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Athearn - 12108 - Boxcar, 50 Foot, SIECO - Columbus & Greenville - 20042

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Stock Number12108
Body StyleAthearn Boxcar 50 Foot SIECO
Prototype VehicleBoxcar, 50 Foot, SIECO (Details)
Road or Company NameColumbus & Greenville (Details)
Reporting MarksCAGY
Road or Reporting Number20042
Paint Color(s)White with Aluminum Top
Print Color(s)Green
Coupler TypeMcHenry Magnetic Knuckle
Wheel TypeChemically Blackened Metal
Wheel ProfileSmall Flange (Low Profile)
Item CategoryRolling Stock (Freight)
Model TypeBoxcar
Model Subtype50 Foot
Model VarietySIECO
Prototype RegionNorth America
Prototype EraNA Era IV: 2nd Gen Diesel (1958 - 1978)

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:
If you've seen a boxcar or gondola with "CAGY" reporting marks, that's Columbus & Greenville. Before 1975, the reporting marks were C&G. In 1894, Southern Railway established the Southern Railway of Mississippi to take over a previous line linking Columbus, Mississippi near the Alabama border with Greenville near the Arkansas border (about 175 miles,) effectively bisecting the Magnolia State. In 1924, Southern dumped the line which was then taken over by local interests under the Columbus & Greenville name. In 1972, C&G was faced with the impending merger of Illinois Central and Gulf Mobile & Ohio. Of C&G's 15 junctions with other lines, 13 were with IC or GM&O. They petitioned to be included in the ICG merger and the government agreed. ICG bought the C&G. The following year, a major washout severed the line. ICG was not enthusiastic about fixing the washout despite local pressure. ICG suggested that local interests buy the line and fix it themselves and in 1975, that's exactly what happened. It was then that the reporting marks were changed to CAGY. In 1985, CAGY purchased some intersecting lines from ICG bringing the total mileage up to 242 (making it a bit larger than Elgin Joliet & Eastern in comparison.)

For years, Columbus & Greenville had been a stronghold for Baldwin diesels with EMD’s and even a Whitcomb switcher in supporting roles. Today, the Baldwins are long gone, replaced by secondhand EMD’s.
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: jmentzer3 on 2020-05-14 23:31:10

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