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N Scale - Athearn - 17604 - Tank Car, Single Dome, GATX 20K Acid - Occidental Petroleum - 30010

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N Scale - Athearn - 17604 - Tank Car, Single Dome, GATX 20K Acid - Occidental Petroleum - 30010 Image Courtesy of Horizon Hobby


Brand Athearn
Stock Number 17604
Original Retail Price $26.98
Manufacturer Athearn
Production Type Regular Production
Image Provider's Website Link
Body Style Athearn Tank Car 20K Acid
Prototype Tank Car, Single Dome, GATX 20K Acid (Details)
Road or Company Name Occidental Petroleum (Details)
Reporting Marks UCLX
Road or Reporting Number 30010
Paint Color(s) Cream and Brown
Print Color(s) Black
Coupler Type McHenry Magnetic Knuckle
Coupler Mount Body-Mount
Wheel Type Chemically Blackened Metal
Wheel Profile Small Flange (Low Profile)
Release Date 2019-01-01
Item Category Rolling Stock (Freight)
Model Type Tank Car
Model Subtype 20K
Model Variety Acid
Prototype Region North America
Prototype Era Era V: Modern (1979 - Present)
Scale 1/160



Model Information: GATX's North American tank car fleet consists of more than 59,000 cars with nearly 70 different types serving the chemical, petroleum, transportation, agriculture, food, mineral, and plastics markets. Major car groupings include general service and high pressure, and cars used to carry various types of acids and other specialty products. Customer logos can occassionally be found on GATX leased cars. These cars can be found interchanged all over North America on all major and short line railroads.

All models are representative of prototypical paint schemes. 70-ton or 100-ton Roller Bearing trucks with 36" wheels per prototype. Operates on all popular brands of track. Fully-assembled and ready to run out of the box. Highly-detailed, injection-molded body. Separately applied brake wheel and ladders. Machined metal wheels. Weighted for trouble free operation. Body mounted McHenry operating scale knuckle couplers. Minimum radius: 10" .

Prototype History:
These cars are used to carry various types of acids and other specialty products. Customer logos can occasionally be found on GATX leased cars. These cars can be found interchanged all over North America on all major and short line railroads.

GATX offers cars featuring acid-resistant, high-bake epoxy coatings or rubber linings, as well as special fittings and unloading systems capable of handling a variety of products including sulfuric acid, oleum, ferric chloride, hydrochloric acid, phosphoric acid and hydrofluorosilicic acid. These railcars use product-specific linings and coatings specifically designed to protect tank shell integrity and product purity. Some railcars are fitted with loading and unloading devices on a single nozzle, protecting workers and the environment. Exterior paint is designed to withstand contact to corrosive commodities.

Road Name History:
Occidental Petroleum Corporation (often abbreviated Oxy in reference to its ticker symbol) is an American company engaged in hydrocarbon exploration in the United States, the Middle East, and Colombia as well as petrochemical manufacturing in the United States, Canada, and Chile. It is organized in Delaware and headquartered in Houston. The company is ranked 722nd on the Forbes Global 2000 and 220th on the Fortune 500.

In 2018, the company was the 9th largest petroleum producer in Texas.

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 2019-01-30 09:03:12

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