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Gunderson 2420 Gondola : CNW

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EX-1210-1 89093
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EX-1210-2 89137
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Great little gondolas, unique Review by Josh
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I was attracted to these unusual little gondolas because of the price, the green CNW paint job, and the short length being a great fit for my small HO scale shelf switching model railroad layout.

I ordered 3 of them and I'm quite pleased. The molding is very detailed and sharp, the printing is great, the metal wheels and trucks are really nice, and it comes with Kadee #5 couplers. I feel this is a better value than Athearn RTR for a comparable price.

This is my first ExactRail purchase (I also ordered some Evolution series box cars in the same order) and though these Gunderson 2420 Gondolas are from ExactRail's "Express series" value line, I'm still impressed with the quality of the molded-on grab irons and stirrups etc. A large visual improvement compared to the huge old Athearn blue box or Roundhouse style ladder rungs.

The only thing I would knock this model for, is the realism. In my research it sounds like these gondolas were specially designed for Southern Pacific, and I have not seen any evidence (nor does ExactRail even claim) for these to be a true prototypical representation. i.e. Chicago NorthWestern may never have even owned any of these cars.

Now personally I don't care very much and I'm not the type of modeler who "must" have road numbers for which prototypes actually existed, but it was slightly disappointing to learn after the fact, because I had just assumed that all ExactRail offerings were 100% prototypical. Evidently not.

All in all, a great value and I'm glad I ordered 3 of these. The corrugated sides add a lot of interest to a short little car and the length means I can operate a bunch of these on my little layout and they'll look better than huge 60' cars hanging over the roadbed on my 18" radius curves and #4 turnouts. (Posted on 1/6/15)
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