This one isn't really an altogether new item, but it's a welcome addition. Several years ago, when Kadee released their 40' PS-1 boxcar in HO scale, catalog no. 4002 was released in the original 1951 paint scheme as AC&Y number 750. It had a coupler with a head that was equivalent to the popular Kadee 5. Then Kadee released the #2100 coupler conversion kit so we could convert our AC&Y PS-1's to the new standard Kadee "scale-sized" coupler. After some time, this paint scheme became hard to find on hobby shop shelves, so Kadee released a revised version of the original 1951 scheme as catalog number 4058, AC&Y no. 824, with the new couplers. Nowadays it's pretty hard to find either car, so Kadee is planning March, 2014 delivery of a new version of that paint scheme as catalog number 4098. Kadee's web site indicates the new car's number will be 805, so there will be no duplication of earlier releases.
Maybe it's coincidence, or maybe it's planned; but Kadee's timing may be very fortuitous for Kadee and for us. The AC&Y/A&BB book is progressing and should be ready to go to the printer some time in early 2014. If the new car and the book become available around the same time, the result could be improved sales for the Kadee car and the Morning Sun book. The resulting publicity could be a very good thing for both.
For you folks who model the AC&Y in its later years, this car, suitably weathered, would still be desirable. Not all of the 150 cars were repainted before retirement.
That's quite a roster!
Can I make a suggestion or two? I noticed there are no resin kits on your roster. I think it would be neat for you to try one. The Sunshine "3000" car would be a good one to try. I'm not trying to push the kits because of my involvement in the kit's development, but because the "3000" cars were real AC&Y signature cars. Maybe you'd feel more comfortable starting with a kit with an assembled body, then move on to the "3000". The kits look intimidating when you open the box, and they certainly don't fall together like a "shake-the-box" kit, but they can give you a real prize piece if you take your time and take it one step at a time. Another one to seek out is the Bowser fishbelly twin hopper. The Society had decals & we're hoping to have them available again.
I've been paying attention to your progress. You build some of the prettiest benchwork I've seen.
Tom Davidson wrote:Just got a copy of the Walthers Flyer. They have a featured deal on the new Kadee #805 PS-1 boxcars in July: $30.98 for a car that normally retails for $34.95.
I'm wondering if either of these cars would be available at the Cleveland National Train Show booths of the manufacturers?
I'll be looking for them and other new "things" in a couple of weeks.
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