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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 Erie Lackawanna 50 gondola MWKD

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HO Scale Bachmann Ontario Northland Scheme BQ23 7 Train Lot w DCC

$92.02
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TYCO ATHEARN PENN LINE HO SCALE TRAIN LOT WITH KF CB 250 TRANSFORMER NR

$79.25
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Athearn 1789 Streamlined Baggage Amtrak

$11.00
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HO Scale Triple Dome Tank Car Rohm Haas 6012 Athearn 74477

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Athearn 3001 Santa Fe Pass F7A Dummy RTR

$11.00
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Athearn 96166 HO Norfolk and Western PS 2 2003 2 Bay Covered Hopper 71458

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HO 1 87 sc Athearn MAINLINE MODEL CUSTOM KCS 50 WAFFLE BOX FREIGHT CAR

$21.99
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Athearn ho northern pacific freight train car

$4.00
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VINTAGE HO SCALE ATHEARN HEAVY DUTY 16 WHEEL FLAT CAR CNW 48051 METAL TRUCK

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Athearn 96156 HO Milwaukee Road PS 2 2003 2 Bay Covered Hopper 99650

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Athearn 24962 N AEPX Bethgon Coalporter w Load 5606

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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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