Bang for the buck
for a high performance fleet.
I'm a big fan of Accurail kits...
A finished Accurail car can be one of the nicest and best rolling cars on your layout.
Forget the fact that they don't have separately applied grabs and ladders, and that they don't exude the expensive glamor of RivetCounter, Proto & Genesis. My real bottom line is 'bang for the buck'.
Yes I have premium brand freightcars.
But Accurail far outnumbers the lot by a wide margin, and I'm equally happy with them.
If you want bang for the buck on a high performance fleet of a particular car that Accurail produces, here's how to do it:
* Buy the cars in bulk or sets, at the best price you can find. LHS sale prices are generally below $10 per car.
* Get Accurail number decal sets for that car... $4 a set. Change all but one car number... up to 12 per set.
* Assemble the cars.
* TruckTune the Accurail trucks.
* Install metal wheelsets.
* Slap on Kadee couplers.
The result will be some of the best rolling, best performing cars on your layout.