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N Scale - Athearn - 10549 - Boxcar, 50 Foot, SIECO - St. Lawrence and Raquette River - 100044

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N Scale - Athearn - 10549 - Boxcar, 50 Foot, SIECO - St. Lawrence and Raquette River - 100044 Image Courtesy of Horizon Hobby

Brand Athearn
Stock Number 10549
Manufacturer Athearn
Image Provider's Website Link
Body Style Athearn Boxcar 50 Foot SIECO
Prototype Boxcar, 50 Foot, SIECO (Details)
Road or Company Name St. Lawrence and Raquette River (Details)
Reporting Marks NSL
Road or Reporting Number 100044
Paint Color(s) Blue 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 St. Lawrence & Raquette River (Reporting Marks: SLRR & NSL) was a shortline railroad operating in upstate New York. It operated a freight service from Norfolk, New York south to Norwood where it connected with Conrail. The line then proceeded west to Ogdensburg for 31.2 miles. The line operated about 1,000 cars per year carrying salt, lumber, recyclables, paper, ore, kaolin, and lubricating oils.

The line from Norwood to Ogdensburg had its origins in the Norwood-Ogdensburg line which was built by the Northern Railroad in 1850. This line then became part of the Ogdensburg & Lake Champlain and later the Rutland. In 1965, 3 years after the Rutland was abandoned, the Ogdensburg Bridge & Port Authority purchased a segment of the Rutland that stretched between Norwood & Ogdensburg. The OB&PA leased this segment first to the Ogdensburg & Norwood Railroad then later to the St. Lawrence Railroad until 1990. At this point the lease was taken over by the St. Lawrence & Raquette River Railroad.

The line from Norwood to Norfolk had its origins in the Norwood & St. Lawrence Railroad which had opened in January of 1909. The N&STL merged with the Raymondville & Waddington Railroad. The combined company was owned by the St. Regis Paper company which operated it until 1974, when it turned over the line to the Ogdensburg Bridge & Port Authority. The OB&PA later leased the line to the St. Lawrence & Raquette River.

The St. Lawrence & Raquette River was acquired by CSX Transportation which now operates it as a subdivision.

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 14:05:26. Last edited by gdm on 2018-06-27 17:54:15

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