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Model railroad locomotive, freight car, passenger equipment, structure, and decal announcements for December 24, 2020

By | December 24, 2020

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

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Model railroad operators and builders can get the latest information about locomotives, freight cars, structures, decals, and more by reading Model Railroader’s frequent product updates. Here are the products Model Railroad editors have news on for the week of Dec. 24, 2020.

HO scale locomotives
Union Pacific gas turbine with tender. Nos. 64 (without “Union Pacific” on nose, short air intakes, and smaller tender lettering), 67 (with raised air intakes and “Union Pacific” on nose), 70 (with short air intakes and “Union Pacific” on nose), and 72 (without “Union Pacific” on nose and short air intakes). Aluminum trucks, fuel tender, Genesis five-pole skew-wound armature motor, light-emitting-diode lights, and McHenry scale couplers. Direct-current model with 21-pin wiring harness, $399.98; with SoundTraxx Tsunami2 sound decoder and two speakers, $489.98. December 2021. Genesis series. Athearn Trains, 800-338-4639, 

Gas turbine train from multiple angles
Athearn Genesis HO scale Union Pacific gas turbine with tender no. 64.

HO scale freight cars
Bathtub gondola with load. David J. Joseph Co. (single car [green only] and three-packs [one set each in green, yellow, and blue]), CarMath Inc. (black with orange rotary end), CP Rail (Action Red with Multimark herald), Oneida & Western (two-tone green), Sullivan Scrap (black with billboard lettering and EAMX reporting marks), Union Pacific (black with yellow rotary end and shield herald), and Utility Fuels (black with orange rotary end). Each paint scheme offered as single car and in three three-packs unless noted. Separate, factory-applied grab irons, end ladders, and brake wheel; roller-bearing trucks with machined metal wheels; coal or scrap load as appropriate; and body-mounted McHenry scale couplers. Single car, $36.98; three-pack, $104.98. December 2021. Ready-to-Roll. Athearn Trains, 800-338-4639,

Freight car from multiple angles
Athearn HO scale Ready-to-Roll David J. Joseph Co. bathtub gondola painted green.

N scale freight cars
Trailer Train (VTTX reporting marks) 60-foot container-on-flatcar car. Metal underframe and wheels and inter-box connecting pin compatible. Can carry three 20-foot intermodal containers or one each 20- and 40-foot intermodal containers. Road names and price to be announced. 2021 release. Jacksonville Terminal Co.,

N scale passenger equipment
Amtrak Viewliner II baggage car. Two new road numbers (model from previous run shown). Injection-molded plastic with metal wheels on plastic axles; separate, factory-applied rooftop ventilators and diaphragms; and clear window glazing with painted rubber gasket detail. $35. Price is estimate and subject to change upon release. May 2021. Kato USA Inc., 847-781-9500,

Passenger car
Kato N scale Amtrak Viewliner II baggage car no. 61006 in phase 3 heritage scheme.

N scale structures
Rural Shamrock gas station and convenience store. Milled white styrene kit with clear acrylic window glazing, vending machines, pumps, and signs (self-adhesive and waterslide decals). Parking lot base and vehicles not included. Parts may need light sanding in joints for cosmetic reasons. Measures 3-5/8” x 3” x 1-1/2”. $39.95. Summit USA, 337-436-8481,

Model gas station with a car parked outside
Summit USA N scale rural Shamrock Gas Station on scenic base with canopy, vehicles, and sign.

N scale details and accessories
40-foot high-cube intermodal container with refrigeration unit. All-new tooling with two generator styles and multiple reefer unit, door, and side variations. Road names, additional features, and price to be announced. Scheduled for release in 2021. Jacksonville Terminal Co., 

40-foot standard-height corrugated-side intermodal container. Orient Overseas Container Line (white), Capital (green), CMA CGM (blue with globe logo), Hanjin (blue), Hyundai (red), Mediterranean Shipping Co. (beige), Ocean Network Express (Cherry Blossom Magenta), Transamerica Corp. (NYK patchout), and Textainer (brown). Eight different door variations, inter-box connecting pins, and JTC magnetic connecting system (magnets on bottom and metal plates on top). Two-pack, $29.95. Jacksonville Terminal Co.,

Intermodal containers stacked on top of each other
Two Jacksonville Terminal Co. N scale 40-foot standard-height corrugated-side intermodal containers decorated for Orient Overseas Container Line.

O scale freight cars
42-foot coil steel car. New road numbers: Norfolk Southern (Protect III scheme) and CSX (dark blue and yellow). New paint schemes: Indiana Harbor Belt (Norfolk Southern patchout), GE Railcar (DLRX reporting marks and patchout NS Protect III hood), Inland Steel (open coil car, $81.95), and Norfolk Southern (open coil car, $81.95). Four numbers per scheme; also available undecorated. See-through walkways, removable hood, and uncoupling levers. $91.95 unless noted (undecorated, $81.95). Master Line. Atlas O, 908-687-0880,

Steel tanker car
Atlas O 42-foot coil steel car decorated in Norfolk Southern’s Protect III paint scheme.

Z scale locomotives
Alco RS-3 diesel locomotive. Denver & Rio Grande Western (black with Duco Imitation Gold stripes). Three road numbers. Phase I body; single- and three-chime airhorns; 1,400-gallon fuel tank; body-mounted number boards; 7.5mm coreless motor with dual flywheels; traction tires; built-in pilot; directional light-emitting-diode headlights; and body-mounted couplers. American Z Line, 614-764-1703,

Yellow and black Alco RS-3
American Z Line Denver & Rio Grande Western Alco RS-3 painted black with Duco Imitation Gold stripes.

Z scale freight cars
Gunderson Maxi-I five-unit articulated well car. Southern Pacific (Mineral Red). Four 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 Capital 40-foot intermodal containers. American Z Line 614-764-1703,

Two freight cars
A and E units of Southern Pacific Maxi-I well car painted Mineral Red with green Capital 40-foot intermodal containers.

Louisville & Nashville baggage, dormitory, Railway Post Office, and Railway Express Agency car decals. HO scale. Set includes Louisville & Nashville names in two fonts; baggage, dormitory, Railway Post Office, and Railway Express Agency labels; and road numbers in Dulux Gold. Each sheet completes at least one car. Artwork by Curt Fortenberry. $7.99 each. Virginia residents please include sales tax. Bill Mosteller, Great Decals, 3306 Parkside Terrace, Fairfax, VA 22031;

Page of decal stickers
Great Decals HO scale Louisville & Nashville decal set for baggage, dormitory, Railway Post Office, and Railway Express Agency cars.
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