Discussion in 'FAQs' started by HaroId, Aug 14, 2005.

  1. HaroId

    HaroId New Member

    I’m wondering how I can figure out who might have been the manufacturer of this boxcar?

    I don’t see anything written on the bottom of it to clue me in.

    Is there anywhere else I can look on the car itself? Perhaps inside?

    I believe it's HO scale and about 50 years old.



  2. 2slim

    2slim Member

    I'll give you an educated guess, I believe it's a Athearn reefer. I say that because of the way it's constructed, Athearn reefers have the ice hatches like that and the coupler lids are formed metal, also if you look real close you'll notice that the roof and ends are one piece this is the way Athearn reefers are still made to this day. I don't remember if Athearn stamped any markings on the inside, but I'd lean towards saying the don't. As far as it being 50 years old I don't think you could tell, at least I don't know of a way. It looks in fair shape reguardless of age.

  3. HaroId

    HaroId New Member

    Thank you

    Thank you very very much.
  4. zedob

    zedob Member

    Those look like sprung trucks. I don't know if Athearn sold kits with them or if those might be some Central Valley trucks. I may be wrong.

    I'm not an Athearn expert. I just noticed the trucks, which in some way may give someone a better idea.
  5. jim currie

    jim currie Active Member

    older Athearn kits came with sprung trucks
  6. 60103

    60103 Pooh Bah

    Is it plastic? it looks like it.
    50 years ago Athearn was using screw-on lids on the coupler boxes. The trucks came with the worst design of rubber blobs to fill the truck spring holes (most were replaced by after-market springs). They also had 3 large plastic hinge mounts for the operting doors (can't see them in your picture.) The bit where the roof comes down over the doors looks very much like it. This is based on my first Athearn reefer of about 1958. The metal clip-on coupler box lids appeared in the early 60s.
  7. Russ Bellinis

    Russ Bellinis Active Member

    I'm sure the car is an Athearn, but it's age would be very difficult to determine. If it has Athearn sprung trucks, it would be quite old. The thing is those kits are still in production and if the sprung truck is a kaddee truck which has been substituted for the original Athearn, it could be brand new. I doubt that it has much collector value, but it is a nice running car for an operational railroad.
  8. Dick Elmore

    Dick Elmore Member

    50 years ago would make that 1955. Santa Fe didn't start using that large herald
    untill 1958. The oldest it could be is 47. Also it is definately an Athearn.

    Texas Chief
  9. HaroId

    HaroId New Member

    50 years is a rough estimate. This belonged to my Father when he was a youngster. He was born in 1947, so I figure he got it in the late 50’s to early 60’s.

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