Intermountain HO 40' PS-1 Frisco boxcar

Discussion in 'New Products' started by pensive, Jul 22, 2022.

  1. pensive

    pensive Member Supporter

  2. gstout

    gstout Member Supporter

    $42.95 for a boxcar?

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  3. geep07

    geep07 Member

    MSRP $42.95 !
    Your dealer should give you a 20% discount, hopefully!
    Then tack on S&H and there goes your discount!
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  4. Iantha_Branch

    Iantha_Branch Member

    $43 isn't bad anymore. A lot of top level cars are up to $50-60 now. Street price should be around $35.
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  5. gstout

    gstout Member Supporter

    Okay, here's the thing. If you have the kind of layout where you are able to host regular op sessions, you do not need (and should not want) $50-$60 freight cars, because they get handled a lot, and all those little details that make them "worth" the prices they command wind up laying alongside the tracks somewhere. If it's just you running trains, and you know the value of the cars, you can be careful and handle them accordingly. It takes 6-8 people to run my railroad efficiently, and I know they try to be careful, but at the end of the day I'd still rather have them handling decades-old Athearn "shake the box" kit cars than museum-quality models.

  6. geep07

    geep07 Member

    I totally agree!
  7. gjslsffan

    gjslsffan Staff Member Staff Member

    Amen to that.
  8. Coonskin

    Coonskin Member

    Agree 100% GS!

    Decades ago, once I began operating and started sharing my layout with friends, I learned that durable is more important than detailed.

    Shortly after the creation of my KC&G concept, as soon as I set about making equipment, I began to avoid fragile details, and whenever possible started using cast brass for horns/etc. To this day my preferred rolling stock kits are older "Blue Box/MDC" type models.

    No way on God's green earth will I ever put P2K-type car into service with all those fragile plastic parts exposed to the handling and miscues that will take place. In fact, from a few years ago, I have an older P2K tank car that I was assembling, and as the fragile stuff kept getting added, I thought "no way these little scale plastic grabs and stuff will survive". I ended up boxing it up in a state suspended animation and I doubt I'll ever put forth the effort to finish it. OR, if I do, I will be leaving off details I can get away with that are more vulnerable. Last resort would be to replace handrails/etc with hand formed brass. Uh, nope. Not this year for sure. And so it sits.

    In the meantime, my spartan fleet of rolling stock keeps piling up miles... and even at that, I find molded-on corner steps and other stuff laying beside the track!

    I'll leave the uber-detailed models to others.
    Last edited: Jul 24, 2022

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