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ho scale covered autorack
Posted by RICHARD BENTLEY on Saturday, February 10, 2018 3:21 PM

I was asked the question by my grandson, do they make a ho scale covered autorack with working doors. Told him I didn't know. We looked on line but came up empty. Does anyone have a good answer?

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Posted by zstripe on Saturday, February 10, 2018 3:28 PM

RICHARD BENTLEY

I was asked the question by my grandson, do they make a ho scale covered autorack with working doors. Told him I didn't know. We looked on line but came up empty. Does anyone have a good answer?

 

 

 

Yes.......click on link:

https://www.intermountain-railway.com/customerservice/instructions/HO%20Auto%20Rack%20Door%20Instructions%20V.1.0.pdf

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Posted by RICHARD BENTLEY on Saturday, February 10, 2018 4:19 PM

Thanks for the link. You just made my grandson's day!!!!

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Posted by dh28473 on Sunday, February 11, 2018 10:57 AM
intermontain has a model of one but the doors are very delicate and maybe not for a young person
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Posted by dh28473 on Sunday, February 11, 2018 11:00 AM
also credit valley railway in toronto canada has the model you are looking for
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Posted by riogrande5761 on Sunday, February 11, 2018 2:24 PM

dh28473
intermontain has a model of one but the doors are very delicate and maybe not for a young person

I have one of these and haven't attempted to open the doors and have read they really aren't meant to be opened and closed.  Some have commented that they can break off when opening and need to be glued back on.

As dh mentioned, they are very delicate and may not be for a young person - IMRC autoracks are fine scale models with delicate parts and not toys.

 

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Posted by cabman on Sunday, February 11, 2018 2:42 PM

Of course, we don't know the grandson's age either so maybe IMRC would work afterall!

riogrande5761

 

 
dh28473
intermontain has a model of one but the doors are very delicate and maybe not for a young person

 

I have one of these and haven't attempted to open the doors and have read they really aren't meant to be opened and closed.  Some have commented that they can break off when opening and need to be glued back on.

As dh mentioned, they are very delicate and may not be for a young person - IMRC autoracks are fine scale models with delicate parts and not toys.

 

 

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Posted by mbinsewi on Sunday, February 11, 2018 3:19 PM

dh28473
also credit valley railway in toronto canada has the model you are looking for

That looks like quite a store. 

So, if the IMRC are too fragile,  which car at CVR do you think he's "looking for" ?

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Posted by riogrande5761 on Sunday, February 11, 2018 6:53 PM

cabman
Of course, we don't know the grandson's age either so maybe IMRC would work afterall!

Age may not matter much - adults have broken them off trying to open them.  I don't think the doors are really meant to be opened and closed.  One could get them opened and model the car at a loading facility and if they did come off, glue them back on in the open position and leave them as a static display.

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Posted by zstripe on Sunday, February 11, 2018 8:23 PM

riogrande5761

 

 
cabman
Of course, we don't know the grandson's age either so maybe IMRC would work afterall!

 

Age may not matter much - adults have broken them off trying to open them.  I don't think the doors are really meant to be opened and closed.  One could get them opened and model the car at a loading facility and if they did come off, glue them back on in the open position and leave them as a static display.

 

Read the link I posted above about them. Intermountain explains how to go about getting them open and how to close them.......they were well aware of the problems when trying to get them open when new.............

I only have two of them and I can get them to open and close when setting them up for a scene. I put a little LaBelle plastic safe grease on them. I got them for My younger grandsons......and they have not broke them yet.....Youngest is 5 yrs. old and listens when You explain something about being delicate.....

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Posted by riogrande5761 on Monday, February 12, 2018 10:51 AM

Frank,

Does IMRC discuss how to take those metal side panels that are curled and get them flat?

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Posted by zstripe on Monday, February 12, 2018 9:25 PM

riogrande5761

Frank,

Does IMRC discuss how to take those metal side panels that are curled and get them flat?

 

Why are You asking Me? I believe Your question should be directed to the MFG'er. I did not make the product.........although it would not be the first time I had to re-engineer some so called RTR.

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Posted by RICHARD BENTLEY on Monday, February 12, 2018 9:28 PM

Thanks for the info. My grandson is 7 and not too gentle with most plastic items especially couplers. 

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Posted by mbinsewi on Monday, February 12, 2018 9:31 PM

riogrande5761
Does IMRC discuss how to take those metal side panels that are curled and get them flat?

From other forums, this issue seems to goes back to 2013. 

I wonder if the lastest issue, has the same problems. 

At around $90. a car, you can bet I'll never chance it, even if they were perfect.

Way too much.

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Posted by zstripe on Monday, February 12, 2018 9:42 PM

mbinsewi
At around $90. a car, you can bet I'll never chance it, even if they were perfect. Way too much.

I agree on both counts.......I was fortunate to get two, way cheaper than MRSP. I really have no need for anything that modern........but the grandkids did....for a small scene........which they really don't touch, hardly at all. They were actually more interested in the Truck car carriers, that I built for them.........

https://ppw-aline.com/collections/decorated-tractor/products/50605-auto-carrier-trailer-kit-undecorated

https://ppw-aline.com/collections/decorated-tractor/products/50607-ho-scale-auto-loader

My era is geared more toward these yrs.

 

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Posted by riogrande5761 on Tuesday, February 13, 2018 9:20 AM

I only have one of the IMRC autoracks and it's from either the 2nd or 3rd run (WP).  It seems most of those I see have curled metal side panels.  IIRC, some modelers have removed them, flatenned them out and re-inserted the side panels.  I picked up mine for $70.  I think the newest run due out in a couple months is around $90.  They are very nice other than the curved side panels.

As for "modern", I believe these go back to about 1982 depending on paint scheme etc. - not sure that 35 years ago is concidered "modern" anymore.  Most of the IMRC autoracks are post 1991 types based on the speed TTX logo, but a few are good for early-mid 1980's and work as a stand-in for even late 1970's.

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