New Freight Cars Delivered Today
Today's shipment was just two cars, ones that I have been excited about since they were announced.
Athearn Genesis has released an Illinois Central version in the latest run of their 50' PC&F exterior post box car. This run is a unique Missouri Pacific patch-out. It is interesting that Athearn Genesis choose to model three consecutive numbers: IC 151659, IC 151660, and IC 151661.
I chose to add the model of IC 151659 to the Meridian Speedway fleet.
I was only able to find two photographs of cars from this series on-line. The picture above was taken by Alan Gaines and posted to rrpicturearchives.net. The image is linked to that posting. This image is of the IC 151659. The model is very close to the original!
The image below of IC 151644 is also taken by Alan Gaines and is linked to his posting. This is an example of this car type repainted into the IC grey scheme. Perhaps this will be a future Athearn Genesis release...
Below is a picture of IC 151662 taken by Patrick Harris in New Orleans, LA at the West end of CSX Gentilly Yard in December of 1996:
The other car I received is an Atlas model of GGCX 1184. This is an ACF 5800 cuft plastics hopper decorated for the Georgia Gulf Plaquemine Division. Plaquemine, Louisiana is of course not far from where I grew up so I am please to have this car in the fleet! The fine print on the car is very crisp.
Going over it with a magnifying glass, I was a little disappointed to see that "Plaquemine Division" does not appear anywhere on the car. Either way, modeling this part of the country one cannot have too many plastics hoppers!