Re: Timken Freight Cars

Denny Anspach <danspach@...>

In the early';50s, Athearn produced three 40' stamped steel models of this car, each with a distinctive paint scheme:

1) Red with while center band, # 37250, -2, -3, -4, -7. There were several differential color variations involving lettering and herald.

2) Yellow with white band and blue roof. R.B.X. 80, -1, -3, -6, -7,-8, 92.

3) Silver with blue band and pin stripes. TRB 91030, -2, -4, -5,- 7, -9.

Reportedly Athearn admitted that he had copied these schemes from Timken commercial advertising copy, and so they have to be taken with a grain of salt. I have no idea where he picked up the number series (thin air??). The numbering series listed is only what has shown up in Greenberg's compendium. Presumably other numbers were produced as well.

The irony of these models is that Athearn sold them with plain bearing trucks! Menzies apparently continued to produce version #1 above later, and he may have included RB trucks. I do not know.

These antique models can be both very interesting, and if neatly built, also very attractive.

Denny S. Anspach, MD
Sacramento, California

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