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Model railroad locomotive, freight car, passenger equipment, structure, and accessory announcements for December 16, 2021

By | December 13, 2021

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

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Three HO scale Procor 20,000-gallon tank cars from Rapido Trains.

Product news

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 16, 2021.

HO scale locomotives

Electro-Motive Division SW1500 diesel locomotive. Burlington Northern (Cascade Green and black), Conrail (“can opener” herald), St. Louis Southwestern (Cotton Belt, scarlet and gray), Western Pacific (green and orange), and Wisconsin Central (maroon and yellow). Three road numbers per scheme; also available undecorated (standard and Southern Pacific body styles). Light-emitting-diode headlights, improved five-pole skew-wound can motor with flywheels, and McHenry scale couplers. Direct-current model with 21-pin NEM plug, $219.99; with dual-mode SoundTraxx Tsunami 2 sound decoder, $319.99. January 2023. Ready-to-Roll. Athearn Trains, 800-338-4639, athearn.com

Athearn Ready-to-Roll HO scale Burlington Northern Electro-Motive Division SW1500 diesel locomotive no. 310.
Athearn Ready-to-Roll HO scale Burlington Northern Electro-Motive Division SW1500 diesel locomotive no. 310.

Electro-Motive Division GP40-2 diesel locomotive. Burlington Northern (Cascade Green and black with stripes), CSX (dark blue and yellow), Denver & Rio Grande Western (orange and black with speed lettering), Kansas City Southern (gray), Norfolk Southern (Thoroughbred scheme), and United States Army (red and yellow). Three road numbers per scheme. Light-emitting-diode headlights, five-pole motor with flywheels and multi-link drive train, and Celcon handrails. Direct-current model with 21-pin plug, $116.99. January 2023. Roundhouse line. Athearn Trains, 800-338-4639, athearn.com

Athearn Roundhouse line HO scale Kansas City Southern Electro-Motive Division GP40-2 no. 2955.
Athearn Roundhouse line HO scale Kansas City Southern Electro-Motive Division GP40-2 no. 2955.

HO scale freight cars

Assorted Northern Pacific freight cars. Single- and double-sheathed boxcars and double-sheathed refrigerator car. Injection-molded plastic kits with plastic wheelsets, Accumate couplers, and steel weight. Single car, $19.98 (refrigerator car, $20.98); three-pack, $59.98. February 2022. Accurail, 630-365-1173, accurail.com

Accurail HO scale Northern Pacific 40-foot single- and double-sheathed boxcars and double-sheathed refrigerator car.
Accurail HO scale Northern Pacific 40-foot single- and double-sheathed boxcars and double-sheathed refrigerator car.

Bay-window cabooses. Southern Pacific (class C-50-8 in brown-and-orange scheme, three road numbers; class C-50-9 in white Railroad Police scheme, two numbers; and C-50-9 in “Kodachrome” scheme, one number), Union Pacific (class B-50-9 in Armour Yellow with shield herald and SP reporting marks, one number), Western Pacific (481 class in red-and-black scheme, two numbers), and Willamette & Pacific (class C-50-5, one number). Wire grab irons, interior seats, and body-mounted McHenry scale couplers. With dual-mode NCE decoder for light-emitting-diode lighting, $119.99; with dual-mode SoundTraxx Tsunami SoundCar, $159.99. January 2023. Genesis series. Athearn Trains, 800-338-4639, athearn.com

Athearn Genesis HO scale Southern Pacific class C-50-8 bay-window caboose no. 4660
Athearn Genesis HO scale Southern Pacific class C-50-8 bay-window caboose no. 4660.

Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe panel boxcar. 3-D printed kit with assembly hardware and photo-illustrated instructions. Trucks and couplers not included. $29.99 Concept Models, con-sys.com

Concept Models HO scale Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe panel boxcar kit.
Concept Models HO scale Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe panel boxcar kit.

Procor 20,000-gallon general purpose tank car. Procor (as-delivered scheme with split “P” logo and UTLX reporting marks, split “P” logo and PROX marks, small modern logo, and large modern logo), North American Car (as-delivered scheme), British Columbia Ry. (green with large dogwood flower herald and “British Columbia Railway” lettering [four-pack] and green with small dogwood flower herald and “BC Rail” lettering [one number]), CP Rail (company service, four-pack and single car), and Government of Alberta (PROX and UTLX marks). Also available undecorated (two versions). Photo-etched metal walkways; detailed vent stacks, loading hatches, air tanks, and brake equipment; and Rapido semi-scale knuckle couplers. Single car, $49.95; four-pack, $199.80; and six-pack, $299.70. Rapido Trains, 905-474-3314, rapidotrains.com

Three HO scale Procor 20,000-gallon tank cars from Rapido Trains.
Three HO scale Procor 20,000-gallon tank cars from Rapido Trains.

HO scale passenger equipment

Budd mid-train dome. Canadian Pacific (maroon scheme, three road numbers), CP Rail (Action Red, two numbers), Rio Grande Ski Train (Early and late schemes, one number each. Available exclusively from Spring Creek Model Trains), and VIA Rail Canada (post-1982 interior and “reversed” running configuration, six numbers [three numbers represent cars rebuilt after the mid-2010s]). New, improved tooling; underbody detail with air, steam, and electrical lines; detailed and decorated interiors; and track-powered interior lighting, including dome lights. $119.95. Superior Stainless line. Rapido Trains, 905-474-3314, rapidotrains.com

Illustration showing five paint schemes offered on the Rapido Trains HO scale mid-train dome.
Illustration showing five paint schemes offered on the Rapido Trains HO scale mid-train dome.

N scale details and accessories

40-foot Fruehauf Z-van trailer. Missouri Pacific, Penn Central, Realco, and Rock Island. Two trailer numbers per scheme. Separate, factory-applied mud flaps; vinyl tires; and interchangeable (raised and lowered) landing gear. $29.99. January 2023. Athearn N. Athearn Trains, 800-338-4639, athearn.com

Athearn N scale Missouri Pacific 40-foot Fruehauf Z van trailer.
Athearn N scale Missouri Pacific 40-foot Fruehauf Z van trailer.

N scale structures

City station. Kit features laser-cut acrylic parts with engraved stonework and various station names. Beaux-arts style with art glass and wrought iron canopy. Can be used as stand-alone structure or in conjunction with city station concourse kit, sold separately. Measures 4-1/4” x 10-1/2” x 5-1/4”. $215. Custom Model Railroads, 410-889-0010, custommodelrailroads.com

Custom Model Railroads N scale city station kit.
Custom Model Railroads N scale city station kit.

Z scale locomotives

Electro-Motive Division E7 diesel locomotive. New paint scheme: Great Northern (Omaha Orange and Pullman Green with yellow stripes). Two road numbers. Features 7mm motor with dual flywheels, metal steps, directional light-emitting-diode headlights, optional front truck with mounted coupler, blackened metal wheels, and AutoLatch couplers. American Z Line, 614-764-1703, americanzline.com

American Z Line Great Northern Electro-Motive Division E7 diesel locomotive no. 506.
American Z Line Great Northern Electro-Motive Division E7 diesel locomotive no. 506.
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