TCA Special Cars

Has anyone heard from the TCA on the special boxcars they were offering last year ?  I purchased a Seabee emblemed car, knowing it would be some time before they were to be shipped.  

Dan Padova

 

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The Heinz Lionel O gauge car is currently scheduled for June, 2018 delivery.  The Seabees car is a 2018 convention car.  It will be a while before you see this item.  Stu Rankin has a status report on all of the TCA offerings on page 6 on the May, 2018 National Headquarters News. 

Rich

Any more news on these cars ?

Dan Padova

 

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Dan Padova posted:

Has anyone heard from the TCA on the special boxcars they were offering last year ?  I purchased a Seabee emblemed car, knowing it would be some time before they were to be shipped.  

Dan

We received a production sample of the Seabees car. It was approved.  They should be here late November. 

Stu

GG1GUYY posted:

Stu

I missed the SEABEES ORDER ANY AVAILABLE?

GG1GUYY

 

 

Maybe.  TCA does not order extra cars to cover orders after the deadline.  A couple cars were ordered to cover lost/damaged cars.  If these aren't needed for lost/damaged replacements, then they will be available to TCA members on the wait list.  To see if there's spots on the wait list, email Amy at membership@traincollectors.org

I only handle design, not order fulfillment.

Stu

GG1GUYY posted:

Stu

I missed the SEABEES ORDER ANY AVAILABLE?

GG1GUYY

 

 

Not that this will make you feel any better, but the Seabee boxcar is now to be shipped in January.   We've heard this before.....LOL  As soon as the car was announced, I plunked down my money.  Ex U S Navy Seabee here.  MCB-7, Dong Ha, Republic of Vietnam, 1968/69.

Dan Padova

 

"In the course of my life I have had to eat my words, and I must confess it was a wholesome diet"..........Winston Churchill

                                                                                                                                        

I'd blame the MFG,  not punish the TCA  .  

Waiting on club cars isn't really new. It's proportionally about the same I think considering it's a longer wait for anything "special" today.

  They didn't hold off on everything, and I cant recall what it was now, but I know I waited over a year for a missing item in my space X set as a kid. I was worried I'd never get it as it wasn't looking to hot on Lionel staying in business. I think I waited until 67 or 68 before we got a call.(Gramps had pull too)

What I don't recall was being fed B.S. which I'd guess Stu may have been fed by Lionel. (any ideas to help him? )

The Heinz looks good. "Worth the wait"...? (obligatory katsup joke )

"Still trying to not shoot my eye out"

 

"Nursing insomnia one railcar at a time"

My aroma therapy? Smoke Pellets.

 





DOC posted:

I agree Dan These cars are coming. We have heard that over and over. 

I will  never order another special car from any club etc.  

I'm with you Thom.  I don't usually go for any of the special cars marketed by any of the clubs I belong to.  But I had to have the Seabee boxcar, for obvious reason.  

Dan Padova

 

"In the course of my life I have had to eat my words, and I must confess it was a wholesome diet"..........Winston Churchill

                                                                                                                                        

When a club orders a car from a MFG there should be in the contract that the car should be here by this date. If it is not then the cost should be reduced by a %. Then have a second date they miss it  goes down % more.  Maybe that would help get these cars done in a reasonable amount of time. what does the MFG care they have the money and they do it over and over. 

 

Thom

Pittsburgh Independent Hi-Railers

Getting them to do "custom" cars at all is iffy from what I gather.

  If it was that easy, Menards would still have Lionel making cars like they had in the past. I suspect "no" had a lot to do with them entering the market.

 

"Still trying to not shoot my eye out"

 

"Nursing insomnia one railcar at a time"

My aroma therapy? Smoke Pellets.

 





DOC posted:

When a club orders a car from a MFG there should be in the contract that the car should be here by this date. If it is not then the cost should be reduced by a %. Then have a second date they miss it  goes down % more.  Maybe that would help get these cars done in a reasonable amount of time. what does the MFG care they have the money and they do it over and over. 

 

In the construction world, there are incentives and penalties to completing a project on time or behind schedule.    

Dan Padova

 

"In the course of my life I have had to eat my words, and I must confess it was a wholesome diet"..........Winston Churchill

                                                                                                                                        

Dan Padova posted:
DOC posted:

When a club orders a car from a MFG there should be in the contract that the car should be here by this date. If it is not then the cost should be reduced by a %. Then have a second date they miss it  goes down % more.  Maybe that would help get these cars done in a reasonable amount of time. what does the MFG care they have the money and they do it over and over. 

 

In the construction world, there are incentives and penalties to completing a project on time or behind schedule.    

There are more than likely also more than one construction company trying to win a given job as new business, not passing on the business and only begrudgingly doing it because there are no such clauses.

-Dave

Haven't seen any comparisons with the LOTS 2014 Convention Heinz car, or heard any mention of it. Very sharp car, IMHO (it's a scale double-sheathed boxcar, probably more correct for the billboard era). Here are a few shots of mine. It would be nice to see this and the TCA Heinz car running together. Colorwise, it would be a neat black & white color contrast.

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So got my long waited for TCA Heinz car. What a disgrace TCA put ou such a piece of crap. Overpaid for a O gauge car them the paint job is terrible. Shame on the TCA. Plus the red is flat not bright at all.20190112_14573620190112_145740

Thom

Pittsburgh Independent Hi-Railers

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