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Athearn - 17368 - Bus, Flxible Coach - Acadian Lines - 334

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Stock Number17368
Original Retail Price$19.98
Body StyleAthearn Vehicle Bus Flxible Transit
Image Provider's WebsiteLink
Prototype VehicleBus, Flxible Coach (Details)
Road or Company NameAcadian Lines (Details)
Reporting MarksAmherst
Road or Reporting Number334
Paint Color(s)Silver, Blue & White
Print Color(s)Blue and White
Release Date2010-01-01
Item CategoryVehicles
Model TypeBus
Model SubtypeFlxible
Model VarietyHighway Coach
Prototype RegionNorth America
Prototype EraNA Era IV: 2nd Gen Diesel (1958 - 1978)
Years Produced1932 - 1996

Prototype History:
The Flxible Co. (pronounced "flexible") was an American manufacturer of motorcycle sidecars, funeral cars, ambulances, intercity coaches and transit buses, based in the U.S. state of Ohio. It was founded in 1913 and closed in 1996. The company's production transitioned from highway coaches and other products to transit buses over the period 1953–1970, and during the years that followed, Flxible was one of the largest transit-bus manufacturers in North America.
Flxible buses were produced from 1932 to 1966:
  • "Airway" intercity coach (1932–1936)
  • "Clipper" intercity coach (1937–1942, 1944–1950)
  • "Airporter" intercity coach (1946–1950)
  • "C-1" intercity coach (1950)
  • "VisiCoach" intercity coach (1950–1958)
  • FL "Fageoliner" transit bus (1953–1954)
  • FT "Flxible Twin" transit bus (1953–1959)
  • VL-100 "VistaLiner" two-level intercity coach (1954–1959)
  • "StarLiner" intercity coach (1957–1967)
  • "Hi-Level" intercity coach (1959–1962)
  • "New Look" transit bus (1960–1978)
  • "FlxLiner" intercity coach (1963–1969)
  • "Flxette" light duty transit bus (1964–1976)
  • 870 "Advanced Design Bus" transit bus (1978–1982)
  • METRO "Advanced Design Bus" (1983–1996); METRO "A" (1983–1987), METRO "B" (1988–1991), METRO "C" (1992), METRO "D" (1993–1994) and METRO "E" (1995–1996)
From Wikipedia
Road Name History:
Acadian Lines was a Canadian coach operator based in Moncton, New Brunswick. The company was established in Halifax, Nova Scotia by industrialist (Fred C Manning?) Roy Jodrey on 1 August 1938 as Nova Scotia Coach Lines, a division of United Service Corporation. In 1947, it became known as Acadian Lines and on 28 December 1955, Acadian Lines became a wholly owned company when it was purchased from United Service Corporation by George C. Thompson, Ralph A. Pepper, and Gordon H. Thompson. The company subsequently purchased the bus operations of Fleetlines Limited of Halifax and Highland Lines of Sydney. Acadian Lines operated regular passenger and parcel express services between communities throughout the province. 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: CNW400 on 2019-02-24 14:36:58. Last edited by Lethe on 2020-06-01 00:00:00

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