ExactRail Bethlehem Hopper Delivery - 1-9-2017
The display case is progressing nicely and an update blog will be forthcoming soon! This is the first new freight car shipment to be displayed on the new shelves which have now been mounted to a wall in the Man Cave.
The last freight car order placed in 2016 was the first freight car delivery in 2017! Shipment took a few extra days due to winter weather. Last month's ExactRail special was for Bethlehem open hoppers. This is similar to the last order placced in 2015 as Meridian Speedway took delivery of nine of these Bethlehem cars almost exactly a year ago! The budget allowed for another nine with this order
All of the cars received today are new paint scheme variations for the Meridian Speedway.
A single CNW car was included for variety - CNW 63545.
Two Rio Grande hoppers in the "As Delivered" scheme - DRGW 12546 and DRGW 12597.
Two MP 1991 repaints with the UP shield logo - MP 588145 and MP 588400.
Four MP 1984 small eagle repaints - MP 582187 - MP 582436 - MP 589343 - MP 589452.
The CNW and MP cars represent Bethlehem 3737 hoppers while the DRGW cars represent the slightly smaller Bethlehem 3483 hoppers. I cannot say enough good things about these cars! They are spectacular models of cars that I have seen often in Louisiana. This fleet is expected to grow over the years!
To revisit the earlier variations in the fleet, the button below will take you to the blog post published on January 5, 2016: