A Teaser (for trucks) from Trainworx

cfritschle Aug 4, 2017

  1. cfritschle

    cfritschle TrainBoard Member

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    Here is this morning's email from Pat:

    "NEW SERIES
    "LEGENDS OF THE ROAD"

    (Not required reading)

    These are the trucks that make you say, "If I drove a truck, that's the one I want to drive." The trucks in this series will have flash and class and will be recognizable to all of you truck lovers. Each announcement will tell a little about the trucks and the men and women that own, drive, build and love these trucks. This series is dedicated to those men and women. Look for the first N scale announcement early next week.

    At your service,
    Pat Sanders"

    I am definitely going to checking for the announcement next Monday!

    Carter
     
  2. SecretWeapon

    SecretWeapon TrainBoard Member

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    I got that this morning also.
     
  3. cfritschle

    cfritschle TrainBoard Member

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    And here is the announcement:

    "LEGENDS OF THE ROAD"


    Tri State Commodities believes that customers deserve on time quality service, and dong this takes the right people and the right equipment.

    Jack Shupe started Tri State Commodities of Greely Colorado in 1971. Jack's sons Gregg and Grant are part owners and have been with the company since high school in the late 70s. Gregg and Grant's wives and children work at the Shupe family owned and operated business. Many of the Tri State drivers have been making on time deliveries for the company for decades and have their names painted on the door of the trucks they drive.

    Tri State has a fleet of nearly 50 trucks and none of them are new, (you won't see any DEF at this facility). They were pulling a W900a into the shop for an oil change while I was there and it had high door handles which puts it into the 1960s to very early 1970s vintage. The shop is a busy place building trucks from the frame up and keeping the fleet in top condition. The fleet is comprised of roughly 96% Kenworth W900s, (saw a Pete 379 there and another 379 was on the road). All of the Tri State trucks are set up to get deliveries done on time with big power coming from Cat or Cummins. These trucks all have personality and even have individual names on the back of the cab or sleeper. Greg Shupe has custom built and restored 6 different A model W900s.

    "Toads Pad" started out as a 1982 W900A. Greg stretched the frame and added a smooth riding air suspension. Power was upgraded to a 525 horse N14 Cummins and a Roadranger 18 speed transmission. A new aerodyne sleeper was coupled to the original cab so that modern air ride cab suspension could be utilized underneath. A custom new Burgundy interior was added to the inside of the cab and sleeper. The truck is finished in a custom orange and white Midnight Sun paint job with lots of chrome, graphics and pin striping.

    "American Graffiti" Is another early 80's W900A. Greg also custom built and restored this truck from the frame up in the Tri State shop. Power comes from a 525 hp N14 Cummins and is transferred through a 15 speed Roadranger transmission. The original 60" flat top sleeper was coupled to the cab and a cab air suspension was added as well as a new sound deadening interior for driver comfort. The familiar Tri State custom Midnight Sun paint scheme was applied as well as graphics and pin stripping. Greg finished the truck with new chrome stacks, bumper and air cleaners.

    Both of these trucks are show trucks but you won't find them at a show; these are daily drivers and the best place to find them is on the road. It is my pleasure to recognize the Shupe family and the men and women at Tri State Commodities by bringing to N scale these "LEGENDS OF THE ROAD".

    Trainworx is pleased to announce to N scale
    Toads Pad with Dry bulk trailer #25
    American Graffiti with grain trailer #213

    Please see the color flyer for details at the following link:

    http://www.train-worx.com/17-8tristate.pdf

    At your service,
    Pat Sanders

    There was a typo in the year for the Toads Pad Kenworth W900a that I corrected.

    Carter
     
  4. greatdrivermiles

    greatdrivermiles TrainBoard Member

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    Jeez, they're almost as much as a Loco now.

    Sent from my SM-G900T using Tapatalk
     
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  5. jpwisc

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    I wish people would quit complaining about the price on these. Quality has a cost. Don't like it, fine. Go buy a cheap Atlas or Kato semi instead.
     
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  6. greatdrivermiles

    greatdrivermiles TrainBoard Member

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    it's not like I haven't been getting them. I love them, but with 65% price increase over the past year and a half Its going to get a lot harder to justify the purchase anymore. And its not just trainworx, atlas' prices have been shooting up as well.
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  7. MK

    MK TrainBoard Member

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    Very nice collection!
     
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  8. BoxcabE50

    BoxcabE50 HOn30 & N Scales Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    What is the time frame for that red & white COE?
     
  9. greatdrivermiles

    greatdrivermiles TrainBoard Member

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    Thanks :)

    Not quite sure what you mean. But if is the KW near the middle Its the John Zwergel K100 that just came out. the Era is early 70's to early 90's.
     
  10. BoxcabE50

    BoxcabE50 HOn30 & N Scales Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    That's what I was wondering.
     
  11. mtntrainman

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    Like I said in an earlier post...Cadillac @ Maserati prices !!! These trucks are for 'investors' who know they can turn a fast buck on them...plain and simply. These will sell out fast and be on Feebay the next day at $150.00 plus...and there will always be a fool who will buy em off Feebay at any price. Sad...but true !!

    For those who think the 'average' modeler complains to much about prices...guess what...we still have the right to complain and voice our opinions. Its what forums are for...not just for those who sing high praises about everything that comes along regardless of price !! JMO
     
  12. jpwisc

    jpwisc TrainBoard Member

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    You may have the right to complain, but it adds absolutely nothing to the conversation. It also won't change the global economy. TrainWorx isn't going to sell these at a loss to make you happy.
     
  13. mtntrainman

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    Not going to argue...not worth it. Just saying this is NOT TRW...we are allowed to voice our opinions here even if they are complaints...ty
     
  14. jpwisc

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    I can understand if someone wants to talk about the technical aspects of the model. Maybe something is out of scale, or maybe a paint scheme doesn't work for a certain era. But all I hear lately is people wanting the Maserati at Kia prices. If you can't afford it or don't want to pay those prices, we don't need to know.
     
  15. Traindork

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    Model railroading is not a cheap hobby, I don't know where that myth came from. I find the Trainworx trucks to be expensive, but I buy them because I like them and want them and think they're worth every penny charged. These aren't the Con-Cor trucks from the 80's.
    I will preorder them so that I'll get them at the discounted price that my local hobby shop sells them for. Anybody can do that, there is no need to pay scalper prices on that auction site. The last ones were available on several online retailers web sites at discounted prices, but they didn't last long.
     
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  16. mtntrainman

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    With enough complaints MAYBE a manufacture would take a relook at their pricing. MAYBE not. But doesnt hurt to let them know either way. My opinion and many others. Like I said...not worth anyone argueing over...but I will continue to voice my pleasure or displeasure about any item. Thank you.
     
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  17. jpwisc

    jpwisc TrainBoard Member

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    Maybe not is right. If a product is selling out within hours of hitting the shelves, the manufacturer is listening to people who buy the product, not ones who don't. I hope Pat is making decent money on these. If he is, it means he can invest in more new products and maybe he'll expand his product lineup even more. That would be a win for us all.
     
  18. RBrodzinsky

    RBrodzinsky Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    George / Karl, let's keep the tone of this down, before it gets out of hand, please. You have both made your points, and said nothing wrong.
     
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  19. mtntrainman

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  20. wpsnts

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    For some time the Hobby has been asking for changes and higher quality. We are getting them. Someone has to pay for it. Shop around and you just might find them for less.
     

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