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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 O SCALE BOX CAR KIT TIMKIN SILVER BOX CAR A182 COMPLETE

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HO Burlington Northern RTR 52 Mill Gondola 564384 Athearn 96979

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ATHEARN NP BONDS SHARE THE FREEDOM 50 BOXCAR 7071 Road 31573

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Athearn 4210 GP35 PWR Conrail 3635 Blue Box MIB RARE

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Athearn HDs Own HO Scale CP Canadian Pacific Grain Service 40 Box Car

$14.95
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HO Union Pacific RTR 52 Mill Gondola 152028 Athearn 96990

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HO Scale Athearn 99004 Round Head Screw 2 56 x 3 8 24 pcs

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ERNST SUPER GEARING KIT 06 FOR ATHEARN 6 AXLE ENGINE SD9 45 40P U28C 30 33 PA 1

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Athearn Stock 23850 CBQ Burlington PS 2893 Covered Hopper 85190 N Scale

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HO CPR RTR 52 Mill Gondola 330926 Athearn 96985

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Vintage Athearn Blue Box HO Scale CP Canadian Pacific 36 2 Bay Hopper 3

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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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