Freight Car Delivery - 12-4-2015
ABOX 51052 and More Gunderson 2420 Gondolas Arrive
To compliment the ten ExactRail Gunderson 2420 Cuft gondolas received on 11-16-2015, 14 more were ordered and received today--12-4-2015.
This order was placed at the end of November, taking advantage of the $12.95 price. This brings the fleet up to an even two-dozen--a respectable start to a unit rock train.
In addition, I did spring for a model of an FMC 5277 Combination Door boxcar decorated as ABOX 51052. This car is one from the latest ExactRail release. I never did get one of these Combo Door boxcars from the first release and regretted it. They went fast and did not pop up on eBay very often. So now I have one!
This model of ABOX 51052 is just a beautiful car all around! I am very glad to have it in the fleet.
Back to the rock cars, as discussed in the earlier blog with the first batch delivered, I intended to split the fleet up 50/50 between NT&O and T&GN cars. I purchased five-each of the ExactRail MP and CNW cars with similar plate design for this split. As it turned out the small NT&O logos I have on-hand are just a smidge too long to fit on the plate placed over one of the corrugated panels for logo placement.
The solution: I decided that all of the MP and CNW versions would be used to model T&GN cars and I decided to introduce the ExactRail Cotton Belt (SSW) version to the fleet for the NT&O cars. These cars have a larger smooth plate placed over the center two corrugated panels. This arrangement will easily accommodate the NT&O logo.
ExactRail offerd the SSW cars in three numbers, but the first number SSW 72557 was sold out. I decided that I wanted to start my first Meridian Speedway rock train consist with a dozen NT&O cars and a dozen T&GN cars. So I split the NT&O cars among the remaining SSW offerings, ordering six copies of SSW 72591 and six copies of SSW 72634. I would have preferred the panel placement on the ExactRail CSX version, however all of those were sold out.
To bring my T&GN fleet up to a dozen I ordered one more CNW 89152 and one more MP 640203.
Below are a couple of close-up images of the SSW cars:
And for comparison, here is an earlier image of the CNW/MP cars:
Now aired up, the paint booth in the man cave is up to the challenge of painting this fleet of gondolas!
Your comment will be posted after it is approved.
Leave a Reply.