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N Scale - Athearn - 11897 - Engine, Steam, 2-6-0 Mogul - Chesapeake & Ohio - 425

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N Scale - Athearn - 11897 - Engine, Steam, 2-6-0 Mogul - Chesapeake & Ohio - 425


Brand Athearn
Stock Number 11897
Original Retail Price $129.98
Manufacturer Athearn
Body Style MDC Steam Engine 2-6-0 Mogul
Prototype Description Engine, Steam, 2-6-0 Mogul
Road or Company Name Chesapeake & Ohio (Details)
Reporting Marks C&O
Road or Reporting Number 425
Paint Color(s) Red, Orange and Black
DCC Readiness No
Release Date 2010-11-01
Item Category Locomotives
Model Type Steam
Model Subtype 2-6-0
Model Variety Mogul



Model Information: The 2-6-0 Mogul Model was released originally in 2003 by MDC. The model is very very similar to their earlier 2-8-0 tooling. Both designs have the motor located in the tender with a driveshaft connecting the tender to the locomotive cab. These are pretty nice engines similar to the Kato Mikado in operations, sound (they are fairly quiet) and detailing. It is fast and powerful and rarely stalls or derails. On the downside, this is a small, complex locomotive with many small parts, making working on it and disassembly very difficult.

The model was acquired by Athearn (Horizon Hobby) in 2004 as part of the general acquisition of MDC by Horizon. In 2007, Athearn re-released the 2-6-0 with their own packaging. The Athearn version features magnetically operated couplers.

DCC Information: Despite this model's relative newness (it first was released in 2003), it has no capacity for DCC.

Prototype Description: The 2-6-0 Mogul was a fairly common configuration used all over the US from the 1890s to the 1950s.

Road Name History:
The Chesapeake and Ohio Railway (reporting marks C&O, CO) was a Class I railroad formed in 1869 in Virginia from several smaller Virginia railroads begun in the 19th century. Led by industrialist Collis P. Huntington, it reached from Virginia's capital city of Richmond to the Ohio River by 1873, where the railroad town (and later city) of Huntington, West Virginia was named for him.

Tapping the coal reserves of West Virginia, the C&O's Peninsula Extension to new coal piers on the harbor of Hampton Roads resulted in the creation of the new City of Newport News. Coal revenues also led the forging of a rail link to the Midwest, eventually reaching Columbus, Cincinnati and Toledo in Ohio and Chicago, Illinois.

By the early 1960s the C&O was headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, USA. In 1972, under the leadership of Cyrus Eaton, it became part of the Chessie System, along with the Baltimore and Ohio and Western Maryland Railway. The Chessie System was later combined with the Seaboard Coast Line and Louisville and Nashville, both the primary components of the Family Lines System, to become a key portion of CSX Transportation (CSXT) in the 1980s. A substantial portion of Conrail was added in 1999.

C&O's passenger services ended in 1971 with the formation of Amtrak. Today Amtrak's tri-weekly Cardinal passenger train follows the historic and scenic route of the C&O through the New River Gorge in one of the more rugged sections of the Mountain State. The rails of the former C&O also continue to transport intermodal and freight traffic, as well as West Virginia bituminous coal east to Hampton Roads and west to the Great Lakes as part of CSXT, a Fortune 500 company which was one of seven Class I railroads operating in North America at the beginning of the 21st century.

At the end of 1970 C&O operated 5067 miles of road on 10219 miles of track, not including WM or B&O and its subsidiaries.

Read more on Wikipedia.

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 2015-12-03 10:18:20

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