Irv Athearn’s pledge of offering high-quality products was supported by the addition of the Genesis line of premium models in 1994
For many, the draw and attraction of model railroading is in the scale realism and accurate representation of the locomotives and their tenders, carts and coaches. For those discerning enthusiasts, Athearn proudly present ‘Genesis’; a range of superbly detailed HO Locomotives that take scale realism to a higher level.
Beautifully packaged and presented in a premium quality box, each Genesis loco comes complete with a colour information and instruction booklet that describes the history of the original locomotive and the features and functions of the scale model.
Accurately reproduced in the liveries of the most famous railroad names, each Genesis model faithfully depicts its original counterpart – right down to the individual grab rails and pipework adorning its flanks and the tiniest of rivet details along each panel.
Not only do these locomotives look the part, they can also sound the part as well, thanks to the custom designed SoundTraxx Tsunami Digital Sound Decoder with inbuilt speakers that is included in many of the sound-equipped locomotives. This digital decoder accurately reproduces all the scale sounds and noises of the original locomotive be they Diesel or Steam powered. Programmed to include dynamic sounds, such as brake squeal and even the whistling of a Turbocharger or the crashing of a coupler, the Tsunami Digital Sound Decoder is compatible with any NMRA DCC system or conventional DC control thanks to the system’s hand-held wireless controller.
Realistic lighting effects and smoke-boxes add to the realism and combine to make the Athearn Genesis range amongst the most sought after and widely acclaimed scale locomotives available.