(07/10/18) New Rolling Stock from Menards!

Without further ado, here are the newest additions to our O gauge selection!

 

New! Gondola Cars!

We’ve opened new molds and tooling and we are excited to introduce 6 new gondola cars! Choose from Santa Fe, Military, Union Pacific, Pennsylvania, Western Pacific and Baltimore & Ohio. Or, get one of each and save $20! (Menards SKU# 279-4331-4344)

Dimensions: 10-3/8”L x 2-7/16”W x 2”H (11”L including couplers)

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New! Commemorative Military Boxcars!

Honor America's armed services, past and present, with this commemorative boxcar! Choose from Yellow Rose, Victory Girl, Hard to Get and Heavenly Body. Or, get one of each and save $10! (Menards SKU# 279-4442-4449, 3627)

Dimensions: 10-3/8”L x 2-3/8”W x 3-3/8”H (11”L including coupler)

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 New! Flatcars with Loads!

Norfolk Southern Flatcar with Pepsi Bottle Truck (SKU# 279-3995, 3996)

Overall Dimensions: 10-1/2”L x 2-1/8”W x 3”H Truck Dimensions: 4-5/8”L x 1-1/2”W x 1-5/8”H

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Railway Express Agency Flatcar with REA Panel Truck (SKU# 279-4516, 4517)

Overall Dimensions: 10-1/2”L x 2-1/8”W x 3”H Truck Dimensions: 4”L x 1-5/8”W x 1-5/8”H

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Thank you,
Mark the Menards Train Guy 

Original Post

Mark, these offerings are a home run for sure! I'm all in for the Nose Art box cars without a doubt! Also, the gondolas, I need cars for my future scrap yard! And, the Pepsi truck and REA panel truck on flat cars are a must have for me! Keep'em coming!

Rusty

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Often these days, I wonder if this is really the 027 and Traditional O Gauge sub-forum, both of which can fall under the original definition of Hi-Rail.

Yes, the product description says the cars negotiate 027 curves, and they probably do. But with the width of the new gondolas being MUCH wider than any other traditionally styled gondola, I seriously wonder if they will clear the switchbox housing on 027 switch tracks? If they possibly do, it'll be just by a hair.

Not everyone here is interested in true scale dimensions, even if a good deal of scale related products, problems and issues get posted on this particular sub-forum.

So it appears by the 2-7/16 width, these new gondolas are a definite NO-GO for me. Hopefully enough other people purchase them to make their investment worthwhile. Though by the photos posted by Cabinet Bob, a couple of the gondolas appear to have translucent bodies, meaning they are molded plastic color (or painted white plastic bodies that were unprimed with a darker color).

I can't imagine the highly critical true-scale crowd being too happy about a characteristic more commonly associated with lesser expensive "toy" trains. Though the "lesser-expensive" term would be subject to scrutiny when it comes to any brand new recently manufactured trains today... even the traditional ones... and especially from Lionel.

brianel027

 

david1 posted:

If the gondolas are 10.5" long that makes them about 40' long so not bad. The width looks a little narrow but not a problem for me.

  • Dave

I grabbed a old Atlas scale gondola and it's 2 1/2" wide......vs 2 7/16 for the Menards....I'm gonna call it scale.....what's 1/16" between friends?

Thanks Bob, I think they all look great! I know down the road I will  be getting some UP Gondolas! But do wish they put out a BNSF one for us guys on the west coast! LOL

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mike g. posted:

Thanks Bob, I think they all look great! I know down the road I will  be getting some UP Gondolas! But do wish they put out a BNSF one for us guys on the west coast! LOL

Yep, should do a BN, along with a Northern Pacific, Great Northern, CB&Q, and a Spokane Portland & Seattle, the 4 RR's that formed the BN. And maybe throw in a Frisco that was late to the merger. That would be a terrific 6 pack for us West Coast operators.

   Bill

mike g. posted:

Thanks Bob, I think they all look great! I know down the road I will  be getting some UP Gondolas! But do wish they put out a BNSF one for us guys on the west coast! LOL

I'm with you (love CB&Q too) but there are TONS of Lionel 9140 & 9141 green BN gonds at every show I've been to. Not sure you'll see Menards do 'em, but I think a BNSF version might be in order :-)

brianel_k-lineguy posted:

Yes, the product description says the cars negotiate 027 curves, and they probably do. But with the width of the new gondolas being MUCH wider than any other traditionally styled gondola, I seriously wonder if they will clear the switchbox housing on 027 switch tracks?

I think I would ask if anyone had a scale-width 40-footer that they could test on an 027 switch. I have them, but I'm at work, and I'm sure my 027 switches are buried somewhere in a corner

I recall from my floor-layout days that the Lionel quad hoppers had a tendency to bump 027 switch machines if they went into the diverging route directly from an 027 curve, thus maintaining an 027 overhang throughout the switch (I had manual ones). The quad hopper (going by the dimensions listed for the Menards version)  is a good two inches longer than these gondolas, and only a sixteenth of an inch narrower.

I don't think these gondolas will have a problem with 027 switches. And in terms of how they look in a traditional train, the width difference between these and "traditional" gondolas should only be visible when sighting down a line of them, and how often does that happen?

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RadioRon posted:

Sorry to pick out the fly in the ointment, but why do you pair an early 1950's vintage Pepsi Cola truck with an extremely modern era Norfolk Southern flatcar? 

 Yup! If the flatcar was Erie they would've had a sale!

 

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MIKATT1 posted:
RadioRon posted:

Sorry to pick out the fly in the ointment, but why do you pair an early 1950's vintage Pepsi Cola truck with an extremely modern era Norfolk Southern flatcar? 

 Yup! If the flatcar was Erie they would've had a sale!

It's being delivered to a car museum by rail !

Make that truck in vintage Mountain Dew and I will buy one.

Nothing personal I just don't like Pepsi.

I assume the Coca-Cola license is just too expensive to fool with?

Me and many others would buy almost any train item with a Coca-Cola logo.

Menards does not sell Coke products.

Is there a story behind that you are at liberty to discus?

That Santa Fe gon looks great.

Have you done the NS Top Gons yet?

I know the dimensions would be off but it wouldn't bother me to the point I wouln't buy some.

One more plea for Solid Gold/Sold Cold Reefers.

Thanks for all the amazing rolling stock you have made.

If Menards is not the number one provider of rolling stock on my railroad they are a close second.

You are the only manufacturer I have ever bought by the case.

 

 

  "All I wanted was a Pepsi, and Menards wouldn't give it to me"

  I think it will take the old 0-27 turnouts. It's no wider than a 1940s full O, NY stock car and only a touch longer. The difference is the gondola sides sit lower, but I think it's a go from the looks of the stock car's clearance. 

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