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Picked this up today and had to share! Nicholas Smith has always gone above and beyond with their exclusive product offerings. This is the second exclusive item that I have bought from them, the first being an Aristocraft PCC painted in PTC 'green and cream'. I decided to pick it up ahead of the shipment of Strasburg coaches from 2020V1 as others might buy it out when picking up their pre-ordered cars. Stay tuned for pictures of it with the 3-pack of Strasburg coaches! 

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I have many of the Nicholas Smith Strasburg exclusives. I keep hoping they will start to produce the various rolling stock around the railroad. Like the Rutland and Ma&Pa Boxcars, PRR and NY&O hoppers, and especially the Flying A tank car. Perhaps these could all be custom runs from atlas? I would buy a complete consist if they were all offered.

 

@greg773 posted:

I have many of the Nicholas Smith Strasburg exclusives. I keep hoping they will start to produce the various rolling stock around the railroad. Like the Rutland and Ma&Pa Boxcars, PRR and NY&O hoppers, and especially the Flying A tank car. Perhaps these could all be custom runs from atlas? I would buy a complete consist if they were all offered.

 

Lionel did the Tidewater Tank Car at Strasburg not terribly long ago, maybe it was released a year or two ago? I have had one since it was released, very well done. See the Lionel page. 

@AGHRMatt posted:

Beautiful coach. Were the prototypes wood or iron/steel-framed?

I'm not entirely sure; Strasburg's equipment roster has it listed as being built in 1910, I believe that at this point in time, cars were being built with metal frames but don't quote me on that. (I'm assuming by frame you mean just the 'floor/base' of the car, I know that the internal bracings on the cars are wood). Hopefully someone with more knowledge can add to my answer. The prototypes are definitely wood from the frame up though. 

 

@greg773 posted:

I have many of the Nicholas Smith Strasburg exclusives. I keep hoping they will start to produce the various rolling stock around the railroad. Like the Rutland and Ma&Pa Boxcars, PRR and NY&O hoppers, and especially the Flying A tank car. Perhaps these could all be custom runs from atlas? I would buy a complete consist if they were all offered.

 

The Public Delivery Track is having a custom run of the Flying A tank cars done by Atlas, preorder on their website.

@greg773 posted:

I have many of the Nicholas Smith Strasburg exclusives. I keep hoping they will start to produce the various rolling stock around the railroad. Like the Rutland and Ma&Pa Boxcars, PRR and NY&O hoppers, and especially the Flying A tank car. Perhaps these could all be custom runs from atlas? I would buy a complete consist if they were all offered.

If they were to make another exclusive SRC item, I would go for the combine that is sold in the MTH add-on pack. I dont want the entire add-on pack as I don't want/ want to pay for the baggage car and wouldn't want to break up the set. I would also go for some of the rolling stock you mentioned as well if they offered it. 

FWIW, MTH produced a three-car set of Strasburg woodside cars in 2009, it included #88 Marian.

https://mthtrains.com/20-62026

It's weird because MTH has alternated between the 'Marian' and the (fictional) 'Lancaster County' as the observation car in that 3-pack add on set. The distinctive feature of the NS exclusive is that it does not have the observation deck, just as the real one.

I liked being able to purchase it separately as I'm not really interested in having the baggage car from the add-on set and wouldn't want to break up. As a side note, MTH closing (?) had factored into my decision to purchase it as the cars may never be made again. 

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