Athearn 3880 N Thrall High Side Gondola w/Load, CPR #1 (3)

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Scale N
Number 3880
Manufacturer Athearn


  • Machined metal wheels
  • Screw-mounted 100-ton roller bearing trucks
  • Body-mounted McHenry® scale operating knuckle couplers
  • Separately applied brake wheel
  • Operates on Code 40, 55, and 80 rail
  • Accurately painted and printed
  • Highly-detailed, injection molded body
  • Weighted for trouble-free operation
  • Minimum radius: 9 ¾”


  • Duplicated look and feel of “In Service” equipment
  • Faded base colors matched to the prototype
  • Perfect starting point for adding grime and rust


Thrall was a recognizable freight car manufacturing company in the 1960s through to the 1980s. Their designs still carry on today. The company focused on building specialized freight cars including high side gondolas, and rotary-dump gondolas for coal. In the 1980s, Thrall acquired five competing railcar manufacturers and became the largest such manufacturer of these cars in the United States.


In the 1960s, coal haulage shifted from open hopper cars to high-sided gondolas. Using a gondola, the railroads can haul a larger amount of coal per car since gondolas do not include the equipment needed for unloading. However, since these cars do not have hatches for unloading the products shipped in them, railroads must use rotary car dumpers (mechanisms that hold a car against a short section of track as the car and track are slowly rotated upside down to empty the car) or other means to empty them.

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Item # 3880
Preorder Yes
Scale N
Roadnumber May Vary No
Rolling Stock Gondolas
Road Name Canadian Pacific - CP - CP Rail
Catalog Athearn January 2023