ABOX 51052 and More Gunderson 2420 Gondolas Arrive
This order was placed at the end of November, taking advantage of the $12.95 price. This brings the fleet up to an even two-dozen--a respectable start to a unit rock train.
In addition, I did spring for a model of an FMC 5277 Combination Door boxcar decorated as ABOX 51052. This car is one from the latest ExactRail release. I never did get one of these Combo Door boxcars from the first release and regretted it. They went fast and did not pop up on eBay very often. So now I have one!
Back to the rock cars, as discussed in the earlier blog with the first batch delivered, I intended to split the fleet up 50/50 between NT&O and T&GN cars. I purchased five-each of the ExactRail MP and CNW cars with similar plate design for this split. As it turned out the small NT&O logos I have on-hand are just a smidge too long to fit on the plate placed over one of the corrugated panels for logo placement.
The solution: I decided that all of the MP and CNW versions would be used to model T&GN cars and I decided to introduce the ExactRail Cotton Belt (SSW) version to the fleet for the NT&O cars. These cars have a larger smooth plate placed over the center two corrugated panels. This arrangement will easily accommodate the NT&O logo.
To bring my T&GN fleet up to a dozen I ordered one more CNW 89152 and one more MP 640203.
Below are a couple of close-up images of the SSW cars: