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    Hi all.

    On the southern transcon, BNSF is operating some very cute steel coil unit trains with the unusual 1x2 power configuration. Usually the train is just a string of open coil cars like the first half of the coil train in the video below.

    Are such care available in N scale?
    Not the gondolas and not the closed coil cars. The open ones. They seem fairly basic in the design.

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    I've seen those tossed into mixed trains coming by me in Brownwood, TX the gondolas are easy the coil cars with the drop down bottom resemble the Atlas cars without their tops the other shorter ones look like the Red Caboose ones without their tops as well. Hope this helps

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    @SteveG6942 You're right. Those are the ones.
    I have seen them when searching the web, but I was hoping there'd be open ones available. Seems a pity to cut the top off those nice models.

    Oh well. A 3D print project for a rainy day, I suppose.

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    all the ones I've had the lids came right off so as far as I know no cutting required

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    The cars at the beginning are not available in N. I have one that someone had kitbashed using the Walther's car as a starting point. I got 2 additional Walther's cars I might attempt my own at, as the one I got I found at a shop.

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    Thanks guys.
    Maybe I should get one or two.
    The Red Caboose model seems scarce, and it’s part of Intermountain now?
    Do they still make the coil cars?
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    In N scale three different types were made.

    Walthers made these:


    Red Caboose made two types:

    Angled covers


    Round covers


    And the ones Atlas recently released:


    The red caboose are OOP, but they come up on eBay quite often.
    Some of the coil covers do come off with coils inside, some covers are glued on from the factory.
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    I think the Atlas model is closest to what I want.
    The other ones look longer than the cars I see on the video and on the Virtual Railfan live stream at Flagstaff.

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    Yeah the Atlas cars are definitely shorter.
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    However the Atlas car is still not correct for the BN/BNSF cars.

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    Hmm … maybe I have to find drawings somehow.

    I think it's going to be a sleeping project behind all the other ones that need my attention first.
    I keep getting all sorts of ideas about what I want to buy and do, and I don't have neither cash nor time for much of it right now …

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    Atlas Just announced the old Walthers version of the Cushioned Coil Cars.
    Probably still not what your looking for @
    SteamPower4ever, but thought I'd leave this here.


    https://shop.atlasrr.com/c-1520-n219...eid=4a87360098
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