Athearn F89F Bi-Level Autorack

Discussion in 'N Scale' started by nfrisco, Sep 27, 2015.

  1. nfrisco

    nfrisco Guest

    Athearn F89F Bi-Level Auto Rack

    Good news two times in September from Athearn! Three road numbers have been announced of their F89F Bi-Level Auto Rack.

    The item/road numbers are ATH14383/910420, ATH14384/910421, and ATH14385/910424.

    Athearn includes the following promotional language: Introduced in the early 1960s, the Trailer Train (now TTX Company) F89F flatcar has been a mainstay of contemporary railroading. A product of Bethlehem Steel Company’s (BSC) Johnstown, PA plant, over 9,000 of these (89’ 8” over the strikers) cars were built throughout the 1960s. Visually distinctive from other long flatcars of their era thanks to their “C” channel side sills, these versatile cars were adapted
    for many types of service and loadings over the years, ranging from Trailer-On-Flatcar (TOFC), to autoracks, to structural steel loading. While the majority went to Trailer Train, many were built for various railroads, typically for autorack service. Many were “de-racked” in later years, being reassigned and equipped for other service – TOFC, vehicle loading, pipe service, etc.

    This Athearn N-scale model was designed from the start to incorporate as many prototype details and variations as possible, based upon field measurements and builder diagrams, in order to appeal to modelers of multiple eras. You can rest assured of its smooth performance, thanks to a heavy die-cast frame for reliable tracking, and our N-scale 70-ton ASF Ride-Control trucks.

    Operationally, these cars are appropriate for any layout set from the 1960s to the present day. The Auto Racks would be fastened to the 89’ flatcar for auto service from Detroit. The Athearn N-scale Auto Rack features a Bethlehem Steel F89FH with a Whitehead and Kales bi-level rack. High level of detail ensures authenticity to the prototype.

    The following features are also listed:

    • Die-cast underframe
    • Weighted for trouble free operation
    • Authentic undulating safety railing
    • Accurate Whitehead and Kales Auto Rack
    • End bridge plates per prototype and era
    • Use for dedicated intermodal trains or mixed freight
    • Detailed deck
    • Decorated models fully-assembled and ready to run out of the box
    • Highly-detailed, injection-molded body
    • Separately applied hand brake per prototype
    • 70-Ton roller bearing trucks with 33” scale machined metal wheels operate on Code 55, 70, and 80 rail
    • Body mounted McHenry operating knuckle couplers
    • Clear blister packaging for easy viewing
    • Minimum radius: 10”
    • Recommended radius: 12”+

    These autoracks were announced on September 25, 2015, orders must be in by October 23, 2015, and the models are expected to be released in August 2016. The manufacturers suggested retail price is $39.98.

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  2. pbender

    pbender Member Supporter

    Those are going to be hard to resist.....


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