favorite car

virtual-bird May 29, 2000

  1. virtual-bird

    virtual-bird TrainBoard Member

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    next in the "what is your favorite..." series..

    what is your fav car... and what brand, and line

    eg red caboose SP coal, MT black hills box etc.

    any hassles with any of the manufacturers of these cars or the cars themselves?

    eg intermountain is gr8, but MT is not so good... etc..

    Im trying to decipher whats good out there and whats not...

    thanks
     
  2. BC Rail King

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    Micro Trains

    3 Bay hopper

    Montana Rail Link

    Part #94080

    Happy Railroading!

    Dane N.

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  3. chessie

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    <BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by virtual-bird:

    Im trying to decipher whats good out there and whats not...

    thanks
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    Pretty much anything Micro-Trains is VERY good...

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  4. BC Rail King

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    Atlas isn't half bad. I get some MDC (I get alot of it CHEAP) and M/T. I also have a small collection of Kato freight and passenger.

    Happy Railroading!

    Dane N.

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  5. Craig Martyn

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    I like the AC models spine cars my self!!

    [​IMG] (Am I kissing up or what!!) [​IMG]



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  6. porkypine52

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    Micro-Trains are #1. MT is one of the main reasons that N-Scale has taken off like it has. MT has set the standards in trucks and couplers for others to follow.
    Intermountain is another good line. They can be a pain in the ass to put together, but they look and run good when you are finished.
    There are several other lines that are getting better with every new model, just keep your eyes open.

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  7. BNSF1079

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    we run a lot of Mt cars here at the P.A.N. Railroad , but i must say for the money that MDC is not bad , as we have a lot of these cars , also atlas is comming on up ! so keep it between the rails !

    KEVIN
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  9. Robin Matthysen

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    My favourite is a cylindrical 4-bay hopper car made by alpx.
    These cars are used for transporting wheat and usually are seen in government of Canada colours or Saskatchewan and Alberta colours. This type of car is also used for transporting potash.

    Robin

    [This message has been edited by Robin Matthysen (edited 04 June 2000).]
     
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  11. eddelozier

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    My favorate car is a Tomix special duty, 150 ton plus flat car. It's approx. 125 feet long and rode on four sets of trucks. The depressed center is independent of the end frames and trucks with bogie connections. The load is two huge electric generators.
    I changed the livery to PRR and added some brass walkways to match proto in a PRR book.

    Redid Tomix open car carriers to PRR livery also, my second favorate.

    ..Eddie


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  12. Craig Martyn

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    I wanted to make a whole unit train out of Atlas's 33 thousand gallon tank cars in the all black w/white lettering scheme about 6 months ago. I went to order them and they were ALL sold out!!!!! [​IMG]!!!!!!! [​IMG]

    Oh well, I might (someday) end up getting maybe 60 or so undec's, then painting and decalling every single one of them. After that I'm gonna want to die!! [​IMG] It would be cool though!

    But back to the question. I like Auto racks in REAL life, if there was a good N scale model of em', WATCH OUT!!!! I'm gonna buy all of em!!!!! [​IMG]

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  13. espee2

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    Needless to say, M/T are my favorite. I live near the plant, and occasionally deliver lumber to them. They are the nicest people in the world to deal with, they even will show you around the place. I honestly believe they are the main reason I got into N scale. I bought myself a "table top train set" for X-mas, ('96) also because it had a Kato sd-45, and I over heard the clerks at the hobby store druling over it.

    I wouldn't suggest the Kato covered hoppers, unless you buy a set of weights to go with it. They are way too light. if they are mid-way in a long string of cars, dont do a back-up manouver, they derail every time, also replacing the trucks with MT might help.

    stay away from anything from Walthers (cars)
    Delux Inovations wood chip cars are great too, I really like the almost prototypical wheel flanges on them, and I made some "sawdust" loads and they look great going around my layout (Oregon is logging country) [​IMG]


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  14. mtaylor

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    What's wrong with Walthers cars? I have a five unit articulated double stack and a coil car. I really can not use the artic until I get some containers (weight). The coil car seems to operate ok. I do want to replace the trucks and couplers to MT some day. I am planning on using MT on all of my cars.

    Matt

    <BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by espee2:
    Needless to say, M/T are my favorite. I live near the plant, and occasionally deliver lumber to them. They are the nicest people in the world to deal with, they even will show you around the place. I honestly believe they are the main reason I got into N scale. I bought myself a "table top train set" for X-mas, ('96) also because it had a Kato sd-45, and I over heard the clerks at the hobby store druling over it.

    I wouldn't suggest the Kato covered hoppers, unless you buy a set of weights to go with it. They are way too light. if they are mid-way in a long string of cars, dont do a back-up manouver, they derail every time, also replacing the trucks with MT might help.

    stay away from anything from Walthers (cars)
    Delux Inovations wood chip cars are great too, I really like the almost prototypical wheel flanges on them, and I made some "sawdust" loads and they look great going around my layout (Oregon is logging country) [​IMG]


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  15. Danimal

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    There are cars from about every mfg that I like so everything gets MT trucks and couplers before it joins the fleet. Most also get a small amount of weight added also. Gotta keep um rolling!
     
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    My favs are the deLux Innovation Gunderson stacks.

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  18. Chris McDaniel

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    My favorites are the Atlas kaolin tank cars and GHQ's depressed center flat. N scale could use a lot more in the modern tank car department though.

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  19. BC Rail King

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    I too have a few Walthers car, and have only had a problem with the bolster on the coil car.

    Happy Railroading!

    Dane N.

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  20. espee2

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    <BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by mtaylor:
    What's wrong with Walthers cars? I have a five unit articulated double stack and a coil car. I really can not use the artic until I get some containers (weight). The coil car seems to operate ok. I do want to replace the trucks and couplers to MT some day. I am planning on using MT on all of my cars.

    Matt

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    Well lets see, the bay window caboose I bought had the cheesiest looking windows, the lettering was placed on by Ray Charles, it was out of scale looking compared to my others,(too small) the draft box was molded into the under frame and at the time MT didn't have a coupler to fit it, and I had to grind it off plus half the thickness of the underframe to get a MT coupler box to fit. Not to memtion the thick end rails.

    The ballast hoppers were to phoney looking etc...after that I figured I wouldn't even bother with them any more. I spoiled my self by starting out with MT. It's "hard to drive a Clunker after driving a Cadillac"... [​IMG]

    like the man at the hobby store tells me, "after you buy another brand, then buy the trucks to go on it, you've spent more money than just buying the MT"...

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