Re: Throwback Thursday: Athearn Metal Tank Car Kits

Garth Groff <sarahsan@...>


I have several of these Athearn/Globe cars I've scarfed up at train shows--an 8K twin dome, two 8K single domes, and a 12.5K with a single full-height dome (like the later Athearn plastic single short dome car). I replaced the abnormally short domes on the two 8K singles with parts from my scrap box.
I also have a similar Mantua tank car which was missing its paper wrapper and ended up on a shortened Athearn underframe. After several tries to make my own wrapper on the computer I gave up and assembled it as a GATX welded car I photographed in Sacramento years ago.

I like these older cars. They're fun to build or rebuild, and in some ways better than their mass-market plastic successors, except for a lack of grab irons.

Yours Aye,

Garth Groff

On 4/4/19 1:30 PM, Dave Lawler wrote:

In my memory, those cars cars were pretty nice for their time
except their running board castings were quite brittle.
Dave Lawler

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