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    Painting over liveries

    Greetings! I'm an Aussie and have a question about painting over an Athearn "Honor our Veterans" Livery. I would like to know if these HO models become collectable or hold / gain value because of the fancy liveries? Thank you.
  2. Box cars at Dawn.JPG

    Box cars at Dawn.JPG

    Box cars spread at the crossing for cars to pass at dawn
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    Athearn sd50 need advice

    I recently purchased a athearn sd50 what I believe is a rtr model and it is not working. The whole chassis is intact with trucks and motor and shell is in need of some TLC. I got lucky and purchased a new KCS sd50 shell basically new condition with the gas tank as well will be in its original...
  4. Athearn Genesis MoPac Heritage

    Athearn Genesis MoPac Heritage

    Now all we need is a crew...
  5. Athearn Genesis MoPac Heritage

    Athearn Genesis MoPac Heritage

    Well, it was in the shade when it was parked.....
  6. Challenger #3985

    Challenger #3985

    I was fiddling with my camera with the window open today and noticed the sunlight hitting the side of #3985. Started trying to snap a good shot of it, and managed to get this. Figured I\'d share it
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    Athearn HO RTR SD40-2 headlights

    I have a Athearn RTR SD40-2 that has burned out headlights. Looking for suggestions on what to replace them with. I would like something that will last awhile, possibly a LED? I have tried to search on-line but there are a lot of different choices and I am not sure what size I actually need...
  8. Charles Smiley

    Blue-Box kit bashing

    I repainted/lettered this old Athearn blue-box car to a 1955 new SN Ry. boxcar. It got real grab irons, ladders and new roofwalks long ago for an article I wrote. The car originally had Youngstown doors. But the real SN 2445 had Superior doors. So it now has scratch-built Superior doors. And...
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    HO Athearn SD60 RTR trucks

    I have acquired one of the latest releases of the Athearn RTR HO SD60. I have found over time through owning a few RTR models that they are very picky when it comes to track. I have several other models that traverse my railroad just fine, KATO, Intermountain, etc. The problem I seem to have...
  10. W

    Athearn Genesis Coupler Replacement Difficulties

    I consider myself an experienced modeler, but I always have a devil of a time installing replacement [Kadee] couplers on Athearn Genesis Engines. Specifically SD70 [M-2 ACe] models. The stupid cut lever detail always gets in the way and haven't come up with a fool proof way to keep that from...
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    Improving Athearn 'Blue Box' locomotives

    I've acquired a bad habit of buying old 'new in box' Athearn locomotives. My last three were an AC4400, C44-9W, and a Baldwin S12. I've installed decoders and replaced headlights in previous locks, but now I'm getting a little more ambitious. I bought an SDH163 and speaker for one of the road...
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    Convert Athearn F unit to DCC

    Has anyone any experience converting an Athearn F7 to DCC? I have a full passenger set with a pair of Athearn F7s (one powered, one dummy) and I'd like to use it with the DCC setup we're using now.
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    Athearn Boxcar Kits

    I've gotten a few of these kits lately, and I have been looking to assemble them. The problem I am running into is that I can't get the doors onto the bottom rail. The top rail is removable, so it isn't a problem there, but the lower rail has a sort of hook to it, and I'm apprehensive about...
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    Athearn Genesis FEF upgrades

    I've had a first-gen Athearn FEF for a while now and have never been fully satisfied with the factory-installed MRC sound decoder. I've been kicking around the idea of replacing it. Tsunami Heavy Steam seems to be the replacement decoder of choice. I'm interested in any comments, tips...
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    Athearn parts question

    Will an Athearn RTR shell fit on an Athearn BB frame and running gears? If not, which frames and running gears will an Athearn RTR SD40-2 shell fit on? I am thinking of a project which includes an Athearn RTR SD40-2 shell. Any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
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    Locomotive Help Needed

    Well this is my first post on this forum, hopefully of many. I recently purchased an Athearn Genesis FP45, and am very happy with my purchase. However, when I run it, it runs very choppy. I thought maybe it was a problem with breaking it in, but after 3 days of running it, it hasn't gotten any...
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    Need Help: Athearn SD40-2 Parts Diagram

    My question is about the Athearn SD40-2 manufactured between new tooling style and the Blue Box days. I already have an SD40-2 so I know what I need but don't know the part number. I have already discovered that the shell from that style will not fit on the new tooling frame. I am trying to...
  18. 7033 at St. Albans Tunnel

    7033 at St. Albans Tunnel

    As locals play in the new fallen snow, C&O 7033 takes a empties up Coal River at MP 1 in this HO scene. The F7s are 30 year old Athearn HO locos.
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    Athearn SD45 Derailing Problem

    I just bought another SD45, having two SD45's already. The problem is that the new SD45 seems to derail at certain parts of the layout while the other two don't. I cleaned the track but I know it isn't the track. Upon reversing, the problem SD45 made a slight grinding noise, along with a...
  20. W&LE #109

    W&LE #109

    Wheeling & Lake Erie #109 the Robert S. Bixler. Brewster Shops rebuild.

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