A1G 3010 Series: Water or Vinegar Tank Cars
This unusual car was alternately called a "water tank car" or a "vinegar tank car" because of the private owners for which it was decorated. The prototype for this car can be found in a modeling article in the March 1955 issue of Model Railroader magazine. The car looks more like a big barrel in a cradle, in fact the "cradle" is open between supports, unlike the solid construction on the A1G and later cars. It's a "water tank car" in service for Hinkley and Schmidt. In the article, it's noted that these cars were used to ship spring water from a White Rock plant in Waukesha, Wisconsin down to Chicago. Another use was vinegar, and it and metal tanks don't necessarily play well together so it makes sense that it vingear would be shipped in wood.
Roco made this car for Atlas in Austria in N Scale, and it was only available as an A1G item for a long time. Atlas briefly re-ran the car in the 1980's-- I'm working on documenting those. Then E-R Models imported another run from Roco in the late 1990's (see below). AHM marketed the car in HO in some identical paint schemes including the Hinckley and Schmidt. By the way that company is still around at this writing marketing spring water in the Chicago area (last checked in March 2020).
Of the four cars, the 3013 Standard Brands (SBIX) and the 3014 Hinckley and Schmidt are fairly common, the 3011 Milwaukee Vinegar and 3012 Heinz less so. The last two are also more eye catching and so fetch a little more on the aftermarket. Be sure to check for the "Atlas Austria" imprint since the second run of Atlas cars and the E-R Models cars are similar and have been offered in the most of the same roadnames.
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 3010 series car in "as manufactured" or "AM" condition has:
A 3010 series car in "mint in box" or "MIB," meets all "As Manufactured" criteria plus:
There are no approximate values for "runner" 3010 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
The E-R Models/Roco Releases
BONUS! Here are images of the E-R Models releases of this body style, added to my accumulation in August 2008. These were commissioned by E-R (now out of business) and were made by Roco as the liner label above clearly states! Also note that there's no ambiguity here; they are described on the label as "vinegar car".
As an excellent illustration of supply and demand, I don't think there were many of these made, but when I purchased all four of these from the same dealer at a train show, it was at a fraction of the original price-- for new in box cars! So needless to say, no estimates of value at this point. It could have been a function of the location of the show in the northeast where E-R Models was located, but I could have had several copies of each of the cars at this show. If this quartet is of interest, have patience, they'll probably turn up!