In 2006, Athearn released models of the ATSF 65' Mill
Gondola GA-47, 48, 55, 60, 76 and 91. The model bears a repaint date of SB 6-43.
The model features hingled drop end.
Twenty five GA-47s
were built in 1937 by General American Transportation Corporation. Fifty more
came in 1940 designated GA-48, fifty more as GA-55 in 1941. In 1949, ATSF had
Pressed Steel to produce 100 of the same design as GA-70. Fifty more were built
in Santa Fe shops in 1951 as GA-76. The final 150 cars were also constructed by
the Santa Fe in 1955 as GA-91s. So that brings to 425 cars of this design on the
Richard Hendrickson did a full review in The
Warbonnet, 1st Quarter 2006. His review stated, "The new gondola models
are highly accurate and superbly details, with scale size rivets both inside and
outside, thin molded ends which can be modeled either up or down, folding stack
pockets molded into the insides of the side, and grab irons that are either delicate
styrene moldings or wire. " The model weighs 3.5 ox, 2 ounces short of NMRA
recommendations. With the sizeable fishbelly sides, it is easy to hide weight
in the underbody. The GA-55 should have National B-1 trucks while the GA-70 should
have ASF A-3 "Ride control" trucks.
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