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.

Wingard shows two versions of the 2206 BAR State of Maine (incorrectly listed as Boston and Maine in the "Collector's Guide to N Scale"), one as shown in the image with all blue lettering in the center white stripe and a second version with blue and black lettering in the stripe. Courtesy of Don Dautel, we have a comparison shot of the two variations (see below). I have not established a value for the black lettering version since I do not know how scarce it is, but I suspect it is pretty unusual.

Key spotting features for this car are:
- underframe stamped "Atlas Austria"
- seven foot "narrow rib" door (Atlas' "second generation" 40 foot box cars, starting with the 2207 Vermont Railway, have eight foot "wide rib" doors).
- original trucks with wheels pressed on seperate axles and Rapido couplers, attached with "foldover" metal strips

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:
- all four stirrups intact
- brake wheel and running board (roofwalk) in place with no breakage or bending
- no weathering
- no abrasions, scratches or other damage to the paint
- the original trucks with the original metal wheels which were fitted to the axles
Note that the 2201a Florida East Coast in the scan below has one original truck, on the left, and one replacement truck, on the right. The difference in color is pretty apparent!
- "Rapido" type couplers, truck mounted (this is a case where changing to Micro-Trains® trucks and/or couplers is not a plus!).
Note that minor paint flaws on these cars were common and should not be considered especially "collectible"; in fact, I'd rather have a "perfect" paint job.

A 2200 series car in "mint in box" or "MIB," meets all "As Manufactured" criteria plus:
- no dust, dirt or wear on the car itself
- no wear on wheels (although discolored wheels are common)
- kept in the original Atlas box
- box itself is intact with no cracks, breakage or crazing, with original Atlas label (usually white with black printing), plastic liner (usually blue), and cover. Both inserts and labels vary as the A1G series was sold for years. Store price stickers may or may not detract depending on the placement, size and wear.

There are no approximate values for "runner" 2200 series cars with the possible exception of the 2206b BAR State of Main "Black Lettering" variation.

Table of Releases: Where available, click on "Image" to popup an image of the actual car.
Catalog # Popup
Image
Reporting
Marks
Description AV
AM
AV
MIB
2201aImage FEC 21019 Blue/White Lettering, Speedway Slogan R3-54-6
2201bImage FEC 21019 Blue/Yellow Lettering, Speedway Slogan R4-66-8
2202Image PRR 83247 Box Car Red/White, Keystone Herald L2-43-5
2203Image ATSF 15231Box Car Red/White, Circle Cross Herald L3-54-6
2204Image GN 27024 Orange & Green/White, R/N L, Sm Herald R4-66-8
2205Image WM 36041 Red/White, Speed Lettering Across3-54-6
2206aImage BAR 5226 Red/White/Blue, State of Maine, Blue Lettering3-54-6
2206bImage BAR 5226 Red/White/Blue, Black, State of Maine, Black Lettering3-54-6

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
Here is a comparison shot of the two BAR State of Maine variations (Courtesy Don Dautel). The black lettering in the white stripe on the "B" variation shows well, in contrast to the much more common (in my estimation) blue lettering.