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Athearn - 16527 - Tank Car, Single Dome, 33.9K LPG - Transportation Equipment - 33653

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Stock Number16527
Original Retail Price$30.98
BrandAthearn
ManufacturerAthearn
Body StyleAthearn Tank Car 33.9K LPG
Image Provider's WebsiteLink
Prototype VehicleTank Car, Single Dome, 33.9K LPG (Details)
Road or Company NameTransportation Equipment (Details)
Reporting MarksTEIX
Road or Reporting Number33653
Paint Color(s)Light Gray
Print Color(s)Dark Blue
Coupler TypeMcHenry Magnetic Knuckle
Coupler MountTruck-Mount
Wheel TypeChemically Blackened Metal
Wheel ProfileSmall Flange (Low Profile)
Announcement Date2018-04-01
Release Date2019-06-01
Item CategoryRolling Stock (Freight)
Model TypeTank Car
Model Subtype33.9K
Model VarietyLPG
Prototype RegionNorth America
Prototype EraNA Era V: Modern Diesel (1979 - Present)
Scale1/160



Prototype History:
Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) (also called Autogas) is a liquefied mixture of propane and butane. It is an inevitable by-product of the crude oil refining process and of natural gas processing. In natural gas processing, the natural gas is cleaned off heavy hydrocarbons such as propane and butane before distribution. About 60% of global LP Gas supply comes from natural gas processing. In crude oil refining, LPG is a by-product of the refining process. LPG is gaseous at room temperature and changes to a liquid when compressed at moderate pressure or chilled. The chemical composition of LPG can vary, but is usually made up of butane and propane with a 30-99% propane mix.

The 33,900 gallon tank car is one of the largest standard tank cars used today. While Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) and Anhydrous Ammonia are the two most common commodities, they are also used to transport butadiene, isoprene and gasoline. These cars can be seen regularly in mixed manifest freight trains throughout North America. They travel singly or in large blocks between producers and distributors.
Road Name History:
Originally formed in 1981, Transportation Equipment, Inc. (TEI) is a privately held Texas Corporation engaged in the leasing, management and operation of railroad tank and covered hopper cars. With a fleet of cars approaching 3000 units, TEI supplies new and existing equipment on both full service and triple net leases serving the oil, petrochemical, food, plastic and agricultural industries across North America. The services provided by TEI are outlined below:

FULL SERVICE LEASING: The full service lease cars are being operated under the reporting marks of TEIX and TEAX. Full-service leases include the maintenance and taxes and insurance that customers would have to pay if they owned or net leased their cars. Generally these cars are leased for three to five year terms.

REMARKETING: The remarketing of railcars refers to matching lessees or owners of surplus cars with shippers having short-term needs. Typically these leases are for one year or less and follow a full service lease arrangement.

MANAGEMENT: In addition to operating its own cars, TEI manages, operates and leases cars for private investors on a third party basis. TEI sells both new and existing equipment to individuals or investor groups and provides leases and management agreements, which outline the responsibilities for the owners, manager and lessees.

FLEET MANAGEMENT: With the invention of "outsourcing", TEI has taken on the responsibility of managing fleets of covered hoppers and tank cars for owners / shippers. These duties could include tracing, maintenance review, repair bill auditing, mileage auditing, bill paying, subleasing, etc.
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: gdm on 2019-07-01 16:50:28

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