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Have You Found Any Good Goodies For Yourself Lately?

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Posted by Track fiddler on Tuesday, May 21, 2019 8:05 PM

I'm sorry Mel,  I was very hopeful I could help.  Hearing what you just said,  I'm more sorry with the realization that I can't.  I will put you in my prayers.

John

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Posted by gmpullman on Tuesday, May 21, 2019 9:20 PM

I've been slowly sorting through my freight car roster and "weeding out" or upgrading cars as I find them. A while back I bought a Trix B&O Time-Saver Service box car just to see what they were like.

Turns out they are very nicely detailed with freestanding ladders and grabs, see-through roofwalks and nice brake rigging and trucks.

Only drawback are the NEM couplers mounted on "wishbone" pivots. I have a method for filling in the die-cast floor and mounting a Kadee box and coupler on these underframes.

 Trix_PS1 by Edmund, on Flickr

 Trix_PS1e by Edmund, on Flickr

I bought a set of three PRR box cars from a seller in Germany. When the cars arrived I discovered that the die-cast floors had suffered zinc rot! The seller refunded my total purchase price and told me to keep the cars. 

 Trix1 by Edmund, on Flickr

I replaced the underframes on these cars with nearly identical underframes I had on hand from some MTH box cars. Worked out perfectly Yes

 Trix_MTH_PS1b by Edmund, on Flickr

As you can see, the MTH underframes are beautifully detailed, the carbodies (Bessemer & Burlington) not so much, BlueBox equivalent. 

Recently I found a Florida seller offering a lot of six Trix cars. No one else bid and I got the six cars for under $45 including shipping. Seven-fifty a car? Deal!

 Trix_HO1 by Edmund, on Flickr

Happy Shopping! Ed

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Posted by riogrande5761 on Wednesday, May 22, 2019 11:32 AM

During the last month I picked up the last 4 numbers of the Arrowhead D&RGW 3-bay "committee designed coal cars.

Also found an OOP Tangent NP "Lowey green" baby hi-cube applicance box car.

Since Athearn has now announced the San Francisco Zephyr version of their Genesis Amtrak SDP40F's, I decided I better hunt down some appropriate Amtrak heritage passenger cars in Phase 1 and Phase 2 versions.  I rode it twice in the mid-1970's and have always wanted to model this train.

Here are the Amtrak passenger cars  I have found so far:

-Walthers 73' Budd baggage - Phase 2
-Walthers 73' P-S baggage - phase 1
-Walthers AC&F baggage dorm - Phase 1
-Walthers P-S 6-6-4 sleeper - Phase 1
-Walthers AC&F 44 seat coach - Phase 1
-Walthers Budd lounge - Phase 1 and Phase 2
-Walthers Budd grill diner - Phase 1
-Walthers P-S 12 double bedroom sleeper - Phase 1
-Walthers Budd 10-6 sleeper - Phase 1
-BLI ex-CZ Budd 6-5 sleeper - Phase 1
-BLI ex-CZ Budd 10-6 sleeper - Phase 1

It will be next year before the Genesis SFZ SDP40F's are out so I'll have time to hunt down a couple more appropriate coachs.  

 

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Posted by rrebell on Saturday, June 15, 2019 11:42 PM

OK, just got a goodie I think. Just starting into DCC and get a Zephyr Xtra with a wifi hook up and a MTH GP35 with proto 3 sound and remote couplers for $200, what you think.

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Posted by Safety Valve on Sunday, June 16, 2019 8:07 AM

I Just got a HOn30 Wiseman Model Services static C-16 kit in two days ago! i'm very excited to start working on it. I may convert mine to run on N gauge track

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Posted by doctorwayne on Sunday, June 16, 2019 10:37 AM

riogrande5761
....Since Athearn has now announced the San Francisco Zephyr version of their Genesis Amtrak SDP40F's, I decided I better hunt down some appropriate Amtrak heritage passenger cars in Phase 1 and Phase 2 versions.....

I don't know if it's suitable for your layout's timeframe, but Rapido has recently announced the D&RGW Ski Train

Wayne

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Posted by SPSOT fan on Sunday, June 16, 2019 6:27 PM

I may have mentioned this on other threads, but I recently found a nicely built and detailed P2K mathers stock car kit (that was built by a previous owner) for less than $10. Pretty good considering ready to run cars of similar detail go for over $30 today!

Regards, Isaac

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Posted by Midwest Northern R.R on Sunday, June 16, 2019 7:27 PM

Well, I like to play with trains, and electronics! I recently found a $42 Variac, or variable output transformer.

 

(I hope the link shows up)

I'm still debating on whether or not to buy it, but if I want to make my Christmas tree brighter, then this is a good Idea!Off Topic

 

OK OK, I'm also debating on whether or not to begin International Modeling, starting with the British Rail Class 66.

I found a N Scale Bardon Aggregates Class 66 on eBay for $93, DCC Ready.

 

(Again, I hope the link shows up)

If I were to list all of the things I found, this would take almost a year.

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Posted by rrebell on Sunday, June 16, 2019 9:11 PM

Midwest Northern R.R

Well, I like to play with trains, and electronics! I recently found a $42 Variac, or variable output transformer.

 

(I hope the link shows up)

I'm still debating on whether or not to buy it, but if I want to make my Christmas tree brighter, then this is a good Idea!Off Topic

 

OK OK, I'm also debating on whether or not to begin International Modeling, starting with the British Rail Class 66.

I found a N Scale Bardon Aggregates Class 66 on eBay for $93, DCC Ready.

 

(Again, I hope the link shows up)

If I were to list all of the things I found, this would take almost a year.

 

That is true but we should keep it to things we bought. I also bought 4 sound decoders and a case of speakers pluss a couple low end decoders and other electronic stuff like crossing controls and bells for $50, all brand new, also included a bunch of pc  boards.

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Posted by mbinsewi on Sunday, June 16, 2019 9:13 PM

Midwest Northern R.R
(Again, I hope the link shows up)

Links are a copy & paste thing, only before you paste, click on the little chain thing on the tool bar, and paste onto that, then click the "OK" button.

Mike.

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Posted by Track fiddler on Monday, June 17, 2019 5:28 PM

I received a Great Goody in the mail last week.  This has now become my favorite boxcar. 

I wasn't able to say before, I have a box car with significant meaning.  Now I can because I know the person that put all the time and effort into customizing this one of a kind piece of rolling stock.

Isn't She a Beauty!  ..... a one-of-a-kind Treasure of mine.

Thanks again Kevin.

 

John

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Tuesday, June 18, 2019 6:18 AM

Track fiddler
Thanks again Kevin.

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You are quite welcome.

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The STRATTON AND GILLETTE has a very long history of interchanging with other railroads all across the USA.

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I am glad it is enjoyed.

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-Kevin

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Happily modeling the STRATTON & GILLETTE RAILROAD located in a world of plausible nonsense set in August, 1954.

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Posted by riogrande5761 on Tuesday, June 18, 2019 6:29 AM

doctorwayne
 
riogrande5761
....Since Athearn has now announced the San Francisco Zephyr version of their Genesis Amtrak SDP40F's, I decided I better hunt down some appropriate Amtrak heritage passenger cars in Phase 1 and Phase 2 versions..... 

I don't know if it's suitable for your layout's timeframe, but Rapido has recently announced the D&RGW Ski Train

Wayne

I'd have to really be living under a rock to not be aware of Jason Shrons big announcement of the Ski Train.  I've settled on the 1977-1983 period to focus on, for a number of reasons including freight trains don't look right to me without cabooses.  So the I've dodged the Ski Train bullet, as cool as it is. 

But part of that annoucement include the later phase F40PH which I've been wanting a high fidelity version so I'm planning on getting at least a pair of them to pull the 1983 Amtrak California Zephyr.

The ex-NP heavyweight coaches that were used during the 1960's and right up to 1988 would be nice to see offered.  A company would only have to tool one body to do all 8 heavy weight skit train cars.  I have the P-S combine already, and the train was most often pulled by freight diesels.

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Posted by Track fiddler on Tuesday, June 18, 2019 7:27 AM

It's nice to see everyone's finding a lot of good stuff for their layout.

I haven't been the most attentive host lately.  Saying I've been busy at work is true but not a good enough excuse, not to make a little bit of time here and there.

I got to admit I'm not real familiar with all the new electronic features available for model railroading today.  Always trying to learn.

Glad I paid attention to my Brother when I was young and know how to wire up a layout old school.

Congrats on all your good finds.

TF

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