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1000 Issue Commemorative Car?

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1000 Issue Commemorative Car?
Posted by rventura on Friday, March 17, 2017 7:26 PM

Hi. 

I was wondering if there are any plans for a commemorative car of any type to celebrate 1000 issues of MR? I'm sure many readers would be interested. N scale for me please.

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Posted by mlehman on Friday, March 17, 2017 8:47 PM

I'd guess the answer is no. Plans for the 1000th seem laid out for some time and I've been savoiring it as it goes along.

I suspect the market for commemorative cars is "freighted" with difficulties nowadays. First, "what's the prototype?" a few will ask even when the answer is, ahem, rather obvious (and nothing wroing with that in my eyes, BTW). Then how many do you make for HO vs N, vs others?

Might just be easier to offer decals? A whole bunch of younger folks raise their hands and ask "What's a decal?" Then you have to get them made...

I do like the way MR is bringing us lots of new stuff about the magazines past, or at least long unseen items, keeping the event an historic commemoration

I suspect that MR is concentrating on things it knows best, journalism and media production.

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Friday, March 17, 2017 9:46 PM

Does MR ever offer commemorative decals?

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I would love 1950's era MR&T decals. I would love custom decals from various project layouts from years gone by.

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I like commemorative decals better than commemorative cars. I can decide placement and how much to inlclude. I can als decide car type.

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-Kevin

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Posted by tommymr on Saturday, March 18, 2017 8:27 AM

I remember they included "Turtle Creek" decals in one issue quite a while back.

I thought that was a great idea, but they never did it again.

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Saturday, March 18, 2017 8:36 AM

I just did a quick Google search and found MicroScale made decals for the Turtle Creek Central, so I bought a set!

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I did a search for a few other project railroads, and found nothing. Not even the Milwaukee Racine and Troy has decals I could find.

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Thank you for the tip.

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-Kevin

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Posted by dknelson on Saturday, March 18, 2017 12:28 PM

Way way back from time to time they used to print colored cardstock car sides in the magazine that you could cut out and use to make a reefer or boxcar.  They might even have been embossed.  This was at a time when a commercial freight car kit was also cardstock sides.    

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Posted by Lone Wolf and Santa Fe on Saturday, March 18, 2017 1:04 PM

The Turtle Creek decals were cool. You could put them on any car you wanted but you had to buy or make your own car information decals to match the type car you chose. I picked a Walthers Insulated boxcar.
http://www.trainweb.org/lonewolfsantafe/tcc513.jpg

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Posted by DSchmitt on Saturday, March 18, 2017 5:25 PM

28' narrow gauge boxcar - Note this is a modificatiion of Clever Models 20' On30 Boxcar 

 MR1000.jpg1_zpsb2mbsvuv by Donald Schmitt, on Flickr

 

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Posted by DAVID FORTNEY on Tuesday, March 21, 2017 2:48 PM

I see no reason for a special car. Most scales have cut back on these types of cars for one reason, they no longer sell. 

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Posted by fieryturbo on Friday, March 24, 2017 12:26 PM

This sort of car seems to have more of a place in the toy train world.

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Posted by NittanyLion on Friday, March 24, 2017 12:41 PM

fieryturbo

This sort of car seems to have more of a place in the toy train world.

 

You say that, but there used to be a 60th anniversary car turning wheels out there in the real world. A freelance 1000th issue car isn't unbelievable. 

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Posted by fieryturbo on Friday, March 24, 2017 3:20 PM

NittanyLion

 

 
fieryturbo

This sort of car seems to have more of a place in the toy train world.

 

 

 

You say that, but there used to be a 60th anniversary car turning wheels out there in the real world. A freelance 1000th issue car isn't unbelievable. 

 

I was referring to the toy train enthusiasts being more interested in these type of fantasy cars.

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Posted by BRAKIE on Saturday, March 25, 2017 8:07 AM

fieryturbo
I was referring to the toy train enthusiasts being more interested in these type of fantasy cars.

Julian,The majority of the modelers would more then likely buy one..I still have my MR 50th anniversary boxcar and a Athearn W&S MR 75th anniversary boxcars.I still have a 50th anniversary issue still in its original package. I still have my Athearn Col. Hal Carsten observation car.

Ever see one of these?  I think the majority of us has some collector in us.

 

 

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Posted by oldline1 on Saturday, March 25, 2017 5:11 PM

I have to disagree with the comments that few modelers would buy them and relegate them to toy train folks. I also doubt if the majority of modelers would buy them either. There are actually collectors that scoop them up.

They would be in that unique category that apparently sells fairly well. NMRA Heritage Cars are lettered for private roads and they seem to not only sell well but command much higher than retail prices on feebay. The previously mentioned R&MC boxcar done for Tony Koester's shortline sells there too with little trouble.

There are many custom cars done by clubs, shops and manufacturers for fictitious roads as well as the many TRAINS, Model Railroader & RMC cars that are frequently available on feebay too.

There's a niche for them. Some folks have a strong distain for them and others seek them out. I personally have quite a few V&O, AM and other cars running along with my accurately lettered cars. So don't sell the idea of an MR 1,000th Issue Car short. It's possible. I'm sure if Kalmbach thought they could make a  buck from one they would do it. I like the idea of decals better myself then you could letter any car you want and have that flexibility. 

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Saturday, March 25, 2017 5:26 PM

oldline1
The previously mentioned R&MC boxcar done for Tony Koester's shortline sells there too with little trouble.

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I did a few searches for this R&MC Boxcar and did not find anything.

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Can you give me some details about this car?

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-Kevin

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Posted by ATSFGuy on Saturday, March 25, 2017 5:31 PM

Bowser released a roadrailer trailer, it said "10,000 Trailer and Counting!"

So I guess that could be an anniversary car in someway, shape, or form. 

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Posted by oldline1 on Saturday, March 25, 2017 5:33 PM

SeeYou190
I did a few searches for this R&MC Boxcar and did not find anything. . Can you give me some details about this car? . -Kevin .

Kevin, Check the photo in BRAKIE's post above mine!  It was a car painted similarly to the prototype car vor the South Branch Valley. Tony Koester had the car lettered for his AM shortline connection.

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Saturday, March 25, 2017 5:44 PM

Thanks.

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I didn't put 2 & 2 together correctly on that one. I thought something for Tony Koester's shortline would have been set in the 1950's. I guess that is from the Allegheny Midland before it was backdated.

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-Kevin

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Posted by BRAKIE on Saturday, March 25, 2017 6:50 PM

SeeYou190

Thanks.

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I didn't put 2 & 2 together correctly on that one. I thought something for Tony Koester's shortline would have been set in the 1950's. I guess that is from the Allegheny Midland before it was backdated.

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-Kevin

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Kevin, Indeed the R&MC was a short line on Tony's AM..Also IIRC he was a editor at RMC when this car was released. Notice the tie in?

Its a Roundhouse FMC boxcar and you might find one at a train show or  on e-Bay.

Larry

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