Axian vs. Arrow Hobby Totes

Pastor John Jan 8, 2021

  1. Pastor John

    Pastor John TrainBoard Member

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    This has probably been discussed before, but I did a search with little success. Anyway, I'm looking to buy some storage to begin boxing up Dad's collection. I have some original packaging but, at least for the short term, we need to get them off the layout.

    I've seen some folks recommend the Axian Technology system http://www.axiantech.com/ModelRR.html for transport and storage, but I've also seen the similar system sold by Arrow Hobby. https://ppw-aline.com/collections/a-line-hobby-tote-system-ho-n-scales

    Has anyone seen or used both? Arrow's is a little cheaper but it isn't a huge difference. Can you offer pros and cons of each system?

    Thanks

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  2. HemiAdda2d

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    I know this is not much help, but I used TrainboxesPlus from Texas, but they have since gone out of business. They compared pretty well with Axian, but the Axian users I know feel they're more durable than TBP.
     
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  3. Mr. Trainiac

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    Another thing to consider is how the models are stored. The Axian design lays the model on its side, while the Arrow tote sits the car upright on its wheels. With either design, I would be worried about damage to the models. Sometimes sitting a model on its side will damage grab irons or other protruding details. Hopefully the foam in the Axian box is soft enough to prevent this. The Arrow box says the dividers are chipboard. Again, that's a pretty hard surface, I would be worried about the models scraping against it or impacting it during transit.

    If you are just using the boxes for storage under the layout or in the attic, the Arrow Hobby box is probably fine, but the Axian box has foam on the top and sides too. If I were transporting cars to a show (bumpy ride in a car), I would want that one.

    I don't own either of these, I am just examining the pictures and seeing how they might work, so take these explanations with a grain of salt.
     
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  4. Sepp K

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    Well, I don't have any experience with the Arrow system, but I have some Axian boxes that I have been taking to Ntrak shows for 25+ years. They still seem to have years of use left in them. They have protected the rolling stock well. Only one incident of damage occurred when a box fell several feet onto one end. Only some couplers were broken.
     
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  5. Pastor John

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    Okay, I bit the bullet and ordered five N-scale boxes and a carrying case from Axian Technologies to begin the process and sorting and storing Dad's empire. I'm not sure how much of a dent five boxes is going to make on Dad's fleet of rolling stock, but I have to start somewhere. Thank you everyone for your input.
     
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  6. porkypine52

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    Are we talking N-Scale or HO or What?
    Just looking for storage? Right? Since I'm one of those N-Scalers, this scale is what I am talking about.
    I was give several empty boxes that were used for frozen meat pieces. You know the steaks, chicken and pork cuts wrapped/vacuum sealed in plastic. MTL, Atlas cars in jewel cases fit right in the boxes. These are just used for storage, NOT transport. Something to hold rolling stock and power. You can line the boxes with shelf paper, thin pieces of stryo-foam [used for shipping] or bubble wrap for protection. I use AXIAN boxes for storing my collection of SPECIAL-RUN cars, and when transporting equipment.
    The cardboard food/meat boxes don't smell and were priced right ie FREE. I have been called THRIFTY........But I know I'm just CHEAP.......I've worked too hard for my money. Don't spend a dollar, when a quarter will do!!!!
     
  7. Pastor John

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    For the moment, yes, I am talking about N-scale. And yes, I definitely tend to do DIY and cheap as a significant preference. However, while we have been searching through Dad's stuff for some time, the number of original packaging (ie. crystal cases) found does not remotely approach the number in the fleet. I want to sort, organize, and inventory what's there before we decide what to do with it so it needs to be packaged up in *something*.

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  8. porkypine52

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    For sorting and organizing, I would look at COPY PAPER BOXES. They would hold a lot. Put a layer of cars, engines down, put a layer of bubble wrap, and then another layer of cars, and so forth. Boxes have lids also.
    Check out Office Depot, Staples, any place that does printing or copying. Lots of times they are happy to give away boxes.
    Axian boxes are GREAT, but you pay for what you get. And they can be a little PRICEY for just organizing and cataloging.
     
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