Meridian Speedway Rock Train Car Fleet Begins
Difco dump cars, MW ballast hoppers, Ortner 100-ton hoppers, other manufacturers 100-ton hoppers, and various gondolas, usually shorter in length, make up the bulk of rock train rolling stock.
One way of trying to make such a project a success is to offer the model in fictitious road names, which ExactRail has done with the Gunderson 2420. Though the MSRP is a very reasonable $22.95, these cars just did not fit into my plan. I keep coming back to the ExactRail monthly specials, however. This month ExactRail is offering the Gunderson 2420 for $12.95, an unheard-of price for a car of this quality!
A review of the offerings revealed that the ExactRail CNW and MP cars (both fictitious) are very similar. As these cars have corrugated panels, the CNW and MP versions have two flat pieces "welded" over the second and ninth panels to facilitate the display of reporting marks, road number, and railroad logo. These flat sheets are the same size on both the CNW and MP cars with their placement on the CNW cars being slightly higher than on the MP cars.
I decided to split my first order evenly between the CNW and MP cars, ordering five of each. They will be split up fairly evenly between the T&GN and the NT&O after being run through the paint booth. This is one of the advantages of going the proto-freelance route.
The first shipment of ten of these cars arrived on Monday, 11-16-2015.
This equipment purchase inspired me to reach into the Meridian Speedway master spreadsheet and retrieve the rock train data. I have created a page under the operations tab for the T7GN/NT&O rock train symbols. The button below will take you to that page: