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Model railroad locomotive, freight car, vehicle, and decal announcements for April 1, 2021

By Cody Grivno | March 29, 2021

Model railroad product news including HO and N scales

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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 April 1, 2021.

HO scale locomotives
Electro-Motive Division GP38-2 diesel locomotive. New paint schemes: GATX Locomotive Group (blue and black), Reading & Northern (green and yellow), Providence & Worcester (brown and orange), Kansas City Southern (Southern Belle scheme), and New Hampshire Northcoast (green, black, and yellow). New road numbers: Chicago South Shore (orange, maroon, and silver), Norfolk Southern (Thoroughbred scheme), and Rock Island (blue and white). Two road numbers per scheme; also available undecorated. Drill-starter points for grab irons (not included), die-cast metal underframe, and Accumate couplers. Direct-current model with speaker, $159.95; with dual-mode ESU Essential Sound sound decoder, $244.95. Trainman line. Atlas Model Railroad Co., 908-687-0880,

Atlas Trainman HO scale GATX Locomotive Group Electro-Motive Division GP38-2 diesel locomotive no. 2344.

General Electric Dash 8-40B, Dash 8-40BW, and Dash 8-32BWH diesel locomotives. New road numbers. Dash 8-40B: Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe (blue and yellow warbonnet); Conrail (blue); New York, Susquehanna & Western (yellow and black); St. Louis Southwestern (Cotton Belt, gray and scarlet); Union Pacific (Armour Yellow and Harbor Mist Gray). Dash 8-40BW: Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe (red, silver, and yellow warbonnet) and BNSF Ry. (Heritage III). Dash 8-32BWH: Amtrak (phase 5 in three numbers and “Pepsi can” scheme). New paint schemes. Dash 8-40B: Albany & Eastern (green and yellow), CSX (Norfolk Southern patchout), and Providence & Worcester (B39-8 in Genesee & Wyoming scheme, one number). Dash 8-40BW: Providence & Worcester (Genesee & Wyoming scheme, one number). Two numbers per scheme unless noted, all body styles available undecorated. Die-cast metal underframe, factory-installed and painted crew figures, and Accumate couplers. Direct-current model, $179.95 (undecorated, $164.95); with dual-mode ESU LokSound Select sound decoder, $289.95 (undecorated, $274.95). Master Line. Atlas Model Railroad Co., 908-687-0880,

Santa Fe locomotive
Atlas Master Line HO scale Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe General Electric Dash 8-40B no. 7417.

2-6-2 Prairie steam locomotive. Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe; Baltimore & Ohio; Canadian National; Chicago, Burlington & Quincy; Northern Pacific; and Union Pacific. One road number per scheme. Die-cast metal chassis, smoke unit, metal wheels and side rods, and E-Z Mate Mark II couplers. $180. Bachmann Trains, 215-533-1600,

HO scale freight cars
American Car & Foundry 89’-4” flatcar. New road numbers: Great Northern (Big Sky Blue), Southern Pacific (brown), Trailer Train (yellow with TTCX reporting marks), and TTX Co. (yellow with RTTX marks). New paint schemes: APL (red “Linetrain” scheme) and Burlington Northern (Cascade Green). Four numbers per scheme; also available undecorated (three versions). Two hitch styles, container pedestals, and Accumate couplers. $53.95 (undecorated, $39.95). Master Line. Atlas Model Railroad Co., 908-687-0880,

empty flatcar
Atlas Master Line HO scale Great Northern American Car & Foundry 89’-4” flatcar no. 61526.

Offset-cupola caboose. Chicago, Burlington & Quincy (silver, red, and black); Grand Trunk Western (red and black with “wet noodle” herald); Norfolk & Western (blue and yellow with “hamburger” herald); and Wabash (red, white, and silver). Blackened-metal RP-25 contour metal wheels, newly tooled window glazing, and E-Z Mate Mark II couplers. $45. Bachmann Trains, 215-533-1600,

Caboose car
Bachmann HO scale Chicago, Burlington & Quincy offset-cupola caboose no. 13530.

Milwaukee, Racine & Troy 50-foot welded-side double-door boxcar. Injection-molded plastic kit with one-piece plastic body; 8-foot Youngstown doors; door straps; one-piece underbody with molded center sills and crossmembers; screw-mounted draft-gear covers; separate air reservoir, brake cylinder, and control valve; steel weight; screw-mounted roller-bearing trucks; Delrin engineering plastic wheelsets; and Accumate couplers. One road number. $24.99. Produced in United States of America by Accurail, available from Kalmbach Hobby Store,

Double door boxcar
Kalmbach Hobby Store HO scale Milwaukee, Racine & Troy 50-foot double-door boxcar no. 15529.

HO scale details and accessories
1980s GMC Brigadier dump truck. Kit includes cast-pewter wheels, tires, and details; resin cab and dump bed; photo-etched details; and laser-cut windshield panels. $34.95. Showcase Miniatures, 334-750-3276,

Dump truck
Showcase Miniatures HO scale GMC Brigadier dump truck.

N scale freight cars 
52-foot depressed-center flatcar. Department of Defense with Sheridan tank load: Black flatcar with green tank, desert camouflage flatcar and tank, and green camouflage flatcar and tank. Without load: St. Louis-San Francisco (Frisco, yellow) and New York Central (black). One road number per scheme. Celcon trucks; blackened, machined metal RP-25 contour wheels; and non-magnetic, blackened brass axles with needle-point bearings. With load, $49; without load, $26. Silver Series. Bachmann Trains, 215-533-1600,

Gunderson Maxi-I five-unit articulated well car. New road numbers: BNSF Ry. (Oxide Red with post-2005 herald and 10 magenta Ocean Network Express intermodal containers), TTX (yellow with new logo and 10 gray Ocean Network Express intermodal containers), and Maersk (blue with 10 Maersk intermodal containers). Metal wheels and Kato knuckle couplers. $150. Kato USA Inc., 847-781-9500,

Five well cars
Kato N scale BNSF Ry. and TTX Gunderson Maxi-I five-unit articulated well cars with Ocean Network Express 40-foot intermodal containers.

N scale details and accessories
53-foot high-cube intermodal container with 6-42-6 corrugation pattern. Injection-molded plastic with inter-box connecting pins at scale 40-foot locations and JTC magnetic connecting system (magnets on bottom and metal plates on top). Compatible with other popular brands of containers. Two-pack, $33.95. Jacksonville Terminal Co.,

Three stacks of containers
Jacksonville Terminal Co. Visionary Series N scale 53-foot high cube intermodal containers decorated for Virginian & Ohio, Allegheny Midland, and Virginia Midland.

Richmond, Fredericksburg & Potomac bulkhead flatcar and TTBX/BBTX leased auto rack decals. HO scale. Set includes road names, two RF&P heralds (block letter abbreviated and Virginia map with “Linking North and South” slogan), road numbers, bulkhead stripes, capacity data, consolidated lube plates, wheel inspection dots, and Kartrak Automatic Car Identification labels. $4.77 postpaid. Virginia residents add sales tax. PayPal accepted. Bill Mosteller, Great Decals, 3306 Parkside Terrace, Fairfax, VA 22031;

Decal stickers wrapped in plastic
Great Decals HO scale Richmond, Fredericksburg & Potomac bulkhead flatcar and auto rack decals.
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