Atlas Model Railroad Company has acquired Walther’s N scale locomotive and rolling stock tooling. Following on the heals of Lowell Smith purchasing passenger car tooling from Walthers, now Atlas has announced that they have acquired the tooling for Walthers N scale locomotives and rolling stock. This includes Life Like tooling previously acquired by Walthers as well. Some of the items produced in N scale by Walthers previously include:

  • Thrall 5-unit articulated 48′ well cars
  • EMD SW1200 locomotives
  • Difco dump gondola
  • 48′ ribbed containers
  • PS 4427 covered hoppers
  • bay window caboose
  • Russell snow plow
  • 50′ double door wood sheathed box car
  • steel coil car
  • 53′ GSC flatcar
  • 5 bay Trinity covered hopper
  • steel reefer
  • 2-bay Greenville open hopper
  • 50′ exterior post box car

Life Like previously produced locomotives:

  • USRA 0-8-0
  • 2-8-8-2 Mallets
  • 2-8-4 Berkshires
  • ALCO C424
  • ALCO DL-109
  • ALCO FA-1 and FB-1
  • ALCO FA-2 and FB-2
  • ALCO RS-2
  • ALCO RS-10/18
  • EMD BL-2
  • EMD E6
  • EMD E7
  • EMD E8
  • EMD GP9R
  • EMD GP18
  • EMD GP20
  • EMD GP38-2
  • EMD GP60
  • EMD SD7
  • EMD SW-8
  • EMD SW-1200
  • Erie Builts
  • FM C-Liners

Obviously some of the above tooling is quite old at this point and Atlas will likely look carefully at current holes in the N scale locomotive space. Plus a number of these mechanisms would need updating to current DCC and sound mechanisms. So we’ll see what happens.

Here is the press release put out today by Atlas:


For Immediate Release:

Atlas Model Railroad Company, Inc., and Wm. K. Walthers, Inc. have reached an agreement under which Atlas will purchase all N scale locomotive and rolling stock tooling owned by Walthers, including the Walthers N tooling as well as former Life-Like tooling. Atlas will incorporate this tooling into its Atlas Master, Atlas Classic, and Trainman N scale lines. Walthers will continue to offer N scale items in its Cornerstone, SceneMaster, and Walthers Controls brands, including new items as well as items currently in those lines.

“We feel that this tooling has found a great home with Atlas.  They have a strong N scale offering and these tools will help them bring some exceptional products back to the market,” said Phil Walthers, President of Wm. K. Walthers, Inc.

Tom Haedrich, Executive Chairman at Atlas added, “We’re pleased to be bringing these former Walthers N scale models back to the market so that they can be enjoyed by present and future model railroaders alike. These locomotives and rolling stock will fit right in with our existing N scale lines and we are committed to producing them with the latest technology, prototypical accuracy, and high quality you’ve come to expect from Atlas.”

Established in 1932, Wm. K. Walthers, Inc. distributes model trains, accessories, and related items from more than 200 manufacturers, and also manufactures its own exclusive items for its WalthersProto, WalthersMainline, WalthersTrainline, Cornerstone, SceneMaster, Walthers Controls, and WalthersTrack lines.

Founded in 1924 and incorporated in 1949 as Atlas Tool Co. Inc., present day Atlas Model Railroad Co. produces locomotives, rolling stock, track, and accessories in N, HO and O scales for its Atlas Master, Atlas Classic, Trainman, and Atlas O lines.