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Detail parts (handrails) for Athearn Diesel "fixer-upper"

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Detail parts (handrails) for Athearn Diesel "fixer-upper"
Posted by ChrisVA on Thursday, August 31, 2023 3:49 AM

I saw this loco on eBay. It is an old Athearn UP switcher


What is the make/model of this diesel?

If I were to take it on as a fix-up project, where could I get the missing handrails that are mentioned in the description?



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Posted by josephbw on Thursday, August 31, 2023 8:17 AM

You could do what I did. I bought some wire and used my needle nose pliers to make my own handrails. It was pretty easy and very therapeutic.


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Posted by NVSRR on Thursday, August 31, 2023 8:51 AM


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Posted by SeeYou190 on Thursday, August 31, 2023 9:54 AM

Genuine Athearn handrail kits sell for about 12-20 dollars on eBay.


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Posted by MisterBeasley on Thursday, August 31, 2023 11:27 AM

I found a set of handrails on a rack at my former LHS.  They were in a bag with a manufacturer's name, but no indication of what engine they were for.  They were only a couple of dollars, so I figured I could use them.  As it turned out, they fit an old Athearn BB GP9 I had gutted and made into a running sound dummy.

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Posted by Lee 1234 on Thursday, August 31, 2023 3:11 PM

PPW A-Line has Blue Box stanchions.  Looks like they also have the original tooling to make up any BlueBox hardrail set you want.


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Posted by maxman on Thursday, August 31, 2023 9:07 PM

If the below is the model you have (RTR SW1500), the following is the part drawing from

Looking at the original posted picture, it appears that more is missing beside the hand rails: lift bars; signal hoses; train line;  windshield wipers.


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Posted by PC101 on Thursday, August 31, 2023 9:45 PM

From what I see in the OP's post. It has horn-hook couplers and holes for the handrails in the side sill of the walkway.

Athearn #140-3933 UP yellow, gray with red strip.

I did not find it in the 1992 Walthers catalog. 

It is listed in the 1997 Walthers catalog for $35.75.

In 1997 it did not come with lift bars, signal hoses, train line or windshield wipers.

I did not look in the catalogs between 1992 and 1997. (edit: it is listed in the 1993 Walthers catalog as ''NEW'', so it could/would have been on the market back in 1992.

The SW1000 and SW1500 listed handrail set part #140-39015 was $4.00 in 1997. It is not clear if handrail stancions were included. There is a listing for short #140-10424 and long #140-10425 stanchions.

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Posted by wjstix on Friday, September 1, 2023 9:48 AM

If you can't get the handrails from Athearn directly, your best bet might just be to keep an eye out on Ebay and at model railroad flea markets to see if you can pick up an old SW1500 dummy unit. It will have the handrails for your unit, and probably won't cost much more than it would be to buy the actual handrail set from Athearn and pay for shipping to get it to you.


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