I have an old engine from the 50's that I've had since new. Since I grew
up in Norwalk - and Athearn was "just down the street" in Carson - it
was easy to assume that it was an Athearn. It "looks" like an Athearn -
-- everyone that sees it (including me for the longest) *thinks* it's an
Athearn - until the shell comes off - then the head-scratching starts.
The engine feels heavy for a "plastic shell" engine... most all of the
weight - 13oz. - is in the frame / drive. And it's that drive that's
"driving" me nuts! What is it??? I sent an email recently to Athearn
- and they answered back the they aren't sure-- it's so old - BUT they
are almost certain the shell is indeed an Athearn - they are also almost
certain the drive is not.
The engine runs fine - in fact it's quite powerful - we once put a
goodly sized (all metal) engine behind it (wired this one to go "the
other way") it was funny to watch this old beat up engine drag that big
fella around the track backwards with it's wheels spinning!
Here are some pixes - any one know? sure - guesses are welcome too!
As noted - it's a big beat up - and I'd like to fix it back up - if KCS
and NS can fix up their "F" units... I guess I should too...
Thanks for looking and any info....
- posted 14 years ago