Polar Express aquarium car

I have the Polar aquarium car, AF44134,  on order, I understand that they are now in stock. Has anyone who ordered these received notice of shipping, or billing yet?

Ray

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I thought a video might be more appropriate. You don't really see the band that "pulls" the train around in normal lighting. It seems amplified by my flashlight. I believe the band to be a strip of Super 16mm clear film whereas the Aquarium cars of the postwar period used regular 16mm. Enjoy.

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Thanks Rich! They did a much better job than they portrayed this car with the original catalog artwork:

That goofy circle L in the middle would have made the car look bad. The finished version looks great!

 

Thank goodness for that!

I wonder if the other aquarium car was produced without the "circle L" logo also? If any one has one please post a picture of it.

Mark

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If you haven't heard by now the 2019 Lionel catalog shows a picture of an AF aquarium car with fish on the film strip. There were pictures posted in another post but they have been taken down presumably by the forum moderator. You'll have to wait till the 23rd to see the online catalog or see if your local hobby store has a 2019 catalog if you just "gotta" see it.

Mark

banjoflyer posted:
FlyerRich posted:
banjoflyer posted:

Thanks Rich! They did a much better job than they portrayed this car with the original catalog artwork:

That goofy circle L in the middle would have made the car look bad. The finished version looks great!

 

Thank goodness for that!

I wonder if the other aquarium car was produced without the "circle L" logo also? If any one has one please post a picture of it.

Mark

No.  Those Flyer aquarium cars shown had "Circle L's" in them because they were just mock-ups for the catalog photos.  (Just like there are no Circle L's on the Flyer "mint" cars made in recent years.)

 

FlyerRich posted:

I thought a video might be more appropriate. You don't really see the band that "pulls" the train around in normal lighting. It seems amplified by my flashlight. I believe the band to be a strip of Super 16mm clear film whereas the Aquarium cars of the postwar period used regular 16mm. Enjoy.

That looks nice, Rich!  Thank you for the video/photo.  Interesting that you can see the sprocket holes in the film as it passes by.    (As far as I recall, there was never anything called "super 16," but there was "super 8" film.)   I think the rotating belt in postwar & modern-era Lionel aquarium cars is wider than 16mm, though.

To some of the folks who have this car in hand, the car in the video, the wheels look to have smaller flanges than I am used to seeing, is this so, or is it just the angle of the shot?

Ray

Lionel is announcing that the new production of freight cars will have redesigned trucks in the catalog they are introducing tomorrow.  I have been sent a scan of the trucks by the S Gaugian staff as I have been assigned the task of contacting Lionel about the new trucks.  These look like those trucks. 

See the springs. Perhaps the trucks are sprung like some MTH and American Models trucks. 

Back to the future.  Maybe they're going to reinstate the K-line freight car trucks that were used on K-line S-gauge box cars -- actively sprung, metal wheels, very easy rolling, quite nice actually.  Similar to SHS trucks.  

Dave

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This is good news. AF sprung trucks with a low bolster? 

These look like friction bearing???

Here's a view of the left truck X 400%

I hope the "NEW" trucks on the "NEW" cylindrical hoppers still have the roller bearings with spinning caps.

We'll all see tomorrow!

Mark

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banjoflyer posted:

This is good news. AF sprung trucks with a low bolster? 

These look like friction bearing???

Here's a view of the left truck X 400%

I hope the "NEW" trucks on the "NEW" cylindrical hoppers still have the roller bearings with spinning caps.

We'll all see tomorrow!

Mark

The catalog says nothing about roller bearing spinning caps on the new trucks.  Too hard to tell on the image in the catalog.  Either it's an oversight or it's been eliminated.

What's interesting is the say they'll be easier to convert to scale, but don't give a part number for scale wheels.

Rusty

OK so it looks like the aquarium car has the same old trucks AF has been using. Here's a truck from a current ebay listing:

 and the one above:

 

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They look the same to me. Maybe the "New" trucks are only those on the cylindrical hoppers? Again...tomorrow will tell all.

Mark

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