I don't post too often any more, I let the new guys do all the work. So, I just received my new ATLAS Master-line item number 3007725S O Troop Kitchen/Guard Car Road #G56 (3 rail). In general I don't purchase much Atlas rolling stock, because they don't make a printed catalog, and their on-line catalog (I think) contains CAD renderings of future products.
So, here is what I consider an exception model from any train manufacturer. I'l post a few poor quality pictures to try to depict this simply wonderful model, and a true testament to how good our scale model train from Atlas have become. I will have to pay more attention to their offerings, especially if they improve any of the tooling on rolling stock they just acquired.
The details on this model are truly exceptional. The model has a die cast "floor." Underneath it has the BEST brake and air line detail I have EVER seen on a model. The sides, roof, and doors are all in the same class - exceptional! The ladder steps have the proper bends, and are not the simple straight ladders, one normally sees on a high end car. The door handles on the door's on the car ends are awesome! The fine detail printing on the lowest portion of the side walls is again, exceptional, probably dead on scale for this size of model. Rivet detail all over the car is terrific! Interior lighting is just the right amount of brightness to see the interior car detailing. I believe I see some very long tables in there. My up close vision isn't the best.
So some of my pictures follow. If you can blow them up, they might help you appreciate what a fine model this is. I am sure this is not new tooling, and others have already appreciated this car, and Atlas. Since this is my FIRST car like this, I am overwhelmed just how good a 3 rail model can be! In the photos, you can see the underside detail, poorly. It is layered like "3D", with some layers covered up by the highest one in the photo. There are views of the crisp very small printing on the car sides. Another photo show the see through grill on the car top. The top has more fine detail I did not post pictures of. The close up of the truck details the fine die cast in details of this truck. There is an unrotated picture of the large door handle on the end door. Sorry I didn't rotate it first. Very impressive! I added one surprise picture of another very well done Lionel car, which should be the subject of another post. You can see the flashing canisters has 2 color illumination!
So my take away is get over there on-line only computer renderings of their cars and try out some more! This car and it's tooling are truly a very nice surprise from Atlas. BTW, I always have though Atlas made fine products. just don't like the lack of a printed catalog. Atlas "O scale division" has been on the ropes financially, and with the acquisition of the MTH products, the prospect of a printed catalog seems further away than ever! So pick on the poor pictures, but try to see the beautiful detail! Also posed is a pictures of small plastic parts, in a bag, that came with the model to be added by YOU! I believe they are MU hoses, perhaps hot water too. I'm not an expert here!