ACF 50 Exterior Post Sliding Door Box Car Roadname & Nr.: Atlantic and Western Railway Series: Master Line Mfg. ID: 20 001 979
History - American Car and Foundry (ACF) built these 50 box cars for many railroads during the late 1960s through 1970s. It was a popular design featuring a clear inside loading space and is still in use on many railroads throughout North America. ACF Industries, Inc. began as a company In 1899 and remains in business today as ACF Industries, LLC.
The sample I received is model of a car from the Atlantic & Western Railway (ATW). The Atlantic and Western Railway is an 11 mile long short line running from Sanford to Brickhaven, North Carolina. The railroad has been owned by the Genesee and Wyoming since 2005.
Atlas released this model in the fall of 2013 as part of their Atlas HO 50' Precision Design Box Cars. This release included the following road names - Undecorated, Atlantic and Western, Canadian National, Canadian National (GTW), Conrail, Burlington Northern Santa Fe, and Chicago and North Western (Stock Numbers 20001978 2000199). The ATW model is decorated in an attractive dark blue with yellow lettering car number 8093 built 8/72. Painting and lettering is clear and crisp, and reporting marks may be read. The car weighs 4 3/8 oz and tracked well around a 15 radius curve and #4 turnouts. The under frame is die-cast metal with a detailed plastic sill and brake gear. Detailing is excellent. The diagonal roof pattern, ends, and side are neatly done. The car comes with operating sliding doors. Handrails, ladders, stirrup steps, the brake wheel, end platform and under frame detail are very well done. AccuMateฎ couplers are screw mounted in cushioned coupler boxes attached to the plastic sill. The 70-ton roller-bearing trucks are well done except for some small mold parting lines in an otherwise excellent truck. Wheels are metal on hard plastic axles.
If you model railroads from the late 1960s through the present then you need several of these 50 ACF box cars on your roster. Atlas has produced a scale replica of this car that tracks well and should prove trouble free over time. It will be interesting to see what other road names Atlas will produce with this model. I would recommend this car.
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Highs: The under frame is die-cast metal with a detailed plastic sill and brake gear. Detailing is excellent.Lows: Some small mold parting lines in an otherwise excellent truck.Verdict: Atlas has produced a scale replica of this car that tracks well and should prove trouble free over time.
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