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16.05.2015
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I have several athearn streamliner and heavyweight passenger kits and i was just curious how accurate are they?
The passenger cars are a little on short side compared to the prototype, but this doesn't bother me, they run on virtually any curves, no overhang, very reliable, sturdy cars. Heavyweights - these cars are also freelanced and do not directly represent any specific prototype - BUT they are closer to many prototypes than the streamliners for several reasons. Those arch roof cars are very close to a number of prototype 70-75' arched roof cars that did exist. The Athearn cars run well and are easily detailed into very nice models if you are happy with their freelanced nature. ATLANTIC CENTRALStreamliners - these are totally freelanced and selectively compressed for sharper curves.
As some other have mentioned, ATSF did have some short streamlined RPO's and baggage cars which do appear to be very well represented by the Athearn cars.
The details of the heavyweights are typical Pullman car company construction and similar to most all heavyweight cars.


The Athearn heavyweights are pretty good representation of Santa Fe cars - not surprising for a company located in California. Point still remains - many heavyweight cars where shorter than the 80' plus length of a Pullman sleeper. Only in the days of ACF and Budd streamliners did car length start to be more standardized. Close, but actually, regarding Athearn heavyweights, the RPO is 67' and uses a unique floor. Some of them come with light bulbs inside, some of the bulbs work, some don't out of the box. If you hook up 6 old athearn santa fe streamlined passenger cars to a super chief, you won't be disappointed.
One, Pullman and other heavyweight builders used standard parts like underframes, ends, vestibule doors, and side panels to make up most cars. There has never been any word from Athearn that they where the basis for the streamlined cars.
The Diner, Sleeper and Observation cars are 80' cars shortened to the same length as the Coach.


The only tips I have are to replace their couplers with Kadee couplers, this is an easy task and it makes all the difference.
When the cars do light up, they look amazing and you can't beat athearn when it comes to prices. Everyone has their own views about this aspect of the hobby but I use shorter passenger cars like Athearn even though I have 36" radius curves. The Baggage and Diner share a floor with no steps, the two Coaches and Pullman share a floor with steps at both ends and the Observation has a unique floor for the open platform. Remember, a 36" radius curve in HO is a VERY sharp, restricted speed curve on the prototype. The Coach floor and the Baggage floor will interchange with the obvious mismatch regarding the lack or presence of steps.



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