Very cool, 45 to 50 Reading Boxcars must be a really impressive freight train on a large layout.Great looking consist Lee, I really like the look of unit trains.
One other issue with Menards cars is the rolling resistance. I have around 45-50 of the Menards Reading boxcars. I actually NEED dual locomotives to pull them, they have way more rolling resistance than any of the modern stuff with needlepoint axles. Even PW cars don't have the rolling resistance of the Menards cars. However, as you say, you sure can't beat the price, and they do have pretty good looking graphics for a bargain car.
The 14" flatcars are an exception to the rule with the trucks, they had much better trucks. I'd love to see Menard's upgrade the other cars in their lineup with better trucks, even if it added a few bucks.For those reasons, and that most are not scale, I have stopped buying Menards cars, although I am keeping the 25 14" flatcars and rougly three dozen boxcars I already have.