I purchased one of Athearn's new R-T-R flat cars in Milwaukee Road colors with
2 John Deere tractors as a load. Probably 90% of my railroad is made up of
Athearn Kit cars so the new R-T-R cars must be just as good right? Wrong!
When I first placed the car on the track and gave it a nudge it seemed stiff. I
put it in a train and as I was pulling out of the yard it derailed at the yard
switch. I loosened the trucks a little and tried again. This time it made it
out of the yard but derailed at every switch along the route.
I finally switched trucks with an old Athearn box car and the flat car ran the
route just fine. However, when I put the new trucks on the old boxcar, it
derailed at every turnout. Looking closely at the trucks they resemble
something that might have been under an old Tyco car of 10 years ago. The shiny
black plastic sideframes have very little detail as compared to the old Athearn
trucks although the wheels are in gauge and spin freely. I ordered 2 new Atlas
wheel sets from my dealer as I would also like to have the (dare I say it)
Union Pacific version of this car. Anyone else had experience with these?
James F. Westphal
18 years ago