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How are the Trainman Thrall 4750 Covered Hoppers?
« on: December 18, 2007, 08:38:33 PM »
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They look pretty nice and the price is great.  Who picked up any?

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Re: How are the Trainman Thrall 4750 Covered Hoppers?
« Reply #1 on: December 18, 2007, 09:38:54 PM »
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I have five,would be six but I could only find one Union Equity car. ;D I will most likely swap out the trucks for MTs though,but not until I give the Accu-mates a good test.
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Re: How are the Trainman Thrall 4750 Covered Hoppers?
« Reply #2 on: December 18, 2007, 10:10:08 PM »
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Tom: I like them but the roof walks are a bit thick and there are no gates on the chutes. However, given that it is trainman I forgive both. For less than $10.00 you can't expect perfection.



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Re: How are the Trainman Thrall 4750 Covered Hoppers?
« Reply #3 on: December 19, 2007, 08:55:38 AM »
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Tom: I like them but the roof walks are a bit thick and there are no gates on the chutes. However, given that it is trainman I forgive both. For less than $10.00 you can't expect perfection.

I agree..

I tested them out on code 55 with MTL trucks (lo pros) and they had no problems.
They actually feel heavier than the Intermountains Hoppers..
However, I did have to put a washer underneath the MTL truck when i switched them out because if you don't the inside truck sticks up going around curves. It might be my super elevated curves though..

Thanx

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Re: How are the Trainman Thrall 4750 Covered Hoppers?
« Reply #4 on: December 19, 2007, 04:13:12 PM »
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Tom: I like them but the roof walks are a bit thick and there are no gates on the chutes. However, given that it is trainman I forgive both. For less than $10.00 you can't expect perfection.

Red Caboose makes a 9-pack of plastic outlet gates for the ex-Precision Masters cars for $2.50. RNP-51302 is the part number and they are showing as in-stock at RC. Just by eyeballing it, I think they will fit the Trainman cars (I don't have ant yet to verify this). So for $0.83 per car you can eliminate one complaint item!

Sunrise also made white metal hopper outlet gates for the PM cars. If you can find a stash of them, the part number was N-547. They are similar to the RC parts, so I wouldn't waste any time trying to track them down.

You're right, it's hard to complain about sub-$10 cars! Red Caboose hasn't released any of the ex-PM cars in a long time, so it will be nice to have a fresh infusion of grain "fleet" cars.

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Re: How are the Trainman Thrall 4750 Covered Hoppers?
« Reply #5 on: December 19, 2007, 09:24:10 PM »
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I can see that the Trainman car represents a different version than both the InterMountain and the Red Caboose 4750s, but what's the difference, if any, between the IM and ex-PM cars? And does IM sell their etched roofwalks as parts?
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Re: How are the Trainman Thrall 4750 Covered Hoppers?
« Reply #6 on: December 20, 2007, 01:10:14 PM »
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I have five,would be six but I could only find one Union Equity car.

Jonathon, try Kleins - www.modeltrainstuff.com. I just picked up four Union Equity cars for repaints and there's still more in stock.
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Re: How are the Trainman Thrall 4750 Covered Hoppers?
« Reply #7 on: December 20, 2007, 08:34:14 PM »
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Got one today. Its looks good. The roofwalk is not bad. About the same as the Atlas two and four bay covered hoppers.

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Re: How are the Trainman Thrall 4750 Covered Hoppers?
« Reply #8 on: January 09, 2008, 08:45:21 AM »
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Received my first 2 from Chuck today, both DME examples, and can say I am impressed. Although the roof is nowhere near as fine as the etched Intermountain one it still looks fine and should enable me to fill out my Grain Hopper fleet far cheaper than with just Intermountain.
Will try to get some of the discharge outlet gates to finish them off?

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Re: How are the Trainman Thrall 4750 Covered Hoppers?
« Reply #9 on: January 09, 2008, 09:27:30 AM »
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I picked up a BN one this weekend. While the silver roof walk accentuates its hideousness, I have to say I am EXTREMELY pleased with this $7 freight car.

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Re: How are the Trainman Thrall 4750 Covered Hoppers?
« Reply #10 on: January 09, 2008, 03:12:03 PM »
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If anyone wants to replace the roofwalk with etched ones, IM sells their etched roofwalks for $2 a pop. I'm gonna place an order for some tonight.
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Re: How are the Trainman Thrall 4750 Covered Hoppers?
« Reply #11 on: January 09, 2008, 03:25:52 PM »
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If anyone wants to replace the roofwalk with etched ones, IM sells their etched roofwalks for $2 a pop. I'm gonna place an order for some tonight.

Bryan, The Intermountain Roofwalk will not work It's an entirely different style than the Atlas Car.
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Re: How are the Trainman Thrall 4750 Covered Hoppers?
« Reply #12 on: January 09, 2008, 05:34:13 PM »
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I have one, the roofwalk is a bit thick, but not bad for the price..
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Re: How are the Trainman Thrall 4750 Covered Hoppers?
« Reply #13 on: January 10, 2008, 11:56:00 AM »
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I'll definetly be picking some to fill up my ATSF grain train.

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Re: How are the Trainman Thrall 4750 Covered Hoppers?
« Reply #14 on: February 17, 2008, 09:40:09 PM »
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Are these the ones that show "pre-order" at most sites?