Re: Throwback Thursday: Athearn Rolling Stock Ad, Model Railroader, February 1959
Twenty years ago on the Freightcars mailing list we compiled a list (based on what
was known at the time) of likely prototypes for Athearn freight cars
I marked with a "*" those cars for which far better/more accurate
models are (or soon will be) available (unless you really WANT to
model a Rock Island wide vision caboose on a recycled underframe!)
Rotary Snowplow Lima-Hamilton 1948 -- possibly SOO/UP/CRI&P !!
200 ton crane Bucyrus-Erie? !!
bay window caboose SP C-40-4, built by PC&F 1961 !!
*cupola caboose ATSF 1750-2200, needs toolboxes both sides !!
*wide vision caboose Rock Island, unique short wheelbase rebuilds !!
40' stockcar UP S-40-12, with reversed roof panels !!
*40' steel boxcar 1942 AAR 10'6" Soo/IC/DSS&A !!
*50' dbl dr steel box ATSF Fe-24 if you don't count the S-corners !!
Coincidentally similar to CNW/GTW/MKT/IC cars !!
40' grain loading box UP BF-50-3 rebuilds if you don't count ends !!
40' hicube ribbed PC&F SP/SSW B-70-36 !!
40' hicube smooth UP BF-50-4? !!
50' Railbox XAF10 but it has the wrong roof !!
86' hicube 4-door Greenville !!
86' hicube 8-door Thrall !!
*40' DS boxcar based on 1938 GN cars but too tall !!
40' offset hopper 1928 ARA B&O/MP/MILW/B&M/C&O/ERIE/NH !!
34' composite hopper 1943 War Emergency !!
34' offset hopper 1940's AAR many many owners, Atlas makes !!
a similar model but it has different ends !!
*40' steel reefer PFE R-40-23 also built for NP !!
40' wood reefer PFE R-40-24 but it's a stretch !!
50' mech reefer PFE R-50-6/R-70-8/10 except for ends/roofs !!
50' ribbed reefer PFE R-70-12 !!
57' mech reefer PFE R-70-20 !!
3-bay covered hopper PS2 4740 1968-1972? !!
4-bay covered hopper ACF 5250 late production version up to 1971 !!
40' single dome tank GAT/SP O-50-13 ignoring dome/rivet errors !!
62' tankcar ACF possibly based on GN fuel car in 66 CYC !!
20' smooth container ?
20' ribbed container ?
40' ribbed container ?
40' TOFC trailer Fruehauf possibly based on PFE/FGE trailers !!
45' TOFC trailer Fruehauf Z-Van !!
48' container Monon design !!
40' flatcar Rutland by coincidence !!
85' piggyback flat Pullman 1960-1961 !!
85' all purpose flat 4 feet shorter than the prototype !!
heavy duty flatcar Commonwealth cast steel; model is oversize !!
40' pulpwood flatcar based on a rather obscure MP prototype !!
Husky Stack Gunderson
5-unit well cars Gunderson Maxi-III
gondola canisters similar to D&H cement cannisters !!
Athearn cars with no clear prototypes or at least embroiled in debate
*50' flatcar many 13-pockets cars existed but none that !!
match it -- can cut down to 12-pockets and !!
model MILW road 46' cars !!
25' TOFC trailers who knows
34' ribside hopper rumored perhaps to be similar to N&W cars? !!
*50' sgl dr steel box based on 1942 ARA drawings but no prototypes? !!
Irv probably took photos of B-50-22, but then !!
used the wrong drawings to model it. :^) !!
*50' plug dr boxcar based on 1960's ACF but with 1942 ends. Much !!
better model was produced by Front Range !!
50' plug dr ribbed box maybe North American leasing cars? Then again !!
possibly just a mish-mosh of designs !!
50' DD Railbox by a stretch one can imagine this is based on !!
an SP prototype but I think it's coincidental !!
*40' chemical tankcar frankly, a mess !!
40' 3-dome tankcar grossly oversize !!
*50' gondola a shortened 1941 Greenville gondola !!
gondola containers similar to N&W gondola containers? !!
covered gondola nicely done roof for a short model !!
On 4/12/2019 2:24 AM, Bill Keene via Groups.Io wrote: