Hi,  

  I am looking for more options for my container cars.  I currently run MTH Premier Husky Stacks and Atlas 40 Twin Stacks.  I am looking for more of a Maxi Stack style.  I know that Atlas makes 53ft maxi stacks and Lionel makes Maxi stacks also.  I am not sure of the scale though for Lionel.  I have had there stacks in the past and they are noticeably smaller than the MTH Premiers.  That was the older stacks and not sure if the new ones are closer to scale.  Also saw K-Line has some, How do they match up with Premier?  I am looking for 40-45-48 foot Maxi stacks as I am not looking at 53fts quite yet.  Any help would be great.  Thanks 

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The Lionel Maxi-Stacks are more of a traditional size, closer to S scale. The Lionel Husky Stacks are closer to scale, but still not a true 1:48. I took a quick photo to show you the Lionel on the left vs. MTH Premier on the right. Of course in 1:1 world, the containers aren't necessarily all of the same size either.

Rob

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Once upon a time, there was a fantastic topic about all the different intermodal items made for O gauge. Unfortunately, it accidentally got deleted about five years ago. It had all the details of which containers fit in which cars. The person who gathered all the data and started the topic, has since left the forum.

Having examples of almost every different intermodal item ever produced, in my collection, I suppose, if I was feeling ambitious, I could take the photos and do the research to try and recreate what was lost. 

As for the OP's question, 40' containers were made by a number of manufacturers, Atlas, K-line and Right of Way. I'm not sure if Weaver ever made any 40's, but they had 20's which are now being made by Atlas. A new entry in the 40' arena is Menards. They actually seem to have found and reproduced the old Right of Way well car, and make containers for it. They are now selling just the containers without the car. These were announced in just tha last couple weeks.

45's are just made by Atlas as far as I know, and I think the MTH's are 48's. Atlas started doing the 53's a few years ago.

Lionel just did a batch their "scale" cars, but I haven't really examined their dimensions. All of this stuff was in that lost topic, except for the newest additions, which was why it was such a loss to the forum when it got deleted.

I made my own Maxi-Stack cars using MTH Premier husky stack cars. It takes quite a bit of custom work but all in all, they are perfect for any 40, 45, or 48' containers in the lower well, and up to 53' on top of the lower container. Here's a couple pics.IMG_0683IMG_0670IMG_0676IMG_0673IMG_0674

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The K-Line Maxi-Stack 40' well cars are scale sized. They were only 2-unit cars as sold.

They are not in production right now. Bachmann might still be able to produce them. 

Bachmann needs to know of the demand for true O scale Maxi-Stack 5-unit, 40' well cars.

Andrew

falconservice posted:

The K-Line Maxi-Stack 40' well cars are scale sized. They were only 2-unit cars as sold.

They are not in production right now. Bachmann might still be able to produce them. 

Bachmann needs to know of the demand for true O scale Maxi-Stack 5-unit, 40' well cars.

Andrew

Actually, K-line made single cars as well. I know because I broke one when it fell six feet to the concrete floor. Sheared both truck screws off in the body. I have to find some replacement shoulder screws, and figure out how to get the broken threads out. It's on my workbench. I just moved it a couple hours ago.

That would be cool if they brought them back, and a 5 unit would be fantastic.

I have one of the K-Line single 40' well Gunderson intermodal cars. There are the regular truck ends and the articulated truck ends for their die-cast Gunderson 40' well cars.

There would have to be an organized pre-order petition for the people at Bachmann to notice that operators want them to produce the cars as 5-unit articulated editions. 

Andrew

Big_Boy_4005 posted:

Once upon a time, there was a fantastic topic about all the different intermodal items made for O gauge. Unfortunately, it accidentally got deleted about five years ago. It had all the details of which containers fit in which cars. The person who gathered all the data and started the topic, has since left the forum.

All of this stuff was in that lost topic, except for the newest additions, which was why it was such a loss to the forum when it got deleted.

While the original O scale intermodal primer disappeared, Ted Hikel followed up with this intermodal thread in March 2015...

O Scale Freight Car Guide: Intermodal Cars

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