A1G 2200 Series: 40 Foot Box Cars, Steel, Single Door (10' Height)
The 2200 series consisted of six cars, including the very attractive Great Northern in orange and green which was one of the best looking cars in the entire A1G series. This series was made in Austria by Roco. Atlas marketed two different series of 40 foot single door box cars; these are the "taller" ones. It's the only easy way to describe the difference. I measure the inside height to be about 10 scale feet.
Of the six 2200 catalog numbers, the 2204 Great Northern is the most attractive and the most scarce. The 2202 Pennsylvania is among the most common A1G cars, and is one of three PRR box cars with the same road number! The 2201 Florida East Coast was offered in two major varieties, one with white paint and one with yellow paint. Atlas did not distinguish between versions but I have called them 2201a and 2201b for reference purposes. There are also two versions of the 2206 BAR State of Maine (incorrectly listed as Boston and Maine in the Collector's Guide to N Scale), one with all blue lettering in the center white stripe and a second version with black lettering in the white stripe. I've called these out as 2006a and 2206b respectively.
Key spotting features for this car are:
Note: The following information on conditions and "Approximate Value" prices are intended to be a guideline only and is presented with no warranties, express or implied. Caution: Definitions and prices can and do vary with collectors, buyers and sellers, and, of course, whether a person is buying or selling an item. That's the way a "free market" works...
A 2200 series car in "as manufactured" or "AM" condition has:
A 2200 series car in "mint in box" or "MIB," meets all "As Manufactured" criteria plus:
There are no approximate values for "runner" 2200 series cars with the possible exception of the 2206b BAR State of Main "Black Lettering" variation.
AV = Approximate Value (US$ range)
AM = As Manufactured (see above)
MIB = Mint In Box (see above)
Abbreviations: Hld=Herald, R/N=Roadname, L/R=Left/Right Side of Car
And here is an "OOPS"-- which shows a definite 'tilt' to the roadname on both sides of the same car, although clearly worse on one side than the other. This illustrates two points: (1) Nobody's perfect! and (2) the roadname was done in a different paint 'pass' than the rest of the car lettering. Otherwise, all of the lettering would be askew. I don't know how prevalent this error is on the State of Maine car, or on any other A1G offerings for that matter. I don't think I've hit the jackpot though-- it's more of a curiosity.