New 57′ Mechanical Reefers from Athearn Genesis with sound!

April 3, 2015

The highly detailed HO Scale 57′ Mechanical Reefer Athearn Genesis model is available with Soundtraxx Tsunami Sound!


One of the greatest freight car innovations of the 20th century was the creation of the refrigerator car, commonly referred to as a “reefer.” The ability to haul perishables such as fruits, vegetables and meat products across the country was a major factor in the development of modern America. No longer did food have to be produced close enough to urban areas, so that it could be consumed before spoiling. At the same time, areas with additional capacity for agricultural production could produce more food, since it did not have to be sold locally.

For many years, reefers relied on ice bunkers to keep loads cool. After World War II, technological advances made mechanical refrigeration practical for a freight car. In addition, a mechanical reefer could be larger than an ice reefer because of the greater cooling capabilities.

Fruit Growers Express owned the largest fleet of reefers in the East. FGE was owned by a group of ten railroads, with Atlantic Coast Line and Southern being two of the largest original owners. Many of FGE cars were built at its Jacksonville Shops, including these 57’ smooth-side mechanical reefers.


Available in the following roadnames:

BNFE (Burlington Northern Fruit Express)

FGE / Solid Cold (Fruit Growers Express)

SLSF (Frisco)

UP / ARMN (Union Pacific / American Refrigerator Transit Co.)

TIPX (Tropicana

Check them all out here: HO Scale 57′ Mechanical Reefers

White Rose Hobbies Price

Soundtraxx Sound (MSRP $84.98): $64.99

Non-Sound (MSRP $49.98): $38.99


10% off on Athearn 2-Bay Covered Hoppers till they are gone!

July 20, 2010

We are offering 10% off on all in-stock Athearn 2-Bay Covered Hoppers!

Click on the hopper to get the coupon code now! This offer will be good till we can no longer get them!

More on the prototype:

For the first hundred years or so of railroad history, dry bulk items such as sand and cement were put into bags or boxes and loaded into boxcars for shipment. This process required considerable labor to load and unload. In the 20th century a new type of car, the covered hopper, was developed. As the name implies, these cars were essentially an open top hopper with a roof and hatches added for loading. At first they were just used for special commodities, while cement was still hauled in boxcars. This began to change dramatically in the late 1940’s as the railroads ordered more and more covered hoppers. By the 1970’s almost all dry bulk items from sand to grain to plastic pellets were shipped in covered hoppers.

One of the more important builders of covered hoppers was American Cr & Foundry (ACF). The first ACF covered hoppers were rib-side cars, like many others of the time. In the 1960’s ACF eliminated the supporting ribs and started building what they called the Center Flow(R) hopper with a smooth, rounded side. The cars were built at several ACF plants, but the Huntington, West Virginia plant built only Center Flow cars since their inception and was the primary builder.

The first 2-bay 100 ton 2970 Center Flow cars built at Huntington weree part of a 150 car order for Chicago & NorthWestern, under building lot 11-02475, with an “on track” date of August 19th, 1966. The largest batch was building lot 11-02493, 500 cars built for the Rock Island, on track May 8th, 1967.

Atherarn amazes again with the 33,900 Gallon LPG Tanks!

July 10, 2010

Athearn’s latest tank car release has proven again to be a highly detailed quality car! They have release the 33,900 Gallon tank car in both HO Scale and N Scale. These won’t be in stock for long!

Click Here for the HO Scale Tanks!

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Looking for all 12 of the Athearn KCS Trinity Covered Hoppers?

January 26, 2010

We have all 12 of the latest run of KCS Trinity Covered Hoppers from Athearn. These are great looking cars!

Click Here to buy all 12 cars!

  • Fully assembled and ready for your layout
  • Based on our popular Genesis body
  • Factory installed wire grab irons
  • Etched metal roof walk
  • Machined metal wheels with Ready To Roll sideframes
  • McHenry scale knuckle spring couplers installed
  • Razor sharp painting and printing

Thanksgiving Sale! 10% Off Select HO Scale Athearn Items this week!

November 23, 2009

10% Off Select HO Scale Athearn Items this week!

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Sale Ends November 27th

Athearn 60′ Berwick Hi-Cube Boxcars have arrived!

October 11, 2009


60′ Berwick Hi-Cube Box car

Available in the following roadnames: Norfolk & Western, Santa Fe, Denver & Rio Grand Western, Conrail, Southern Pacific. These cars will look great on any freight train running on your model railroad. They fit in a time period from the 1970’s to the present day!

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HO Scale Athearn Veranda Turbines Announced!

September 24, 2009

Click Here to Pre-Order or Check them out Today!

The HO Scale Veranda Turbine from Athearn is a must have for any Union Pacific Fan or Train Collector!