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    Posted 27 days ago

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    In the 1960’s, Irv Athearn had an idea that bordered on brilliance. Why not offer to paint a locomotive, car, set, etc in the color scheme of a customer, giving them an animated, tangible, “commercial’ that they could distribute to their VIPs, key suppliers, and the likes. A commercial that REALLY kept on giving! Plus, it kept the company fresh in the mind of the recipient.
    This is sort of a “holy grail” among Athearn collectors, the International Minerals and Chemicals set, or at least some of the components. I’ve owned a complete set (one of about 50 known, still having the original boxes) another locomotive, and this loco/caboose combo, from another unboxed set. This locomotive is absolutely perfect, a very rare factor, indeed. The ones I already had were suffering from peeling paint, which was very common, with these, as well as having handrails installed, which causes scarring along the sides (always a point to consider, with models you intend to add to a true collection).

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    1. fortapache fortapache, 27 days ago
      Great piece. Looks like a GP9 so railings should be available.
    2. RVolskay RVolskay, 26 days ago
      I have several sets of handrails, for that period (they are shaped slightly different from the blue box locos, but are completely interchangeable), but I wouldn’t ever put them onto this shell. It is absolutely perfect, and to mar it with handrail scratches just can’t happen.
    3. Lata Lata, 24 days ago
      Amazing models!

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