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:
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A 2370 series flat car in "as manufactured" or "AM" condition has:
A 2370 series car in "mint in box" or "MIB," meets all "As Manufactured" criteria plus:
There are no approximate values for "runner" 2370 series cars.
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