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BNSF Engines (9 items)

MTH 20-20001-2 BNSF 3GS21B Genset Switcher #1228 w/Proto-Sound 2.0

From my 2009 vol. 2 catalog order, this is MTH's take on the new genset switchers. While it's not nearly as cool as Lionel's genset, it's still a very nice engine. I ordered a few of these in the 2-rail configuration, which comes with fixed pilots, and then I converted them for 3-rail operation. Note the scale couplers! Released in 2011, added to my set in July of 2011.

MTH 20-2620-1 BNSF SD70ACe Diesel Engine w/Proto-Sound 2.0

The first engine to come in from my 2006 catalog order. These new SD70ACe's are amazing looking. This engine gave me my first look at the new brake cylinder detailing they've added to the trucks of their new diesels. The paint scheme is perfect! It was worth the wait. You can check out a video of this engine in action right here. This is a 2006 model, added to my set in December of the same year.

MTH 20-2620-3 BNSF SD70ACe Diesel Engine (Non-Powered)

Just like the one above, but non-powered. This is a 2006 model, added to my set in December of the same year.

MTH 20-2822-1 BNSF ES44AC #7785 Diesel Engine w/Proto-Sound 2.0

Part of my 2008 Vol. 1 order. I was pleased to discover that this ES44 has subtle differences, both in the body and the sound set, from the Canadian National ES44 above. It's always nice when train makers take the extra step to make slight modifications for each road name. Made in 2008, added to my collection in June of 2009

MTH 20-2822-1 BNSF ES44AC #7780 Diesel Engine w/Proto-Sound 2.0

Just like the engine above, but with a different road number. Made in 2008, added to my collection in August of 2009.

Lionel 6-28350 BNSF ES44AC Diesel Engine

I can't get enough of these die-cast ES44's. They are the best O-Scale diesel engines ever made, period. Made in 2010, added to my collection in Mary of 2011.

Lionel 6-28355 BNSF 3GS21B Genset Switcher #1249 w/Legacy

Nice look engine that looks great and sounds even better. Made in 2011, added to my set in October of 2011.

Lionel 6-31783 BNSF Ice Cold Express AC6000 #32 Diesel Engine w/Legacy

This AC6000 leads the Ice Cold Express train set that I ordered from Lionel's 2010 Volume 1 catalog. It's not based on anything real, but it's still neat looking. The set consisted of this engine, 3 57' mechanical refrigeration cars (1 with sound and 1 with smoke) and an extended vision caboose. Not a bad deal for $800. Made in 2011, added to my collection in January of 2012

Lionel 6-37065 BNSF TMCC Speeder

Lionel's classic speeder is finally equipped with TMCC! I've been waiting for this for years. Made in 2012, added to my collection in January 2013.

 

BNSF Rolling Stock (24 items, sorted by item number)

MTH 20-95053 BNSF Husky Stack Car

One of the 2 containers is weighted, giving the car a nice and heavy feel. It's a 2005 model, added to my set in April of 2006.

MTH 20-96174 BNSF Tank Car #880121

Nice tank cars. I've since weathered these. Made in 2008, added to my set in May of 2009.

MTH 20-96174 BNSF Tank Car #880116

Just like the tank car above, but a different road number. Made in 2008, added to my set in May of 2009.

MTH 20-96202 BNSF 20K Gallon 4-Compartment Tank Car

Very attractive. From my 2010 Volume 2 catalog order. Made in 2010, added to my collection in May of 2011.

Atlas 3001102-1 BNSF Trinity Covered Hopper #475278

he first run of the new Atlas Trinity covered hoppers. Very well done with lots of crisp detail. The metal walkways up top are really nice. Made in 2010, added to my set in May of 2010.

Atlas 3001102-2 BNSFTrinity Covered Hopper #475535

Just like the car above but with a different road number. Made in 2010, added to my set in May of 2010.

Atlas 3001102-3 BNSF Trinity Covered Hopper #475718

Just like the car above but with a different road number. Made in 2010, added to my set in May of 2010.

Atlas 3001102-4 Trinity Covered Hopper #475764

Just like the car above but with a different road number. Made in 2010, added to my set in May of 2010.

Atlas 3001102-5 BNSF Trinity 5161 cu. ft. Covered Hopper #475287

Added to my set in March of 2011.

Atlas 3001102-6 BNSF Trinity 5161 cu. ft. Covered Hopper #475555

Add to my set in March of 2011.

Atlas 3001102-7 BNSF Trinity 5161 cu. ft. Covered Hopper #475711

Added to my set in March of 2011.

Atlas 3001102-8 BNSF Trinity 5161 cu. ft. Covered Hopper #476742

Added to my set in March of 2011.

Lionel 6-17251 BNSF 50' Modern Boxcar

A nicely done boxcar. My favorite part is the well done roof, which isn't visible in the photo. Made in 1999 and added to my set in March 2007.

Lionel 6-21853 BNSF PS-2 4427 Hopper 3-Pack

These are out of Lionel's 2006 catalog. I like that Lionel has started using the trucks with the rotating bearing caps like Atlas does. It adds another level of realism. These hoppers are very nicely done. Made in 2006 and added to my set in June 2007.

Lionel 6-21895 Burlington Northern Husky Stack 2-Pack

Added to my collection sometime in 2008.

Lionel 6-27397 BNSF 57' Mechanical Refrigerator Car w/Cooling Generator Sound Effects

The reefer is part of the Ice Cold Express set I ordered from Lionel's 2010 Volume 1 catalog. This is a sound car that makes cooling generator sounds on a 2 minute cycle. Made in 2011, added to my set in January of 2012.

Lionel 6-27398 BNSF 57' Mechanical Refrigerator Car w/Ice Cold Smoke Effect

The reefer is part of the Ice Cold Express set I ordered from Lionel's 2010 Volume 1 catalog. This car has a smoke unit inside that creates an "ice cold" frost effect when activated. Pretty cool. Made in 2011, added to my set in January of 2012.

Lionel 6-27399 BNSF 57' Mechanical Refrigerator Car

The reefer is part of the Ice Cold Express set I ordered from Lionel's 2010 Volume 1 catalog. Made in 2011, added to my set in January of 2012.

Lionel 6-27637 BNSF Ice Cold Express Extended Vision Caboose #31

The caboose is part of the Ice Cold Express set I ordered from Lionel's 2010 Volume 1 catalog. It's got a VERY detailed interior and a smoke unit that puts smoke out of the stack on top. Made in 2011, added to my set in January of 2012.

Atlas 8910-2 BNSF #236074 Gunderson Stack Car A-B Set

I first picked up the CSX Sealand rendition of this set (below) and was so impressed with it that I ran out and grabbed the BNSF version as well. I'd also like to pick up the middle C-D-E sets that attach to these units and makes them even longer. Hats off to Atlas for going all out on these sweet sets. This is a 2007 release, added to my set in April of the same year.

Weaver Weaver Ultra Line BNSF #2003 PS-1 40' Boxcar

This being one of the first Weaver car I ever had, I was a little disappointed at first. The body seemed to be made of flimsy plastic and the trucks seemed to be cheaply made. I didn't want to pass judgment to quickly, so I asked someone to explain Weaver cars to me on the O-gauge magazine forum. Apparently, Weaver cars are geared for kit hobbyists. They claim that the styrene plastic takes paint better than the ABS plastic used by Lionel and MTH. They also said that the trucks were available in sturdier die-cast models, but that the cheaper trucks were made for 2-rail layouts. The paint job on this car is pretty good and the detailing is done well. I especially like the detailing on the brake wheel. I have since replaced the plastic trucks on this car with die-cast Lionel metal sprung trucks.

 

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