A1G 3000 Series: 60 Foot Bulkhead Log Flat Cars

Another of the unusual and still unrepeated releases in the A1G series is this "bulkhead log" car. Actually closer to a pulpwood car than anything else, this car was made by Roco in Austria for Atlas. Trix made a different type of this car in some chemical company roadnames but they don't have loads and the top of the car has beams across it so that a load can't be added either. AHM marketed a shorter version of this car without loads in HO Scale during the 1970's and I suspect that was made by Roco as well. Meanwhile, these cars have never been offered again since the A1G series was retired. They're a little on the hard to find side but not incredibly so.

The January 1964 Official Railway Equipment Register calls out the Norfolk and Western series 32850 to 32855, AAR Class FMS, inside length 55 feet, outside length 59 feet 10 inches, with the additional information "Cars... are three section flat cars, equipped with four fixed bulkheads and side staves, without conventional flooring and are specially designed for carrying logs." Isn't that interesting! No such luck on the other three roads in the same book, as the road numbers don't exist. Well, ya gotta amortize that tooling somehow...

Key spotting features for this car are:
- underframe stamped "Atlas Austria" near center.
- Floor recessed in two steps to follow the side sills and form a sort of "fishbelly" appearance.
- Three distinct compartments which each hold a simulated log (pulpwood) load.
- open top, no roofwalk, just two beams that simulate the compartment dividers (bulkheads in the above description)
- four panel ends that in my mind closely resemble the end of a large rollaway garbage dumpster (!). Molded in ladders and grabirons, brake wheel on one end
- stirrups molded into the bottom of each corner

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 3000 series bulkhead flat car in "as manufactured" or "AM" condition has:
- frame intact with no visible damage
- brake wheel present and intact
- three log loads present and intact, not discolored
- no weathering
- no abrasions, scratches or other damage to the paint
- the original Atlas trucks with the original metal wheels which were fitted to the axles
- "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.

A 3000 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.

Because these cars are relatively scarce in as manufactured condition, there is an estimated value for "runner" cars in this series of from 30-40% of the as manufactured values. However, that's not much.

Table of Releases: Where available, click on "Image" to popup an image of the actual car.
Catalog # Popup
Description AV
3001Image N&W 32850Blue/White6-87-10
3002Image L&N 225875Blue/White6-87-10
3003Image WM 756Tuscan Red/White6-87-10
3004Image D&RGW 22846Black/White6-87-10

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