A1G 2400 Series: Gondola, Steel, 40 Foot
This is another body style that has made the rounds, although not quite as many as a couple of other cars. Although Rivarossi first made these cars for Atlas, Roco revived this mold (or a similar one) for a time in the 1980's and output a couple of interesting road names including a car for the Erie. Rivarossi-branded cars occassionally still show up in their freight car sets, so as usual, be looking for the "Atlas" stamp on the underside of the car before you accumulate. Be especially careful with the 2404 Southern gon. Bachmann made one too, though it's got a much smaller road name. AHM marketed one too, but it's on a 45 foot gondola, noticably longer than the A1G release.
Atlas apparently brought over the design to the USA, and before reintroducing this gondola in improved form (and with cement containers), did a "one and a halfth generation" cars, also have included here.
The Wabash and Rock Island A1.5G gondolas are fairly difficult to find and the Approximate Values reflect this. Wingard's book lists roadnames Chicago & Illinois Midland, Baltimore & Ohio, and Soo Line as having never been produced. I also am wondering whether 2402b, the second Union Pacific road number, really belongs in that 1 1/2th Generation and not where I have it. I'll leave it as an A1G until I find contradictory evidence.
The original quartet includes a sentimental favorite car. That would be the 2403 Jersey Central (CNJ) release, since at the time I got my first Atlas train set, that was the closest prototype line from me. Our house was just two blocks east of the CNJ's line that ran from Elizabethport to Perth Amboy, still alive and well and quite busy as the "Chemical Coast Line" of the Conrail Shared Assets area operated jointly by CSX and Norfolk Southern.
Key spotting features for this car are:
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 2400 series car in "as manufactured" or "AM" condition has:
A 2400 series car in "mint in box" or "MIB," meets all "As Manufactured" criteria plus:
There are no approximate values for A1G "runner" 2400 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