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Trainworx TOFC yellow TT arrival imminent!
« on: January 07, 2012, 05:10:50 PM »
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There was a surprise package from Trainworx in ESM's post office box today that contained a nice addition to the N scale freight equipment roster.  The yellow Trailer Train TOFCs must be ready to ship, because I have two of them in hand.



The model is painted TT yellow.  The hitches, grab irons, stirrups, brake hardware and circus flaps are molded in yellow delrin-type plastic.  The plastic doesn't have as much "orange" pigment as the paint, but it is only noticeable under strong light.  There is full end detail around the coupler, including free-standing end grab irons.  The end ramps are positionable and are of similar design to MTL TOFC ramps.



The model looks spiffy with a Trainworx payload, which snaps in similar to MTL trailers on MTL TOFCs.  The hitch will take MTL trailers without modification.  I didn't try Atlas, but the Athearn and CMW trailers have a smaller diameter pin.



The anti-skid paint is present on the decks.  Most of the car is diecast with plastic insets for the details, with the delicate parts molded in yellow and the others painted.



The brake rod between the reservoir and crank is painted, and may be wire.  Most of the coupler pocket is integrated into the metal body.  Half of a standard MTL #1019 coupler box presses into the chassis.  The coupler is a standard #1019.  The trucks appear to be similar to BLMA's ASF roller bearing trucks, and have FVM wide-track wheels.



The Trainworx car coupled to the MTL TOFC.



Container pedestals are included and are painted in the car color.

I didn't take them for a spin yet, but the models are free-rolling and very well-weighted.  An excellent model that creates some needed variety in the TOFC category.
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Re: Trainworx TOFC yellow TT arrival imminent!
« Reply #1 on: January 07, 2012, 05:28:58 PM »
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Very nice, I'll have to wait for Chuck to get them before I get mine but I am looking forward to both these and the BLMA flats.

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Re: Trainworx TOFC yellow TT arrival imminent!
« Reply #2 on: January 07, 2012, 05:43:05 PM »
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What year are these good through in this configuration and paint?


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Re: Trainworx TOFC yellow TT arrival imminent!
« Reply #3 on: January 07, 2012, 06:05:50 PM »
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Those look really nice.  Boy, you 60s-80s modelers get all the breaks.  ;)

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Re: Trainworx TOFC yellow TT arrival imminent!
« Reply #4 on: January 07, 2012, 06:11:48 PM »
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Container pedastals included....    how late were these cars in container service?
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Re: Trainworx TOFC yellow TT arrival imminent!
« Reply #5 on: January 07, 2012, 06:28:37 PM »
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What year are these good through in this configuration and paint?

1973 service date on the model.  Scheme is good through the end of Trailer Train

Container pedastals included....    how late were these cars in container service?

Unknown, but I would think through the life of this scheme.
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Re: Trainworx TOFC yellow TT arrival imminent!
« Reply #6 on: January 07, 2012, 06:59:35 PM »
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Need 
more time to sedate Mr. Wallet for this one...
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Re: Trainworx TOFC yellow TT arrival imminent!
« Reply #7 on: January 07, 2012, 07:06:13 PM »
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Cool. I'm signed up for one yellow, and need the brown for sure. 8)

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Re: Trainworx TOFC yellow TT arrival imminent!
« Reply #8 on: January 07, 2012, 08:38:00 PM »
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I am eternally grateful for living in the renaissance of N scale models, but that TTX yellow ain't right, too yellow, I know it is a digital pic on my screen but it seems a bit too yellow, maybe on a Ferrari it would be OK.
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Re: Trainworx TOFC yellow TT arrival imminent!
« Reply #9 on: January 07, 2012, 11:33:38 PM »
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The yellow seems fine to me.
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Re: Trainworx TOFC yellow TT arrival imminent!
« Reply #10 on: January 08, 2012, 12:08:29 AM »
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That's some serious hawtness...  Makes the MTL car look like a cartoon.
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Re: Trainworx TOFC yellow TT arrival imminent!
« Reply #11 on: January 08, 2012, 12:43:05 AM »
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What year are these good through in this configuration and paint?

No photos online post 1987 at fallen-flags / railcarphotos or rrpicturearchives for TTX, ZTTX or JTTX cars. Being a PS car, should be TTX class F85B and from Casdorph's 1995 TTX Freight Car Data Book in series:
473000 - 474999 (2 "TTX" cars in my '92 ORER, 17 "JTTX" cars)
477000 - 477999 (6 "TTX" cars in '92 ORER)
479000 - 479809 (some gaps in roster #s).

Newark NJ - 08/24/86 with CRZ and UPS
http://gelwood.railfan.net/ttx/ttx474893kga.jpg

Colorado in '87
http://www.railcarphotos.com/PhotoDetails.php?PhotoID=50644

Denver in '86
http://www.railcarphotos.com/PhotoDetails.php?PhotoID=50646

Indiana on MILW in 86
http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/showPicture.aspx?id=2065423

TT donated one for preservation too in '89:
http://www.hoosiervalley.org/roster/freight-cars/

Unfortunately, I have to give these models a miss for my mid-90's TOFC, but saves some coin for the 28' pups. I might be tempted into a ZTTX or JTTX junker to haul poles or steel shapes, especially if I could find a photo from '92 onwards.
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Re: Trainworx TOFC yellow TT arrival imminent!
« Reply #12 on: January 08, 2012, 11:23:08 AM »
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No photos online post 1987 at fallen-flags / railcarphotos or rrpicturearchives for TTX, ZTTX or JTTX cars. Being a PS car, should be TTX class F85B and from Casdorph's 1995 TTX Freight Car Data Book in series:
473000 - 474999 (2 "TTX" cars in my '92 ORER, 17 "JTTX" cars)
477000 - 477999 (6 "TTX" cars in '92 ORER)
479000 - 479809 (some gaps in roster #s)...

The markings on the models identify them as Class F-85-B.
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Re: Trainworx TOFC yellow TT arrival imminent!
« Reply #13 on: January 08, 2012, 06:26:13 PM »
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Are the wheel risers and hitch base detials really cast-on?

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Re: Trainworx TOFC yellow TT arrival imminent!
« Reply #14 on: January 08, 2012, 06:44:08 PM »
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The hitch design is similar to the MTL model in that regard.
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