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70 Ton Ore Car
N Trainman® 70 Ton Ore Car Lake Superior & Ishpeming No.1604
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by: Frederick Boucher [ JPTRR ]

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70 Ton Ore Car
Roadname & road number: Lake Superior & Ishpeming No.1604
Series: Trainman®
Mfg. ID: 40973

This N scale 70 Ton Ore Car is in the Atlas Trainman series. Trainman is Atlas’ basic ready-to-run model yet are factory equipped with knuckle couplers and feature excellent paint and printing.

70 Ton Ore Car
These tough squat hoppers are used to haul heavy ores and rock.


AAR Class:
HMA: (Ore Car) Open top self-clearing car, having fixed sides and ends and bottom consisting of two divided hoppers with doors hinged lengthwise of car and dumping between rails.
AAR Type: K180
Detail Info: Hopper, Load Limit: less than 155,000, Non-rotary couplers

Atlas packs these models in hard plastic lid-tray jewel cases designed for protection, presentation and stacking. Inside is the ore car securely held in a form-fitted cradle, protected from scuffing by a soft plastic sheet. Atlas included no parts diagram or documentation.

This ready-to-run model is of a 70-ton ore car design. Atlas lists seven roadnames in their catalogue. It features:
    * Ready-to-run
    * AccuMate® couplers*
    * Accurate painting and printing
    * Free-rolling trucks with brown plastic wheels
    * Full rivet detail

The model is molded well with no flash, sink marks or visible ejector marks. Rivet detail is sharp although over-scale. All ladders and rungs are cast on. The wheel sets are brown plastic.

Surface detail is average. Mechanisms in the body are simulated well. Atlas includes a plastic ore load. It is toy-like.

paint and markings
Paint is smooth and opaque. Printing of the data stenciling is good. However, the smaller text is not legible. Six roadnames and an undecorated model are offered:
    1. Burlington Northern (Brown/Yellow/White)
    2. Great Northern (Brown/Yellow/White)
    3. Lake Superior & Ishpeming (Black/White)
    4. Missabe "Quad" (Brown/Yellow)
    5. Missabe "Safety First" Logo (Brown/Yellow)
    6. Union Pacific (Brown/White)
    7. Undecorated

Each roadname has three road numbers.

Roll it!
This diminutive ore car has plenty of surface detail. The knuckle couplers are a plus, as are the brown wheels.

Drawbacks are plastic wheels, oversize and cast on detail.

Atlas' N ore cars can fill out a yard quickly. These "jennies" can make up an interesting train on your layout. Model railroaders can enjoy these models around their N mining operations.

* AccuMate® couplers are made under license from AccuRail, Inc.

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Highs: Knuckle couplers. Great lettering.
Lows: Shiny ore load. Plastic wheels, oversize and cast on detail.
Verdict: Atlas' N ore cars can fill out a yard quickly. These "jennies" can make up an interesting train on your layout. Model railroaders can enjoy these models around their N mining operations.
Percentage Rating
  Scale: N Scale
  Mfg. ID: 40973
  Suggested Retail: $13.95
  Related Link: Atlas N Trainman® 70 Ton Ore Car
  PUBLISHED: Nov 03, 2013
  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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