When did that car first appear ...after WWII?  And there must be some run-of-the-mill passenger cars...coach, bag., RPO, that Menard's could get made in 60' prototype lengths, obviously not  name trains, that could be lettered for roads Maine to Calif. , if sticking a toe in that morass.

??Another one of THOSE!!??  What you want to sell is not what I want to buy!

Dominic Mazoch posted:

But the price would not be $20.00

No, but it would be far less than any of the others.

Later Gator,



Here comes a Yankee with a blackened soul,
Heading to Gatow with a load of coal.
......Anonymous U. S. pilot during the Berlin Airlift

I believe that Menards is using existing molds maybe from K line or others,  however there is a few I do not recognise.  I think they like to keep it around 20.00 to 30.00 range with a few above that mark, those new flat cars I cannot put a finger on it,  maybe they made a mold for it.

Sorry Frank, I hope you get it.

I know where I have been, I know where I am at, I am hopeful I know where I am going.(The devil and God are talking it over).

No fair offering a scale 50' box car until they first offer a scale 40' box car.   




2 Rails?  3 Rails?  Doesn't matter, I can't count that high in either case.

I love the smell of fresh-brewed creosote first thing in the morning.

If the government knew how much fun O-gauge railroading was, they'd outlaw it!

Common sense is my second best trait.  Nonsense is my first, of course. 


#1 As an example WbB engines were very affordable until everyone started clamoring for more of everything. Their 44 Toner is a great example. They did a wonderful job. BUT you're never likely to see these in the $175 or less price point.

#2 It is my best estimation that the margins in this hobby are 20% or less. IF Atlas could make their 20% and sell a Master Line boxcar for less than Lionel/MTH, don't you think they would? Don't just assume that if a company sells a car for $75 that they are making 50%+ profit on it.

I applaud Menards for bringing affordability back to the hobby. If they were to offer the finest scale brass box car, who would be the first to complain about the sudden "price increase"?

It would have to be the Pullman-Standard 50' box car with exterior bracing that has the flat roof which was built during the 1970's and the 1980's. That P-S box car has never been produced in 1/48th scale. 

They need to make a classic, distinct box car which can be produced in many actual railroad schemes from the 1970's and the 1980's, before all the huge mergers.


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