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:
- black plastic underframe stamped "Atlas Austria" (2261-2264) or just "Atlas" (2265-2268)
- short larger diameter tank with molded on platforms at dome (2261-2264)
- longer smaller diameter tank with seperate black platform and railings surrounding entire dome (2265-2268)
- short stirrups at each corner of car (all #s)
- separate vertical brake wheel (2261-2264) or horizontal brake wheel in assembly (2265-2268)

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:
- all four stirrups intact
- frame intact and not bent, with brake wheel attached (vertical on 2261-2264, horizontal in assembly on 2265-2268)
- ladders (all #s) and top platform (2265-2268) intact and not bent (note the images of the 2261 Gulf and the 2264b General American have the tops of the ladders missing)
- 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
- "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 2260 A1G 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.

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:
Where available, click on "Image" to popup an image of the actual car.
Catalog # Popup
Description AV
2261Image HOKX 56555Blue/White Lettering, Gulf Logo R (Variations Reported)5-87-10
2262Image UCLX 1012White/Red and Blue Lettering, Frontier Chemical4-76-8
2263aImage HOKX 56555White/Blue and Red, Jack Frost Cane Sugar5-87-9
2263bImage HOKX 56555White and Blue/Blue and Red, Jack Frost Cane Sugar4-76-8
2264aImage GATX 83600White/Red and Black, Wide Space Lettering
General American Transportation
2264bImage GATX 83600White/Red and Black, Narrow Space Lettering
General American Transportation
Image courtesy of Tom Meserole

Rivarossi Manufactured Releases:
Where available, click on "Image" to popup an image of the actual car.
Catalog # Popup
Description AV
2265Image SHPX 3265Silver/Red and Black, DuPont Logo L
Same Paint as 2295 3 Dome Tank
2266Image HOKX 56555Orange/White and Black, Hooker Chemical7-1010-12
2267Image UTLX 25149Blue,White Band/Black, "The Finest Chemicals"8-1212-15
2268Image CYTX 8743Silver/Green, Large "Co-op" Across7-1010-12

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