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    Posted 2 years ago

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    One thing I am on the look out for is 40' boxcars is HO scale. My trains are mostly 1950s/1960s and the 40' boxcar was the most common car. Plus the typical train is made up of like cars, not just 10 random types of train cars. Boxcars are nice because they can be all sorts of random roads unlike oil cars or ore cars. Boxcars are owned by the railroad while oil cars are owned by the oil companies. For some reason any reason get pulled by other railroad companies.
    These are wood bodies boxcars (plastic versions of course). Wood bodied boxcars were banned in the 1960s as they splintered when in a wreck. It was a soft ban so they got phased out. The corrugated steel ends were introduced in the 1930s so these cars can be pulled by steam or diesels locomotives.
    The nicest feature of Athearn train cars was a low price with high detail. Far better than Tyco or Life-Like. They were sold as easy to build kits, you just need a screw driver for the trucks and everything else snaps together. In the last photo the Kaydee coupler can be seen. These are more realistic than the earlier couplers although harder to use for model rail roaders. They do stay together well but a bit trickier to couple and uncouple.
    Got a refer car coming. I'll bet everyone is excited about that.

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    1. dav2no1 dav2no1, 2 years ago
      Cool set and great info. At a recent estate sale I picked up about 10 sections of 2 rail track. I was hoping it was super early Lionel but just some regular ho track from the 50s. Not worth much I guess.
    2. Hoot60, 2 years ago
      You have cool stuff....and LOTS of cool could be a star on one of those reality shows :)
    3. fortapache fortapache, 2 years ago
      Thank you very much dav2. Nothing wrong with HO track.

      Thank you very much Hoot. Someone from History contacted me once but the show didn't happen. We shall see.
    4. truthordare truthordare, 2 years ago
      What a surprise, the old man has been delving with HO size model trains since 2010, he has his own platform, and has decided to focus on pre 1950 type steam train, not diesel.

      Bet you could have a nice conversation with him about this. Do you belong to a train club? He did till the roof collapsed under a foot or two of snow.

      He does a lot of his own coupling on new pieces he acquires for a steadier run. Thanks for posting.
    5. fortapache fortapache, 2 years ago
      Thank you very much truthordare. I don't belong to a train club, perhaps I should as I don't have room for a layout. I have a hard time getting the couplers to work my train fu is slipping.
    6. truthordare truthordare, 2 years ago
      Youre welcome. I sent him a link of your post by email and we will see what he has to say, if you would like to talk or write to him about the couplers I am sure he would not mind doing that, he helps his buddies here with this too and often fixes their model trains.
    7. truthordare truthordare, 2 years ago
      The master has He does have box cars. He you want me to get the 2 of you in touch discreetly, you can email my site at 'contact at'. I dont usually get involved with his hobby, so this is not a habit for me to do. :-)
    8. fortapache fortapache, 2 years ago
      Thank you truthordare. I am sure I would be quite the amateur to him but it would be nice if I could get the railing on my Athearn locomotives.
    9. McCoyNelson McCoyNelson, 2 years ago
      Fortapache you are so right about trains being made up of so many random cars nowadays
    10. fortapache fortapache, 2 years ago
      Thank you very much McCoyNelson.

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