I see in this months MRH magazine, a listing for a new Gunderson Auto-Max car from Atlas O!!!! Finally Atlas is doing some new tooling work on a new and modern car. These will go great with the Lionel 86 ft hicube boxcars. Now, I can model NS train #181, the mostly auto parts train from Detroit to Kansas City. I will be waiting for a photo of the pilot model to see just how nice these are! I have learned not to get to riled up, until I see the actual model, as I like others have been disappointed. Price on these is listed at $144.95 each retail. I will be watching this one closely.......
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A fair amount of discussion about them in this thread:
Also, Atlas made them earlier this year (EDIT: and in two earlier runs) in HO, so you can look for images and reviews of the HO versions. I've pre-ordered a few of the O versions. Oh, and the deadline for pre-ordering is July 28.
Hi David! Well hopefully the O version will be as nice as the HO ones.
What's a pilot model? Don't expect any photos of the cars until they are delivered to customers.
Atlas has been using roller bearing trucks with spinning bearing caps for about 15 years.
The side panels are probably going to be see-thru like the Lionel auto racks but if they aren’t I don’t see it as an issue.