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The tale of the whale in N scale

Read the N Scale Insight column from the January 2019 Model Railroader
RELATED TOPICS: N SCALE
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In 1970 Atlas offered this N scale model of a unique prototype tank car built by GATX in 1965. No railroad bought any, so if you own one you own the whole fleet. They go for about 40 bucks on eBay.
Bill Zuback photos
I thought about calling this column “What on earth were they thinking,” but that wouldn’t have made a good title because someone looking at the table of contents would have had no idea what the article was about.

The “they” in my unused title was Atlas, which had the N scale whale-belly tank car shown in the photo manufactured for them by Roco in Austria. I’d ask the folks at Atlas what they were thinking, but I doubt if anyone who was involved in product development in the late 1960s is still there. It seems impossible, but this model is almost 50 years old.

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