Athearn’s N scale model railroad June 2017 announcements…

 

36′ Old Time Wood Box – 

Prototype background info:

Railroad boxcars are perhaps not only the best-recognized pieces of equipment ever put into service but also one of the most identifiable symbols of the industry itself. During the early years of the industry freight was hauled on simple flat cars or early gondolas.

In Upstate New York was the burgeoning Mohawk & Hudson Railroad, the largest chartered system in the United States which later became part of the New York Central, came up with the novel idea of covering its gondolas in 1833 since the railroad dealt with snow throughout much of the winter. The car’s development continued to improve over the years such as switching from basic wood construction with steel outside-bracing, within the same size specifications; 40 feet, a standard size employed by the American Association of Railroads (AAR). 

Available in following roads:

  • Southern Pacific
  • Mississippi Central
  • Maryland & Pennsylvania
  • New York Central
  • Pacific Electric
  • Virginia Truckee

MSRP – $21.98
Available: May 2018

 

40′ Exterior Post Trailer – 

Prototype background info:

Trailer On Flat Car (TOFC) has been in service since the 1940s when it was originally developed to load truck trailers onto at cars to streamline service and minimize transferring cargo from boxcars to trailers. In the early 1980s, after the railroads were deregulated, TOFC service exploded in North America. The railroad’s ability to adjust haul rates to be competitive with trucking meant new revenue in areas that the railroads weren’t able to successfully compete before.

Available in the following roads:

  • Santa Fe
  • Bangor & Aroostook
  • Pennsylvania
  • Penn Central
  • Reading
  • Northern Pacific

MSRP – $20.98
Available: May 2018

 

65′ 6″ Mill Gondola-

Prototype background info:

First built by General American in the early 1940’s, the mill gondola was designed for steel mill shipments that required extra length and versatility. The sturdy riveted construction could carry the necessary weight plus both end panels were hinged to fold inward. This allowed long beams and other extra-length loads to extend beyond the length of the car. When carrying such loads, the mill gondola requires at cars coupled to both ends to allow clearance of the overhanging load. Model features working drop ends – gently lift up & push inward to fold ends down.

Available in the following roads:

  • Baltimore & Ohio
  • Central of Georgia
  • Chicago & Northwestern
  • Chesapeake and Ohio
  • Rock Island
  • Cotton Belt
  • Wabash

MSRP – $23.98
Available – May 2018

 

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