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Better late than never
A galactic wanderer.

In 2016, this was pretty much 'state-of-the-art' as far as HO diesels went.
Walthers Proto was, (by many standards) about as good as it got.


This Proto SD9 has an interesting history...
I ordered it from ModelTrainStuff in early 2016.
I received email confirmation, but tracking info wasn't a thing then, so I waited and waited... and waited.

After a couple of weeks, I contacted them and complained. They looked into it, and told me it might have been mis-routed. A month later they sent me a refund with an apology.
About a year went by, and suddenly it arrived in the mail... safe and sound, and without explanation.

I informed MB Klein, and asked if they wanted the refund returned. They declined, and wished me well.

This is the best running free locomotive I've ever owned!
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Latestarter, I would imagine you have seen the latest announcement by Athearn already......SD40T-2 locomotives in various SP liveries, due a year from now......
 

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Latestarter, I would imagine you have seen the latest announcement by Athearn already......SD40T-2 locomotives in various SP liveries, due a year from now......
I already have two, from the 2017 run.
It puts me waaaay out of my era, but I really like 'em.
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I also acquired this Athearn RTR SD40R in 2017...
I could be wrong, but as far as I know, it's the only HO "R" version anyone's ever produced. Probably because (I think) the SP is the only road to contract for them.
Hard to tell it from a Dash-2 though, except for grilles and cab internals.
It has the large prototype plow, and a complete light package.
Like all my Athearn RTR's it's a smooth operator.
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It's hard to tell that from real in post #24. Awesome detail on those.
 

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Genesis SD75M
Top shelf quality & detail.


Genesis diesels are near the pinnacle of HO scale attributes.
Amazing detail; smooth running; strong pulling; great sound; excellent lighting... and these ditch lights are about the most realistically rendered in the hobby (brightness & cadence).
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Tangent open hoppers
Faithful reproductions.


Near the very top tier of quality HO scale rolling stock.
Their open hoppers are exemplary.
Excellent rollers. Sharp lettering. Kadee couplers. Fine detail.

I don't believe any other UTAH hoppers are currently manufactured in HO scale.
I have 24 road numbers of this car in my coal drag... including 6 unnumbered cars, completed with a Tangent decal set.
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You bought 2 dozen of them.....? o_O
Yep...
Got most below the going internet price, but it was still my most major expense of that timeframe.
Also got a few of the vermilion GN.
But that's about it for Tangent.
The rest of the hundred-car coal drag are ExactRail, InterMountain, BLI, and Accurail... lots of Accurail.
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Tangent tankers
A class all by itself.


Top of the heap.
Stunning and extraordinary detail.
Excellent rollers. Kadee couplers. Super sharp lettering. Faithful reproductions.
Wide array of types, configs, build dates, and consignor/carriers.
I have all six of the Warren numbers.

[Note]: Red Caboose RTR and Walthers Proto are very close to them in quality.
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BLI open hoppers
H2a triples.


Very nice cars! Excellent detail top & bottom. Wire grabs. Good rollers.
They've been in production for a comparatively long time... 3 or 4 years or more.
They come in Kadee-style plastic boxes that are a bear to open.

These are the only BLI cars I own...
They're offered singly or in 6-car sets. The price has jumped quite a bit since they first came out.
I have two NW sets in my coal drag.
This is one of only four cars I've weathered so far.
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I think the InterMountain's are actually Red Caboose(?).
I say that, because I can't tell the two apart.
 

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RivetCounter GEVo
ET44AH

[Note]: Photos were taken before I swapped to Kadees... ScaleTrains couplers don't have trip-pins.


About as good as it gets... IMO, the only competition is Rapido.
Just about the top-most drawer when it comes to quality... a 'dream diesel'.
See-thru grilles. Complete cab interior. ESU Loksound. Very smooth runner. Complete lighting, e.g., backlit number boards.
It weighs over 1-1/2 pounds... It will pull your sofa.

Razor-sharp lettering... (expand photo #2).
As well detailed as it is, it's a sturdy model, and not too delicate to handle.
Minute details like tow chains won't interfere with truck swivel or running.

If the front-hood cab-access door looks thick, it's because they were... (expand photo #5).
They were thickly armored, along with the rest of the nose.

I run this beauty in consist with two other RivetCounters (44AC's) and a Genesis SD75M, to pull an intermodal drag at club sessions.
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I think the InterMountain's are actually Red Caboose(?).
I say that, because I can't tell the two apart.
Nope, both Intermountain and Red Caboose had their own tank cars back when they were separate companies.....they were slightly different, but both top notch.....
 

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I've added "Flatcar, hopper & gondola loads" to the list.
 

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Accurail

80 to 85% of my freight rolling stock are Accurail.
IMO, although I've listed them 4th in the Rolling Stock, Kits category, (behind Westerfield, Red Caboose & Tichy) they're probably the best kits available for every modeling level from 'entry' to expert.
Tichy kits BTW, are a bit advanced for entry-level skills.

I listed Accurail fourth for the simple reason that they don't offer tankers or flats.

No, Accurail cars don't have separate ladders.
But current kits do have scale corner steps, (and center steps on reefers) which are easier to discern from a viewing distance than ladders are... and with a little 'dusty' weathering, you won't be able to tell even from fairly close up.
BTW, the one-page instructions are clear, and easy to follow. Even without them, I can assemble a boxcar in 10 minutes.

In addition, Accurail cars are 'fleetable'.
With their numbering decals, you can number or re-number a dozen of the same cars... more, if you're good at snipping and tweezering with two sets.

They come with the best truckframes you'll find in the hobby (I've replaced 'de-sprung' Kadees with them). Plastic wheels are included.
If you want a top shelf roller, do a TruckTune, and install metal wheels.
Kadee 5's or 148's drop right in.

Three minor caveats:
1.) Some boxcar roofwalks are applied wavy... easy to fix with a dab of styrene cement like Tamiya ExtraThin.
2.) Reefer corner step slots are often oversize, requiring care & fixturing to attach.
3.) Some wood boxcar brake platform tabs may be oversize.

None of these are show-stoppers.
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Atlas Gold locomotives

Stunning detail. Complete lighting (backlit number boards). ESU Loksound. Excellent runners.

RS11's:
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It might be a nit-pick, but those white step grab irons seem a little thick....maybe it’s the paint....
 
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