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Paradise275

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What's a decoder doing in a box car?
« on: February 04, 2015, 05:12:05 PM »
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Atlas announced this. My question is what's with a decoder equipped box car (and cheaper than the standard equipped box car)?

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From 1975 to 1980 National Steel Car built over one-thousand 50’6” single-plug door box cars. Most of the 100-ton cars went to Canadian railroads primarily for paper service. Two hundred 70-ton cars went into food service for the Grand Trunk Western. the models have a number of variations corresponding to the prototype.

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Standard MSRP:
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Decoder-Equipped MSRP: $18.95

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Re: What's a decoder doing in a box car?
« Reply #1 on: February 04, 2015, 05:24:39 PM »
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you have to uninstall it for the car to work?

gotta be a mistake of some sort.

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Re: What's a decoder doing in a box car?
« Reply #2 on: February 04, 2015, 05:26:50 PM »
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They obviously meant "Undecorated MSRP" but someone grabbed the wrong product template when creating the announcement.

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Re: What's a decoder doing in a box car?
« Reply #3 on: February 04, 2015, 08:03:05 PM »
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I saw something recently of a decoder that makes rail/train noise; maybe that is what they are doing. They could have the click/clack of jointed rail or something.

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Re: What's a decoder doing in a box car?
« Reply #4 on: February 04, 2015, 08:40:56 PM »
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Definitely an error. The 2015 print catalog list it as an undecorated car and not decoder equipped. 



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Re: What's a decoder doing in a box car?
« Reply #5 on: February 04, 2015, 10:29:40 PM »
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I saw something recently of a decoder that makes rail/train noise; maybe that is what they are doing. They could have the click/clack of jointed rail or something.

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Re: What's a decoder doing in a box car?
« Reply #6 on: February 04, 2015, 11:40:35 PM »
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for 19 bucks ...
a sense of humor costs more, I agree.

it is hard for it not to be a mistake.
that much is obvious.

the joking on the subject... clearly isn't obvious.

was you ever bit by a dead bee?

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Re: What's a decoder doing in a box car?
« Reply #7 on: February 05, 2015, 01:39:10 AM »
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Maybe that's the new load.  Take the defective decoders, put them on a pallet, and use them as a piece of strange-looking freight.

Of course, that wouldn't work here, because the doors don't open, and no one could see it...

I did see an ad quite a while back for a decoder-equipped HO boxcar, with a remote-controlled coupler, but couldn't see the point.  The only way to use it was to uncouple something from that one car, and at the price quoted very few could afford to quip the entire train.  Locomotive, maybe, but even that would be of limited use.
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Re: What's a decoder doing in a box car?
« Reply #8 on: February 05, 2015, 10:20:57 AM »
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reminds me of this old Lionel product:


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Re: What's a decoder doing in a box car?
« Reply #9 on: February 05, 2015, 05:00:00 PM »
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was you ever bit by a dead bee?


Ah, Walter Brennan. Was that character in the novel, or just added for the screenplay?

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Re: What's a decoder doing in a box car?
« Reply #10 on: February 05, 2015, 05:17:02 PM »
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I only ever saw the movie.

Bacall was hot.

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Re: What's a decoder doing in a box car?
« Reply #11 on: February 06, 2015, 01:59:37 AM »
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Tom:  Did you ever see this page:
http://hawkerpb.tripod.com/box/

An actual, prototype, "self-propelled boxcar".

One of the pictures from the site:
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Re: What's a decoder doing in a box car?
« Reply #12 on: February 08, 2015, 09:44:45 PM »
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Ah, Walter Brennan. Was that character in the novel, or just added for the screenplay?

Jim

The movie is very loosely based on the novel, so I'd think that Eddie is not in the book.