Athearn’s November 2017 N scale announcements:

N PC&F 57’ Mechanical Reefer

Prototype info:

Paci c Car and Foundry responded to the railroad’s migration from ice stored in bunkers as a primary cooling system to the diesel mechanical systems. The mechanical reefers could keep a more regular temperature, often times colder then what the ice bunker cars could at the time. Initially mechanical reefers were used primarily in frozen food service. This would soon change as mechanical refrigeration began to replace ice-based systems. Soon after, mechanical refrigeration units replaced the “armies” of personnel required to re-ice the cars. Several different deliveries of the PC&F 57’ mechanical to many different railroads in the mid to late 1960s. Many have been rebuilt and are still in service today.

Bangor and Aroostook often leased it’s reefer eet to Paci c Fruit Express in the off season for the railroad. This turned out to be a peak season for PFE in California.

Green Bay and Western purchased several classes of 57’ Mechanicals from the BAR. Many were hastily patched and put into service. The GB&W cars were often seen on the North Western Paci c in California carrying butter from the Humbolt Bay to eastern markets.

Available in the following roads:

  • Alaska Railroad
  • Fruit Growers Express
  • Bangor & Aroostook
  • Green Bay and Western
  • Golden West Service
  • Union Pacific Fruit Express

MSRP – $24.98

Available –  November 2018

N 30,000-Gallon Ethanol Tank

Prototype info:

Modern ethanol tank cars have a 30,000-gallon capacity. Most tank cars are owned by railcar leasing companies. Many are leased to the ethanol producing companies and carry their company logos. Fuel dealers, small re neries and other industries receive single cars and small blocks of cars that are mixed into freight trains. Large gasoline re neries may receive 100-car unit trains several times per week.

Available in the following roads:

  • Union Tank Car
  • Trinity Industries Leasing
  • GATX Rail Canada
  • Transport Equipment Inc.
  • Archer Daniels Midland

MSRP – $29.98 or $84.98 for a three-pack

Available – November 2018

N F89 Tri-Level Autorack

Prototype info:

Introduced in the early 1960s, the Trailer Train (now TTX Company) F89F atcar has been a mainstay of contemporary railroading.
A product of Bethlehem Steel Company’s (BSC) Johnstown, PA plant, over 9,000 of these (89’ 8” over the strikers) cars were built throughout the 1960s. Visually distinctive from other long atcars of their era thanks to their “C” channel side sills, these versatile cars were adapted for many types of service and loadings over the years, ranging from Trailer-On-Flatcar (TOFC), to autoracks, to structural steel loading. While the majority went to Trailer Train, many were built for various railroads, typically for autorack service. Many were “de-racked” in later years, being reassigned and equipped for other service – TOFC, vehicle loading, pipe service, etc.

This Athearn N-scale model was designed from the start to incorporate as many prototype details and variations as possible, based upon eld measurements and builder diagrams, in order to appeal to modelers of multiple eras. Many new body variants, and other separate details were created, allowing us to accurately offer these cars in their different con gurations over the years. With the addition of the Whitehead and Kales autorack, The F89FH now has available Bi-Level and Tri-Level autorack variants. You can rest assured of its smooth performance, thanks to a die-cast frame for reliable tracking, and our newly tooled N-scale 70-ton ASF Ride- Control trucks, and metal wheels.

Operationally, these cars are appropriate for any layout set from the 1960s to the early 1980s. The Auto Racks would be fastened to the 89’ atcar for auto service from Detroit.

Available in the following roads:

  • Missouri Pacific (T&P)
  • Northern Pacific
  • Norfolk & Western
  • Seaboard Coastline
  • Frisco
  • Southern Pacific

MSRP – $42.98

Available – November 2018