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Model railroad locomotive, freight car, detail and accessory, and structure announcements for December 30, 2021

By | December 27, 2021

Model railroad product news including HO, N, and Z scales

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The N Scale Architect N scale Barnesville [Pa.] Tunnel kit.

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Model railroad operators and builders can get the latest information about locomotives, freight cars, passenger cars, tools, track, and more by reading Model Railroader’s frequent product updates. Here are the products Model Railroader editors have news on for the week of December 30, 2021

HO scale locomotives

Electro-Motive Division F7A and F7B diesel locomotives. Amtrak (silver, red, and black); Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe (red-and-silver warbonnet); Baltimore & Ohio (blue, gray, and black); Chicago & North Western (yellow and green [single A unit offered in two road numbers]); Denver & Rio Grande Western (Aspen Gold, silver, and black); Northern Pacific (Loewy two-tone green); Penn Central (black); and Soo Line (red and white). Three A-B sets and three matching A units per scheme unless noted (two numbers each with dual-mode sound decoder, one number each with direct current). WalthersProto series mechanism, factory-installed handrails, RP-25 contour metal wheels, and Proto-Max couplers. Direct-current models with 21-pin plug: A unit, $149.98; A-B set, $299.98. With dual-mode ESU Sound: A unit, $209.98; A-B set, $419.98. June 2022. WalthersMainline. Wm. K. Walthers Inc., 414-527-0770, walthers.com

WalthersMainline HO scale Amtrak Electro-Motive Division F7A no. 100 and F7B no. 150
WalthersMainline HO scale Amtrak Electro-Motive Division F7A no. 100 and F7B no. 150

HO scale freight cars

United States Railroad Administration 55-ton two-bay hopper. New paint scheme: Canadian National. Injection-molded plastic kit with plastic wheelsets, steel weights, and Accumate couplers. Single car, $18.98; three-pack, $55.98. March 2022. Accurail, 630-365-1173, accurail.com

Accurail HO scale Canadian National 55-ton United States Railroad Administration two-bay hopper three-pack.
Accurail HO scale Canadian National 55-ton United States Railroad Administration two-bay hopper three-pack.

Bethlehem Steel Co. F89-F TOFC flatcar. Flatcar only: Trailer Train (brown [1960s+] and yellow [1970s+] schemes with “Trailer Train” lettering, “TT” logo, and TTX reporting marks; yellow [1970s+] with “Trailer Train” lettering, “TT” logo, and RTTX marks; and yellow with 1991-2008 logo and RTTX marks). Three to four road numbers per paint scheme. With 40-foot Fuehauf Z-van trailer: brown [late 1960s+] with TTX marks and Penn Central or Realco trailer and yellow [late 1970s+] with TTX marks and Missouri Pacific or Rock Island trailer. One number each. Flatcars feature raised and lowered hitches, formed wire brake plumbing, and 70-ton roller-bearing trucks with rotating bearing caps. Flatcar, $54.99; flatcar with trailer, $89.99. January 2023. Genesis series. Athearn Trains, 800-338-4639, athearn.com

Athearn Genesis HO scale Trailer Train Bethlehem Steel Co. F89-F flatcar no. 151111.
Athearn Genesis HO scale Trailer Train Bethlehem Steel Co. F89-F flatcar no. 151111.

40-foot chemical tank car. Baker’s Chocolate (black and white), General American Transportation Co. (yellow and green with “Motor fuel antiknock compound” stencil), Stein Hall (yellow and blue), Sol-U-Phos Liquid Fertilizer (tan, green, and black), Union Pacific (black), and Vulcan Chemicals (orange and blue). Five road numbers per scheme (two single cars and one three-pack). Separate, factory-applied brake wheel, wire safety handrails, and body-mounted McHenry scale couplers. Single car, $37.99; three-pack, $94.99. January 2023. Roundhouse line. Athearn Trains, 800-338-4639, athearn.com

Athearn Roundhouse line HO scale 40-foot Baker’s Chocolate tank car no. 31055.
Athearn Roundhouse line HO scale 40-foot Baker’s Chocolate tank car no. 31055.

Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe side-dump car. Kit features 3-D printed parts, assembly hardware, decals, and photo-illustrated instructions but no trucks or couplers. $24.99 plus shipping. Concept Models, con-sys.com

Concept Models Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe side-dump car no. 186067.
Concept Models Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe side-dump car no. 186067.

Milwaukee Road 3,898-cubic-foot capacity ribbed-side boxcar. New road numbers: February 1940 as-delivered scheme (“Route of the Hiawathas), six numbers; September 1939 as-delivered scheme (“Route of the Hiawathas”), three numbers; December 1939 as-delivered scheme (“Route of the Electrified Olympian”), four numbers; February 1940 as-delivered scheme (“Route of the Electrified Olympian”), two numbers; and 1963 repaint, six numbers. New paint scheme: Chicago, Terra Haute & Southeastern September 1939 as-delivered scheme (“Route of the Hiawathas”), one number. Full-length ribs, 5-5 dreadnaught ends, wire uncoupling levers, and body-mounted Kadee no. 58 couplers. $44.99. Platinum Series. ExactRail, 866-945-1701, exactrail.com

ExactRail HO scale Milwaukee Road 3,898-cubic-foot capacity boxcar no. 19265
ExactRail HO scale Milwaukee Road 3,898-cubic-foot capacity boxcar no. 19265.

HO scale details and accessories

40-foot Fruehauf Z-van trailer. Penn Central, Missouri Pacific, Realco, and Rock Island. Two trailer numbers per scheme. Separate, factory-applied mud flaps; vinyl tires; and wheeled or shoe-style landing gear. $37.99. January 2023. Athearn Trains, 800-338-4639, athearn.com

Athearn HO scale Penn Central 40-foot Fruehauf Z-van trailer no. 295532.
Athearn HO scale Penn Central 40-foot Fruehauf Z-van trailer no. 295532.

N scale freight cars

Bethlehem Steel Co. F89-F TOFC flatcar. Flatcar only: Trailer Train (yellow [1970s+] and brown [1960s+] with “Trailer Train” lettering, “TT” logo, and TTX reporting marks; yellow [1970s+] with “Trailer Train” lettering, “TT” logo, and RTTX marks; and yellow with 1991-2008 logo and RTTX marks). Three to four road numbers per paint scheme. With 40-foot Fuehauf Z-van trailer: brown [late 1960s+] with TTX marks and Penn Central or Realco trailer and yellow [late 1970s+] with TTX marks and Missouri Pacific or Rock Island trailer. One number each. Raised and lowered hitches, screw-mounted trucks, and machined metal RP-25 contour metal wheels. Flatcar, $44.99; flatcar with trailer, $72.99. January 2023. Athearn N. Athearn Trains, 800-338-4639, athearn.com

Athearn N Bethlehem Steel Co. TTX F89-F TOFC flatcar no. 151267.
Athearn N Bethlehem Steel Co. TTX F89-F TOFC flatcar no. 151267.

N scale structures

Barnesville Tunnel. Kit includes main chamber housing, exhaust fan structures, vent ductwork, wooden tunnel casing, exhaust fan castings, etched stainless steel grills, and illustrated step-by-step instructions. Measures 5-1/2” x 3-1/2” x 2-1/4”. Based on prototype located near Barnesville, Pa. $49.95. Layout Builder’s Series. The N Scale Architect, 607-746-8416, thenarch.com

The N Scale Architect N scale Barnesville [Pa.] Tunnel kit.
The N Scale Architect N scale Barnesville [Pa.] Tunnel kit.

Z scale locomotives

Electro-Motive Division SW1000 diesel locomotive. Denver & Rio Grande Western (orange and black with “Flying Grande” lettering). Three road numbers. Prototype-specific details, traction tires, blackened-metal wheels, directional light-emitting-diode headlights, and AutoLatch couplers. Includes adapters for replacing AutoLatch couples with Micro-Trains no. 905 couplers. American Z Line, 614-764-1703, americanzline.com

American Z Line Denver & Rio Grande Western Electro-Motive Division SW1000 no. 141
American Z Line Denver & Rio Grande Western Electro-Motive Division SW1000 no. 141.
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