A1G 2600 Series: Passenger Cars


There were actually three different series of passenger cars produced by Rivarossi for Atlas and they're all present and accounted for on this page. Unlike many of the other A1G series, these passenger car styles are largely still available from the original molds, most recently under the Arnold imprint; and in fact the line has been expanded to include more types of passenger equipment, such as a full baggage car. The offering of roadnames has also been greatly expanded, although I don't think anyone will vouch for the prototypical correctness of these roadnames.

The three types of passenger cars marketed by Atlas were:
2600 - Heavyweight, with six wheel trucks
2630 - Streamlined, Smooth Side, with four wheel trucks
2660 - Streamlined, Corrugated Side, with four wheel trucks

Key spotting features for these car are:
- Atlas stamped on the underside of the car near one of the trucks. It may also be stamped on the underside of the removable roof.
- Full interiors. All A1G cars had these, many reissues did not (although the current Arnold versions do, at least on the heavyweights).
- Passenger trucks, four wheel (streamlined) or six wheel (heavyweight) with the original Rapido type couplers mounted to the trucks via foldover metal strips. The six wheel trucks also have "Atlas" stamped on them near the coupler mounts.
- And lighted ("illuminated") versions...

In the case of the streamlined and corrugated cars, lighted cars were available in the USA. (Heavyweights were never lighted that I recall, but an Italian/English catalog shows a lighting kit for the cars including the heavyweights...!) These are immediately identifiable by the metal strips that touch each axle on the four wheel trucks and is mounted to the truck with the same screw that attaches the truck to the car. (See images within the PC Observation entry.) Each truck was connected to one rail and insulated from the other, if the wheels were in right, that is; and screws in from the top of the truck mount held a metal strip. A light bulb completed the circuit and was lit, if everything worked well, the track was clean, and the powerpack was set at a sufficiently high voltage to enable the bulbs to light... which often meant that either that the locomotive pulling the passenger train didn't have enough juice to pull or it was going at way over scale speed! Ah, those early days of N Scale!

There are no major or minor variations of these cars of which I am aware.

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 2600 series car in "mint in box" or "MIB" condition has:
- body intact with no wear on the roof especially where it joins the body
- no weathering
- no abrasions, scratches or other damage to the paint
- the original passenger trucks with the original metal wheels which were fitted to the axles
- in the case of Illuminated cars, original wipers mounted to trucks and current carrying metal strips mounted inside the car, light bulb intact and operating
- "Rapido" type couplers, truck 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.
- 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.

Approximate values are particularly problematic with these cars since they are essentially still available, although not as A1G's of course. Because of this, I think it's necessary to view this group more from a "collector" perspective than with freight cars, and therefore I'm only calling out "New In Box" values. It seems to me that the cars should at least sell for "replacement cost" but that isn't very much at this writing (January 2004), with some discounters offering Arnold's three car sets in various roadnames for less than twenty dollars (!). I do put a premium on lighted cars, assuming that they work as produced. That doesn't necessarily mean that the lights stay on all the time when the cars are being run, as A1G veterans will attest.

Table of Releases: Where available, click on "Image" to popup an image of the actual car.
Heavyweight Passenger Cars
Catalog # Popup
Image
Roadname
and Number*
Body Style Description AV
MIB
AV
MIB
Lighted
2601Image ATSF (none)Heavyweight PullmanPullman Green, Black Roof/Yellow, Yellow Stripes
"Pullman" / "St Croix"
10-15N/A
Underside Image
2602Image ATSF 2602+Heavyweight CombinePullman Green, Black Roof/Yellow10-15N/A
2603Image ATSF 1418#Heavyweight DinerPullman Green, Black Roof/Yellow10-15N/A
2604Image ATSF 35Heavyweight ObservationPullman Green, Black Roof/Yellow
"Cafe Observation"
10-15N/A
2611Image B&O 3612Heavyweight PullmanBlue,Gray, Gray Roof/Yellow10-15N/A
2612Image B&O 2003Heavyweight CombineBlue,Gray, Gray Roof/Yellow10-15N/A
2613Image B&O 1064Heavyweight DinerBlue,Gray, Gray Roof/Yellow
"Margaret Corbin"
10-15N/A
2614Image B&O 5014Heavyweight ObservationBlue,Gray, Gray Roof/Yellow10-15N/A
2621Image PRR (none)Heavyweight PullmanTuscan Red (Brown)/Yellow "James Logan"10-15N/A
2622Image PRR 342 Heavyweight CombineTuscan Red (Brown)/Yellow
"The Pennsylvania Limited - New York Chicago"
10-15N/A
2623Image PRR 1184 Heavyweight DinerTuscan Red (Brown)/Yellow10-15N/A
2624Image PRR 4496 Heavyweight ObservationTuscan Red (Brown)/Yellow "Pullman"10-15N/A

+ Road Number is the same as the catalog number, this isn't a typo.
# May look like "1410" but reasonably sure it's 1418, confirmed by several other A1G followers.


Smoothside Streamlined Passenger Cars
Catalog # Popup
Image
Roadname
and Number*
Body Style Description AV
MIB
AV
MIB
Lighted
2631Image UP 4056Smoothside Coach
"Roomette"
Yellow,Gray,Gray Roof/Red10-1515-20
2632Image UP 5907 Smoothside Combine
"Baggage"
Yellow,Gray,Gray Roof/Red10-1515-20
2634Image UP 9052 Smoothside Observation
"Tail Car"
Yellow,Gray,Gray Roof/Red10-1515-20
2641Image C&NW (none)Smoothside RoometteYellow,Green,Black Roof/Yellow,Black, Black Stripe, "Roomette"10-1515-20
2642Image C&NW 322 Smoothside Combine
"Baggage"
Yellow,Green,Black Roof/Yellow,Black, Black Stripe10-1515-20
2644Image C&NW 930 Smoothside Observation
"Tail Car"
Yellow,Green,Black Roof/Yellow,Black, Black Stripe10-1515-20
2651Image PRR (none)Smoothside Coach
"Roomette"
Tuscan Red (Brown),Black Roof/Yellow, Yellow Stripe
Pullman/"Huron Rapids"
10-1515-20
2652Image PRR 6535 Smoothside Combine
"Baggage"
Tuscan Red (Brown),Black Roof/Yellow, Yellow Stripe10-1515-20
2654Image PRR (none)Smoothside Observation
"Tail Car"
Tuscan Red (Brown),Black Roof/Yellow, Yellow Stripe
Pullman/"Mountain View"
10-1515-20



Corrugated Streamlined Passenger Cars
Catalog # Popup
Image
Roadname
and Number*
Body Style Description AV
MIB
AV
MIB
Lighted
2661Image ATSF 1464Corrugated CoachSilver/Black10-1515-20
2662Image ATSF (none) Corrguated RPO/Combine
"Baggage"
Silver/Black10-1515-20
2664Image ATSF 644 Corrugated ObservationSilver/Black10-1515-20
2666Image PC 1008 Corrugated CoachSilver/Black10-1515-20
2667Image PC 8970 Corrguated RPO/Combine
"Baggage"
Silver/Black10-1515-20
2669Image PC (none)Corrugated ObservationSilver/Black "Genesee River"10-1515-20
Underside Image Interior Image
2671Image SP (none)Corrugated CoachOrange, Black, Red/White
"Daylight" Colors
10-1515-20
2672Image SP (none)Corrguated RPO/Combine
"Baggage"
Orange, Black, Red/White
"Daylight" Colors
10-1515-20
2674Image SP (none)Corrugated ObservationOrange, Black, Red/White
"Daylight" Colors
10-1515-20



*Some A1G passenger cars did not have roadnumbers. (Some prototype passenger cars didn't either.)
AV = Approximate Value (US$ range)
AM = As Manufactured, MIB = Mint In Box.
Abbreviations: Hld=Herald, R/N=Roadname, L/R=Left/Right Side of Car