Post by Rob Albritton on Jan 17, 2020 11:25:00 GMT -5
One of the big reasons I wanted to do the Maxi-I as opposed to some of the other Maxi cars out there was that it covers such a large time frame. The basic Maxi-I was a fairly early design - one of, if not the first non-bulkhead type double stack well car out there. It fell out of favor for a while as 53’ domestic containers started growing in popularity, but never went away. Then international 40’ container traffic started picking up again in the late 1990s, and the Maxi-I started its second surge. Because it is a 5 well articulated unit, it has a low TARE per container and is really well suited for transcon work to and from western port cities (think LA and Seattle) East cost too such as Charleston and Savannah. 35 years later, the MAXI-I is still being made by Greenbrier. www.gbrx.com/media/2483/maxi-stack-i.pdf
Rob Albritton So I just noticed that the road number of the BNSF Maxi-I that I have is not one of the road numbers that shows on your website. (nor is it one that is on my vendor's site either)
The numbers shown on your site (and yes, they correspond to my vendor's page) are as follows: 906508-1 BNSF MAXI-I Set 238782 Swoosh
906508-2 BNSF MAXI-I Set 239702 Swoosh
906508-3 BNSF MAXI-I Set 239808 Swoosh
906508-4 BNSF MAXI-I Set 238885 Swoosh
The order I placed was for AZL-906508-1 (238782).
As you can see, the number on my car from the photo above is 238314. I don't have the box in front of me so I'll have to check back with ya on what the product's model number says on the box. But honestly this is fine by me...interestingly enough, the sole picture of 238314 on rrpicturearchives.net shows it in Saginaw, TX on the line that I model. So, really....EXCELLENT customer service there.
But (semi-)seriously, I just found it a little odd. Did I get a different run or something? Again, not complaining at all as I actually prefer the number I got...just curious.
Huh, ok...so the box has the right part number on it: 906508-1. However, it also has the road number I got, BNSF 238314. So I guess the number changed somewhere along the line and the marketing materials weren't updated.
Like I said, this is good news as far as I'm concerned...not only a road number that is proven for my locale, but also is one of the earliest of the Swoosh cars off the assembly line which is also beneficial with my early-to-mid 2000's timeframe. (likely this car was built in late 2005)
If this thread isn't already long enough at 7 pages, there was only 99 posts so decided it was time to break out with 100th!
The Maxi sets come in a LONG (tall) package:
The problem with most packages with blow-mold trays is the package end-closure flap doesn't go in (easily) when attached to the top of the package. You have to negotiate getting the flap's edge to go under the white tray's outward edge ! Märklin also suffers from this too. If the end-closure flap were folded up from the bottom and pressed into the package, it freely enters of the tray's upper rounded edge.
To make the bottom entry work, I trim off the flat outward 'flare'so it is just straight down. About the thickness of a credit card.