Athearn CF7 Iowa Northern

Discussion in 'HO Scale Model Trains' started by CNWGP38, Aug 22, 2004.

  1. CNWGP38

    CNWGP38 New Member

    I just purchased a Iowa northern CF7. I am very pleased with this locomotive as it is a small branch line that travels through a short section of northeast Iowa. I think it is pretty cool of Athearn to make this locomotive, since the RR is very small. I see these locomotives daily as they travel through a town I'm a policeman in. It runs like an athearn, it has the typical growl, but to me this is a collectors item. Check them out the bright yellow scheme is not hard to miss.:D :D
  2. brakie

    brakie Active Member

    Those Athearn CF7s are the crown jewel of the Athearn RTR locomotives IMHO. :thumb: I have 5 of these beasties and love 'em..My latest addition is a Indiana Railroad unit.The other four I painted in my C&HV colors..
    I was highly please when these units ran very smooth and slow straight from the box. :thumb:
    BTW I added MU hoses to my C&HV units by using the Atlas GP38/40 MU hoses that I ordered..I cut off the mounting nob,file it smooth and glued in place-fast and easy with no holes to drill. :D Now my next project will be to add cab interiors since there seems to be lots of room.. :D
  3. dean

    dean New Member

    I have several in the ATSF scheme and they do look nice running on a branchline!
  4. Russ Bellinis

    Russ Bellinis Active Member

    I have one in LAJ for the switching layout I'm going to build at home, once my layout room is ready. I also have an undecorated railpower products shell with a railpower frame. I was going to do it in LAJ until Athearn saved me a lot of trouble. Now I need to come up with a private industrial design for it.

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