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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 SCALE CANADIAN PACIFIC 50 PLUG DOOR BOX CAR KIT ROAD 81039

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ATHEARN HO SCALE ERIE 34 OFFSET HOPPER KIT ROAD 25265 ITEM 5403

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Details West Die Cast MU Hose 3 Cluster Set All Roads MU 266

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ATHEARN HO SCALE MILWAUKEE ROAD WIDE VISION CABOOSE KIT ITEM 5378

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ATHEARN HO SCALE NEW YORK CENTRAL 50 BOX CAR KIT ROAD 80775 ITEM 5057

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ATHEARN HO SCALE PENNSYLVANIA 50 PLUG DOOR BOX CAR KIT ROAD 27294 ITEM 1334

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ATHEARN HO SCALE ROCK ISLAND WIDE VISION CABOOSE KIT ROAD 17056 ITEM 5366

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ATHEARN HO SCALE SOO LINE 50 PLUG DOOR BOX CAR KIT ROAD 177850 ITEM 1335

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ATHEARN HO SCALE SOUTHERN PACIFIC COVERED GONDOLA KIT ROAD 328000 ITEM 1665

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ATHEARN HO SCALE THE MILWAUKEE ROAD PASSENGER CAR ROAD 3680

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ATHEARN HO SCALE UNDECORATED 40 GRAIN LOADING BOX CAR KIT ITEM 2090

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ATHEARN UNION PACIFIC GP 40 2 1540 LOCOMOTIVE HO SCALE

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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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