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The development of shipping containers reached a turning point in the late 1970s when standardization began to take place. Prior to this time numerous designs and sizes of containers were seen throughout the world. The true intermodal era began in the 1980s with the expanding world economy, Panama Canal ship size restrictions, intermodal railway car (wagon) designs and the setting of ISO standards for international shipping containers.

Steel became the norm and two heights of 40-foot containers eventually became standard worldwide; the standard-height (8' 6") and the high-cube (9' 6").

In addition to ISO size standardization, assembly-line manufacturing standardization brought the steel container from various aluminum and steel designs to a more similar design. In the late 1970s squared corrugations with double logo panels were common new-builds. The next step, occurring during the early 80s changed the squared corrugations to a beveled design. Finally, in the late 80s, the logo panels were no longer seen on new-builds and the all-corrugated side container emerged as most production was shifted to China.

Today's commonly seen steel all-corrugated ISO containers still have some variations, primarily the doors. The new Atlas model will be a standard-height 40'er which will exhibit a range of door styles, roofs, and front walls to more closely match the variations in the prototype containers seen throughout the world.

There are two major sizes of ISO 40-foot freight containers;
high-cube and standard-height. The standard height container, with
an outside height of 8'6", is the more commonly seen worldwide of the two. The ISO has assigned the following size-type codes to this style of container: 4300, 4310, 42G0, 42G1.

Two other manufacturers of HO scale models produce 40-foot high-cube containers. Now, Atlas is proud to introduce the 40-foot standard-height model meticulously rendered for its HO scale Master Line.

2nd Run Paint scheme notes:

Gold Container is headquartered in France and offers free running containers that can be found throughout the world. The company offers various leases from one-ways to long term. The fleet boasts over 500,000 TEU (Twenty-foot Equivalent Units)

K-Line or Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. is a very well known Japanese shipping line that dates back to 1919. There have been numerous paint schemes on K-Line’s containers during the past five decades. Our model is of one of the more commonly seen today with horizontal front unit ID and no vents.

Maersk Line II is one of the latest paint schemes from the largest container shipping line in the world. Maersk is based in Denmark . Our model has two vents and the corner Maersk Line branding on the sides and a single septagram star on the left door.

Maersk Sealand was the first major “merger” paint scheme to appear when Maersk and Sealand merged in 1999. Our model replicates the earlier transition container with eight vents.

Hanjin (SLSU) continues our Hanjin themed container models with this Spinnaker Leasing Corporation paint scheme. The model features a single Hanjin logo on the front wall.

Standard MSRP:
Undecorated MSRP: $24.95
Estimated Delivery:
November 2010


  • First HO 40-foot model to feature production rail guides
  • First HO 40-foot standard-height model to feature roof corner pads
  • First 1-(1-1) or “Maersk” style door model in any scale
  • First 1-1 door style in HO scale
  • First LTR style handles
  • Separately applied door rods and handles
  • Optional separate vents
  • Prototypically accurate “beveled” all corrugated sides
  • 42 beveled-style corrugations per side
  • 8 squared-style corrugations on the front wall
AccuMate® couplers are made under license from AccuRail, Inc.
Item# Road Name
HO 40' Standard-Height Container 3-Pack - New Paint Schemes
20 000 816 Undecorated 1-(1-1) OUT Doors
20 000 817 Undecorated 1-1 LTR Doors
20 000 951 Gold Container Set #1 (Brown/Gold/White)
20 000 952 Gold Container Set #2 (Brown/Gold/White)
20 000 953 K-Line (Horizontal Front ID) Set #1 (Red/White)
20 000 954 K-Line (Horizontal Front ID) Set #2 (Red/White)
20 000 955 "Maersk Line II" (MRKU) Set #1 (Gray/Blue/White)
20 000 956 "Maersk Line II" (MRKU) Set #2 (Gray/Blue/White)
20 000 957 Maersk Sealand Set #1 (Gray/Blue/White)
20 000 958 Maersk Sealand Set #2 (Gray/Blue/White)
20 000 959 Hanjin (SLSU) Set #1 (Blue/White)
20 000 960 Hanjin (SLSU) Set #2 (Blue/White)

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