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HO scale
45' Container
45' Container
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by: Frederick Boucher [ JPTRR ]

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45' Container HO models from Atlas Model Railroad are part of the Master Line range of models, available as sets of three. This review is Item# 20005734, Set #1 of shipping company ONE. This is the second release of these popular models.
    The development of shipping containers reached a turning point in the late 1970s when standardization began to take place. Prior to this time numerous designs and sizes of containers were seen throughout the world. The true intermodal era began in the 1980s with the expanding world economy, Panama Canal ship size restrictions, intermodal railway car (wagon) designs and the setting of ISO standards for international shipping containers.*

Last spring my wife and I were at the Petrified Forest National Park, a favorite place for obvious reasons, and also because the Santa Fe (now BNSF) Transcon runs through it. That was the first time I saw pink Ocean Network Express** (ONE) containers, very obvious against the desert drab. My wife liked them, too, so I was very happy to acquire this ONE set.

45' Container
The 45-ft. (13.7 m) container is a standard cargo container of intermodal transport involving ships, trucks, and railway carriers. Whereas boxcars used to be the usual source of color on freight trains, now unit trains of containers boast the riot of colors seen racing along the rails. Most are double-stacked on the freight car. In the United States, the containers were shipped on the Southern Pacific in 1977; the first double-stack intermodal train is considered to have been in 1984 when the Southern Pacific and Conrail moved containers from California to New Jersey. Today containers account for almost 70 percent of intermodal freight transport shipments in the United States.

Containers are produced in five common standard lengths: 20-ft. (6.1 m), 40-ft. (12.2 m), 45-ft. (13.7 m), 48-ft. (14.6 m), and 53-ft. (16.2 m). United States domestic standard containers are generally 48 ft. (15 m) and 53-ft. (rail and truck). Container capacity is often expressed in twenty-foot equivalent units (TEU, or sometimes "teu"). An equivalent unit is a measure of containerized cargo capacity equal to one standard 20 ft. (length) × 8 ft. (width) container. As this is an approximate measure, the height of the box is not considered, for instance the 9 ft. 6 in. (2.9 m) high cube and the 4-ft. 3-in. (1.3 m) half height 20 ft. (6.1 m) containers are also called one TEU.

Capacity for a 45’ container is 66,139 lb. (30,400 kg) of cargo.

45’ Intermodal Container 3 Pack
Atlas' currently offers eight (8) sets of shipping companies for these 45' containers. A trio of these models are packed in a bag with a stiff card label. These containers complement Atlas' Thrall Articulated Well Car.

The containers are molded with crisp detail. Each is factory assembled and Ready-To-Roll (RTR). (If you have a well car to set them in.) Molding and assembly is without fault. Each container has pins under the mounting bands to attach into well cars, and to another container via aligned holes atop the mounting bands.

The end doors are detailed with molded hinges, locking bars and handles. Lifting and retaining eyes are on the end corners. Basic detail graces the container bottom.

Painting and Markings
Paint is smooth and does not obscure detail. All printing is crisp and opaque atop the base color. Container information, dimensional data, and placards are all legible.

Each set comes as a 3-pack (2 sets will be offered per road name), and undecorated containers are offered, too. The four company names offered in this release are:
    NYK (Blue/White)
    ONE (Pink/White)
    P&O Nedlloyd (Grey/Blue/Orange/White)
    Safmarine (Blue/Red/White)
The September 2017 issue featured these names:
    Maersk (MRKU)
    Sea Castle

Just a couple of sets can give a modeler a riot of colors in his train.

I did not find any prototype photos for the road numbers of these ONE containers but if you would like to see their sisters, please see Click here for additional images for this review, below.

Atlas' 45’ Container is a good model of a ubiquitous intermodal container. It has good detail and an excellent finish. Offered in many liveries, these models can create the colorful “traveling circus” look of today’s stack train. Recommended.

Remember, when contacting manufacturers and retailers, to tell them you saw this product here — on RailRoadModeling.net!


* Atlas.

** Ocean Network Express. Business Integration of container shipping by three Japanese shipping companies.
    Ocean Network Express was established on July 7, 2017 by the integration of 'K' Line, MOL and NYK.

    The Holding company was set up in Japan on July 7th 2017 and simultaneously a business management company was established in Singapore.

    Regional headquarters have been established in Hong Kong, Singapore, UK, USA and Brazil and services commenced in April 2018.

    Providing a wide service coverage with the 6th largest fleet in the world.
- Ocean Network Express Pte. Ltd. [Web.] n.d.

Click here for additional images for this review.

Highs: Good detail and an excellent finish. Offered in many liveries.
Verdict: Well molded and decorated models of a common intermodal container. These models can create the colorful “traveling circus” look of today’s stack train.
  Scale: HO Scale
  Mfg. ID: 20005734
  Related Link: 45' Container Archive
  PUBLISHED: Mar 25, 2020
  NATIONALITY: Japan / 日本

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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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