A1G 2430 Series: Cabooses, Bay Window (now with E-R Models Re-releases)
The seven-plus cabeese in this group round out the A1G compilation of freight equipment.
If you've made it this far... congratulations! If you've skipped around, that's OK too.
Anyway, these cars were made by Rivarossi for Atlas, and a couple of these roadnames were still being marketed by Rivarossi as part of their multi-car sets well into the late 1990's. Meanwhile, Model Power had a similar versions on the market. About 1995, E-R Models commissioned Rivarossi to make and decorate ten more roadnames (see below) based on the A1G body style. When Atlas moved production of N Scale to its own factory in the USA, this body style didn't come along.
Finding the "Atlas" stamping on the bottom isn't easy this time... it's hiding under one of the trucks where it's hard to see. Sure, I know that person at the swap meet is going to let you take the car out of the box and remove the trucks, right? If you want to ensure that you've got a genuine A1G, it may come to that. Also unusual is the plastic coupler covers on these cars. No other A1G's used anything like it. Meanwhile, I like the extra roof detail, a good spotting feature, if they're still there.
Identifying the "Transfer" caboose, which was so troublesome on the End Cupola Cabeese, isn't nearly the bother here. Barry Wingard documented just three versions of the car in this group, and since these didn't cross into Atlas' later releases we're OK listing them. I have a somewhat beat-up example of the brown version and a better preserved copy of the red one (the most recent addition to my A1G accumulation, in 2016 and proving that I'm still looking around!).
Since, even by today's standards, these aren't too bad, they remain somewhat sought after. The much more recent (and better executed) offerings by Micro-Trains and Athearn haven't completely eliminated demand for the A1G version. So getting all six of the regular (not "transfer") roads might take a little digging. The "Transfer" versions aren't common. I went way overboard to procure the 2431 Santa Fe, as it was one of the final cars I needed, but you shouldn't have to with a little patience. I'd rate the 2432 Union Pacific and 2436 Burlington (CB&Q) as the ones I don't see as many of, but not by much.
Key spotting features for this car are:
- underframe stamped "Atlas" underneath one truck of the car (normally would be the
truck on the end opposite the round antenna on the roof... sorry if this is confusing!)
- three windows on each side of the car, plus a double (side-by-side) window in the
bay and two windows on each of end of the bay
- seperate black roofwalk extending across the top of the car
- three roof mounted black plastic detail pieces: round antenna with two "legs,"
smokejack, and vent (at least that's what it looks like to me)
- body mounted Rapido couplers, using a different than usual "foldover" plastic
and metal cover to hold them in place
- original trucks with wheels pressed on seperate axles
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 2430 A1G series car in "as manufactured" or "AM" condition has:
- all four step assemblies and both platforms intact
- brake wheel/ladder assemblies and running boards (roofwalk) in place with no
breakage or bending
- three roof pieces (smokejack, antenna, vent) in place and intact with no damage
- 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, body 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 2430 A1G 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" 2430 A1G series cars.
Table of Releases: Where available, click on "Image" to popup an image of the actual car.
||ATSF 999056||Red/Yellow, Circle Cross Herald L, Rep Mks Center, Yellow Stripe||4-6||5-7|
||UP 4890||Yellow/Red, Roadname + Reporting Marks L, Slogan R||4-6||5-7|
||CNW 11052||Brown/White, Reporting Marks Center, Herald R||4-6||5-7|
||SP 1652||Brown, Orange Ends and Ends of Bay Window/White,|
Roadname and Number L
|Brown/White, Road Number Only Center||4-6||5-7|
|Red/White, Road Number Only Center||5-7||6-8|
||CB&Q 13520||Silver, Red/Black, Burlington Herald L, Road Number on Bay||4-6||5-7|
||PC 4930||Jade Green/White, Herald L, Reporting Marks R||4-6||5-7|
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
The E-R Models Reissues: An advertisement in the August 1995 issue of Mainline Modeler, brought to my attention by "Spikre," contains the catalog numbers and roadnames of the Rivarossi-manufactured and decorated reissues distributed by E-R Models, which was located here in Western New York. (I once visited their retail store, which was quite a short-lived venture.) These cars carried an MSRP of $12.95 each.
I'm in "casual pursuit" of examples of these cars, but with a reported total production of just 250 pieces of each car, they are not easy to come by. I have added the images I do have. Note that there are missing catalog numbers in the sequence. That's the way they are in the original 1995 advertisement.
|70101||--||UP ------||Union Pacific, Yellow/Red (description to be confirmed)|
|70102||--||UP ------||Union Pacific, Yellow/Red (description to be confirmed)|
|70103||Image||SP 1745||Southern Pacific, Brown,Orange/White, Roadname + Road Number L|
|70104||Image*||SP 1748||Southern Pacific, Brown,Orange/White, Roadname + Road Number L|
|70105||Image*||C&NW 11191||Chicago & North Western, Yellow,Green/Green, Herald L, US Flag R, Roadname + Road # on Bay|
|70106||--||C&NW 11193||Chicago & North Western, Yellow,Green/Green, Herald L, US Flag R, Roadname + Road # on Bay|
|70107||--||ROCK 17183||The Rock (Rock Island), White/Black, "Route Rock" Top L, Large Blue and Black 'R' Right, Road # on Bay Window|
|70108||--||ROCK -----||The Rock (Rock Island), White/Black, "Route Rock" Top L, Large Blue and Black 'R' Right, Road # on Bay Window|
|70113||Image||NYC 21785||New York Central, Jade Green, Black/White, Cigar Band Herald L, 'Road to the Future' R|
|70114||Image||NYC 21788||New York Central, Jade Green, Black/White, Cigar Band Herald L, 'Road to the Future' R|
|70115||Image^||CR 21207||Conrail, Blue/White, Herald L, Roadname + Road # R|
|70116||Image||CR 21209||Conrail, Blue/White, Herald L, Roadname + Road # R|
|70117||Image||SOU X258||Southern Railway, Red, Yellow Bay Window/White, Roadname + Road # L|
|70118||Image||SOU X260||Southern Railway, Red Yellow Bay Window/White, Roadname + Road # L|
|70119||Image||B&O 903010||Chessie System, Yellow w/White Stripe & Safety Slogan|
|70120||Image||B&O 903011||Chessie System, Yellow w/White Stripe & Safety Slogan|
|70121||--||EL C364||Erie Lackawanna, Red/White, Road # L, Small Herald Below Bay Window|
|70122||Image*||EL C366||Erie Lackawanna, Red/White, Road # L, Small Herald Below Bay Window|
|70127||Image*||MILW 02138||Milwaukee Road, Orange, Black Roof/Black, Small Herald Below Bay Window|
|70128||Image*||MILW 02140||Milwaukee Road, Orange, Black Roof/Black, Small Herald Below Bay Window|
Note: Images marked with an asterisk(*) show cars without the roof hardware. Image marked with a carat (^) has window "glazing" which was added later.