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New model trains for the week of November 12, 2020

By | November 9, 2020

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Green diesel locomotive

HO scale locomotives
Electro-Motive Division GP38-2 diesel locomotive. Burlington Northern (as-delivered scheme in three numbers, Pacific Pride II in one road number, and 1990s scheme in one number); Conrail (as-delivered scheme in three numbers, with white sill in two numbers, and “Quality” and Operation Lifesaver schemes in one number each); Elgin, Joliet & Eastern (post-delivery in-service scheme with handrail verticals and step edges painted yellow); Illinois Terminal (green and yellow); and Pittsburgh & Lake Erie (two paint schemes, two numbers each). Factory-installed and painted wire grab irons, prototype-specific details, and light-emitting-diode lighting. Direct-current model with 21-pin NEM connector, $199.98; with dual-mode SoundTraxx Tsunami2 sound decoder, $289.98. Genesis series. Athearn Trains, 800-338-4639, athearn.com

Green diesel locomotive
Athearn HO scale Electro-Motive Division GP38-2 diesel locomotive

HO scale freight cars
Assorted freight cars. Canadian Pacific American Car & Foundry 4,600-cubic-foot-capacity Center Flow covered hopper (Gray with red “CP” lettering. Single car, $19.98; three pack, $58.98). Northern Pacific 50-foot riveted-side boxcar, $18.98. Pennsylvania RR 40-foot riveted-side boxcar (circle keystone herald), $18.98. Fruit Growers Express 40-foot insulated boxcar with Penn Central reporting marks (yellow). Milwaukee Road 40-foot plug-door steel refrigerator car, $19.98. Injection-molded plastic kits with plastic wheelsets, Accumate couplers, and steel weight(s). Accurail, 630-365-1173, accurail.com

Five freight cars
Accurail HO scale assorted freight cars

North American Car Corp. 50-foot boxcar. Dakota, Minnesota & Eastern (mineral red with reporting marks only); Canadian Pacific (red with CPAA reporting marks only); Chicago & North Western (yellow); Johnson Wax (red, white, and blue); Pearl Brewing Co. (Country Club logo); and Quaker Oats (orange with reporting marks only). Three road numbers per scheme. Metal grab irons, etched-metal crossover platforms, and body-mounted McHenry scale couplers. $34.98. Athearn Trains, 800-338-4639, athearn.com

Red boxcar
Athearn HO scale North American Car Corp. 50-foot boxcar

50-foot boxcar with flashing rear end device. Norfolk Southern (Boxcar Red), Conrail (Boxcar Red with silver roof, yellow doors, and “can opener” herald), St. Louis-San Francisco (Frisco, brown with silver roof and large herald), and Valdosta Southern RR Co. (yellow with silver roof). Track-powered flashing red light-emitting diode (operates on both direct current and Digital Command Control layouts), positionable doors, blackened machined metal wheels with non-magnetic blackened brass axles, and Celcon roller-bearing trucks. $58. Silver Series. Bachmann Trains, 215-533-1600, bachmanntrains.com

Brown boxcar
Bachmann HO scale 50-foot boxcar with flashing rear end device

40-foot boxcars. Single-door cars: Boston & Maine (McGinnis two-tone blue); Chicago Great Western (brown and black with “Corn Belt Route” herald); Canadian National (aluminum-and- mineral red scheme); Chicago, Burlington & Quincy (red with Fort Worth & Denver reporting marks); Delaware & Hudson (blue-and-white and brown “Blue Coal” schemes and yellow with blue lettering); New York, New Haven & Hartford (orange with black-and-white “NH” herald); Southern Pacific (Boxcar Red with Texas & New Orleans reporting marks); Union Carbide Gas Products (dark green); and Western Pacific (orange). Double-door cars: Duluth, Winnipeg & Pacific (mineral red with green doors) and Great Northern (Big Sky Blue). Three road numbers per scheme. Injection-molded plastic body with solid-bearing trucks and metal wheels. $28.95. Fall 2021. Bowser Manufacturing Co. Inc., 570-368-2379, bowser-trains.com

Blue boxcar with sliding door
Bowser Manufacturing Co. Inc. HO scale 40-foot boxcars

Pullman-Standard PS-2 two-bay covered hopper. Kadee 2020 Christmas car. Injection-molded plastic with separate, factory-applied running board, brake wheel, and brake appliances; solid-bearing trucks; and Kadee scale couplers. $42.95. Kadee Quality Products Co., 541-826-3883, kadee.com

Covered hopper with Christmas decals
Kadee Quality Products Co. HO scale Pullman-Standard PS-2 two-bay covered hopper

Pullman-Standard three-bay coal hoppers. 4,000-cubic-foot-capacity: Burlington Northern (1976+ as-delivered scheme with double rotary ends [phase 3 body] in two road numbers and 1975+ as-delivered [phase 1 body]) and Chicago & North Western (1975+ as-delivered black scheme [phase 2 body]). 3,526-cubic-foot-capacity: Chessie System (1975+ with Baltimore & Ohio reporting marks). Twenty-four road numbers per scheme unless noted; also available undecorated in five body styles. Removable coal load, 100-ton Barber S-2 trucks with road name-specific rotating bearing caps, CNC-machined 36” wheels, and Kadee scale couplers. $44.95. Tangent Scale Models, 828-279-6106, tangentscalemodels.com

Coal hopper
Tangent Scale Models HO scale Pullman-Standard three-bay coal hopper

HO scale structures
Vehicle maintenance facility. Newly tooled injection-molded plastic kit with parts to build five buildings. Includes two dry hydrants/standpipes, separate gas and electric meters, propane tanks, and more. Building measurements: Large shed/office, 2-1/8” x 2-13/16” x 1-1/2”. Office building, 4-3/4” x 5” x 2”. Single-car garage, 1-21/32” x 2-29/64” x 1-11/32”. Small backyard shed, 1-27/64” x 1-45/64” x 1”. Three-bay garage, 6-9/64” x 8” (at roof overhang) x 3-5/16”. February 2021. Cornerstone Series. Wm. K. Walthers Inc., 414-527-0770, walthers.com

Scale vehicle maintenance facility
Wm. K. Walthers Inc. HO scale vehicle maintenance facility

HO scale details and accessories
Heavy-duty container crane. Kit features detailed lattice work boom, cab, and crawler chassis and illustrated step-by-stop instructions. $69.98. December 2020. SceneMaster line. Wm. K. Walthers Inc., 414-527-0770, walthers.com

Crane holding a container
Wm. K. Walthers HO scale heavy-duty container crane

40-foot Flexi-Van trailers. With side doors: Chicago, Burlington & Quincy (silver with “Burlington” on placard); Illinois Central (brown-and-orange scheme with green diamond herald); Milwaukee Road (name on sides and with herald and Flexi-Van Service placards); New York Central (yellow herald and U.S. Mail placards); and Pennsylvania RR (Truc-Train/U.S. Mail Service). With end doors: Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe (“Piggy-Back Service” lettering); Louisville & Nashville (herald and Flexi-Van Service placards); Milwaukee Road (herald and Flexi-Van Service placards); New York Central (with yellow herald and Flexi-Van Service placards and with herald and Flexi-Van lettering on green background); Penn Central (herald and U.S. Mail placards); Pittsburgh & Lake Erie (yellow NYC herald and Flexi-Van Service placards); Soo Line (intermodal service placards); and Southern Ry. (Containerized Freight Rail-Highway Service lettering). Injection-molded plastic with detailed wheels and bogie with landing gear. Two-pack, $34.98. December 2020. SceneMaster line. Wm. K. Walthers Inc., 414-527-0770, walthers.com

Truck trailer
Wm. K. Walthers Inc. HO scale 40-foot Flexi-Van trailers

N scale locomotives
Electro-Motive Division E7A diesel locomotives. New York Central (for 1948-1954 20th Century Limited). Two road numbers. Newly tooled models with golden-white light-emitting-diode headlights, illuminated number boxes with factory-printed number boards, five-pole motor, all-wheel electrical pickup, and blackened wheels. Two-pack: direct current ($230), with pre-installed Digitrax Digital Command Control ($390), and with pre-installed ESU LokSound sound decoder, $630. Kato USA Inc., 847-781-9500, katousa.com

diesel locomotive on tracks
Kato USA N scale Electro-Motive Division E7A diesel locomotives

N scale passenger equipment
New York Central 1948-1954 20th Century Limited nine-car set. Bookcase-style set includes baggage/Railway Post Office car no. 5017; Pullman 4-bedroom, 4-compartment, 2-drawing room sleepers George Washington Bridge, Bay Bridge, and Queensboro Bridge; club-lounge car Lake Shore; kitchen-dormitory no. 474; dining car no. 401; Pullman 12-bedroom sleeper Port of Buffalo; and 5-bedroom lounge observation Hickory Creek. The set will also include a rerailer with 20th Century Limited graphics similar to those used on the red carpet found on full-size terminal platforms. All-new tooling, prototype-specific interior and exterior details, and factory-installed detail parts. Observation car will have an illuminated tail sign. Car interiors can be illuminated with an optional no. 11-211/212 light-emitting diode interior lighting kits. Standard set, $315; with pre-installed interior lighting, $450. Kato USA Inc., 847-781-9500, katousa.com

Nine car set
Kato USA N scale New York Central 1948-1954 20th Century Limited nine-car set

New York Central 1948-1954 20th Century Limited four-car add-on set. Pullman 10-roomette, 6-double-bedroom sleepers Chicago River and Powder River and 12-bedroom sleepers Port of Boston and Port of Albany. All-new tooling, prototype-specific interior and exterior details, and factory-installed detail parts. Car interiors can be illuminated with an optional no. 11-211/212 light-emitting diode interior lighting kits. Standard set, $140; with pre-installed lighting, $200. Kato USA Inc., 847-781-9500, katousa.com

Four car set of passenger trains
Kato USA N scale New York Central 1948-1954 20th Century Limited four-car add-on set

72-foot lightweight baggage cars. Great Northern (Empire Builder scheme); Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe (dark gray); Denver & Rio Grande Western (single stripe); Atlantic Coast Line (silver, purple, and black); Denver & Rio Grande Western (four-stripe scheme); Chicago, Burlington & Quincy (silver); Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe (silver); and Northern Pacific (Loewy two-tone green). Injection-molded plastic with smooth or fluted sides as appropriate, clear window glazing, metal wheels. Modeled after cars built by Pullman-Standard in 1946 for the Chicago Great Western. $44 each. RailSmith Models, railsmith.net

eight baggage cars
RailSmith Models N scale 72-foot lightweight baggage cars

Z scale locomotives
Alco RS-3 diesel locomotive. Milwaukee Road. Three road numbers. Phase III body; corner-stacked number boards; Alco Association of American Railroads trucks; single-beam headlights; two single air horns; and 1,400-gallon fuel tank. American Z Line, 614-764-1703, americanzline.com

Diesel locomotive
American Z Line Mikwaukee Road Alco RS-3 diesel locomotive

Electro-Motive Division GP38-2 diesel locomotive. Burlington Northern. Four road numbers. Coreless motor with dual flywheels, traction tires, standard printed-circuit board, directional light-emitting-diode headlights, Auto-Latch couplers, and optional pilot or plow. American Z Line, 614-764-1703, americanzline.com

Diesel locomotive
American Z Line Electro-Motive Division GP38-2 diesel locomotive

Decals
Southern Ry. early cupola and bay-window cabooses. HO scale set features Dulux Gold road names (serif and sans-serif typefaces), heralds, road numbers, safety heralds, labels specific to cabooses, and “canned” road numbers. Set is substitute for Champ HC-235. Designed by Robert Wingo. $5.29 postpaid. Virginia residents pay sales tax. Bill Mosteller, 3306 Parkside Terrace, Fairfax, VA 22031; greatdecals.com

Decal sheet
Southern Ry. early cupola and bay-window cabooses HO scale decal set
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