Quick Review: ExactRail Trinity 6275 Box Car

A quick look at this ExactRail offering.

ExactRail Trinity 6275 Cu. Ft. Plug Door Box Car, review in short.

ExactRail released an HO and N scale model of the Trinity 6275 Cu. Ft. Plug Door Box Car,
and subsequently sold out of the TTX (FBOX) version within a month! This car has shown to
be a popular item, and is almost sold out completely at ExactRail, the N scale CN version
being the only one available! [Ed. this article was originally published in 2009, ExactRail has subsequently re-ran the boxcar a few times, proving to be just as popular each time.]

ExactRail released four paint schemes in the first run, TTX (FBOX), CN, SRY (blue) and SRY
(red). Each paint scheme came in 3 numbers, with 6 for the TTX cars.

In this review you'll see ExactRail's paint excellence, the detail, among other things.

Quick Review: Athearn Wide Vision Caboose

HO Scale RTR caboose painted and lettered for BNSF.

This BNSF caboose is still operated to this day on the prototype. It has been repainted green, with BN
reporting marks and a BNSF logo.

I pre-ordered this caboose when it was announced, through Maders Trains. It arrived last week, so I
took to looking it over. [Ed. this article was originally published in 2010]

The caboose is an RTR run of an old Athearn kit. The wheels are metal, insulated on a metal axle,
with McHenry couplers.

The paint is even and lettering crisp. It weighed in at 3.1oz, which is .4oz shy of NMRA's RP-20.1
recommended weight (the caboose measures in at 4 & 7/8th inch, rounded up to 5 inches).

Now for the fun part, critique. The caboose has a number of incorrect details, not to mention the
caboose's overall dimensions are off. First off is the running board and ladders. They no longer exist.
The side windows, and one end window have been plated over, Athearn got this semi-correct. On the
model the windows are visible on the sides, the prototype they are not. On the ends, Athearn lined the
plated over window in silver, where as the prototype is not.

The smoke jack is on the wrong side, the brake wheel housing is incorrect, and the coupler pockets do
not stick out from the sill. The under frame details are missing a few items as well.

View the prototype here:
http://rrpicturearchives.net/showPicture.aspx?id=1383809

Besides the inaccuracies, the caboose is a great model. I'm glad I bought it. The caboose will be the
feature of a future article series, about detailing a modern caboose.

I give this model 3 out of 5 for the noted inaccuracies.

© 2010, 2019, Josh Baakko, https://www.modelrailroadtips.com

Quick Review: Athearn Ford Model A Sedan

A quick look at Athearn's Ford Model A Sedan in HO Scale...

Very nice classic Ford in HO Scale.

Athearn did great on this model! I convinced my wife to let me buy a Model A, or Model T, after looking, finding a
few in my price range, I've decided to wait until I buy a house. So, I went out and bought an Athearn version for
my layout.

The model is well cast, smoothly painted black, with even paint for the white walls. The gloss black wheels are a
bit over the top, flat black would have been better here. The chrome bumpers should not be on the vehicle if
modeling a period era, since chrome is a newer invention.

The license plate holder on the rear is molded colorless, but looks like it'll hold a plate decal well.

The wheels are a tad angled on the axles. It's fairly hard to see at a distance but might show in photos. Can't
complain to much here, when assembling Jordan kits the wheels do the same.

I'm giving this model a 4.5 our of 5, due to the slightly angled wheels & chrome.

©2010, 2019, Josh Baakko, https://www.modelrailroadtips.com