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Body Style Information: Designed, engineered, and tooled in the United States, these models have factory installed Micro-Trains Line stock number 1015 couplers, narrow-style, body mounted draft gear boxes, with shank wedges, striker casting and full nut and bolt detail, ExactRail's own Barber ASF 100 Ton Ride Control trucks, CNC machined 36" metal wheel-sets with steel axles, accurate lettering styles and logotypes, razor sharp printing, and true to life paint colors. This is a fairly basic model, although the molding is fine enough that it qualifies as a 3rd generation model. It lacks interior detail and doesn't have any separately applied detail other than the brake wheel. The paint detail on the trucks with the body mount couplers and nice quality wheels make it a very nice model (especially at this price), but you should likely add a load to it to make it look as good as it can.
One thing that puzzled me is that the website lists these as 'Thrall' Gondolas, whereas the individual packages denote them as the prototype being 'Trinity'. Apparently this is because the prototypes were originally made by Thrall, but Thrall is now (as of 2001) a subsidiary of Trinity Industries.
Prototype Information: Continuing today at TrinityRail, with very little alteration to the original design, the production of the utilitarian and ultra modern Thrall Car Manufacturing Company 3564 mill gondola was begun in the mid-1990s.
With its sixty six foot length and six foot high sides, the 3564 gondola has a massive presence that makes it an icon of contemporary North American railcars.
The present-day shortline currently operates a total of 13.5 miles (21.7 km) of track across the industrial centers of Williamson County in two separate railroad districts with a fleet of two diesel switcher engines. One line being known as the "Marion District", which is the railroad's main working division with roughly 8.5 miles (13.7 km) of track; and the other division being the "Herrin District", which mostly serves the city's manufacturing industries along a 5-mile (8.0 km) stretch of track.
It also has three different interchange points with two Class I railroads. Near their main offices in downtown Marion, the railroad has a junction with Union Pacific's Marion Subdivision; another interchange is located in the nearby Marion suburb of Bainbridge with BNSF Railway's Beardstown Subdivision. A second BNSF connection with the same line is also present in the Herrin district. Most of the CO&E Railroad's revenue freight products primarily consist of coal, lumber, petroleum, grain, steel, paper, chemicals, manufactured goods, and railcar repair service.
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Item created by: nscalemodeler160 on 2016-08-22 01:13:42. Last edited by nscalemodeler160 on 2016-08-22 02:02:17
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