Quick Review: ExactRail Wood Chip Gondola
A general look-over of the ExactRail HO Scale Gunderson 7466 wood chip gondola.
This car beats the WC 6033 cu ft Boxcar of ExactRail's that I just reviewed, by a long shot.
The car comes with complete brake rigging, and train air line details, scale coupler pockets and well detailed trucks with 36" wheels. Etched metal brake platform (mine was missing, contacted ExactRail already), and a coupler cut lever are installed.
The wheels are a tad too narrow on the gauge side (NMRA Mark IV gauge was a tight fit between the backs of the wheels). The couplers are at the correct height. However the trip pin was way too low.
The wood side detail is SWEET! I can't wait to get around to weathering this model to match the aged wood on a patched car (WTCX 5102 is my chosen prototype).
My only complaint is the missing Brake Platform, and the two broken stirrup steps, which I've already contacted ExactRail about.
The damaged stirrup steps (first photo above), and missing brake platform (last photo above), leave this product with a 4 out of 5. I think the re-release used Kadee couplers with is a plus, as the first run car seen here did not.
Here's my car finished:
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