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. 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
Here is a comparison shot of the two 2286 Pennsylvania variations (Courtesy Don Dautel). The "large" lettering is also "taller" than the smaller lettering version, which appears to be more "square"; and note the somewhat misshapen keystone herald on the large lettering version. This same keystone also appears on the 2331 Pennsylvania 50 foot double door boxcar, leading to my speculation that the "large lettering" is at least partially a duplicate of what was used there. (However, my copy of the 2331 also has fairly clear lettering otherwise.)