THE GHOST OF S HELPER SERVICE RISES FROM THE GRAVE!

Yeah I know...corny post title. But...it's essentially true!

Today I received my MTH NS Veterans (now sold out)  and First Responders boxcars that were being sold on Ebay:

Both cars look great. When I un-packaged them I did my customary look-see for any defects and add a drop of oil to each axle end. No problems with either car but to my amazement molded into the underside of the floor was The Showcase Line  on one end and Made in China for S Helper Service  on the other end.

Now I bought several of the new MTH billboard reefers when  they were released a few years ago and they were marked MTH  . They have a fish belly underframe as did the older SHS reefers. You'd think that the molds used for the reefers were the old SHS reefer molds altered to reflect MTH ownership.  The 45' Trailer on Flatcars floors were similarly marked MTH. 

These two new NS cars also have the fish belly under frame but the cars are a steel sided boxcar. (I also have a B&O MTH RR club steel sided boxcar, it is marked for MTH  and has a different floor and under frame.  In fact that B&O car has the same floor and under frame as an older SHS outside braced boxcar which has the original SHS  mold marks.)

Confused yet? I am.   

So while no one will ever know why these two NS cars have the old mold marks for SHS and are sitting on fishbelly framed floors I found it interesting to own a genuine  SHS car manufactured years after they went bust.

Years from now somebody will be scratching their head over this mis-match of parts.

Mark

 

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Mark - I recently purchased a couple of the MTH TOFC cars - hard to ignore at $35 each and free shipping on eBay!  I haven't done a careful side by side comparison with the SHS (original?) version, but the flat cars look the same (decking color is different).  While the trailers on the SHS car - at least the UP version that I have - are 6.5 in (35 ft), the trailers on the MTH cars are 8.5 in (45 ft).  Perhaps SHS had the longer trailers too and I am just not aware of that or the longer trailers from MTH are new and don't use the SHS molds.  The few MTH cars that I have (ore car in addition to the TOFC) seem to be well built and well detailed - not being a rivet counter maybe there's some prototypical details that I'm missing.

I keep hoping (against hope, likely) that MTH would rerun the SHS 2-8-0... (and that I could afford it).

- Rich

Flyer 52 posted:

Mark, looks like Mike Wolf found a few more Veteran's cars, I just ordered one on eBay, may have been behind the new S catalogs in his basement.

Mike

Hah! Good one! Yeah I see Mike Wolf  has another listing with additional Veterans cars. I'm beginning to think there may be more uncatalogued releases like this car in the future. Who knows what else he'll release and never tell anyone he did it?

I'm still waiting on the 2017 TCA S gauge car  35-78040.

Shipping schedule says it was shipped October 2018.

NOT!

It's a sad state of affairs compared to the old SHS days.

Looking at the MTH S gauge shipping schedule I see this:

https://www.mthtrains.com/35-74025  this is the 2019 MTHRRC S gauge car. 

Ho-Hum.  

 

Mark

 

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Flyer 52 posted:

Mark, looks like Mike Wolf found a few more Veteran's cars, I just ordered one on eBay, may have been behind the new S catalogs in his basement.

Mike

MTH still has the Veteran's car listed as "Buy It Now" on their website.  Still didn't make the "5 or less" list.  I suspect they're probably dribbling them out to the dock of the bay little by little to gauge when demand tapers off.

Rusty

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