Jan 31, 2002
List of cars used: http://www.bowser-trains.com/hocars/100t3bay/100t3bay_numbers.htm KIT INCLUDES: One piece plastic molded body, underframe, brake wheel, interior & slope sheet braces, brake wheel, air tank, brake cylinder, triple valve, X2f couplers, Roller Bearing Trucks with 36" wheels (RP-25 flanges) and car weights. Made in USA. Coal load for 100 Ton 3-Bay made by Blue Mountain #30-58 for a pack of 2 loads. You can order any quantity (1 and up). Different road numbers are available as indicated. Most cars have 3 or 12 different road numbers available at a time When we sell out, we remake the cars with new road numbers HO - Freight Cars 100 Ton 45' Triple Hopper Kits $12.00 each $19.95 each with white or yellow ends
Having said all of this, the Athearn Conrail G52X does look very close to the Conrail prototype. The major spotting features match up enough that the Athearn model will fool just about anyone except the avid Conrail rolling stock modeler. The paint on my samples was applied well and nicely matches Conrail's oxide red. The lettering is crisp, and even the smallest print can be read. Even the Cromweld sticker in the center of the car is present. The only missing detail is the Bethlehem Steel sticker found near the lower sill.
Here is where I have a confession to make. I scanned and submitted the detail photos that Athearn used when painting their Conrail Coalporter kits. I had high-quality photos of every part of the car, except one small part. Yes, you guessed it. I never took a shot of the Bethlehem Steel logo! Even my good buddy Rob Russell never took a photo of the logo. For some reason, we kept overlooking it. You can see Rob's photos on the Details page. I posted his photos there because I felt his were better than mine. So there you go. The Conrail Cyclopedia is to blame for the missing printing on the Athearn model!
All in all, I can recommend these models for anyone other than the diehard rolling stock modeler. This is probably as close as we'll get to a true G52X model, since they are unique to Conrail.
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