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Atlas - 29027 - Trailer, 45 Foot, Pines - Kankakee Beaverville & Southern - 634037

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Stock Number29027
Body StyleAtlas Vehicle Trailer 45 Foot Pines
Image Provider's WebsiteLink
Prototype VehicleTrailer, 45 Foot, Pines (Details)
Road or Company NameKankakee Beaverville & Southern (Details)
Reporting MarksKBSZ
Road or Reporting Number634037
Paint Color(s)White and Silver
Release Date2007-04-01
Item CategoryVehicles
Model TypeTrailer
Model Subtype45 Foot Pines
Model VarietySemi Box Van
Prototype RegionNorth America
Prototype EraNA Era IV: 2nd Gen Diesel (1958 - 1978)
UPC/GTIN12 Number732573290273

Model Information: Pines 45 Foot Semi Box Trailer.
Prototype History:
Pines Trailer produced a variety of semi box trailers. During the 1960s the 45 foot dry model was quite popular and many are still in service today.
Road Name History:
Originally running from Kankakee to Sheldon, Illinois, the KB&S route was a Penn Central (NYC) line that was destined to be left out of the Conrail reorganization. KB&S began service on this line in 1977. In 1981, they picked up a connecting former Milwaukee Road line. Then came a former Nickel Plate line from NS. Today the KB&S runs 155 miles (plus 11 miles of trackage rights) in a rough 3-spoke system linking Kankakee and Danville, Illinois with Lafayette, Indiana. As the intermodal scene heated up in the ‘80’s, KB&S operated a huge fleet of lease trailers with big KBS logos. The all-Alco diesel fleet included RS-11’s, an S-2, a C-420, and an “RS-20” which was actually a re-engined RS-3. In 2003, the Alco’s were finally replaced with six GP-38-2M’s (built as GP40’s for C&NW.) Traffic is mostly farm products.
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: nscalemodeler160 on 2016-04-20 14:45:02. Last edited by Alain LM on 2022-04-13 05:41:29

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