62118-1 SAL GP30 501 62118-2 SAL GP30 503 62118-3 SAL GP30 512
EMD GP38-2 – Illinois Central
62514-1 IC GP38-2 9617 Operation Lifesaver 62514-2 IC GP38-2 9625 62514-3 IC GP38-2 9630
NEW BODY STYLE – Greenville 60’ Boxcars!
AZL’s all new body style is here! These are 60’ Greenville 7100 boxcars. These cars began their service in 1973. They were first used for the transport of auto-parts and placed into pool service. These cars would travel the country to deliver components to the car factories. The ‘322’ on the cars designated that they were assigned to the Ford motor plant in Lima, Ohio. In later years, these cars were repurposed to carry a variety of loads. They can still be found on the rails over 30 years after they first started their service.
The first release is for the DT&I. A single car and a four pack is available.
904204-1 DT&I Greenville 60´ Boxcar Single 25914
914204-1 DT&I Greenville 60´ Boxcar Set 25907, 25913, 25916, 25927
DODX – 89’ Flat Cars with M2A2s loads From Z-Panzer!
Six trailer hitches included. Three in the raised position and three in the lowered position. M2A2s by Andrew Hart of Z-Panzer. They are highly detailed. This is a limited edition release.
Let's see... one caboose per train, maybe; one or two locomotives; 40 boxcars (or tank cars, ore gondolas, or...). I wonder where the money is made?
If you follow MTL, 90 percent of their release is boxcars. For modern era, that's not much. I used to be happy with a modern boxcar, but after a while, I am boxcar out.
Actually, all MTL does is REPAINTS of their old boxcar molds. Their PER DIEM series is repaints of their 50 foot boxcars, Their GN CIRCUS series is repaints of their 40 foot boxcars. Their Weathered series is "repaints" of all their rolling stock.
At least AZL gives us new and interesting body styles for us to play around with and to spice up our trains.
Oh, but there's still hope for MTL. I hear they're branching out. Their new HEINZ series are repaints of their old wooden reefer molds.
To put things *somewhat* into perspective, keep in mind that the street price for a modern MTL boxcars is about HALF that of this new AZL release. And Micro-Trains HAS released a newly tooled boxcar within the past two years.
Not knocking the AZL release at all--looks great--but man.....$43 for a boxcar is pushing it. I can't find anything talking specifically about the model itself, so I'm curious what features warrant that price point. Fortunately for me this Greenville car isn't of great interest....even with some likely foobie schemes coming, I'll only be in for one or maybe two.
if we left it to MTL, we would be waiting for years for new items to come out. OK so 60' box cars are not everyone's cup of T, but come on guys without AZL where would Z scale be? If you don't like what ALL does go and set up your own manufacturing/design for Z scale and see what it costs. Good job as always AZL, keep up the good work.
My wallet is safe for now. I have always wondered about the loads on those 89' flat cars; is it just me or are the loads way out of scale? The cars look nice but the loads just don't look right. Not being critical; just an observation.
From a dispassionate, economics point of view (the MBA in me talking), I like seeing AZL release cars as well as MTL. Both are providing, for the most part, different sorts of cars so there is some variety. These are all limited in quantity, driving the supply/demand curves, and there is plenty of room for competition from both companies. No competition in locomotives in my opinion, but given the huge variety AZL provides, and at competitive prices, that's OK at the moment. But we run far more cars than locomotives, so more is better and benefits us all.
The only real question is does designing a freight car drain AZL resources to the point other products are delayed? I tend to doubt it. So Rob and Hans, you guys do your thing and much success to you.