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:
- underframe stamped "Atlas Austria"
- two six foot "narrow rib" doors
- original trucks with wheels pressed on seperate axles and Rapido couplers, attached with "foldover" metal strips

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.
Catalog # Popup
Image
Reporting
Marks
Description AV
AM
AV
MIB
2286a Image PRR 83247 Box Car Red / White, Keystone Herald L, Small Lettering3-54-6
2286b Image PRR 83247 Box Car Red / White, Keystone Herald L, Large Lettering3-54-6
2287a Image IC 41677 Orange / Black and White, Split Rail Herald R4-65-7
2287b Image IC 41677
IC 41877
Brown / Black, White, Split Rail Herald R10-1515-25
2288a Image TP&W 5032 Green, Yellow / Green, Yellow, Without Roadname Below Rep Mks4-65-7
2288b Image TP&W 5032 Green, Yellow / Green, Yellow, With Roadname Below Rep Mks4-65-7

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.)

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.


Roco Releases: Where available, click on "Image" to popup an image of the actual car. (Coming "soon.")
I believe these are all of the releases Roco did but should I learn of more, I'll adjust this table.
Catalog # Popup
Image
Reporting
Marks
Description
28703WAB 16457Dark Brown/White, Flag Herald + Reporting Marks L, Wabash Roadname R
28704NH 160328Dark Brown/White, Script Style Roadname L, Reporting Marks R
28705GN 38425Dark Brown/White, Roadname + Reporting Marks L, Glacier Park Front Facing Goat Hld R
28706MKT 67057Dark Brown/White, Reporting Marks L, "The Katy Serves the Southwest" Slogan R
28707CN 571262Dark Brown/White, Roadname + Reporting Marks L, Green + White Maple Leaf Herald R
28708B&O 191784Dark Brown/White, Reporting Marks L, Roadname + Capitol Dome Herald R

Walthers Releases: Where available, click on "Image" to popup an image of the actual car. (Coming "soon.")
Note that all three cars per roadname have the same catalog number (officially prefaced by "933-") so I have unofficially added "a" "b" and "c" in ascending road number order.
I may need to adjust these as I get the remaining road numbers documented.
Catalog # Popup
Image
Reporting
Marks
Description
8301aUP 176000Red Oxide/Yellow, Large Roadname + Reporting Marks L, "Be Specific..." Slogan R
8301bUP 176025Red Oxide/Yellow, Large Roadname + Reporting Marks L, "Be Specific..." Slogan R
8301bUP 176079Red Oxide/Yellow, Large Roadname + Reporting Marks L, "Be Specific..." Slogan R
8302aCB&Q 9256Red/White, B+W Burlington Hld + Slogan L, Roadname + Rep Mks R
8302bCB&Q 9408Red/White, B+W Burlington Hld + Slogan L, Roadname + Rep Mks R
8302cCB&Q Red/White, B+W Burlington Hld + Slogan L, Roadname + Rep Mks R
8303aATSF 17583Brown/White, "Ship and Travel..." + Rep Mks L, Large Circle Cross Herald R
8303bATSF 17617Brown/White, "Ship and Travel..." + Rep Mks L, Large Circle Cross Herald R
8303cATSF Brown/White, "Ship and Travel..." + Rep Mks L, Large Circle Cross Herald R
8304aMILW 18000Brown/White, Reporting Marks L, Titled Rectangle Herald R
8304bMILW 18026Brown/White, Reporting Marks L, Titled Rectangle Herald R
8304cMILW 18097Brown/White, Reporting Marks L, Titled Rectangle Herald R
8305aGN 15000Brown/White, B+W Herald + Rep Mks L, Empire Builder Style Roadname R
8305bGN 15208Brown/White, B+W Herald + Rep Mks L, Empire Builder Style Roadname R
8305cGN 15549Brown/White, B+W Herald + Rep Mks L, Empire Builder Style Roadname R
8306aCNW 57432Red Oxide/Yellow, Reporting Marks L, Small Ball+Bar "Railway" Herald R
8306bCNW 57588Red Oxide/Yellow, Reporting Marks L, Small Ball+Bar "Railway" Herald R
8306bCNW 57664Red Oxide/Yellow, Reporting Marks L, Small Ball+Bar "Railway" Herald R