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Athearn - 1426 - Gondola, Bathtub, Berwick - Oneida & Western - 3-Pack

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Stock Number1426
Original Retail Price$99.99
Body StyleAthearn Gondola Berwick
Image Provider's WebsiteLink
PrototypeGondola, Bathtub, Berwick
Road or Company NameOneida & Western (Details)
Reporting MarksPRAX
Road or Reporting Number3-Pack
Paint Color(s)Green with Dark Green End
Print Color(s)Black
Paint SchemePrimed for Grime
Additional Markings/SloganPacific Rail Leasing Company
Coupler TypeMcHenry Magnetic Knuckle
Coupler MountBody-Mount
Wheel TypeChemically Blackened Metal
Wheel ProfileSmall Flange (Low Profile)
Announcement Date2023-09-29
Release Date2025-02-01
Item CategoryRolling Stock (Freight)
Model TypeGondola
Model SubtypeBathtub
Model VarietyBerwick

Specific Item Information: Road Numbers: PRAX #99011 / 99022 / 99034
Road Name History:
This Oneida & Western was established in 1979 by the Shamrock Coal Company to secure discounts for the movement of their coal from mines in Southeastern Virginia to a pair of SCE&G power plants in the Columbia, South Carolina area. This was during the energy crisis and Louisville & Nashville was having a hard time supplying enough hopper cars and locomotives and offered discounts if customers supplied their own. Shamrock bought two 72-car trains, two cabooses built to Union Pacific’s CA-11 design, and eight SD40-2’s built to L&N specifications. Two routes were used initially. The eastern most started on the L&N, then over N&W trackage rights to St. Paul, Virginia, then down the Clinchfield to Spartanburg, South Carolina, then on Seaboard Coast Line to the power plants, a distance of 508 miles. The western route ran down the L&N to Atlanta, then east to the power plants on SCL, a distance of 581 miles. The eastern route was later discontinued. This Oneida & Western owned no track. The president of Shamrock Coal had grown up along the original Oneida & Western (Oneida to Jamestown, Tennessee) which was abandoned in the mid-50s and he named this new operation after that shortline. By 1987, Shamrock Coal had been purchased by Sun Energy and CSX had consolidated its railroads into CSX Transportation. With railroad deregulation now firmly in place, Sun was able to come to an agreement with CSX and the special trains became unnecessary. The locomotives were sold to BC Rail and the hoppers were sold to Pacific Rail Leasing.
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 2023-10-01 14:06:12. Last edited by CNW400 on 2023-10-01 14:07:08

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