating); detailed cross-member attachment rivets on the side sills; weighted, detailed underframes; true scale dimensions with accurate details; equipped with AccuMate knuckle couplers.

Prototype History:
While the 40-foot boxcar was a standard design, and it did come in different setups depending on the type of freight being transported, it was not large enough for efficient mass commodity transportation. The 50-foot boxcar made its first appearance in the 1930s and steadily grew in popularity over the years, which further improved redundancies by allowing for even more space within a given car. Today, the 50-footer remains the common boxcar size. After the second world war ended, and steel became once again readily available, steel became the go-to choice for construction of boxcars. ACF was one of the most prolific builders of these cars.

Road Name History:
The LRS opened in 1909 with a line from Laurinburg to a connection with the Aberdeen & Rockfish in Wagram, North Carolina. In 1921, they bought the Aberdeen & Rockfish branch from Wagram to Raeford, resulting in the 28 mile line that they operate today. In 1982, LRS launched their own shortline group, taking over operation of some local routes no longer wanted by the owning Class One line. The Saltville Railroad was the first to appear followed by Fairmont & Western, Red Springs & Northern, Franklin County Railroad, Nash County Railroad and finally the Yadkin Valley. These lines shared LRS’s red and white paint scheme but used their own names on the locomotive flanks. The Laurinburg & Southern and their remaining subsidiary lines were sold to the Gulf & Ohio Railways shortline group in 1994. LRS continues to operate today as part of the G&O family. Traffic, which includes chemicals, feed, fertilizer, glass, lime and soda ash, averages about 112 cars per week.

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: Steve German on 2016-04-14 21:11:54. Last edited by gdm on 2020-11-11 09:59:31

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