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Atlas Trainman #409-502000 Series: 70 Ton Ore Car with AccuMate® couplers.

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List Price: AU$ 23.93
Price: AU$ 16.75
11.73 USD 15.08 CAD
  In Stock 16
These cars were originally offered as individual units for $17.95USD each. There are up to 26 cars offered for sale in various different road names with AccuMate® couplers. A photo of every car is displayed in the "details" section. Road names include: CN; GN; DM&IR; AT&SF; UP; NP; ACL; C&NW; SOO & B&LE. There are up to 3 road numbers for each road name. See the enlarged photos of each box.
Please select which box & road number you want by clicking on "Details" & choosing from the drop down list.
In original new "Level 1 Quality" condition. These cars have never been run or removed from their box. There are no cracks in the boxes, which are the originals.
Product ID 1445-2392
Manufacturer Atlas
  ISBN 40900
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Model Information: This model was first produced by Atlas in 1969 in their New Jersey facility with 4 road names. The model was produced with nickel-silver plated wheels and Rapido truck-mounted couplers. The model was re-released in 1975 with 6 new road names. More road names were added in 1976 and 1977. Due to the popularity of this car for modeling freight yards, mines and long unit-trains (up to 200 cars), it has been released over and over by Atlas. Later production runs were moved to China sometime in the 1990s and they are now produced with AccuMate® knuckle couplers and a much higher standard of quality under the Atlas Trainman label.

Prototype History: The bottom-dump ore car was developed in the late 1930s for use by Lake Superior ore railroads. It is a highly specialised railcar, measuring only 24 feet long and having a capacity of 70 to 80 tons. The 24 foot length was designed to be compatible with the 12 foot pocket spacing of the gravity-fed ore docks and the 12 to 24 foot hatch spacing of the Great Lakes ore-carrying ships. These cars discharge into every other pocket.
The first 70 ton cars came to the DM&IR in 1937. 70 ton cars (with taconite extensions) are still in use today on DM&IR (now owned by Canadian National) although they are getting pretty worn out. BN built new taconite cars in the 70's to replace the 70 ton NP and GN cars.
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