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New model trains for the week of December 3, 2020

By Cody Grivno Group Technical Editor | December 3, 2020

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Atlas Model Railroad Co. HO scale Electro-Motive Division GP38 diesel locomotive
Atlas Model Railroad Co. HO scale Electro-Motive Division GP38 diesel locomotive
Atlas Model Railroad Co. HO scale Electro-Motive Division GP38 diesel locomotive

Electro-Motive Division GP38 and GP40 diesel locomotives. New numbers. GP38: Norfolk Southern (thoroughbred scheme, two numbers) and RJ Corman (red, silver, and white scheme). GP40: Baltimore & Ohio (blue and yellow) and Southern Pacific (speed lettering). New paint schemes. GP38: Conrail (American Revolution Bicentennial scheme in one road number, blue with white sill stripe in two numbers) and Bangor & Aroostook (dark blue and gray). GP40: Georgia RR (black and white), New Orleans Public Belt (orange and black, two numbers), and Western Pacific (green and orange with “WP” on nose). Re-issues. GP38: Norfolk Southern (“First Responders” scheme, one number). GP40: NJ Transit. Three numbers per scheme unless noted; both body styles available undecorated. Directional golden-white light-emitting-diode headlights, detailed cab interior with crew figures, and positionable drop steps. Direct-current model with eight-pin plug for Digital Command Control decoder, $189.95; with dual-mode ESU LokSound Select sound decoder, $299.95. Master Line. Atlas Model Railroad Co., 908-687-0880, atlasrr.com

Athearn HO scale 24-foot ore cars with load
Athearn HO scale 24-foot ore cars with load

HO scale freight cars
24-foot ore car with load. Burlington Northern; Bessemer & Lake Erie; Canadian National; Chicago & North Western; Duluth, Missabe & Iron Range; Great Northern (Glacier Green in seven numbers, red and mineral red in six numbers each); Lake Superior & Ishpeming; Long Island Rail Road; and Union Pacific. Nineteen road numbers (four four-packs and three single cars) per scheme unless noted. Injection-molded plastic car with removable load, RP-25 contour nickel silver wheels, and separate brake wheel. Single car, $27.98; four-pack, $104.98. Roundhouse line. Athearn Trains, 800-338-4639, athearn.com

Atlas Model Railroad Co. HO scale modern aluminum coal gondola
Atlas Model Railroad Co. HO scale modern aluminum coal gondola

Modern aluminum coal gondola. New paint schemes: Burlington Northern (silver, green, and white); CSX (black and yellow); Entergy Gulf States Inc. (black and white); Norfolk Southern (gray and black); and Reading, Blue Mountain & Northern. New road numbers: Canadian National (red and silver with small black “wet noodle” herald and www.cn.ca). Four numbers per scheme; also available undecorated. Injection-molded plastic with metal wheels and Accumate couplers. $27.95 (undecorated, $21.95). Trainman line. Atlas Model Railroad Co., 908-687-0880, atlasrr.com

Atlas Model Railroad Co. HO scale Pullman 10-section, 1-drawing-room, 2-compartment heavyweight sleeper
Atlas Model Railroad Co. HO scale Pullman 10-section, 1-drawing-room, 2-compartment heavyweight sleeper

HO scale passenger equipment
Pullman 10-section, 1-drawing-room, 2-compartment heavyweight sleeper. Lehigh Valley (LV Red: Lake Ashley and Lake Long), Mexico (green and black: Gonzalez Bocanegra), Pennsylvania RR (Tuscan Red and black: Lake Arthur, Lake Auburn, and Lake Girard), Pullman (green and black: Lake Grandin, Lake Sanford, and Lake Scott; two-tone gray: Lake Bear, Lake Caroline, and Lake George), Southern Pacific (Pullman Green and black: Lake Cowan, Lake Gregory, and Lake Norris), Southern Ry. (green and black: Lake Ainslie, Lake Latham, and Lake Moreau), and Union Pacific (Armour Yellow and Harbor Mist Gray: Lake Caillou, Lake Livingston, and Lake Sibley). Also available painted Pullman Green but unlettered. Interior detail; operating diaphragms; prototype-specific air conditioning details; separate, factory-applied brake piping, steam traps, and brake rigging; detailed trucks with metal wheels; and Accumate couplers. $89.95. Third quarter 2021. Master Line. Atlas Model Railroad Co., 908-687-0880, atlasrr.com

Rapido Trains HO scale Bi-level commuter cars
Rapido Trains HO scale Bi-level commuter cars

Bi-level commuter cars. Agence Métropolitaine de Transport (Montreal, series IV coach and cab-coach), GO Transit (early scheme, series I coach and cab-coach), Metrolink (Los Angeles, series III coach and series II cab-coach), Trinity Rail Express (Dallas/Ft. Worth, series IV coach and cab-coach), TriRail (Miami, series I coach and cab-coach), and West Coast Express (Vancouver, series IV coach and series II cab-coach). Undecorated coach (series I, III, and IV) and cab-coach (series I, II, and IV) also available. Body shell with or without rivet details, four or five windows on lower level as appropriate, inside-bearing trucks with roller-bearing axles and metal wheelsets, interior and underbody details, tinted window glazing, metal side grab irons, constant dual-mode interior lighting, and controllable dual-mode cab car lighting. Single coach, $99.95; single cab-coach, $119.95; three-car set without cab car, $299.95; and three-car set with cab-coach, $319.95. Delivery in 2021. Rapido Trains, 905-474-3314, rapidotrains.com

Bachmann HO scale Pacific Flyer train set
Bachmann HO scale Pacific Flyer train set

HO scale sets
Pacific Flyer. Set includes Union Pacific 0-6-0 steam locomotive with operating headlight and tender, Canadian National 40-foot gondola, Chicago & Illinois Midland 40-foot boxcar, UP offset-cupola caboose, 36” circle of snap-fit E-Z Track, power pack, and speed controller. $179. Bachmann Trains, 215-533-1600, bachmanntrains.com

Rapido Trains HO scale 53-foot high-cube intermodal containers
Rapido Trains HO scale 53-foot high-cube intermodal containers

HO scale details and accessories
53-foot high-cube intermodal containers. Armour Transportation System, Canadian National (“We Deliver” slogan and multimodal scheme), Canadian Pacific (gray with red “CP” and red with white “CP”), Clarke (Transforce), J.B. Hunt, Maritime-Ontario, Schneider National, and Western Canada Express. Also available undecorated. Removable floor for adding extra weight and optional heater box and fuel tank decorated and installed as appropriate. Two-pack, $29.95. Rapido Trains Inc., 905-474-3314, rapidotrains.com

Atlas Model Railroad Co. N scale Alco S-4 diesel locomotive
Atlas Model Railroad Co. N scale Alco S-4 diesel locomotive

N scale locomotives
Alco S-4 diesel locomotive. Baltimore & Ohio (blue and yellow); Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe (pinstripe scheme); Boston & Maine (black, red, and white with Minuteman herald); CP Rail (red, white, and black with Multimark herald); Grand Trunk Western (black and red with “wet noodle” herald); Pennsylvania RR (Dark Green Locomotive Enamel and yellow); and Southern Pacific (black and orange). Two road numbers per scheme; also available undecorated with vertical radiator shutters. All new model with die-cast metal hood and chassis; riveted or welded cab as appropriate; vertical or horizontal radiator shutters; directional light-emitting-diode lighting; and separate, factory-applied uncoupling levers, air hoses, and piping. Direct-current model, $134.95 (undecorated, $124.95); with dual-mode ESU LokSound sound decoder, $244.95 (undecorated, $234.95). Third quarter 2021. Master Line. Atlas Model Railroad Co., 908-687-0880, atlasrr.com

Kato USA N scale Southern Pacific class GS-4 4-8-4
Kato USA N scale Southern Pacific class GS-4 4-8-4

Southern Pacific class GS-4 4-8-4. Postwar black with rear-mounted train number boards. Two road numbers. Drivers are operated by functional side rods. Electrical pickup from both driver and tender for constant electrical connection. Directional headlight and simulated Mars light, illuminated number boxes, detailed cab interior, and Kato knuckle coupler on front and rear. Direct-current model, $240; pre-installed Digital Command Control (DCC) motor and light decoder, $320; and pre-installed ESU LokSound DCC decoder, $440. September-October 2021. Kato USA Inc., 847-781-9500, katousa.com

Atlas Model Railroad Co. N scale General Steel Industries 48-foot bulkhead flatcar
Atlas Model Railroad Co. N scale General Steel Industries 48-foot bulkhead flatcar

N scale freight cars
General Steel Industries 48-foot bulkhead flatcar. New paint schemes: Atlantic Coast Line (black and white); BC Rail (green and white); Burlington Northern (Cascade Green and white); Chicago, Burlington & Quincy (Chinese Red and white); Chicago Great Western (black and white); Gulf, Mobile & Ohio (brown and white); Missouri Pacific (brown and white); Missouri Pacific (brown and white); and Union Pacific (brown and white). Three road numbers per scheme. Die-cast metal body with detailed deck and bulkhead lattices. $32.95. Third quarter 2021. Atlas Model Railroad Co., 908-687-0880, atlasrr.com

Bachmann N scale Yard Boss train set
Bachmann N scale Yard Boss train set

N scale sets
Yard Boss. Set includes Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe 0-6-0 steam locomotive and tender; Green Bay & Western 40-foot boxcar; Southern Ry. four-bay offset-side hopper; Santa Fe wide-cupola caboose; 24” circle of nickel silver E-Z Track; power pack; and speed controller. $229. Bachmann Trains, 215-533-1600, bachmanntrains.com

Atlas O 68-foot flatcar
Atlas O 68-foot flatcar

O scale freight cars
Assorted 68-foot flatcars. New paint schemes. Bulkhead flatcar: General American (blue and white) and TTX (yellow and black with modern logo). Short bulkhead flatcar: TTX (yellow and black with modern logo). Without bulkheads: TTX (yellow and black with modern logo). New road numbers. Bulkhead flatcar: BNSF Ry. (Mineral Red and white) and TTX (yellow and black with black logo). Short bulkhead flatcar: TTX (yellow and black with black logo). Without bulkheads: Department of Defense (red and black) and Norfolk Southern (brown and white). Two road numbers per scheme; all body styles available undecorated. Side stake pockets, simulated tie loops, and fish-belly center sill. Bulkhead and short bulkhead cars, $62.95 (undecorated, $59.95); without bulkheads, $59.95 (undecorated, $56.95). Third quarter 2021. Trainman series. Atlas O, 908-687-0880, atlasrr.com

American Z Line Z scale Gunderson Maxi-I five-unit articulated well car
American Z Line Z scale Gunderson Maxi-I five-unit articulated well car
Z scale freight cars
Gunderson Maxi-I five-unit articulated well car. Southern Pacific (yellow with DTTX reporting marks). Three road numbers. Well cars feature metal chassis with etched-metal details, add-on parts, Auto-Latch couplers, roller-bearing trucks, and metal wheelsets. Each set includes five SeaLand 40-foot intermodal containers. American Z Line, 614-764-1703, americanzline.com
Electronics/controls
A-Track version 4.4.3. New features include continuous real-time monitoring of locomotive allocation, speed, direction, and main functions using NCE Auxiliary Input Units connected via the cab bus. Monitoring extended to handle block detection, with track occupancy shown live on mimic diagrams. Allows users to run and instantly switch between multiple NCE command stations connected at the same time to a PC; concurrent connections to as many as four NCE systems are supported. Works with all types of NCE systems and connects automatically to any interfaced system. Runs under any version of Windows from Windows XP to Windows 10 on any PC. Free. A-Track, +44 162 542 1324, a-train-systems.co.uk
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