Well, 2017 is here and four days in I've made a few purchases … a 300% over this time in 2016!
First up are two of the New York Central covered hoppers from Menards. Yes, I picked free shipping to my local Menards store!
The cars have good weight and die-cast metal trucks. One of the hoppers had an assembly glitch that I was able to fix in no time at all (it took more time to find the right screwdriver than to correct the error). Graphics were well done.
The Menards no. 279-2872 New York Central covered hopper comes in a fantasy scheme that looks pretty good. The stripes suggest speed and I have this crazy notion of a Central high-speed grain express crossing the nation!
Each car is individually numbered and execution of the paint scheme was very, very good.
The white hatches offer an interesting contrast with the otherwise totally black roof!
My first used train buy of the year – a New York Central work caboose.
My other internet purchase is a New York Central work caboose from MTH. Before it arrived I tried to date the car, searching the MTH database. Couldn't find a number matching the car, so I concluded it might have been with a set.
When I received the car it became clear why I couldn't find the car number – a previous owner did a repaint. There were some chips in the green paint that revealed a red body beneath it. Turning the car over, I could see a red body with some green paint splotches that looked like it had been painted with a brush.
Also, it was pretty obvious that the decoration was not pad printed or masked, but decals. I'm not terribly disappointed in this. The job was at least as good as I'd have done (maybe better considering the vertical wood texture on the sides of the car).
So for about $65 I've added three more cars to the fleet. My next challenge is trying to find a spot in the freight yard for them!
The MTH RailKing design makes this car suitable for a wreck or track gang train or a southern (okay, southern New York) mixed train!