70 Ton Ore Car
Roadname & road number: Lake Superior & Ishpeming No.1604
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.
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.
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:
* 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)
Each roadname has three road numbers.
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.