in the early 1960s, the Trailer Train (now TTX Company)
F89F flatcar has been a mainstay of contemporary railroading.
A product of Bethlehem Steel Companys (BSC) Johnstown, PA
plant, over 9,000 of these (89 8 over the strikers)
cars were built throughout the 1960s. Visually distinctive from
other long flatcars of their era thanks to their C
channel side sills, these versatile cars were adapted for many
types of service and loadings over the years, ranging from Trailer-On-Flatcar
(TOFC), to autoracks, to structural steel loading. While the majority
went to Trailer
Train, many were built for various railroads, typically for autorack
service. Many were de-racked in later years, being
reassigned and equipped for other service - TOFC, vehicle loading,
pipe service, etc.
This Athearn N-scale model was designed from the start to incorporate
as many prototype details and variations as possible, based upon
field measurements and builder diagrams, in order to appeal to
modelers of multiple eras. Many new body variants, and other separate
details were created, allowing us to accurately offer these cars
in their different configurations over the years. With the addition
of the Whitehead and Kales autorack, The F89FH now has available
Bi-Level and Tri-Level autorack variants. You can rest assured
of its smooth performance, thanks to a die-cast frame for reliable
tracking, and our newly tooled N-scale 70-ton
ASF Ride-Control trucks, and metal wheels.
Operationally, these cars are appropriate for any layout set from
the 1960s to the early 1980s. The Auto Racks would be fastened
to the 89 flatcar for auto service from Detroit.