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News & Products for the week of January 16th 2023

By | January 19, 2023

Model railroad locomotive, freight car, and structure announcements for the week of January 16th 2023.

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News & Products for the week of January 16th 2023

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 January 16th 2023.

 

HO scale locomotives

 

Athearn Electro-Motive Division SD45T-2

Price: Direct current, $169.99; with DCC and sound; $239.99

Manufacturer: Athearn Trains, 2904 Research Rd., Champaign, IL 61822; 800-338-4639; athearn.com

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Electro-Motive Division SD45T-2 features:

  • Fine scale handrails
  • Light-emitting diode lighting
  • See-through radiator grills with new rear truck gearbox
  • Rubber trainline and m.u. hoses with silver ends
  • All-wheel electrical pickup

Release date: January 2024

Road names: Bessemer & Lake Erie; Canadian National; Cotton Belt; Southern Pacific; and Union Pacific. Also available undecorated.

 

Aurora Miniatures General Motors Diesel SD60F

Price: Direct current, $209.99; DCC and sound equipped, $299.99

Manufacturer: Aurora Miniatures North America Inc., 1122 Brimley Rd, Scarborough, ON, M1P 3G3, Canada, https://na.auroraminiatures.com/

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General Motors Diesel SD60F features:

  • Prototypically accurate design
  • Light-emitting diode illuminated headlights, ditch lights, number boards, tri-color class lights, step lights, ground lights, walkway lights, locomotive gauge lights
  • Separately-applied details
  • Operating radiator fans

Release date: January 2023

Road names: Canadian National

 

PIKO America Kraus-Maffei ML4000

Price: Direct current, $269.99; with DCC and sound, $389.99

Manufacturer: PIKO America LLC, 4610 Alvarado Canyon Rd., Ste. 5, San Diego, CA 92120; piko-america.com

Kraus-Maffei ML4000 features:

  • RP-25 contoured wheels
  • Prototype specific details
  • Factory-installed knuckle couplers

Release date: November 2023

Road names: Southern Pacific

 

Rapido General Electric Dash-8

Price: Direct current, $239.95; with DCC and sound, $349.95

Manufacturer: Rapido Trains Inc., 500 Alden Road, Unit 21, Markham, ON, L3R 5H5 Canada; 905-474-3314; rapidotrains.com

News & Products for the week of January 16th 2023: An image of a model locomotive

General Electric Dash-8 features:

  • Roadname-specific details
  • Optional split cooling radiator details for CN versions
  • Etched metal, see-through steps
  • Light-emitting diode headlights, ditch lights and rear lights

Release date: To be announced

 Road names: BC Rail; Canadian National; and Quebec North Shore & Labrador.

 

WalthersMainline Electro-Motive Division SD60M

 Price: Direct current, $169.98; with DCC and sound, $219.98

Manufacturer: Wm. K. Walthers Inc., 5601 W. Florist Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53218; 414-527-0770; walthers.com

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Electro-Motive Division SD60M features:

  • Mid-production safety cab with Triclops windshield
  • Open grating on steps
  • Updated shell w/molded drill starter points for grab irons
  • WalthersProto drivetrain

Release date: Summer 2023

Road names: Burlington Northern; BNSF Ry.; Canadian National; Norfolk Southern; Soo Line; and Union Pacific.

 

WalthersProto Electro-Motive Division SD9

Price: Direct current, $219.99; with DCC and sound, $319.99

Manufacturer: Wm. K. Walthers Inc., 5601 W. Florist Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53218; 414-527-0770; walthers.com

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Electro-Motive Division SD9 features:

  • Road- & era-specific details
  • Cab interior with crew
  • Wire grab irons
  • Etched metal lift rings

Release date: Fall 2023

Road names: Chicago, Burlington & Quincy; Chicago & Illinois Midland; Duluth, Missabe & Iron Range; Great Northern; and Southern Pacific. Also available undecorated.

 

HO scale freight cars

 

American Car & Foundry HC-46  2-bay covered hopper

Price: Single, $25; three-pack, $70. Shipping for one car, $9.45; two to three cars, $17.10. Ohio residents add 7.8% sales tax.

Manufacturer: Cincinnati Division 7 Car Projects, c/o Paul Maciulewicz, 9151 Congress Court, West Chester, OH 45069.

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American Car & Foundry HC-46  2-bay covered hopper features:

  • Accurail HO scale kit produced for the Cincinnati Division of the National Model Railroad Association.

Release Date: Available now

Road Names: Norfolk & Western

 

Broadway Limited Association of American Railroads 70-ton hopper

 Price: Single, $39.99; four-pack, $149.99

Manufacturer: Broadway Limited Imports, 9 East Tower Circle, Ormond Beach, FL 32174 broadway-limited.com

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Association of American Railroads 70-ton hopper features:

  • Removable coal load
  • Prototypically-accurate decoration
  • Wire grab irons
  • Separate brake line and brake hoses
  • Brake shoe and brake beam detail on trucks

Release date: To be announced

 Road names: Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe; Baltimore & Ohio; Chicago, Burlington & Quincy; Canadian National; Missouri Pacific; Nickel Plate Road; New York Central; and Southern Pacific.

 

Exactrail Trinity 6275 plug door boxcar

 Price: $39.99

Manufacturer: ExactRail, 525 E. 1860 S., Provo, UT 84606; 866-945-1701, exactrail.com

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Trinity 6275 plug door boxcar features:

  • Narrow-style draft box
  • CNC-machined 36″ metal wheelsets

Release date: Available now

Road names: TTX

 

Tangent Greenville 86-foot boxcar

Price: $54.95 or $56.95 (varies depending on scheme); undecorated kit, $48.95

Manufacturer: Tangent Scale Models, P.O. Box 6514, Asheville, NC 28816; 828-412-3886; tangentscalemodels.com

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Greenville 86-foot boxcar features:

  • Under car brake system variations
  • See-through etched metal end crossover platforms in three possible options
  • 33” or 36” wheels, depending on prototype
  • Three rotating roller bearing truck cap options

Release date: Available now

Road names: Ann Arbor; Baltimore & Ohio; Canadian National; Chesapeake & Ohio; Conrail; CSX; Erie-Lackawanna; General Electric Rail Services; Illinois Central Gulf; Indiana Hi-Rail Corporation; Mississippi Delta Railroad; Norfolk & Western; Norfolk Southern; Penn Central; and Pennsylvania Railroad. Also available as undecorated kit.

 

WalthersMainline Association of American Railroads modified 40-foot boxcar

Price: Single, $31.98; undecorated, $29.98.

Manufacturer: Wm. K. Walthers Inc., 5601 W. Florist Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53218; 414-527-0770; walthers.com

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Association of American Railroads modified 40-foot boxcar features:

  • Based on taller cars built with 10′ 6″ interior height featuring, 5-5 Dreadnaught ends, Murphy panel roof, wood running board, 6′ Youngstown doors and AAR side sills
  • 33″ RP-25 turned-metal wheelsets
  • Proto-Max knuckle couplers

Release date: Spring 2023

Road names: Boston & Maine; Central of Georgia; Denver & Rio Grande Western; New York Central – Pittsburg & Lake Erie; Seaboard Airline; and Southern Pacific.

 

HO scale structures

 

Rail Scale Models Front Street Series

Price: Contact manufacturer

Manufacturer: Rail Scale Models, 514 Angel’s Way Lane, Horse Shoe, NC 28742; 248-421-6276; rail-scale-models.com

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The Front Street Series features:

  • Background flat structures
  • Four structures, including a service center, hotel, cobbler shop, and combination pawn and liquor shop
  • Represents a semi-urban scene

Release date: Two structures available now, two to be released

 

N scale freight cars

 

Athearn Genesis National Steel Car 6000

Price: Single, $44.99; two-pack, $79.99

Manufacturer: Athearn Trains, 2904 Research Rd., Champaign, IL 61822; 800-338-4639; athearn.com

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National Steel Car 6000 features:

  • Separately-applied metal grab irons
  • Etched metal crossover platforms
  • Metal and plastic brake piping
  • Rubber train line hoses
  • Includes removable scrap load

Release date: February 2024

Road names: American Iron & Metal; IMRX; and Texas-Louisiana Producing & Carbon Co.

 

Z scale locomotives

 

American Z Line ALCO PA1

Price: Contact manufacturer

Manufacturer: American Z Line, 6142 Northcliff Blvd., Dublin, OH 43016; 614-764-1703; americanzline.com

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ALCO Company PA1 features:

  • Prototype-specific details
  • Directionally controlled light-emitting diode lighting
  • Blackened metal wheels
  • Optional snowplow, and front coupler cover

Road names: Pennsylvania Railroad

 

Z scale freight cars

 

American Z Line Iowa Interstate Maxi-IV sets

Price: Contact manufacturer

Manufacturer: American Z Line, 6142 Northcliff Blvd., Dublin, OH 43016; 614-764-1703; americanzline.com

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Iowa Interstate Maxi-IV sets features:

  • Each set includes six containers
  • 53’ and 40’ containers available
  • mix of containers from discount stores, online stores, overnight delivery services, shipping companies, moving companies, and railroads

Road names: Iowa Interstate

 

Z scale structures

 

Ztrack and Archistories barns

Price: Contact manufacturer

Manufacturer: ZTrack Distribution, 6142 Northcliff Blvd Dublin OH 43016, 614-764-1703, sales@ztrack.com, http://ztrackdistribution.com

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Ztrack and Archistories barns features:

  • Hand airbrushed advertising
  • Rusted metal roof
  • Two versions available (Gambrel and Saltbox)
  • Available in white, red, gray, and dark brown

Release date: Available now

 

News & Products is a regular feature of Trains.com for model railroad operators and builders to get the latest information about locomotives, freight cars, passenger cars, tools, track, and more. Model railroad product news may include HO, N, O, S, and Z scales. Product release dates and prices will vary according to each manufacturer.

If you are a manufacturer and have new product releases, please email Senior Editor Cody Grivno at cgrivno@kalmbach.com and Associate Editor Bryson Sleppy at bsleppy@kalmbach.com for more information.

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