Wheels of Time Blog
Monday
Apr162018

Revised N-scale Conrail PC&F Ex Post Insulated Boxcars!

After studying the ORER (April 1987 and July 1990), and photos from Jeff Lopez and his coordination with the Conrail Historical Society, we have decided to revised the N scale Conrail PC&F Exterior Post Insulated Boxcar numbers back to 360xxx series to better reflect this car history. However, Wheels of Time item numbers (SKU) does not change. It's still in the WOT #61171 through #61178.

Revised Conrail artwork A little bit of background of our changes:  Majority of Conrail MTDS PC&F cars were not renumbered from PC series. Only 4 cars were renumbered to 365xxx series as of 1987 with an addition of 4 more cars as of 1990. Further, marjority of the cars kept their "loading equipment" for the duration of their service with Conrail . . . so RBL markings.  They were used for food and beverage service and were equipped with pallets. Strangely, they kept their originally weigh date and were never reweighted when repainted. Our revised car numbers will reflect these changes to give you a more historically accurate car. By the way, the photo in Morning Sun Books Conrail Color Guide pg 75 is actually a photo of an uncommon renumbering and was not the norm.  

Our revised car numbers are listed below for our N-scale Conrail PC&F boxcar. For those who have already pre-ordered these cars, the WOT item number is what we will be using to fulfill the orders.

REVISED CAR NUMBERS
Conrail, Class MDTS PC&F 50-ft RB Insulated Boxcar, ex-PC MDT heritage, brown paint - 8 car numbers
80500000061171E 61171 CR 360512
80500000061172E 61172 CR 360515
80500000061173E 61173 CR 360521
80500000061174E 61174 CR 360526
80500000061175E 61175 CR 360530
80500000061176E 61176 CR 360544
80500000061177E 61177 CR 360552
80500000061178E 61178 CR 360560


Much appreciation to Jeff in making these Conrail cars more historically accurate for all!

Pre-orders for this and all the second run of Exterior Post Insulated Boxcars are still due April 30th.  The previous production run of these Ex Post cars should be arriving at the port of Oakland on May 2nd.

 

Tuesday
Mar272018

New HO and N scale announcements

Wheels of Time is delighted to everyday work trucks used by railroad maintenance-of-way departments and construction contractors. First up are Railroad Maintenance-of-Way Truck and Dump Truck. Designed with the characteristically sculptured hood and cab. These Series 50/60/80 trucks were built in 1964-1966 for medium to heavy duty applications. Model features - one piece highly detailed body from Shapeways FUD material (FXD and FUD for N scale) and wheels-tires roll freely. Model requires cleaning any waxes, very light sanding, priming and painting. These models are available only directly due to the higher cost of production. Go here for HO scale.  Go here for N scale.

Tuesday
Mar132018

New Announcement!

We are delighted to announce a second run of our N scale Pacific Car & Foundry Exterior Post Insulated Boxcars (that is a mouth full). In this second batch, you might be please to know that we have: Santa Fe in repainted all red scheme, Burlington Northern with their classic logo, Conrail, CSX, DRGW-Union Pacific, DRGW-ex Golden West, and Texas & Pacific with their buzz saw logo! 

Pre-orders are due on April 30th. Please see your dealer or directly here at Wheels of Time.

In addition, the first batch is almost completed at the factory.

Wednesday
Jan102018

One week extension for Wheels of Time HO scale Flatcars Pre-Orders

We are giving a one week pre-order extension for our HO scale ACF Bulkhead Flatcars and similar looking Plain Deck Flatcars. The new deadline is January 18th. This gives us time to catch up on our work at Wheels of Time and give our friendly dealers extra time in collecting their pre-orders. And for interested folks like yourself, be sure to make a bee line to your favorite Hobby Store or reseve directly here.

Picture of the day just for your enjoyment: A print found among my father-in-law's stuff - the Continental Divide at the Moffat Tunnel. Noticed the Denver & Salt Lake (or Denver & Rio Grande Western) passenger train approaching the six mile long tunnel. Just imagine it must be a wonderful ride behind steam!

Moffat Tunnel

 

Monday
Dec182017

N-scale two day reservation deadline warning.

Wheels of Time N-scale Western Pacific "Fabulous" Four reservations will close after Wed. Dec. 20th. (Below, photo courtesy Ken Meeker collection. Ken was a WP employees who advocated his management to paint No. 913 in it's special scheme. Below engines WP 921, 917, 918 in the greeen and orange.)