You can order a 6-pack for the price of 5. Order two or three 6-packs and you'd have the start of a pretty nice O-gauge consist. And no two cars are numbered alike.The UTLX basic black with yellow safety markings are 99% of what I see on modern railroads in the Midwest.
A search on eBay or even in hobby stores will result in very few of these basic looking tank cars. When I see them in consists in the real world, there are as many as 50.
MTH and Lionel have them but at nearly $85 or thereabouts. Therein lies the issue. To add a couple does not recreate realism. But to do an O scale layout with perhaps 20 of these would run you well over $1200.
So this might be an instance where I buy a Menards rolling stock item. I won’t buy the 40 foot box cars. But I have been thinking about a solution to this ethanol / fuels tanker problem including painting cheaply purchased tank cars.
I am not a fan of tank cars with a lot of color and slogans. I see very few of the colorful tank cars in actual operation.
I’ll have to look into this but as GRJ notes, if I have to update the trucks and couplers it is less a value.
Ditto! Here in the Kansas City area the ULTX is very common. KCS has some with their logo in Black as well.The UTLX basic black with yellow safety markings are 99% of what I see on modern railroads in the Midwest.
I have not been to Menards in a few days. Looks like I will have to make a run over there to check the Train Stuff for the latest releases.Just purchased a UTLX tank car from the local Menards.