A1G 2380 Series: Box Cars, Steel, 40 Foot, Single Door, 9 Foot Height


These cars are enough to confuse people! There was also the 2200 series of "40 foot steel box cars," but these are shorter at 9 scale feet inside height versus 10 feet for the 2200's. You could almost say that they were the forerunners of the "AAR/USRA" boxcars made by Micro-Trains more than 30 years later-- almost, that is. These were initially made by Rivarossi in Italy for Atlas; some of the original box labels have the distinctive "R" trademark that Rivarossi used for many years.

One of the eight roadnames in this series was the then brand-new Penn Central, formed in 1968. But one of its components, the New Haven, got not one but two different paint schemes in this group... and they are the only NH cars in the A1G series. The black and white NH, catalog 2385, is not an easy car to come across. The Linde, catalog 2387, is one of the most common, and was also released by Life-Like so mind those underframe stampings!

This car shares the underframe with the 2360 series Wood Box Car so it will just have the "Atlas" name beneath and not a country of origin. As with the 2360s, Rivarossi continued to market these cars well after Atlas had struck out on its own. I observed at least the PC, CN and NYC Pacemaker cars in Arnold/Rivarossi freight car sets into the late 1990's.

Key spotting features for this car are:
- underframe stamped "Atlas" in the center left of the underframe (there's no country indicated on these)
- somewhat shorter in height than a standard steel box car, most evident when comparing them to the 2200 series of steel box cars
- a six foot "narrow rib" door
- original trucks with wheels pressed on seperate axles and Rapido couplers, attached with "foldover" metal strips

The Penn Central, catalog 2381, is reported in Wingard's guide as also having road number 65420 but this is in fact not an A1G car but an "A1.5G" car that was originally offered as a kit. I don't know why it took so long to figure this out since I actually own it... oops...

None of the 2380's I've listed have any significant value as "runners" with the possible exception of the 2385 New Haven.

See the 2200 Series Page for grading explanations and caveats.

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
2381 Image PC 65638 Jade Green/White, R/N L, Herald R4-65-7
2382 Image CN 523975 Orange/White, R/N L, "Wet Noodle" R4-65-7
2383 Image NH 36409 Black, Red Door/ White, Large "NH" L4-65-8
2384 Image NYC 174478Red,Gray/White, Pacemaker Scheme4-65-7
2385 Image NH 40045 Black, White/Red, White, Large "NH" L8-1212-15
2386 Image DRGW 67598Silver,Orange/ Black, "Rio Grande" R4-65-8
2387 Image LAPX 2199 Dark Green/White, Linde Industrial Gases4-65-8
2388 Image PHD 1275 Blue/White,Red, Large "PHD" L4-65-8

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