Re: Timken Freight Cars

Montford Switzer <ZOE@...>

Denny and group:

Back about 1960 several of us around here had the Athearn Timken cars.
We all figured out that we needed roller bearing trucks with the caps on
the journals. It seems like the retrofits were from Athearn, but I've
slept since then.

Any way, at that time we though we were on the "cutting edge" when one
of our RB equipped Timkens rolled by on the layout. Of course that was
back when a '59 Chevy with tri-power was a "hot setup," also. A lot of
things have changed.

Mont Switzer

-----Original Message-----
From: Denny Anspach [mailto:danspach@...]
Sent: Monday, March 28, 2005 11:55 AM
To: STMFC@...
Subject: [STMFC] Re: Timken Freight Cars

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,

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

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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