Another surprise announcement... more containers! We made a surprise run of our 53' containers in the latest CN and CP paint schemes. The good news is they are here now. The bad news is that we announced them to dealers last week and they sold out in one day. But that means your local hobby shop may have them in stock.
If not, have no fear! We are producing more containers in a variety of paint schemes, and we will take preorders for them. You can expect an announcement in the next newsletter and delivery later this year.
Ask your dealer for 402009 - CP Modern 2-Pack or 402013 - CN Modern 2-Pack.
We originally revealed the 53' "Husky Stack" Well Car and 53' High-Cube Container in HO Scale back in June 2016 with some early samples and we'll be honest, it was rather overshadowed by the other Prime Movers model we announced at the same time, the GE Dash 8-40CM "Draper Taper". Sales were decent enough but with something of a capacity crunch in our factories last year there were always more important projects pushing ahead of it. Happily those issues are now behind us so it's time that we got serious and announced a firm order deadline for this model. The really good news is that this delay has allowed us to respond to customer feedback and upgrade the specification with NO CHANGE in the popular "wife-approved™" MSRP. We've taken this model out of the Prime Movers by Rapido range and given it etched metal walkways and factory-installed vertical handrail grabs. The container twin packs will now also feature individually numbered containers, so if you're a stickler for that sort of thing you don't have to change any numbers.
We will be offering six numbers per paint scheme along with undecorated. Each well car will come with two 53' high cube containers. Our well car features a die-cast body with injection moulded end handrails and brake detail, plus combination plastic and etched metal running boards. The trucks are a new free-rolling 70-ton design with three springs visible. separate in-line brake shoes and 33" wheels designed to the same specification as our highly regarded 52'6" mill gondola. The car is factory-fitted with our metal Macdonald-Cartier knuckle couplers.
The 53' container introduces a new design never before offered in quality form in HO Scale. The insulated dry boxes are ubiquitous in Canadian intermodal trains operating for Canadian National, Canadian Pacific and a huge number of transportation companies! They are also seen throughout the US mid-West as far south as New Orleans. The models will also feature a heater box and fuel tank - dependent on paint scheme - with full printing. These heaters are designed to protect cargo transported through the extreme cold of the Canadian winter. We will be producing eight paint schemes in the first run, four Canadian and four classic US liveries, along with undecorated.