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Athearn - HO Scale - Johnstown Bethgon Coalporter - Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) - Gray w/Brown Rotary Coupler End, Black & White Lettering, Yellow Vertical Conspicuity Marks & BNSF Circle Cross Logo - 5-Pack ONE (SKU 140-81538)

Available On: September 1, 2018

The Johnstown America BethGon was developed in the late 1970s for transporting coal. The double tub floor design lowered the center of gravity and increased capacity by 21 tons per car. By 1982 enough cars had been built that, if they were coupled together in one train, they would stretch from Pittsburgh to Chicago. The aluminum version that is now being delivered effectively lowers the tare weight to 43,000 pounds. With a payload capacity of 244,000 pounds, it is able to carry almost five times its own weight.


  • Fully-assembled and ready to run out of the box
  • Highly-detailed, injection-molded body
  • Separate wireform grab irons, etched metal coupler platforms
  • Separately applied brake wheel
  • Razor sharp printing and painting
  • Each car comes complete with a load
  • Weighted for optimum performance
  • McHenry scale knuckle spring couplers installed
  • Machined RP25 profile 36" metal wheels with RP25 contours operate on Code 55, 70, 75, 80, 83, 100 rail
  • Body mounted McHenry operating scale knuckle couplers
  • Minimum radius: 18"
  • Era: 2005+

"Primed For Grime" Features:

  • Duplicated look and feel of “In Service” equipment; “Tattered and Torn” just like the real thing
  • Faded base colors matched to the prototype
  • Patches applied and shaped per road number matching each corresponding side to the prototype
  • Perfect starting point for adding grime and rust

$199.98 US