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70-Ton Roller Bearing Truck
70-Ton Roller Bearing Truck, .088
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by: Frederick Boucher [ JPTRR ]

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RailRoad Modeling

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Athearn Genesis® offers a series of premium freight car trucks for modelers who want more accuracy. This set of 70-ton ASF Ride-Control Roller Bearing Trucks includes two pairs of these modern heavy-duty trucks.

Genesis® HO scale American Steel Foundries’ Ride Control Freight Car Trucks…
…are molded in low-friction Celcon® for smooth operation and accurate detail. The wheels are non-magnetic, and the trucks feature realistic rotating bearing caps. These trucks are available in both 70-ton and 100-ton variations.

These 70-ton trucks, with a 5’8” wheelbase, are appropriate for use on a variety of freight car types of 50 to 70-ton capacities, including box cars, refrigerator cars, open and covered hopper cars, tank cars, flat cars and gondolas. The 33” wheels in the 70-ton trucks are available with either the finescale .088” wheel tread width, or the .110” NMRA Standard wheel tread width.

Each truck has molded detail including brake shoes and rigging. However, these trucks are Celcon® and not metal. That means the trucks do not add that wisp of extra weight to your car.

Nor are the trucks sprung. This may not bother some modelers, as a complaint about sprung metal trucks is that they are challenging to set on the rail, and the thin springs do not look realistic.

The wheels are not blackened. The side frames also lack the cast lettering seen on the prototype.

Rolling On…
These plastic trucks with metal wheels allow us to upgrade our rolling stock. I replaced the stock trucks on my Athearn RTR ore car (See the comparison photograph). They roll smoothly. They look nice. They have decent detail.

However, I am disappointed that they do not feature the cast lettering of the prototype. The shiny wheels also distract from the model.

It is up to your taste whether being plastic and not metal, and unsprung, is a drawback. Overall these trucks are competitive with other manufacturers’. Recommended.

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Highs: They look nice and have decent detail. Metal wheels.
Lows: Do not feature the cast lettering of the prototype but do have shiny wheels.
Verdict: Overall these trucks are competitive with other manufacturers’.
Percentage Rating
  Scale: 1:87
  Mfg. ID: 4598
  Suggested Retail: $15.98
  Related Link: Athearn Best Sellers: ASF Trucks
  PUBLISHED: Jun 08, 2011
  NATIONALITY: United States

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About Frederick Boucher (JPTRR)

I'm a professional pilot with a degree in art. My first model was an AMT semi dump truck. Then Monogram's Lunar Lander right after the lunar landing. Next, Revell's 1/32 Bf-109G...cried havoc and released the dogs of modeling! My interests--if built before 1900, or after 1955, then I proba...

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