HO 89' F89-F Flat, TT/TTEX #161075
Triple 57 Long Runner
* Die-cast underframe
* Raised and lowered trailer hitches included
* Detailed deck
* 70-ton roller bearing trucks with rotating bearing caps
* Formed wire brake plumbing
* Use for dedicated intermodal trains or mixed freight
* 22" recommended minimum radius
* Two cars attached with drawbar
* PROTOTYPE MANUFACTURER: TTX Company
* TRUCK STYLE: 70-Ton Roller Bearing
* COUPLER STYLE: McHenry Scale Knuckle
* ERA: 1983 - 2008
* MIN. RADIUS: 22" recommended
* Minimum Age Recommendation: 14 years
* Is Assembly Required: No
Introduced in the early 1960s, the Trailer Train (now TTX Company) F89F flatcar has been a mainstay of contemporary railroading. A product of Bethlehem Steel Company’s (BSC) Johnstown, PA plant, over 9,000 of these (89’ 8" over the strikers) cars were built throughout the 1960s. Visually distinctive from other long flatcars of their era thanks to their “C” channel side sills, these versatile cars were adapted for many types of service and loadings over the years, ranging from Trailer-On-Flatcar (TOFC), to autoracks, to structural steel loading. While the majority went to Trailer Train, many were built for various railroads, typically for autorack service. Many were “de-racked” in later years, being reassigned and equipped for other service - TOFC, vehicle loading, pipe service, etc.
It wasn’t unusual for these cars to see several different loading configurations throughout their careers, in order to meet the changing needs of shippers. In service with Trailer Train, the three or four-letter reporting marks indicated the cars’ intended service and corresponding equipment. For example, an “XTTX” car was equipped with four collapsible hitches, capable of carrying various combinations of 28’, 40', or 45’ trailers. A car in the “RTTX” configuration featured a pair of fixed hitches at the ends, and a retractable hitch amidships, allowing it to carry a pair of long (up to 45’) trailers back-to-back, or three 28’ “pup” trailers.
This Athearn Genesis model was designed from the start to incorporate as many prototype details and variations as possible, based upon field measurements and builder diagrams, in order to appeal to modelers of multiple eras. Many new hitches, body variants, and other separate details were created, allowing us to accurately offer these cars in their different configurations over the years, from four-hitch “XTTX” cars, to the distinctive drawbar-connected “TTEX” Triple-57 “Long Runner” bulge-deck conversions introduced in 1987. And you can rest assured of its smooth performance, thanks to a heavy die-cast frame for reliable tracking, and our famed Genesis 70-ton ASF Ride-Control trucks with spinning bearing cap details, and .110” tread metal wheels.
This release reflects Trailer Train Co. cars as they were equipped for intermodal service while wearing the KTTX reporting marks, which were used on the F89-F cars from 1983 through 2008. Cars with these marking were equipped with a pair of model ACF 6-2, TT-2, TT-4, TT-5 or NRC-1-47 fixed hitches at either end and were capable of carrying back to back pairs of 45' trailers or a single 53' trailer. Many of these cars were painted in the familiar Trailer Train yellow scheme with the stylized TT logo and Trailer Train logo originally introduced in the 1970's. Many were later patched with the speed-style TTX logo introduced in 1991. Interestingly enough at least once car was re-equipped and relettered for KTTX while still wearing it's original 1960's oxide red paint.