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Date: 06/12/24 14:42
Athearn 50' flat with plane
Author: skokieswift

Hello:

Is there a prototype for Athearn's 50' flat with a small plane as a load.  It appears that the wings are detached and stored in alongside the body in a cradle that looks questioably real-world.  Just wondering if this more foobie tham prototypical.

Thanks,

SkokieSwift



Date: 06/12/24 16:33
Re: Athearn 50' flat with plane
Author: boejoe

I often thought it was a foobie - but has been in their product line for a long, long time.
They also offered a boat on a flat.  That has been seen multiple times in photos: Chris Craft had a plant in Salisbury MD and shipped finished boats to destination via PRR DelMarVa branch.
jb



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 06/12/24 19:16 by boejoe.



Date: 06/12/24 17:05
Re: Athearn 50' flat with plane
Author: 1019X

As I recall the Athearn model is of a light general avation aircraft. I question if any were shipped that way. However, in WWII fighter planes were packed in crates for shipment overseas.



Date: 06/14/24 02:09
Re: Athearn 50' flat with plane
Author: SPMW5771

I have a Nickel Plate Road painted flat with airplane that came as part of my Athearn train set in about 1962 that included:
-ABA SP F7 Engines
-Carnation Milk Reefer
-SP 40 ft Overnight Boxcar
-Shell Oil Three Dome Tankcar
-Two 50ft ATSF Flatcars with Four Wabash Piggyback trailers
-Erie Gondola with NYC Refrigerator Containers
-SP Silver Overnight Caboose

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Date: 06/14/24 05:39
Re: Athearn 50' flat with plane
Author: bq23dash7

The prototype for the airplane is the Beech Bonanza. It's a classic design- very distinctive with its V-tail. I doubt a Bonanza was ever transported by flat, certainly not in the open. Athearn (and Lionel) made a bunch of those airplane loads.

John



Date: 06/14/24 07:22
Re: Athearn 50' flat with plane
Author: BAB

bq23dash7 Wrote:
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> The prototype for the airplane is the Beech
> Bonanza. It's a classic design- very distinctive
> with its V-tail. I doubt a Bonanza was ever
> transported by flat, certainly not in the open.
> Athearn (and Lionel) made a bunch of those
> airplane loads.
>
> John
To do a Bonaza wings off would require the fuse to be suppored since the landing gear is in the wings except for the nose gear. A cessna wings off is ok as thats how we shipped them on a boat overseas after conversions. Oh that would be cessnas with high wings only. Am sure some where some how light aircraft got shipped by a flat car.



Date: 06/14/24 07:46
Re: Athearn 50' flat with plane
Author: ts1457

bq23dash7 Wrote:
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> The prototype for the airplane is the Beech
> Bonanza. It's a classic design- very distinctive
> with its V-tail. I doubt a Bonanza was ever
> transported by flat, certainly not in the open.
> Athearn (and Lionel) made a bunch of those
> airplane loads.
>
> John

I wonder how these plane models scale out?



Date: 06/15/24 17:03
Re: Athearn 50' flat with plane
Author: 4-4-0LiveSteam

I have around 20 of them I run during open house,  the public seems to love it.
Kevin 



Date: 06/15/24 20:16
Re: Athearn 50' flat with plane
Author: PHall

ts1457 Wrote:
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> bq23dash7 Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > The prototype for the airplane is the Beech
> > Bonanza. It's a classic design- very
> distinctive
> > with its V-tail. I doubt a Bonanza was ever
> > transported by flat, certainly not in the open.
> > Athearn (and Lionel) made a bunch of those
> > airplane loads.
> >
> > John
>
> I wonder how these plane models scale out?

Just going by eye they're pretty close to scale if not right on.



Date: 06/15/24 20:23
Re: Athearn 50' flat with plane
Author: ts1457

PHall Wrote:
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> Just going by eye they're pretty close to scale if
> not right on.

Thanks. I think you are correct. Here are some dimensions:

Bonanza G36 (txtav.com)



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