2262Athearn's Old Hinged-Door Reefers
- Sep 7, 2006When I was a wee lad in the 1950s most of my small fleet of HO
rolling stock consisted of R-T-R Marx cars and built-up Athearn kits.
The Athearn kits, then as now, were fairly simple. This was a big
advantage for a kid who had to assemble these having only an over-
sized screw driver and no hobby knife.
One particular Athearn kit from that era was a reefer with operating
doors. It was their standard near-PFE prototype that had been
modified with a door opening and HUGE claw-like hinges for the
doors. Even with their bulky size I managed to break quite a few of
these hinges because I lacked the necessary tools to trim the hinges
and enlarge the corresponding door holes.
A few weeks ago Barry Christensen put together a layout tour for
members of the Orange County Railroad Historical Society. Barry
brought several items to display on one of the layouts, including
two of these Athearn reefers. (I was a bit jealous because all of
his door hinges were intact.)
Anyway, Barry did a nice job with these models and detailed them a
bit with packing crates and an icing crew. In our Photo Section, in
an album titled "Reefer Models", is an image of one of the reefers.
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