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Thanks for digging this list out. If it is being edited in any
way, let me note the ends of the 40' steel reefer don't match the
photos in Tony's PFE book. The Athearn car has 4/3 ends. The
R-40-23 had 3/3 ends.
On 4/12/19 12:58 PM, Tim O'Connor
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
I marked with a "*" those cars for which far better/more
models are (or soon will be) available (unless you really WANT
model a Rock Island wide vision caboose on a recycled
Rotary Snowplow Lima-Hamilton 1948 -- possibly
200 ton crane
bay window caboose SP C-40-4, built by PC&F
*cupola caboose ATSF 1750-2200, needs toolboxes both
*wide vision caboose Rock Island, unique short wheelbase
40' stockcar UP S-40-12, with reversed roof
*40' steel boxcar 1942 AAR 10'6"
*50' dbl dr steel box ATSF Fe-24 if you don't count the
Coincidentally similar to CNW/GTW/MKT/IC
40' grain loading box UP BF-50-3 rebuilds if you don't count
40' hicube ribbed PC&F SP/SSW
40' hicube smooth UP
50' Railbox XAF10 but it has the wrong
86' hicube 4-door
86' hicube 8-door
*40' DS boxcar based on 1938 GN cars but too
40' offset hopper 1928 ARA
34' composite hopper 1943 War
34' offset hopper 1940's AAR many many owners, Atlas
a similar model but it has different
*40' steel reefer PFE R-40-23 also built for
40' wood reefer PFE R-40-24 but it's a
50' mech reefer PFE R-50-6/R-70-8/10 except for
50' ribbed reefer PFE
57' mech reefer PFE
3-bay covered hopper PS2 4740
4-bay covered hopper ACF 5250 late production version up to
40' single dome tank GAT/SP O-50-13 ignoring dome/rivet
62' tankcar ACF possibly based on GN fuel car in 66
20' smooth container ?
20' ribbed container ?
40' ribbed container ?
40' TOFC trailer Fruehauf possibly based on PFE/FGE
45' TOFC trailer Fruehauf
48' container Monon
40' flatcar Rutland by
85' piggyback flat Pullman
85' all purpose flat 4 feet shorter than the
heavy duty flatcar Commonwealth cast steel; model is
40' pulpwood flatcar based on a rather obscure MP
Husky Stack Gunderson
5-unit well cars Gunderson Maxi-III
gondola canisters similar to D&H cement
Athearn cars with no clear prototypes or at least embroiled in
*50' flatcar many 13-pockets cars existed but none
match it -- can cut down to 12-pockets
model MILW road 46'
25' TOFC trailers who knows
34' ribside hopper rumored perhaps to be similar to N&W
*50' sgl dr steel box based on 1942 ARA drawings but no
Irv probably took photos of B-50-22, but
used the wrong drawings to model it.
*50' plug dr boxcar based on 1960's ACF but with 1942 ends.
better model was produced by Front
50' plug dr ribbed box maybe North American leasing cars? Then
possibly just a mish-mosh of
50' DD Railbox by a stretch one can imagine this is
based on !!
an SP prototype but I think it's
*40' chemical tankcar frankly, a
40' 3-dome tankcar grossly
*50' gondola a shortened 1941 Greenville
gondola containers similar to N&W gondola
covered gondola nicely done roof for a short
On 4/12/2019 2:24 AM, Bill Keene via
Wasn't Athearn's stock car based
upon a Union Pacific prototype?
On Apr 11, 2019, at 11:13 PM, Garth Groff <sarahsan@...
Some but not many. The 40' flatcar (a hold-over from the
metal kits, by the way) only has a Rutland Prototype.
Their 40' tank car is similar to SP, WP and UP 12K tanks,
but has a lot of problems as it was a retool of their
foobie 3-dome tank. Their 40' 10'6" IH square-corner
boxcar was used only by two or three railroads. Their
cupola caboose is ATSF and similar to some CRR cars
(different steps), while their bay window is SP. The crane
matches up to closely to several prototypes. The hoppers
aren't too bad. None of these are perfect, and I'm sure
all of you are going to enjoy picking my suggestions
apart. In my view, most Athearn cars are useful as fodder
On 4/11/19 6:50 PM, James
And did any of these (in this advertisement), ever match a specific
prototype? All that I have ever seen is "similar to, but not an exact