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N scale
N NSC 50' Plug Door Box Car
N NSC 50' Plug Door Box Car YARR 4530
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by: Frederick Boucher [ JPTRR ]

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Atlas' N NSC 50' Plug Door Box Car has been re-released with new paint schemes. It is part of Atlas' Master Line range.
    From 1975 to 1980 National Steel Car built over one-thousand 506 single-plug door box cars. Most of the 100-ton cars went to Canadian railroads primarily for paper service. Two hundred 70-ton cars went into food service for the Grand Trunk Western. the models have a number of variations corresponding to the prototype. - Atlas

National Steel Car
National Steel Car is based in Hamilton, Ontario. They have been making railroad cars since 1912.

Technical specifications for this NSC 50' Plug Door Box Car are;
    Type: Box Car
    AAR Class: XP: Boxcar similar in design to "XM", but which is specially equipped, designed, and/or structurally suitable for a specific commodity loading; except, boxcars (XF, XM, XMI) dedicated to the transportation of commodities in paragraph A, Rule 97, AAR Interchange Rules, must be designated "XP".
    AAR Type: A405
    Detail Info: Equipped Box Car, Inside Length: 49' to 59', cushion draft gear/underframe, Plug door, opening between 9 and 11 feet
    Plate: C
    Max Gross Weight: 263000
    Load Limit: 195300
    Dry Capacity: 5277
    Ext L/W/H: 55' 9" / 10' 8" / 15' 6"
    Int L/W/H: 50' 6" / 9' 6" / 11' 0"
    User Notes: Load Limit: 195300*

The Model
Atlas packs the model in a two-piece form-fitted clear plastic cradle which is held inside a hard clear plastic box. The car is further protected from scuffing by a soft plastic sheet.

Molding of the body is high-quality. I found no visible flash, ejector circles, sink marks or seam lines.

The body is a one-piece molding. All detail is molded on except for the hand brake wheel (an Equipco Model 4000?). The body is set upon a plastic frame. The frame rides upon rigid acetal plastic frame trucks rolling on metal wheels. Knuckle couplers are mounted for the draft gear. Atlas includes a pack of optional cushioned draft gear boxes that one can install over the truck boss for a more accurate model.

Atlas lists the features for this model as:

Bodies: 5111 or 5277 cubic foot styles
Ends: Nine or ten corrugations
Doors: 9ft or 10ft plug doors
Side Sills: Deep or shallow sills
Trucks: 70- or 100-ton

This body features 14-panel sides with a gradual side sill, and 10 corrugations on the ends. The roof is a galvanized steel Pullman-Standard type. Short ladders are on each corner and end.

Other body detail includes the door detail, door bumpers and tack boards.

Atlas made the end platforms with very fine photo-etched metal.

Under the car is a well detailed frame with floor detail. A nearly complete air brake system is molded on with the air brake apparatus, and brake rods and hangers, and a train line.

This detail is crisp and sufficiently good for N scale.

Atlas' paint is very good. It does not obscure the detail. This model represents an NSC 50' plug door that has been acquired by a different railroad (Youngstown and Austintown Railroad (reporting mark YARR)) than which it was originally built for. Two partial photos of this car can be seen via Click here for additional images for this review, below.

Four road names and an undercoated model are available with three road numbers per railroad.
    Canadian Pacific
    Ontario Northland
    Quebec Central

The model features excellent stenciling that is amazingly legible.

Atlas' N NSC 50' Plug Door Box Car is a great looking model. It features crisp detail and fine photo-etched metal end platforms, as well as metal wheels and knuckle couplers. Paint and printing is excellent.

This model would certainly look better with attached ladders although that would probably drive up the cost and make the model fragile to handle and operate.

This YARR NSC 50' plug door box car is a fine looking model and should be very welcome on modern N scale layouts. Recommended.

Please remember to mention to Atlas and retailers that you saw this model here - on RailRoad Modeling.

Youngstown and Austintown Railroad
    Youngstown and Austintown Railroad (reporting mark YARR) is a short-line railroad that exists just west of Youngstown, Ohio, United States. It is owned by Genesee & Wyoming Inc. It connects with the Youngstown Belt Railroad which is owned by the same company and CSX at Yanda. The YARR is essentially two former Erie branch Lines. The line come together at M&T Jct. (near Meridian Road). The lines are very short and they service the steel industry in Youngstown.**


* RR Picture Archives. Pictures of YARR 4530. [Web.] n.d.

**Wikipedia. Youngstown and Austintown Railroad. [Web.] 20 December 2016, at 18:46.

Click here for additional images for this review.

Highs: Crisp detail and fine photo-etched metal end platforms. Metal wheels, knuckle couplers, and excellent printing, too.
Lows: De minimis - see text.
Verdict: This YARR NSC 50' plug door box car is a fine looking model and should be very welcome on modern N scale layouts.
  Scale: N Scale
  Mfg. ID: 50 002 797
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  PUBLISHED: Jan 19, 2017
  NATIONALITY: United States

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About Frederick Boucher (JPTRR)

I'm a professional pilot with a degree in art. My first model was an AMT semi dump truck. Then Monogram's Lunar Lander right after the lunar landing. Next, Revell's 1/32 Bf-109G...cried havoc and released the dogs of modeling! My interests--if built before 1900, or after 1955, then I proba...

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