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Athearn Trains

Athearn Model Trains

Athearn is a well respected name in the model train industry. The Athearn brand has come to be associated with high standards, high quality and great value. Currently offering sought after models in HO scale, N scale and 1:50 scale, the company continues to release exciting new models and products.

Irv Athearn’s Passion for Trains

Like many good companies, Athearn Trains began out of Irv Athearn’s genuine love of model trains. His success is a true testament to the mantra of “do what you love and the money will follw”. While living at home with his mother, Athearn accumulated quite an extraordinary O-scale layout. Like any great project or hobby vocation, Irv’s train layout was never complete and he was always modifying it. It was about this time around the year 1938 that after placing an ad in Model Railroader magazine, Irv was able to sell the complete set up for $10,000; quite a large amount by today’s standards and definitely huge for 1938-1940. The extremely favorable response and eventual sale of his trains offered Irv Athearn some concrete evidence that he could make a good living selling model railroad items.

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ATHEARN 1757 Western Maryland Gray 3 Bay Hopper Car No KIT HOGauge

$8.99 Buy It Now
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HO Scale Dash 9 44CW Locomotive BNSF Heritage I 1009 Athearn 77989

$119.98 Buy It Now
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Athearn HO Scale Wabash Box Car Number 6287 Made from KIt Excellent

$24.99 Buy It Now
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HO RTR Athearn 1322 50 PD Boxcar ILLINOIS CENTRAL RR IC11003 KDs

$14.99 Buy It Now
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ATHEARN KIT BUILT HO OO GAUGE MISSOURI NORTHWESTERN MODEL COACHES RAKE JOB LOT

$31.04
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ATHERN 75714 WIDE VISION CABOOSE CHESPEAKE OHIO RAIL No3179 NEW

$12.85
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HO Athearn 1756 Peabody Hopper Car Peabody Short Line the coal route

$9.99 Buy It Now
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Athearn Vintage HO 40 CANADIAN NATIONAL Boxcar 1209 VG to Excellent Cond

$6.93 Buy It Now
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DMIR SD38 HANDRAIL SET Plastic Version Athearn HO SCALE

$10.40 Buy It Now
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Athearn 87592 HO Nebraska Consolidated Mills 40 2600 cu ft air slide GACX 42396

$36.50 Buy It Now
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ATHEARN 1206 PENN CENTRAL 40 FT BOX CAR HO SCALE IN BOX 13

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ATHEARN HO PENN VALLEY 40 BOX CAR KIT NOS C9

$5.99 Buy It Now
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Making a Good Living

Continuing to sell trains from his mother’s house, Irv did good and in 1948 was able to start his own company in it’s own facility in Hawthorne California. Athearn Trains was born. The new company carved out a niche for itself particularly in HO kits and railroad car construction.

Athearn Innovations

Some of the noted Athearn Trains innovations include all-wheel drive, “Hi-Fi” drive, smoothing and improving the drive mechanism and motion transfer to wheels, double ended magnets and fly wheel drive assemblies.

Continuing the Athearn Legacy

Irv Athearn passed away in 1991 but under new ownership, Athearn Trains continues to honor is legacy of quality, innovation and value with high quality model railroad products at reasonable prices. In 2004 under the new ownership of Horizon Hobby, Athearn moved from it’s Compton facility to a brand new facility in Carson, California.

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