The November 1960 Trade Topics section of Model Railroader includes
a review of the then-new Athearn Heavyweight Passenger Cars. Athearn's first two roadname offerings were B&O (Baltimore
& Ohio) and ATSF (Santa Fe) and the Trade Topics review focuses upon the cars relation to prototypes of those
roads. The review states the Harriman-style roof found on the 72ft. Coach is similar to SP, IC, UP, and Alton
prototypes, but not similar to anything operated on the B&O or ATSF. The 69ft. Baggage-RPO (Railway Post Office)
and 72ft. Observation are noted for not being similar to any ATSF prototype, but no suggestion is made as to what they
might resemble if anything. The Pullman sleeper in the set is stated as being too short at 72ft. compared to the 83ft.
prototype. Athearn's designation for the Pullman was a "12-section, one-drawing room," but the Model Railroader review
suggested it was and 8-section example.
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