Sep 28, 2020
Does ATLAS have DATA ONLY frEight cars ?
Aren't those the model train equivalent of buggy whips, CRT televisions, cars with stick shifts?
I am not sure about Atlas they do have undec cars but MT has some data only cars, or used to.
The best answer is probably to contact Atlas and ask directly. I don't have any data only cars of theirs, and don't remember seeing any advertised (at least not for a long time) by Atlas, but my experience should not be taken as definitive.
I think we may have become too picky, along the lines of "well....I WOULD buy 12 of those if they were just a bit 'browner' shade of mineral red and had the right build and paint dates for my prototype". And as a result, we don't see many data only cars. I think Bluford has done some of their hoppers in black as data only, but as a "species", data only cars seem rare in N scale, and not just Atlas.
Atlas DOES produce undecs, at least has done so over the years. I have Atlas undecs for USRA boxcars with both original and replacement doors- so I assume undecs are fairly common. It's a little more work, but if you paint them yourself, you get the correct shade of boxcar red or mineral brown or oxide.....as a bonus. And with a good decal set, you will also get the correct data for the prototype you are modeling. And if you model a freelanced road with your own herald, data only decals are available for the "small print".
MT used to a long time ago. I don't believe that Atlas ever had them.
I know that Atlas did some hoppers as "data only". I have some of their 55 ton fishbelly types, and here is an eBay auction for one of their 90 ton hoppers in "data only'. I don't know if they ever made dat only box cars or other types.
In addition to the following list of now out-of-production cars that were officially released by Atlas in the 21st century, many years ago (i.e., circa 1980s - 1990s), Aksarben Hobby produced custom decorated special run Atlas 90-Ton 3-Bay Open Hoppers, 3-Bay PS-2 Covered Hoppers, 4-bay ACF Covered Hoppers, and 50' Mechanical Reefers bearing only dimensional data.
Atlas Trainman 90-Ton Hopper
April 2006 MSRP $7.25
32601 Black with White data
32602 Brown with White data
January 2009 Release
40493A MOW Yellow with Black data
40494A MOW Gray with Black data
Atlas Master 2-Bay Offset Side Hopper
October 2009 Release MSRP $16.95
40837 Black with White data
40838 Brown with White data
Atlas Master 55-Ton Fishbelly Hoppers with flat ends
April 2007 MSRP $14.95
41291 Black with White data
41292 Brown with White data
June 2008 MSRP $15.95
41293 MOW Gray with Black data
41294 MOW Yellow with Black data
July 2017 MSRP $21.95
50 003 703 Black with White data
50 003 704 Brown with White data
I was hoping for this Style of Freight Car> USRA SINGLE-SHEATHED BOX CAR in Data Only .
MicroTrains did produce that type that type of car in "data only", both single door and 1 and 1-1/2 door. They also produced double sheathed versions in both door types.
But, I have never seen an Atlas data only car like that.
While Atlas never released their outside braced wood sheathed boxcar with only dimensional data, as Maletrain has pointed out, similar models were previously released by Kadee Micro-Trains in the 1970s.
Kadee Micro-Trains 28000 Unlettered Dimensional Data 40' Outside Braced Wood Sheathed Single Sliding Door Boxcar - June 1974 Release.
Kadee Micro-Trains 29000 Unlettered Dimensional Data 40' Outside Braced Wood Sheathed 1 & 1/2 Sliding Door Boxcar - April 1975 Release.
Later releases of both of these models could be found with black printed paper insert labels, rather than the blue printed ones that were found inside the plastic jewel-boxes of the original issues.