A1G 2280 Series: Box Cars, 40 Foot Double Door
The 2280 series consisted of only three cars, but all of them have two major versions. You'll note that the group doesn't start with "2281" because the series is shared with the A1G Bulkhead Flat Cars.
These cars were made in Austria by Roco. Many years later, Roco would market this same style car in a number of steam era box car red paint schemes including New Haven and Baltimore and Ohio. Still later, Walthers would pick up the body style and market more road names including Burlington and Santa Fe. (See below for these in "Life After A1G.") So far, though, no one else has tried the distinctive Toledo, Peoria and Western paint scheme that is the standout of this short series.
Key spotting features for this car are:
Of the three 2280 catalog numbers, the "brown" 2287a Illinois Central is the most scarce. Like its two "cousins" which carry the same road number, the 2286 Pennsylvania is among the most common A1G cars. Wingard noted in his description of the 2286 PRR in "The Collector's Guide to N Scale" that "small" and "large" lettering versions exist. Courtesy of Don Dautel, we have a comparison shot of the two variations (see below). It turns out that the one originally displayed here is the "Small Lettering" version.
See the "2200 Series" for grading explanations and caveats.
Only the 2287b Illinois Central brown paint version has an approximate value as a "runner," which I would estimate at 10% to 35% of the As Manufactured value based on condition. Other 2280's have no significant value as "runners".
Table of Releases: Where available, click on "Image" to popup an image of the actual car.
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
Life After A1G: Roco and Walthers Releases
As I noted above, Roco released its own version of this car in the 1980s with new paint schemes. Walthers then marketed a second release of cars using the Roco tooling in the mid-1990s. Walthers marketed three road numbers of each roadname. Here's a list, still in progress, of each of these runs. I have several of these cars and will add images when time permits.
The Walthers CB&Q/Burlington roadname is a bit distinctive for the time period in that it had different slogans on each side of the car ("Everywhere West" and "Way of the Zephyrs") as did the prototype Burlington cars. The Walthers cars also have end reporting marks and plastic trucks with plastic wheels instead of the steel wheels common to the A1G and Roco releases.
|28703||WAB 16457||Dark Brown/White, Flag Herald + Reporting Marks L, Wabash Roadname R|
|28704||NH 160328||Dark Brown/White, Script Style Roadname L, Reporting Marks R|
|28705||GN 38425||Dark Brown/White, Roadname + Reporting Marks L, Glacier Park Front Facing Goat Hld R|
|28706||MKT 67057||Dark Brown/White, Reporting Marks L, "The Katy Serves the Southwest" Slogan R|
|28707||CN 571262||Dark Brown/White, Roadname + Reporting Marks L, Green + White Maple Leaf Herald R|
|28708||B&O 191784||Dark Brown/White, Reporting Marks L, Roadname + Capitol Dome Herald R|
|8301a||UP 176000||Red Oxide/Yellow, Large Roadname + Reporting Marks L, "Be Specific..." Slogan R|
|8301b||UP 176025||Red Oxide/Yellow, Large Roadname + Reporting Marks L, "Be Specific..." Slogan R|
|8301b||UP 176079||Red Oxide/Yellow, Large Roadname + Reporting Marks L, "Be Specific..." Slogan R|
|8302a||CB&Q 9023||Red/White, B+W Burlington Hld + Slogan L, Roadname + Rep Mks R|
|8302b||CB&Q 9256||Red/White, B+W Burlington Hld + Slogan L, Roadname + Rep Mks R|
|8302c||CB&Q 9408||Red/White, B+W Burlington Hld + Slogan L, Roadname + Rep Mks R|
|8303a||ATSF 17583||Brown/White, "Ship and Travel..." + Rep Mks L, Large Circle Cross Herald R|
|8303b||ATSF 17617||Brown/White, "Ship and Travel..." + Rep Mks L, Large Circle Cross Herald R|
|8303c||ATSF||Brown/White, "Ship and Travel..." + Rep Mks L, Large Circle Cross Herald R|
|8304a||MILW 18000||Brown/White, Reporting Marks L, Titled Rectangle Herald R|
|8304b||MILW 18026||Brown/White, Reporting Marks L, Titled Rectangle Herald R|
|8304c||MILW 18097||Brown/White, Reporting Marks L, Titled Rectangle Herald R|
|8305a||GN 15000||Brown/White, B+W Herald + Rep Mks L, Empire Builder Style Roadname R|
|8305b||GN 15208||Brown/White, B+W Herald + Rep Mks L, Empire Builder Style Roadname R|
|8305c||GN 15549||Brown/White, B+W Herald + Rep Mks L, Empire Builder Style Roadname R|
|8306a||CNW 57432||Red Oxide/Yellow, Reporting Marks L, Small Ball+Bar "Railway" Herald R|
|8306b||CNW 57588||Red Oxide/Yellow, Reporting Marks L, Small Ball+Bar "Railway" Herald R|
|8306b||CNW 57664||Red Oxide/Yellow, Reporting Marks L, Small Ball+Bar "Railway" Herald R|