American Car and Foundry (ACF) built these 50’ Precision Design box cars for many railroads during the late 1960’s through 1970’s. The ACF 50' Precision Design box car is a popular design featuring a clear inside loading space and is still in use on many railroads throughout North America. ACF Industries, Inc. began as a company In 1899 and remains in business today as ACF Industries, LLC. This particular car is a model of a class X71, a group of 1000 Precision Design box cars built for Penn Central in 1971.
Atlas released this model in the fall of 2013 as part of their Atlas N Scale 50' Precision Design Box Cars. This release included the following road names - Undecorated, Atlantic and Western, Canadian National, Canadian National (GTW), Conrail, Burlington Northern Santa Fe, and Chicago and North Western (Stock Numbers 50001284 – 5000296).
Built by ACF in the late 1960's and early 1970's, this ready-to-run model comes in both smooth side and rib side versions as per the prototype. The ATW model is decorated in an attractive dark blue with yellow lettering car number 8093 built 8/72. The model appears to be a scaled down version of the ACF car previously reviewed.
Painting and lettering is clear and crisp, and even the tiny reporting marks may be read.
The under frame is die-cast metal with a detailed plastic sill and brake gear. I'm constantly amazed at the detailing in N Scale these days. Over all detailing is exceptional. The diagonal roof pattern, ends, and side are neatly done. The car comes with operating sliding doors. Handrails, ladders, stirrup steps, the brake wheel, end platform and under frame detail are very well done. AccuMate® couplers are screw mounted in cushioned coupler boxes attached to the plastic sill. The 70-ton roller-bearing trucks are well done except for some small mold parting lines in an otherwise excellent truck. Wheels are metal on hard plastic axles. The car weighs 4 3/8 oz and tracked well around an Atlas 15” radius curve and #4 turnouts.
A prototypically detailed body with realistic ladders, brake wheel and see-through end crossover walkway
Detailed die-cast metal underframe
Separate brake system
70-ton roller-bearing trucks
Accurate painting and printing
Model Dimensions: Weight: 4 3/8 oz
Length: 8 1/8 “ (Over Couplers)
Minimum Radius Curve: 15”
Minimum Turnout: #4
If you model railroads from the late 1960’s through the present then you need several of these 50’ ACF box cars on your roster. Atlas has produced a scale replica of this car that tracks well and should prove trouble free over time. It will be interesting to see what other road names Atlas will produce with this model. I would recommend this car.
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Highs: Fidelity to prototype.Lows: None.Verdict: If you model railroads from the late 1960’s through the present then you need several of these 50’ ACF box cars on your roster. Atlas has produced a scale replica of this car that tracks well and should prove trouble free over time.
Our Thanks to Atlas Model Railroad! This item was provided by them for the purpose of having it reviewed on this KitMaker Network site. If you would like your kit, book, or product reviewed, please contact us.