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N Scale - Athearn - 22966 - Boxcar, 50 Foot, SIECO - Bay Colony - 5610

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N Scale - Athearn - 22966 - Boxcar, 50 Foot, SIECO - Bay Colony - 5610 Image Courtesy of Horizon Hobby


Stock Number 22966
Brand Athearn
Manufacturer Athearn
Image Provider's Website Link
Body Style Athearn Boxcar 50 Foot SIECO
Prototype Vehicle Boxcar, 50 Foot, SIECO (Details)
Road or Company Name Bay Colony (Details)
Reporting Marks BCLR
Road or Reporting Number 5610
Paint Color(s) Gray, Yellow and Orange
Coupler Type McHenry Magnetic Knuckle
Wheel Type Chemically Blackened Metal
Wheel Profile Small Flange (Low Profile)
Item Category Rolling Stock (Freight)
Model Type Boxcar
Model Subtype 50 Foot
Model Variety SIECO
Prototype Region North America
Prototype Era Era IV: 2nd Gen Diesel (1958 - 1978)
Scale 1/160



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:
Bay Colony began operation on 6 unconnected former New Haven lines in eastern Massachusetts in 1982. The lines, which were discarded by Conrail, are owned by the state and Bay Colony became the designated operator. Total mileage at startup was 124 with five to ten locomotives to do the good work between 1982 and 2007. The longest line linked Middleboro (and its Conrail connection) to Buzzards Bay and on toward Falmouth and Hyannis, both of which are on Cape Cod. This line includes a massive lift bridge over the Cape Cod Canal at Buzzards Bay.

In the early years, the Bay Colony's diesel fleet was concentrated on 3 of the 6 lines while the other 3 were served by a single Whiting Trackmobile leased from Springfield Terminal. The Trackmobile was moved from line to line on a flatbed truck! In 2007, the contract with the state to run the Cape Cod line expired and another railroad, Massachusetts Coastal, won the bidding. Today, the Bay Colony is down to operating 3 of the original 6 routes. So what does a shortline haul in a state whose biggest products are lawyers and Kennedys? Garbage, coal, lumber, cement, LP gas and salt among other things. Bay Colony is owned by the same folks who own Florida's Seminole Gulf Railroad.

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: Lethe on 2016-08-31 14:05:29. Last edited by gdm on 2018-06-27 17:54:15

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