Industrial Cars

Discussion in 'N / Z Scale Model Trains' started by WM-N-fan, Feb 2, 2002.

  1. WM-N-fan

    WM-N-fan Member

    Once at a hobby shop I saw a brand of cars (mainly box cars, but a few hoppers and tank cars) called Industrial. The cars were $2.99 each. How come no one lists it as a brand? I only saw it at one place. I checked a handful of web sites but found nothing!
  2. roryglasgow

    roryglasgow Active Member

    I have a few of those: Industrial Rail. I've only seen them in one hobby shop, and never advertised anywhere, either. I got mine as part of a "grab bag" from Trainworld.com. Later, I got some Life-Like freight cars (two box cars and a stock car) that look EXACTLY like the Industrial Rail box cars and stock cars that I got from Trainworld. I wonder if they mainly make cars for other companies...

    -Rory
  3. WM-N-fan

    WM-N-fan Member

    I noticed that also, how their cars are in life-like sets.
  4. BDC

    BDC Member

    I have about 6 or 7 of the Industrial cars and all of them are stamped "Lifelike" and "Made in China" on the bottom. IR and LL might be one and the same. Just a different name to catch the eyes of buyers. Who knows...
  5. TR-Flyer

    TR-Flyer Member

    Industrial Rail has advertised in "Classic Toy Trains"
  6. roryglasgow

    roryglasgow Active Member

    Do they list a website or how to get a catalog?

    -Rory
  7. nmtexman

    nmtexman Member

    Industrial Rail is an O27 company breaking into N-Scale. Here is their web address: http://www.industrialrail.com/ . The bodies are good for $3.00, but the trucks need to be changed out. The axels are made of soft plastic and warp in heat.

    :eek: Bob
  8. BDC

    BDC Member

    Actually, the IR cars aren't that bad of a deal, if you are set up to handle them properly. Put on some MT trucks (about $25-30 for 10 pairs) and some weights ($1.50 for 12 1/4oz weights with foam tape) some Dullcoat and you have a fleet ready to roll! 10 cars ready to go on your system for about $55-60 total. Lets see Microtrains beat that!:D :D
  9. roryglasgow

    roryglasgow Active Member

    Hmmmm... I know I've tried that address before...I guess I just wasn't holding my mouth right. Anyway, thanks for the link! I wish they had their N-scale line on the site, though. When I get time and money I might make a trip down to my local hobby shop (which isn't local) and see if they have any.

    -Rory
  10. scoobyloven

    scoobyloven Member

    i've bought a fleet of those i.r cars and they ran good with some work. my local hobby shop gets them in once a month and now i'm getting about 40 more just to fill the rest of my layout i have. i spent around $30.00 for the 35 i have now and yes their is not a big difference in them to life like and model power i spent $100.00 on the fleet of 40 mixed model power cars i have. price is a big factor in my layout. and you can't beet the price on these cars

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