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Which really leaves only flat car, ore car and tanker….and tankers are well covered by Tangent, Atlas and Athearn….
Arch bar trucks would be nice, but would they get their investment back on them, as they are available from others….
 

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Arch bar trucks would be nice, but would they get their investment back on them, as they are available from others….
Yeah, from Kadee which are expensive, and Tichy, which are a p.i.t.a. to assemble.
 

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ORE CARS
I have several ore cars, but nowhere near enough of them to constitute a legitimate 'drag'.
All are MDC or Athearn RTR, and all carry Motrak or JWD ore loads.
Road names are SP, DM&IR, C&NW, and MILW... about half dozen of each.
Kadees separate them too far apart, so they're draw-barred in sets of 4 or 5 (see sketch).

Whereas ore cars are generally hunted in bunches, and whereas Accurail offers decal numbering sets for all cars, and whereas the drawbar method is viable and prototype...
If Accurail were to tool up for ore cars, with a simple Delrin drawbar option included in the kits, I can confidently predict a homerun, as their price would likely beat the competition by about 40%.
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Which really leaves only flat car, ore car and tanker….and tankers are well covered by Tangent, Atlas and Athearn….
Arch bar trucks would be nice, but would they get their investment back on them, as they are available from others….
The late 19th-early 20th century time period is a little covered one (of course there is less demand but also availability...). Accurail has a couple of cars that fit into early 20th century pre-1910 but there is pretty much an unexplored.

These categories are also super broad, since there's a huge different between a 1920 "X" and a 2020 "X".

There's also a possibility of Accurail doing some more modern cars; which are being served fairly well by other manufacturers but there could be a market for "economy" versions. (Look at the modern enclosed autoracks with see-through etched side panels north of $100). One strike against this for Accurail is that they seem to only do one-colour paint schemes and nothing that requires masking and painting two colours... so excess-height cars with their contrasting colour panels on the ends might be an issue (not sure it would work to pad-print the whole area).
 

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Kadees separate them too far apart, so they're draw-barred in sets of 4 or 5 (see sketch).
What about short-shank coupler like the 143/153?

 

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What about short-shank coupler like the 143/153?
Provided they're short enough to eliminate the unsightly gaps created by standard-length couplers...
But IMO, (except for lead & trailing cars) couplers on ore drags are a waste of time and money.
Drawbar pulling, and male/female drawbars between 4 or 5-car sets is a feasible (and very cheap) solution.
 
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