A1G 2370 Series: Flat Cars, Steel, 40 Foot

The first thing I had to figure out... how to get these cars to stand up for their picture?

These cars were made by Rivarossi for Atlas, and still turn up under the Rivarossi brand as part of the multi-car sets and as seperate releases in boxes very similar to the original Atlas boxes. There was also a very similar (if not identical) 40 foot flat car made by Trix and sold under the Aurora "Postage Stamp" and Minitrix names in the United States. In fact, one of these cars is a Union Pacific X159, same reporting marks as the A1G car (but not exactly the same paint scheme).

These cars did initially come with a plastic sprue of stakes, but mine were purchased second hand and didn't. Only a problem if you're accumulating new in box versions; the stakes themselves weren't terribly realistic or easy to place in or remove from the stake pockets.

Although it personally took me a while to come up with the four pieces of this short set, that shouldn't be considered the norm. These cars are quite reasonable and plentiful on the aftermarket.

Oh, and how did I get the cars to stand up for their picture? I put them on a track, of course. And that is how I came to replace the scans with the digital images you now see on this website, by the way. That idea started with these "lowly" flat cars.

Key spotting features for this car are:
- underframe stamped "Atlas"... only, with no country of origin. Note that some Rivarossi-branded releases may have the Atlas stamp intact. Others will have the name stamp blocked out and therefore may have no identification at all.
- end brake wheel
- 22 stake pockets, 11 on each side of the car. These are hollow and can have stakes fitted to them
- plastic simulated "stakes" on a sprue (if still with the car)
- original trucks with wheels pressed on seperate axles and Rapido couplers, attached with "foldover" metal strips

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 2370 series flat car in "as manufactured" or "AM" condition has:
- all four stirrups intact
- brake wheel assembly at end of car intact, and black brake wheel in place
- intact sprue of stakes included, not installed on car
- 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 2370 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.

There are no approximate values for "runner" 2370 series cars.

Table of Releases: Where available, click on "Image" to popup an image of the actual car.
Catalog # Popup
Description AV
2371Image UP X159 Yellow, Red, Roadname Across3-54-6
2372Image B&M 5201 Blue, White, Roadname Across3-54-6
2373Image GN 24508 Black, White, Initials + Number Only 3-54-6
2374Image RDG 91306 Red, White, Rep Mks Only 3-54-6

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