newbie needs help with ID

Discussion in 'HO Scale Model Trains' started by jimbo, Feb 10, 2005.

  1. jimbo

    jimbo New Member

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    Hi, new to the board. :wave: Need help in the identification of the attached engine. What is it?
    Thanks for any info. Jim H.

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  2. siderod

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    It appears to be a trainmaster...the real one was made by FM. I'm not an HO guy, so i can't help too much aside from that.

    Someone else should be able to, though.
    Later
    AR
  3. CN1

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  4. jimbo

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    Thanks guys. I bought this in the 70's as a used engine but never ran it much. It look like new, with very little wear. I thought it was an Athearn but can't find it in their catalog. I've been away from my trains for a long time and a friend is getting me interested again.
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    Forgot to ask, Did SP ever use them in the Black Widow paint scheme? If so, For freight only or also some passenger service?
  6. jim currie

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    Jimbo could you post a pic with bottom view.
  7. jimbo

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    Jim, I left my camera at work but will do it tomorrow evening. Jim H.
  8. CalFlash

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    I'm fairly certain it's an Athearn as to the best of my knowledge, they were the 1st and only ones (for some years) to have produced this FM Trainmaster unit. Yes they wore the "Black Widow" scheme on the SP. Their final years were served in commuter service on the San Jose corridor. I had the pleasure of seeing and HEARING one while on a trip up there for an NMRA divisional meet back in the early 70's. Story has it that the SP tried unsuccessfully to retire them several times but could find nothing that performed as well for the task.
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    Jerry's right...it's an Athearn FM H-24-66 Trainmaster. Looks like it's had a few xtra parts added to it like the sunshades. Possible custom paint job??
  10. jimbo

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    It's just the way I bought it so I haven't done anything to it. I was wondering if the paint scheme was factory or custom also. Whoever put the wire handrails on it melted one of the steps a little, probably heating the wire to get it in the hole. The more I look at it, I think it is factory. I pulled the shell off and it looks like Athearn motor and frame. The trucks are metal side frames and plastic gear housing.
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    The couplers are Kadee #5, I probably put them on as most of my trains back then had them. Jim H.
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    I have taken a picture of the underside and of the unit without the shell.

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  13. jim currie

    jim currie Active Member

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    jimbo it is for shure a athearn i think first generation fly wheel job