ExactRail is preparing to depart for our 7th Railroad Hobby Show put on by the Amherst Railway Society on January 30th & 31st.
The Amherst Railway Society started as a small group in the mid 1960s. Over time, a small get-together of like minded individuals grew into one of the largest model railroading shows in North America. Since 1982, the Railroad Hobby Show has been held at the Eastern States Exposition Fairgrounds in West Springfield, Massachusetts.
If you are attending, stop by our booth located at Section 39 in the Better Living Center.
Back by popular demand, ExactRail offers a limited re-release of the Vert-A-Pac in three all-new paint schemes and all-new road numbers of the Rock Island paint scheme!
Developed in the early 1970’s, the Vert-A-Pac embodies the innovative spirit of the time. Designed to transport GM H-body cars from points of manufacture to distributors all over the US, the Vert-A-Pac was innovative because vehicles were driven onto each of the Vert-A-Pac's 30 massive doors, which when raised into position, left the cars vertically suspended within.
Originally developed in cooperation between the Southern Pacific and ACF Industries, these auto carriers were on the roster of railroads across the country, and they operated into the early 80's. Vert-A-Pacs were graced in billboard style paint schemes and often seen in large colorful blocks. ExactRail accurately equips the Vert-A-Pac with ExactRail’s all-new 70-Ton "Low Boy" Barber truck with 28” precision CNC-machined wheels.
We are pleased to offer the Vert-A-Pac Autorack in exceptionally accurate paint schemes.
Denver & Rio Grande Western (D&RGW) 1970 “As Delivered” paint scheme: Rio Grande received a first delivery of Vert-A-Pacs in June of 1970. Both the rack and the flat car were delivered in boxcar red paint with the attractive flying Rio Grande emblem on the car side.
Merchants Dispatch Transportation (MDT): In the minds of many enthusiasts, Merchants Dispatch is thought of as a refrigerator car line. However, MDT owned Vert-A-Pacs as well, and photographs of these cars are among the most elusive of the Vert-A-Pac cars. Eight years after the original release of ExactRail’s Vert-A-Pac, we have finally assembled enough reference material to be able to offer the MDT paint scheme!
Rock Island(RI) 1970 “As Delivered” paint scheme: In July of 1970, Rock Island received Vert-A-Pacs with large billboard lettering. Our artwork was developed from extensive inspection photos taken by the Rock Island when the cars were received by the railroad.
Baltimore & Ohio (B&O): Baltimore and Ohio received Vert-A-Pacs in the well-recognized ‘capital dome’ paint scheme. In fact, there is a photo of a B&O Vert-A-Pac of this same scheme in Provo, Utah—only a block from where the ExactRail offices are located! Although proof is not needed, this photo is additional evidence that any paint scheme of Vert-A-Pac could be found anywhere along Vert-A-Pacs pool routes.
Railbox (ABOX) 1978 “As Delivered” paint scheme: These boxcars are from the #51000 – 51950 series and have an 11-panel Stanray roof. Our HO scale replica features exceptionally accurate artwork from the stencil breaks in the capacity data to the meticulously matched paint colors.
Railbox (ABOX) repaint scheme: These cars are from #50400 – 50599 series and have a 9-panel Stanray roof. Like all of our products, our HO Scale replica features exceptionally accurate artwork and meticulously matched paint colors.
Canadian National (CNA) 1985 “Wet Noodle” full re-paint scheme: These Canadian National Moncton repaint cars are beautifully finished with 1985 repaint stencils. These cars would look great intermixed with the CNA 1984 re-stencil paint schemes!
Canadian National (CNA) 1984 re-stencil paint scheme: Many Canadian National owned FMC 5277 Combo Door Boxcars were never repainted from the original owner paint schemes. These cars received a black patch and new CNA reporting marks and road numbers. These boxcars would look great intermixed with CNA 1985 “Wet-Noodle” re-paint scheme!
Beginning in 2004, TTX Company began receiving Trinity Industries Inc. 6275 cubic capacity, plug door boxcars. With a fleet of over 600 Trinity-built cars, and over 1100 similar cars built from NSC and Gunderson, this modern car is everywhere!
ExactRail’s model features accurate fonts and colors. It is adorned with stand-off detail, including ExactRail’s separate door tracks, door bars, etched stainless steel cross-over walks, and wire formed grab irons. Furthermore, the Trinity 6275 Plug Door Boxcar features steel-nailable flooring that is meticulously recreated, and ExactRail’s narrow draft box with shank wedges, striker casting and full nut and bolt detail.
This paint scheme represents the FBOX car as the lot was delivered from Trinity Industries in 2004. This model accurately captures the smallest details—including extraordinarily well-rendered warning labels on the doors! Check these out!This paint scheme represents the FBOX car as the lot was delivered from Trinity Industries in 2004. This model accurately captures the smallest details—including extraordinarily well-rendered warning labels on the doors! Check these out!
TTX/FBOX #504634 is a remarkable replica of this one-of-a-kind paint scheme. ExactRail’s model has unique artwork to represent all of the repaint details of the prototype—unique on all four sides, all the way around the car! This is includes some of the unique idiosyncrasies of the prototype—including the way in which the prototype logo sort-of “haphazardly” wraps across the ribs.
In 2014, Ameren Missouri repainted a single car from its fleet of 3463 coal hoppers into a unique paint scheme to promote breast cancer awareness. This car features a bright pink ribbon and the slogan ‘On Track for the Cure.’ ExactRail, in cooperation with Ameren, is proud to offer a limited release replica of this important paint scheme! Moreover, we applaud Ameren’s social consciousness for women’s health issues.
Ameren is a Fortune 500 company that powers the quality of life for 900,000 natural gas customers and 2.4 million electric customers. The name ‘Ameren’ is a combination of the words American and Energy. Ameren is the largest electric power provider in Missouri, and in terms of total customers, the third largest natural gas distributer in Illinois.
UCEX 2014 “On Track for the Cure” was developed in partnership with the Ameren Corporation. The artwork files for our model used many of the actual lettering files and color swatches for Ameren prototype. But more than being a highly accurate replica, this model benefits a good cause.
In 1974 and with production lot #9749, Pullman-Standard's Bessemer, Alabama plant began the manufacture the 7315 cubic capacity “waffle” boxcar for the Norfolk and Western Railway. Production continued with additional deliveries to the Santa Fe, Milwaukee Road, Union Pacific and Detroit, Toledo and Ironton. As seen with our August 13th blog post, 'A Rare Prototype,' the P-S Waffle Box Car continues to serve Class I railroads to the present.
Available in beautiful, albeit simple green paint scheme. Accurately developed from high resolution builders images, the DTI paint scheme features refined artwork and nuanced logo-types all-the-way down to the correct data in the consolidated lube stencils for the as-delivered car.
Featuring refined artwork with exceptional attention to accuracy—just look at the paint stencils under the jacking pads, the builder’s logo with accurate lot numbers and the nuanced end-of-car lettering.
This scheme represents a common version of the GTW car without the GT logo. The GTW car has accurate lettering fonts, data and artwork, and each car number has been matched to those that were actually repainted into this paint scheme.
Available in the company’s striking Indian red paint scheme. The ATSF P-S 7315 “waffle” boxcar features exceptionally accurate artwork from the carefully crafted roman lettering style of the capacity data block to the circle cross logo—printed with amazing clarity over the ribs and waffles of the car side.
In 1979, FMC Corporation built 10’-6 and 12’-0 plug door versions of its 5327 exterior post boxcar. Of the two versions, the 12’-0 plug door is the most distinctive. The wide plug door on a 50’ exterior post car was very modern for this era, and the distinctive paint schemes of the East Camden & Highland, Minnesota Dakota & Western, and New Orleans Public Belt were equally fresh. In 1979, this car was cool as your gold Pontiac Firebird Trans Am.