So in the past, the most common of modern US boxcars (The Railbox 50' car) was virtually unavailable.
Recently, three seperate manufacturers have come out with them:
1. Athearn released the MDC tooling as both single door cars and combo door cars.
2. Atlas Trainman released the 50' single door cars
3. Fox Valley is releasing the 50' single door cars
So, now that I have choices, and they're all priced sanely (although, it IS tough to argue with the $7 trainman cars...), I need to make some decisions.
Modeling the 80s, I know I need a bunch of these cars. They seemed to be everywhere, but I'm soon going to be overloading the collection with them. I currently have 6 modern era cars (2 Athearn single doors, 2 athearn double doors, 2 Trainman single doors), and while I'm thinking I'm going to grab some more on the next run, I want to be sane about it (as 4 more numbers will be available in the next few months), so I'm looking to make some sense out of what I should buy.
How accurate are the Trainman cars? I know that the Trainman line are designed not to be super detailed, but knowing the crew behind them, I don't think they're stretching it too far roadname wise.
I know the FV cars will be accurate, but are they worth twice the price of the Trainman boxes (even though it's still sane)?
What do you all think? I'd love to hear from our resident freight car fiends.