Overland Hobbies has had the opportunity to review and photograph a number of the ScaleTrains future releases. Their TrinityRail 31,000 gallon Crude Oil Tank car is offered in two different levels of details…the Rivet Counter and the Operator versions. Rivet Counter Crude Oil Tank Cars are their highly detailed level of cars while the Operator Crude Oil Tank Cars are their simplified detail level model. The Crude Oil Tank cars are found in unit train service with as many as 100 cars per train with modern motive power up front often with another locomotive on the rear as distributed power.
The ScaleTrains 31K Crude Oil Tank Car models will make a great addition to your model railroad late this winter with the DPRX and TILX versions expected to arrive in February 2016 and the GATX and VMSX cars expected to arrive in May-June 2016. Please be sure to place your pre-orders today with Overland Hobbies via the specific links provided above.
The Rivet Counter cars are available in four road names including DPRX (Deep Rock Refining), (TILX) Trinity Leasing, (GATX) General American Transportation Co. and (VMSX) Valero Marketing and Supply Co. The Rivet Counter cars are are offered with 24 road numbers along with an un-numbered car. The Rivet Counter version will be decked out with all of the premium level detail right out of the box.
The Operator cars are available in four road names including DPRX (Deep Rock Refining), (TILX) Trinity Leasing, (GATX) General American Transportation Co. and (VMSX) Valero Marketing and Supply Co. The Operator cars are are offered with twelve road numbers to choose from. For those of you that want to upgrade the details on the Operator level of cars ScaleTrains will offer for separate purchase for your own application.
In order to show off some of the differences I have made some images to show the cars side by side and will note some of the key features.
Above image – (Left) Operator level model with fewer details such as a plastic head shield, no small lettering on the head shield, no printing on the HazMat placard board, no coupler cut lever, no air hose installed and a standard semi-scale knuckle coupler. (Right) The Rivet Counter model has small lettering on the etched metal head shield, small printing, printed HazMat placard, installed couple cut lever, air hose and durable body mounted metal semi-scale SE Type double-shelf knuckle coupler.
I have placed the cars end to end to show offer a few more details such as the Rivet Counter model on the right having a finer photo-etched metal see-through walkway compared to the Operator model with its plastic walkway.
In the above overhead view the top model is the Rivet Counter model where you will again find photo-etched metal walkways and the Operator model on the bottom with plastic walkways.
In the two photos above you can see the Rivet Counter (TILX) model on top and the Operator (GATX) model below. Check out the truck detail on the Rivet Counter model where they have installed an accurate Barber S-2-HD-9C 110-ton truck with blue rotating bearing cap and reporting marks and road number printed in the truck sideframe. The model also shows off the bright yellow conspicuity stripes applied.
For the Operator (GATX) model you can view the simplified details such as a one piece ASF Motion Control Super Service 110-ton truck and lacks any yellow conspicuity striping that is provided on a decal sheet for the customer to apply.
Above is an overall view of a ScaleTrains RIVET COUNTER 31,000 gallon Crude Oil Tank car. The Rivet Counter model is the version that features the higher level of detail making these very attractive for the rivet counting customers looking for all of the details to be applied right out of the box.
Above is a overall view of a ScaleTrains OPERATOR series 31,000 gallon Crude Oil Tank car. The Operator models are for a more price sensitive modeler or for folks that are not so concerned about the detail…and want to get as many models as possible at a good price.