It's hard to imagine keeping a totally new product line a secret today
with all the communication found on the internet, however Railroad Model Craftsman states that Atlas "surprised everyone"
at the 1971 Chicago Hobby Show with its then-new line of O Scale. Pictured on this page are images from that trade show of
early spring 1971
Tony Koester handles the initial review of the Atlas O line in the May 1972
Test Track column in Railroad Model Craftsman magazine. Mr. Koester gave good marks to the then-new line from Atlas stating,
"The superb detail make this line an exceptional value for the newcomer and veteran alike."