The Venerable Atlantic!

I had one of these in the diecast loco and sheet metal tender version (maybe 302AC, but not sure?), and it was a "bulletproof" little loco. NO smoke or whistle, and a reverse unit in the tender. I liked the high headlight and the simulated Wootten firebox. It was my first S gauge set in the late forties or 1950, and to the best of my recollection, came with a gray hopper, a brown boxcar and a red unpainted caboose. They were all lettered American Flyer, although the caboose might have been Reading? Ran like a champ until I sold my trains at age 16. Even though I later had a Hudson, a K5, and an 0-8-0 switcher, all with smoke and "choo-choo" sounds, that little Atlantic was still a cool engine! 

vita sine litteris mors est  (Seneca)

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The little Atlantic is still a favorite of mine. I'm not sure which version TINPLATE ART remembers as I cannot recall any die-cast Atlantic with reverse-in-tender that did not smoke. I checked my collection of 300s (by definition, the 300 has no smoke) and all have reverse-in-boiler. The closest cataloged set that seems to fit TINPLATE ART's description might be something like the 501T or 501TR, both of which had 302/302AC with smoke and reverse-in-tender.  The young boy running his train on the cover of the 747 cardboard trestle set box seems to fit TINPLATE ART's description, but it is a smoker. If I had to guess, I'd say he's running set 501TR with the brown 642 reefer. But then again, I'm never surprised to find things that Gilbert put together that I never imagined. Feel free to correct my memory!

I agree that the 1948 4-piece Atlantic was the high-water-mark for this locomotive. Some day I'd actually like to take a 1946-47 "short-nose" version and somehow add a nice sound and smoke unit. While the 1948 version has these features, the extended nose causes it to look a bit less prototypical. Add a trailing truck from a 312 and you would have a beauty.

 

 

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