Re: NTS Walthers head scratcher?

Benjamin Hom

Brian Carlson wrote:
"Walthers is reportedly doing the following:
Association of American Railroads 40-foot 1944 boxcar. Pre-production concept art shown. Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe; Baltimore & Ohio; Canadian National; Canadian Pacific; New York Central; and Northern Pacific. Two road numbers per scheme; also available undecorated. All-new model with 4-4 improved dreadnaught ends, 6-foot Youngstown doors, Murphy panel roof, 10’-6” interior door height, AAR (tab) side sills, 33” metal wheelsets, and Proto-Max couplers. $24.98. January 2015. Ready-to-run. Walthers Mainline. Wm. K. Walthers Inc., 414-527-0770"
Brian, do you have a link to the product annoucement?  It hasn't hit their website yet.
"Why would they do this when there are HUNDREDS of Branchline kits still out there for less than the price. Also, says this will be a Mainline car which would have cast on details so they would be competing with Accurail."
There's still a ready market for shake-the-box kits, and this car and the Accurail car model different prototypes.  The Accurail car represents cars with late R+3/4 improved Dreadnaught ends; this model, with its 4/4 improved Dreadnaught ends (hopefully with early taper) has more utilty for the steam-to-diesel transition era modeler.
Ben Hom

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