OTHER Auto Train Corp, pre Amtrak

Chops Jan 2, 2019

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    I'm a fan of the 70s ATC as well so I always appreciate seeing those colors on the rails. Was watching on my phone so I couldn't tell... Is that the nscale version? I've got an old thread around here on some painting I did on my nscale ATC half domes and diner.

    Mike
     
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    Hey, Mike, if you can copy and post your ATC thread here, I'd like to see that! This is HO. When I first saw the ATC on the cover of the 1974 MR, I just had to make that train. Forty years later, finally got my chance! The lead unit is a BB Athearn, the coaches are Bachmann. It took months, and several failed auction attempts to secure the car carrier in original ATC colors- surprising amount of competition for that piece and it set me back a good $40 plus shipping! The contraptions ATC used for hot water generation really intrigued me, as well.

    It was filmed at the El Paso Model Train Club, thus the desert scenery.

    I have an extra set of ATC decals for $5 if anyone wants them, I lost my first set, ordered a second set, then found the first set just as I was setting up to paint. I have GOT to get organized.
     
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    It looks like the image hosting I did on those threads was on a domain that is extinct now so the threads are kind of useless without the pics :) I'll have to repair them, in the mean time here are the nscale models covered in the threads (diner obviously contains a proto shot for comparison):
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    I've got about 12 to 15 auto-carriers (Bachmann) but I want to convert some of the modern racks over to ATC specs some day as well. I've taken a hiatus on the Auto-Train for the last several years but I would like to get back into it. I've got a couple of their cabooses modeled for 3D printing that I should finish up and put on my Shapeways site (then I'll find out how many Auto-Train fans there are for sure, hah)

    Mike
     
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    Wow, Mike, you are the ATC Master, for sure. I've never seen those particular short dome cars before. I thinking the prototypes came off of the UP. Updating the specs on those Auto Carriers will be interesting. It took me a few months to finally achieve one of the Bachmann AC's, and it cost me about 40 or 50 $ with shipping. The bidding kept going on and on, and I'd already watched in dismay as I got sniped off a few previous auctions.

    LMK about the 3D ATC caboose. I would very likely preorder one!
     
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    FYI, Micro Trains is making dome cars and a baggage car set for the Auto-Train in Z scale! (y)
    Nobody produces any Z-scale U-boats though, so that's a bummer.
     
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    Checked out your archived thread: quite some undertaking!
     

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