A1G 2350 Series: Flat Cars, 50 Foot with Two Trailers


Another short series of two that was for me the introduction to N Scale Intermodal. Well, sort of. The concept of "piggyback" on the railroads dates back at least to the 1950's on a large scale, and well before then on an individual attempt scale. Atlas had Roco do these cars in Austria for them, and then brought over and updated the tooling for United States manufacture in the second generation. This car in that modified form is still available today from Atlas, with both two "pup" trailers and with a single 40 foot trailer. The "Trainman" release does a much better job with the holes in the floor that hold the trailers; they are a lot less consipicuous now.

Back on the A1G side, these cars are relatively easy to find as runners but significantly harder to come by as new in box condition. As with the 2340 depressed center flat cars, that add on vertical brake wheel gets bent, broken or lost pretty easily! I have them on these cars although as you can see in the images, they're not perfect.

Key spotting features for this car are:
- underside of center of car stamped "Atlas Austria"
- end vertical brake wheel
- two 24 scale foot (I measured!) "pup" trailers that fit into holes in the simulated wood floor (making it difficult to do much else with these cars!)
- standard Atlas four wheel trucks with the usual "foldover" coupler fasteners
- stirrups at the four corners

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 2350 series flat car in "as manufactured" or "AM" condition has:
- both trailers in the correct paint scheme attached to the car
- brake wheel intact and attached at the end of the car
- all stirrups intact
- 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 2350 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 these cars are relatively scarce in as manufactured condition, there is an estimated value for "runner" cars in this series of from 30-40% of the as manufactured values.

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
2351Image PRR 30259 Black, White, "Acme" Trailers7-910-12
2352Image ATSF 90000Black, White, "Republic" Trailers7-910-12

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