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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 HO U A SOUTHERN PACIFIC 40 BOXCAR 60730

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VINTAGE ATHEARN MINIATURE UNION HO 42 single triple Dome assembled car

$13.00 Buy It Now
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Athearn GE 35 Locomotive diesel General Electric socit 5 ETATS UNIS US

$33.71 Buy It Now
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Athearn HO BB Santa Fe Bay Window Caboose Kit NIB

$11.00
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ATHEARN UNION PACIFIC 85 FT FLAT CAR 2021 T367 ASSEMBLED BOXED ALL PURPOSE CA

$13.49 Buy It Now
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Athearn HO BB Sheffield Dairy 50 Express Reefer Upgraded EXC

$15.00
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Athearn Vintage HO Lithographed Steel 40 Boxcar Santa Fe El Capitan EXC

$11.00
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ATSF SANTA FE 50 SINGLE DOOR BOXCAR W KDs METAL WHEELS HO ATHEARN RD 11043

$10.85 Buy It Now
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Athearn GE 35 Diesellok General Electric Company 5 USA US gebraucht bespielt

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Athearn GE 35 Locomotora disel General Electric Empresa 5 EEUU US usado

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RUTLAND RR GREEN MTN GATEWAY 40 AAR BOXCAR W KDs KD MTL WHLs HO ATHEARN

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HO SCALE AMERICAN MODEL BUILDERS 253 ATHEARN FP45 WINDOW SET

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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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