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N Scale - Athearn - 10248 - Boxcar, 50 Foot, SIECO - Minneapolis, Northfield and Southern - 51004

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N Scale - Athearn - 10248 - Boxcar, 50 Foot, SIECO - Minneapolis, Northfield and Southern - 51004 Image Courtesy of Horizon Hobby

Brand Athearn
Stock Number 10248
Manufacturer Athearn
Image Provider's Website Link
Body Style Athearn Boxcar 50 Foot SIECO
Prototype Boxcar, 50 Foot, SIECO (Details)
Road or Company Name Minneapolis, Northfield and Southern (Details)
Reporting Marks MNS
Road or Reporting Number 51004
Paint Color(s) Gray with Aluminum Top
Coupler Type McHenry Magnetic Knuckle
Wheel Type Chemically Blackened Metal
Wheel Profile Small Flange (Low Profile)
Body Material Plastic
Item Category Rolling Stock (Freight)
Model Type Boxcar
Model Subtype 50 Foot
Model Variety SIECO
Prototype Region North America
Prototype Era Era IV: 2nd Gen Diesel (1958 - 1978)
Scale 1/160

Model Information: MODEL FEATURES: Fully detailed molded under frames, Screw mounted trucks for enhanced performance, Accumate magnetically operated knuckle couplers, Weighted for optimum operation, Photo etched stirrup steps provide scale cross section, Scale profile brake wheels.

Prototype History:
The 1970s saw a shift in general purpose boxcars from 40 foot to 50 foot exterior post designs. The incentive per diem regulations (IPD) made it very attractive for railroads to acquire large fleets of boxcars. Along with the larger companies like Pullman Standard and American Car & Foundry (ACF), Southern Iron & Equipment Co. (SIECO) also jumped into the 50 foot boxcar business. The SIECO railcars were recognizable by the "gap" between the roof and walls of the car.

Road Name History:
The Minneapolis, Northfield and Southern Railway (reporting mark MNS) was an 87-mile-long (140 km) American short line railroad connecting Minneapolis and Northfield, Minnesota. It was incorporated in 1918 to take over the trackage of the former Minneapolis, St. Paul, Rochester and Dubuque Electric Traction Company, also known as the Dan Patch Lines. On 2 June 1982 it was acquired by the Soo Line Railroad, which operated it as a separate railroad until merging it on January 1, 1986.

Until around 1963 it was a Class I railroad; in 1967 it reported 131 million ton-miles of revenue freight on 77 miles (124 km) of railroad.

The railroad was purchased in 1982 by the Soo Line, and merged into the Soo Line in 1986. For decades prior to the sale to the Soo Line, the MN&S had earned a lucrative business interchanging with several Class I railroads.[citation needed] Rock Island and Milwaukee at Northfield, CN&W at Savage, Soo Line at Crystal, M&StL at St Louis Park, and CGW over trackage rights between Randolph and Northfield. But, by the time of the sale to Soo Line in 1982, MN&S interchange business was in shambles with Rock Island and Milwaukee fading in bankruptcy and the sale of CGW in M&StL to C&NW in the 1960s leaving only Soo Line left as a viable interchange partner. The loss of interchange traffic at Randolph when CGW merged with C&NW in 1968 was a significant setback as C&NW already had it owns routes to the Twin Cities and kept most of the ex-CGW inbound freight on its own rails. And by 1982, the Soo Line was ready to make several moves and had plenty of money to counter any competing offers. Soo Line's grand plan was to secure MN&S to Northfield, then purchase the Spine Line to Kansas City from Rock Island in its liquidation. But, C&NW stunned Soo Line[citation needed] by winning the Spine Line for $93 million in 1983. The Soo Line would save face in 1985 by purchasing the bankrupt Milwaukee in a move that stunned C&NW[citation needed] which had offered more money, but the Milwaukee bankruptcy judge ordered the sale to the Soo Line. However, the Soo Line's loss of the Spine Line and the transfer of southbound freight to the former Milwaukee route to Northfield reduced service on the entire MN&S for the next 25 years. But, the line soldiers on today fully intact in much the same manner as when it was sold in 1982. Service between Savage and Lakeville is currently[when?] out of service even though the tracks remain and the Glenwood shops were closed and tracks removed in the mid 1980s after Soo Line took over. But, despite that, of the old Dan Patch mainline extending south to Northfield, the Soo's owner Canadian Pacific Railway still owns the tracks from Savage to Lakeville and from the Minnesota River north to MNS Junction.

From Wikipedia

Brand/Importer Information:
Athearn's history began in 1938, when its founder-to-be, Irvin Athearn, started an elaborate O scale layout in his mother's house. After placing an ad selling the layout, and receiving much response to it, Irv decided that selling model railroads would be a good living. He sold train products out of his mother's house through most of the 1940s. After becoming a full-time retailer in 1946, Irv opened a separate facility in Hawthorne, California in 1948, and that same year he branched into HO scale models for the first time.

Athearn acquired the Globe Models product line and improved upon it, introducing a comprehensive array of locomotive, passenger and freight car models. Improvements included all-wheel drive and electrical contact. One innovation was the "Hi-Fi" drive mechanism, employing small rubber bands to transfer motion from the motor spindle to the axles. Another was the double-ended ring magnet motor, which permitted easy connection to all-wheel-drive assemblies. Athearn was also able to incorporate flywheels into double-ended drives.

The company produced a model of the Boston & Maine P4 class Pacific steam locomotive which incorporated a cast zinc alloy base and thermoplastic resin superstructure. It had a worm drive and all power pickup was through the bipolar trucks that carried the tender. This item was discontinued after the Wilson motor was no longer available, and was not redesigned for a more technologically advanced motor.

Athearn's car fleet included shorter-than-scale interpretations of passenger cars of Southern Pacific and Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad prototypes. The company also offered a variety of scale-length freight cars with sprung and equalized trucks. The cars could be obtained in simple kit form, or ready-to-run in windowed display boxes. The comprehensive scope of the product line contributed to the popularity of HO as a model railroad scale, due to the ready availability of items and their low cost.

Irv Athearn died in 1991. New owners took control in 1994, but continued to follow Athearn's commitment to high-quality products at reasonable prices. Athearn was bought in 2004 by Horizon Hobby. Athearn was then moved from its facility in Compton to a new facility in Carson, California. In mid-2009, all remaining US production was moved to China and warehousing moved to parent Horizon Hobby. Sales and product development was relocated to a smaller facility in Long Beach, California.

Read more on Wikipedia and Athearn website.

Item created by: Lethe on 2016-08-31 14:05:25. Last edited by gdm on 2018-06-27 17:54:15

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