The Bethlehem 3737/3716 Hopper is an icon railcar of the last quarter century, and ExactRail is pleased to announce the third release of the Bethlehem 3737/3716 Hoppers in 4 all new paint schemes and undecorated kits!
With over 10,000 units produced, this is one of the most prolific, Western steel hoppers of last 40 years. The first Bethlehem 3737/3716 delivery went to the Chicago & Eastern Illinois in 1973, and subsequent orders went to the Texas & Pacific, Missouri Pacific, Chicago & North Western as well as various utilities, like Indianapolis Power and Light. These are still in service as of 2014, and many have been rebuilt into 4000 capacity cars—which, ExactRail also offers HERE!
ExactRail is offering five all-new paint schemes, undecorated kits and new road numbers for four popular MP paint schemes.
The Chicago & North Western Historical Society (CNWHS) was looking for an exceptionally accurate replica for their 2016 annual convention, and we were more than enthusiastic when they chose us. The bicentennial paint scheme was developed exclusively for the Chicago and North Western Historical Society (CNWHS). You can find it only at www.CNWHS.org.
ExactRail’s model was developed in collaboration with the Chicago & North Western Historical Society, and it features CNW’s Ball and Bar logo and industry-leading lettering and paint details. These cars would look great interspersed with 13500-135799 series cars Available HERE.
As you’ve come to expect, ExactRail has drilled down beyond offering accurate paint schemes to offer accurate paint schemes of specific road numbers. This enables you to model to the mixed paint schemes of modern unit coal trains down to specific cars! Among other things, MP #588400 has accurate H-100-41 class marks, 1991 repaint dates, capacity data and lessee stencils.
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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.
This handsome paint scheme represents a common version of the GTW car with 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.
Featuring exceptionally accurate artwork that has been refined over our first release. The extended draft gear is painted in yellow, which is both prototypically accurate and absolutely stunning against the black and white, Norfolk & Western paint scheme.
This scheme represents a common repaint version of the ATSF P-S 7315 "waffle" boxcars. The ATSF car has accurate gothic lettering fonts, data and artwork, and each car number has been matched to those that were actually repainted into this paint scheme.
This is an accurate replica of a signature paint scheme. For “As Delivered” cars, Union Pacific adopted an unusual lettering arrangement for Union Pacific boxcars, and this repaint version was a simplified version of that paint scheme with accurate letter styles.
This weekend ExactRail will be displaying and selling at the Rocky Mountain Train Show in Denver, Colorado.
From its inception 39 years ago, the Rocky Mountain Train Show has grown to become the largest model train show west of the Mississippi River. ExactRail is proud to attend for its second time and looks forward to seeing the show continue to grow.
Stop by on March 5th or 6th at the Denver Mart and see us at booth D-38.
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.