series now includes this N scale DIFCO Dump Car
. Currently it is offered in eight road names, with several more due in the second quarter of this year. This review is of Atlas Master® N DIFCO Dump Car Norfolk & Western #514271
, catalogued as Item# 50004578
Side Dump cars are a very versatile class of railroad car, designed to deposit their load to either side of the tracks, rather than between the rails like a ballast hopper. This feature is utilized by the railroads in maintenance-of-way roles for rapidly building up fills and cuts with stone, rip-rap or soil as well as for depositing ballast. Side dump cars are also used in revenue service hauling ore, limestone, gravel, and coal, in industrial settings hauling waste or recycling materials, and in mining operations. Their low sides enable easy loading of material, and their rapid discharge rates – some less than 10 seconds – and ability to take a lot of abuse have earned them the nickname of a “dump truck on rails”.
The Atlas DIFCO (Differential Steel Car Company) side dump car is modeled after the air-activated, all-welded construction, 50 cubic yard car which has been a familiar fixture on the rails both in the US and abroad from the late 1960s through today, and features prototypical accurate scale dimensions, roller bearing trucks, and knuckle couplers.
AAR Class: MWD: Dump Cars. On the type of contractors car used for building up fills; the body of the car dumps being raised by means of counterweight, air or hand power.
AAR Type: M120
Detail Info: Misc Cars
Max Gross Weight: 263000
Load Limit: 183800
Ext L/W/H: 47' 6" / 10' 8" / 8' 9"
Int L/W/H: 41' 9" / 8' 5" / 3' 4"
packs these models in jewel cases designed for stacking, storage and, of course, protection. The model is protected in a form-fitted cradle, further protected from scuffing by a thin sheet, and held in said case. It is very sturdy and effective packaging.
The model is styrene with high-quality molding. Several separately applied parts are used. Molding is crisp and the model reveals excellent assembly. Atlas
trumpets the following features:
• Prototypically accurate dimensions
• Accurate paint schemes
• 100 Ton roller bearing
• Truck mounted couplers
The wheels are plastic.
Except for the separately applied end rails, everything is molded on. It looks good. A basic underside is present, including the basic components of the air brake system.
This N scale DIFCO side dumper is exactly 45 feet from sill to sill, a bit long per Technical Details
, above, and 50 feet between coupler striker faces. It weighs a whopping half ounce, which is only 50% of the recommended weight per NMRA RP-20.1 Car Weight.
I rolled it over Atlas
code 55 track and switches. It did not derail and rolled acceptably. The couplers are mounted at a good height.
Paint and Markings
I say it over and over - Atlas'
painting and printing is excellent. Look closely and you will see remarkably legible printing. I apologize about the color of the car in the photos, it is close to a John Deere green.
This release features an undecorated model and eight decorated models:
Helm Leasing (Black/White)
SCAX (White) (Cancelled)
Montana Rail Link (Blue/White)
BC Rail (Black/White)
Norfolk & Western (Green/Black)
Missouri Pacific (UP Shield) (Green/Black)
Rio Grande (Gray/Black)
Five of those road names have three road numbers, the rest have two.
Scheduled for the 2nd Quarter 2020 are these road names:
Burlington Northern (Brown)
Norfolk Southern (Orange)
Northern Pacific (Black)
Florida East Coast (Brown)
Louisville and Nashville (Blue/Black)
Kansas City Southern (Brown)
N&W data for NW 514271 can be found via Click here for additional images for this review
, below. Additionally, you can see photos of the real car via http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/rsPicture.aspx?id=1082672.
has released a nice N scale DIFCO Dump Car
. Paint and lettering is second to none. The separately applied rails pop the car a notch above above models without such detail, and enhances the good molding.
Such a small open car is difficult to weight properly so a weighted load may be necessary. Regardless, N modelers of the past 50 years in need of MoW equipment will appreciate this model. Recommended.
Please remember to mention to vendors and retailers that you saw this model here - on
* Railroad Picture Archives. Pictures of NW 514271
. [http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/rsPicture.aspx?id=1082672] 6/6/2018 4:10:43 PM.