A1G 2420 Series: Open Hoppers, Steel, 41 Foot Offset Side, 4 Bay
This set of cars is very unusual and a bit tricky in that there is no identification that these are Atlas cars anywhere that I could find on the car itself! I was able to discern that they were Rivarossi products, thanks to Ola Ahlström's sharing of a European catalog and price list from the 1971/72 season, but there's not an "Atlas" to be found. At least on my copies!
Fortunately, the paint schemes done for Atlas are pretty unique. Only the Minneapolis and St. Louis car was done on a four bay by someone else, and there are differences. The Clinchfield, Erie Lackawanna and pretty sharp looking silver Canadian National have never been duplicated so if you see it, chances are it's an Atlas. Unless it's one of those cars that has been in a Rivarossi reissue set... Hmm, may have to go for the inclusion of the genuine Atlas box of the same vintage to more convincingly assure that this is in fact an A1G car. By the way, the Clinchfield, EL and M&StL cars were the only ones issued for those roadnames in the entire A1G series. And also by the way, if these cars look familiar to those who are veteran HO modellers, that's because Rivarossi also did these same four cars in 1:87 for AHM in the same timeframe. One of these days I'll check my father's accumulation and validate my suspicion that the paint jobs are the same right down to the road numbers.
As A1G's go, this isn't the easiest group to complete, especially when compared to the ubiquitous two bay hoppers, but that doesn't mean an imminent meltdown of the financial situation of the accumulator. You'll just have to be a little more patient and sift through a few more sales before completing this group, and you may need to shell out a little more. Relative to each other, I can't say any one of these cars is harder to get than any other one.
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 2420 series car in "as manufactured" or "AM" condition has:
A 2420 series car in "mint in box" or "MIB," meets all "As Manufactured" criteria plus:
There are no approximate values for "runner" 2420 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