"A1.5G" 2250 Series: Cattle Cars, 40 Foot


After Atlas took over its own production of freight cars, there was a short but very interesting time period during which the company produced-- believe it or not-- kits in several body styles. This is one example; others include 40 and 50 foot box cars and ore cars. The body styles were later used in the "second generation" of Atlas ready-to-run cars; these are not A1G cars in any sense. To see the "first generation" of the 2250 cattle cars, check out the "2250 Series".

So here are the four roadnames for what, for lack of a better term, I'm calling the "A1.5G" or the "one and a halfth generation".

The collector value of an unbuilt kit is difficult to determine... they're made available for sale quite infrequently. And of course, once a car is built up, it's a "runner"! But based on what I've seen in the aftermarket, I have attempted to estimate values of these cars in "as manufactured" -- that is, built and complete, and "MIB Kit" unbuilt and complete kit, and guidelines for their condition. Obviously, a car's either built or it isn't.

The second generation of Atlas cattle cars includes releases in each of the roadnames that were done as kits as part of the "A1.5G" series. These cars are much "glossier" or more "finished" in appearance; the kit versions are more dull looking.

There are reported road number variations in the 2257 Rio Grande and 2258 Southern releases, but I am not sure if the second numbers related to later (non-kit) versions of the cars.

Key spotting features for this car are:
- Underframe stamped "Atlas USA"
- Dull "unfinished" appearance to the paint, unlike the glossy or semi-glossy "finished" appearance that characterizes Atlas second generation freight cars
- Cruder printing than that on later Atlas cattle cars, approximately equal to that on the A1G cars
- Small solid board across the car above dead center, of the car, with three "slat" boards above and six below this solid board; this feature is what distinguishes this and the A2G group from the A1G Atlas releases in the 2250 series
- Cross braces on the door, A1G 2250's don't have this feature
- Original trucks with wheels pressed on seperate axles and Rapido couplers, attached with "foldover" metal strips, which are actually built up from parts by the builder of the kit!

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 Kit
2255ImageGN 56329 Red/White3-55-7
2256ImageACL 140448 Box Car Red/White3-55-7
2257ImageD&RGW 39498Black/White3-55-7
2258ImageSOU 45653 Box Car Red/White, Southern Ry
3-55-7

AV = Approximate Value (US$ range)
AM = As Manufactured (see above)
MIB = Mint In Box Kit (see above)
Abbreviations: Hld=Herald, R/N=Roadname, L/R=Left/Right Side of Car