A1G 2260 Series: Tank Cars, Single Dome "Chemical"
How about two different body styles in the same A1G Series, made by two different OEMs? And double that, all within the A1G tank car collection.
First up, here are the "single dome tank cars", which began as Austrian-built releases in four paint schemes. But the series finished with "chemical tank cars" in four other schemes on an entirely different car made in Italy! Roco and Rivarossi are the OEMs in question, of course, in that order. The Roco version body style was made available by other firms including Life-Like, Model Power and Industrial Rail, though not necessarily with exactly the same tooling.
The Rivarossi body style was brought back in 1989 as a limited run by Eastern Seaboard Models, decorated by Rivarossi themselves, in six roadnames. They sold out quickly and aren't easy to find. In fact, this body style as an A1G is considerably scarcer than most, and as such commands a bit of a premium in the aftermarket. One reason is that these cars still look pretty good considering that the tooling was first cut over 30 years ago! Arnold/Rivarossi still did market to 2267 UTLX car as part of its sets as late as the 1990's. But finding the other three can be a chore.
Wingard reports paint variations on the 2261 Gulf and number variations on the 2263 Jack Frost. Meanwhile, I have two versions of the 2263 Jack Frost, one with a half blue, half white tank and one with an all white tank. The reporting marks on both were still "HOKX 56555" which was very popular with Atlas as it was also used on the 2261 Gulf and the 2266 Hooker, as well as numerous other cars from other marketers! There are "wide" and "narrow" spacings on lettering on the 2264 General American tank car. There are no such shenanigans on the Rivarossi-made quartet, except to note that the exact same paint on the 2265 DuPont also appears on the three dome version, catalog 2295, including the space between the "GAT" and the "X" in the reporting marks!
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 2260 A1G series car in "as manufactured" or "AM" condition has:
A 2260 A1G series car in "mint in box" or "MIB," meets all "As Manufactured" criteria plus:
Because of the demand for the Rivarossi-made series of these cars, there is a "runner"
value estimated to be about 50% of the "As Manufactured" value. This applies to catalog
numbers 2265 to 2268 only. There is no estimated "runner" value for the Roco-made half
of the series, catalog numbers 2261 to 2264.
Roco Manufactured Releases:
Roco Manufactured Releases:
Rivarossi Manufactured Releases:
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