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    N Scale Architect Pattersons Pickle & Brine Structure
    November 14, 2017
    Russ at N Scale Architect has announced the Patterson Pickle & Brine kit.
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    Atlas 2017 Trainfest Video
    November 13, 2017
    Miss Craig Martyn from BLMA? Well he makes a triumphant return as the host of Atlas' Trainfest highlight video...
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    Model 160 Trainfest 2017 N Scale Report
    November 13, 2017
    Our N scale specific coverage of Trainfest 2017
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    Intermountain Announces N scale GP10 Paducah
    November 13, 2017
    Intermountain announced at Trainfest 2017, their all-new GP10 Paducah locomotive units.
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    Bluford Shops New N Scale Steel Bay Window Caboose
    November 11, 2017
    Bluford Shops has announced new N scale steel bay window caboose models at Trainfest 2017.
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    Fox Valley Models Announces More Soo Line 7 Post Boxcars
    November 10, 2017
    More Soo Line 7 post boxcars will be available including some unique units not offered before...
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    Atlas N Scale ALP45DP Locomotive and Bi-Level Passenger Cars Announced
    November 10, 2017
    Atlas has announced Bombardier ALP45DP locomotives with matching bi-level passenger cars at Trainfest 2017.
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    Atlas Announces N Scale SD60E
    November 10, 2017
    Atlas is teasing their Trainfest announcements on their Facebook page and the first up is an all-new SD60E model.
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    Broadway Limited New York Central N Scale Steel Box Cars
    November 9, 2017
    Broadway Limited Imports new run of N scale New York Central box cars will be arriving later this month.
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    Atlas Posts Photos of NE-5 Caboose
    November 8, 2017
    Atlas has posted photos of their upcoming N scale NE-5 caboose on their Facebook page and website today.
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    Atlas November 2017 N Scale Announcements
    November 8, 2017
    Atlas has announced its November 2017 N scale offerings including well cars, 50' box cars, GP-30's and more...
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    Micro-Trains November 2017 N Scale Announcements
    November 1, 2017
    Micro-Trains has announced their November 2017 N scale products...
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    Trainworx N Scale Denver & Rio Grande Western Steel Caboose
    October 9, 2017
    Trainworx has announced their N scale Denver and Rio Grande Western 01400 series steel caboose.
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    Micro-Trains October 2017 N Scale Announcements
    October 2, 2017
    Micro-Trains has announced its October 2017 n scale products...
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    New Run of Kato F3 Western Pacific and ALCO PA Rio Grande Announced
    September 9, 2017
    Kato has announced a new run of their Western Pacific F3 units as well as a new run of the Denver Rio Grande & Western PA units.
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    Micro-Trains September 2017 N Scale Announcements
    August 25, 2017
    Micro-Trains has announced its September N Scale products...
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    Micro-Trains August 2017 N Scale Announcements
    July 25, 2017
    Micro-Trains has announced their August 2017 N scale products...
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    Micro-Trains July 2017 N Scale Announcements
    June 30, 2017
    Micro-Trains has announced their July 2017 N scale products...
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    Kato Milwaukee Road Olympian Hiawatha - More Sample Photos
    June 30, 2017
    Kato has posted more photos of their painted samples of the upcoming N scale Milwaukee Road Olympian Hiawatha...
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    Atlas July 2017 N Scale Announcements
    June 30, 2017
    Atlas has announced their July 2017 N scale products including new runs of their 55 ton fish belly hopper and 70 ton ore cars...
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    Wheels of Time PC&F 50' Exterior Post Insulated Boxcars
    June 23, 2017
    Wheels of Time has announced the all new Pacific Car & Foundry 70-ton 50-ft Exterior Post Insulated Boxcars with two different door designs...
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    Scale Trains GE Tier 4 GEVO Locomotive Announced
    June 23, 2017
    Scale Trains has announced all-new for the first time in N scale Tier 4 GEVO locomotives in a wide variety of roads, numbers and body variations...
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    Bluford Shops 14-Panel Hoppers - New Run
    June 12, 2017
    Bluford Shops is announcing a new group of N scale 14-Panel Hoppers featuring a mix of all-new road names along with some popular paint schemes that have not been run in many years...
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    Intermountain Cylindrical Covered Hoppers
    June 9, 2017
    Intermountain's June 2017 announcements include another run of their N scale cylindrical covered hoppers. These include etched metal roof walks, six road numbers each and are equipped with metal wheels sets...
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    Intermountain 4750 3 Bay Covered Hoppers
    June 9, 2017
    Intermountain's June 2017 announcements include another run of their N scale 4750 3-bay covered hoppers. Featuring etched metal roof walks, six road numbers each and metal wheel sets...
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    Atlas June 2017 Announcements
    June 9, 2017
    Atlas N scale June announcements include a Ford F-100 pickup truck, ACF 52' 70-ton gondola, ACF 5250 hopper, Baldwin V0-1000 loco and a 40' double-door boxcar...
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    Athearn June 2017 Announcements
    June 9, 2017
    Athearn's June 2017 N scale announcements include 36' old time wood box car, 40' exterior post trailers and 65' mill gondolas with drop ends...
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    Arriving this week in hobby stores - Week of May 28th, 2017
    May 31, 2017
    So often the case is that a new model or product is announced and we won't see it in hobby/online stores for months or even years. To that end, we will occasionally try and let readers know when a model has arrived for sale. For the week of May 28th, 2017 the following are showing up in dealers...
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    Micro-Trains June 2017 Announcements
    May 30, 2017
    The Micro-Trains June 2017 announcements are out with more heavyweight baggage, airslide hopper, caboose, husky stack, covered hoppers and more...
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    Intermountain Centralia 4-4-2 Sleepers
    May 26, 2017
    Intermountain has announced more 4-4-2 sleeper passenger cars in both re-runs (many with new car names) and new paint schemes
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    Digitrax Announces New BXP88 LocoNet Occupancy Detector
    May 25, 2017
    Digitrax has announced a new occupancy detector called the BXP88 which supports up to 8 detection sections, intelligent power management, LocoNet support and more...
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    Kato Posts Photos of First Painted Samples of Milwaukee Road Olympian Hiawatha
    May 18, 2017
    Kato has received their first painted samples of the forthcoming Milwaukee Road Olympian Hiawatha and it looks good. Click through for more photos...
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    Kato Custom Paint SD40-2 BN Bicentennial Unit Pre-Orders
    May 16, 2017
    Kato Kobo Shops is opening pre-orders for another special custom painted SD40-2 this time in Burlington Northern's Bicentennial scheme...
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    Bluford 2-Bay Offset Side Hoppers
    May 15, 2017
    Bluford Shops is offering a second run of their popular 2-bay offset side hoppers in a variety of roads and numbers.
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    Kato EMD E5A "Red Band" Variations and California Zephyr Re-Release
    May 10, 2017
    Coming this Auguest, Kato will be re-releasing the 2010 California Zephyr 11-Car Set along with a brand new release of the CB&Q E5A locomotive with two new lettering variations: "Red Band" nose printing to represent the E5 in both its 60's appearance as well as its appearance when #9911A was acquired by the Illinois Railway Museum...
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    Kato SD70M, AC4400CW and Bethgon Protein Gondola's Shipping This Month
    May 10, 2017
    Arriving at the end of this month! The second batch of N Scale SD70M and AC4400CW locomtoives in Union Pacific paint will be shipping alongside brand new Bethgon Protein Gondola 8-Car sets in SBTX Paint...
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    Kato 2016 Operation North Pole Christmas Train Set
    May 10, 2017
    This year, Kato will be following on last year's release of the Operation North Pole Christmas Train set with a new release! This time replicating the 2016 appearance of this yearly train...
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    Athearn May 2017 53' GSC TOFC Flat With Trailer
    May 9, 2017
    Athearn's May Announcement includes a 53' GSC Trailer On A Flat Car With Trailer available in a number of different road names...
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    Athearn May 2017 28' Trailer With Dolly
    May 8, 2017
    The 28’ trailer provided LTL service for instances where a full size trailer would not be the most ef cient. Splitting a haul into two creates more ef ciency as one trailer can be spotted and then the second taken to a different destination without repacking. Many of the 28’ trailers can be seen in TOFC service to this day. MODEL FEATURES: • Factory assembled with many detail parts applied • Two different road numbers per pack • Some SKUs feature multiple logos and/or decoration variations More Information View Carriers View PDF  
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    Fox Valley Models GP60 Locos Shipping This Month
    May 2, 2017
      Two new N Scale GP60 releases that will be shipping the first week of May. Included in this group are the ATSF Late Dynamic Brake units and Southern Pacific Early Dynamic brake units. Each release is detailed per road name. Three road numbers each with approx 100 of each number available. MSRP is $130.00. Shipping Updates (Subject to change of course...): May - Shipping N GP60s (ATSF Late and SP Early) June - Shipping N GEVOs (CSX, IAIS, First Round CSX Heritage Schemes) Summer should see GP60Ms, B&O Cabooses and Hiawathas - Matt at Fox Valley will update as they get closer.   Get' em while you can!
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    Kato Announces SDP40F
    November 12, 2015
    Kato has announced its long hinted new locomotive for N scale. Kato will be producing the SDP40F in Amtrak Phase I and Phase II paint. The model is expected in late spring 2016. With this and the previously announced ACS-64 locomotive, Kato has covered the most prominent motive power stretching the entirety of Amtrak's existence. The SDP40F was the first locomotives built specifically for Amtrak. They were based off the SD40-2 but modified with a higher top speed and with steam generators for passenger service. Some saw later life in freight service and commuter rail services such as Chicago's Metra. See full details here at Kato's web site.
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    Bergen National Laser Releases Sugar Beet Refinery
    January 7, 2015
    Bergen National Laser has released a series of three structures that creates a Sugar Beet Refinery. The large structure shows everything that is great about N scale, where we can create industries that approach the massive proportions of the prototype while looking like they should have multiple car loads shipped in and out on a daily basis. This plant is based on the Franklin County Sugar Co. The series of laser-cut kits is available in both brick and concrete facades, and the tapered smoke stack is a bit of laser cutting art. It is pre-tapered in a lathe and then scale bricks are laser etched on the surface!
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    December 2014 Micro-Trains Micro-News
    November 25, 2014
    Micro-Trains has released the December 2014 issue of their Micro-News. This month's new releases include 2 more schemes on the new heavyweight diner, Southern Pacific and Canadian Pacific, an SW1500 in Conrail blue, and several more rolling stock released. You can read the entire Micro-News HERE. (2.41 MB)
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    Test Shots of Bluford Corn
    November 4, 2014
    Bluford Shops released photos of the first test shots of their new N scale corn field product. The corn will be available in both summer green and autumn harvest tan. The individual stalks are molded to an interlocking base to help build a field of any size. Look for the samples on display at Trainfest in Milwaukee, WI this coming weekend. Delivery is expected first quarter 2015!
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    Micro-Trains November 2014 Micro-News
    October 30, 2014
    Micro-Trains has announced the November 2014 releases. Brand new tooling this month is the dining car in their heavyweight passenger car series. The car is a PRR prototype and we are excited to see Pennsy Tuscan on the first release! Santa Fe will also be available right off the bat. Check out the rest of the new items in the Micro-News HERE. (2MB)
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    New Flatcar Announced from Wheels of Time
    September 5, 2014
    Wheels of Time has announced new tooling for a series of Southern Pacific welded 53'6" flatcars in several variations including bulkheads. The cars will also be released with era-appropriate wood loads and different deck treatments to match the prototype car series. You can view the full announcement PDF HERE. (437kb) 2014 is shaping up to be the year of the new flat cars, and that's a good thing!
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    Arnold Shares Photos of Decorated U25C Samples
    August 7, 2014
    Arnold released the above photo of the first decorated samples of the U25C's. Be sure to click on the image to bring it up full size, as you can catch more details of the brand new knuckle coupler being included on these models. The coupler, besides having more face detail and a smaller overall profile than a standard MTL coupler, also has a couple nubs sticking out from the top and bottom of the coupling face. This extends the gather height, to hand rough track work or bad vertical transitions, or can be clipped off for those seeking a closer to scale coupler. Locomotives look pretty sharp and we're hoping the couplers operate as well as they look!
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    Micro-Trains May 2014 New Releases
    May 21, 2014
    Micro-Trains has released their May 2014 issue of the Micro-News, available HERE. (2.31 MB) Highlights include a sharp 12-1 Heavyweight Sleeper which continues the NYC two-tone-gray heavyweight series, a 4-pack of SP sugar beet gondolas with loads, and a TOFC release featuring a CN trailer on a CP flatcar. That last release might seem like an unlikely scenario of carrying a rival's trailer, but here is a link to a prototype photo: https://www.flickr.com/photos/71639059@N00/6320341781/
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    Fox Valley Models April 2014 Announcements
    April 18, 2014
    Fox Valley Models announced three new GEVO paint schemes.  These include, ES44AC Citirail (three numbers), ES44AC GE Evolution Hybrid, and ES44AC Union Pacific with New PTC Antenna Array (three numbers). Fox Valley also had the following update on previous runs, "Tooling had a slow start in 2014, but now little metal chips are hitting the ground at a rapid pace. Over the next month, we hope to see samples of both the HO & N Milw Transfer Caboose, the N B&O I-12 Caboose and the N H30 Hopper. Also expected very soon are decorated units for the N SD70ACe. We will post photos as some of these items start to arrive and update an expected shipping schedule on the next round." For more information please see Fox Valley Models.
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    Atlas April 2014 Announcements
    April 17, 2014
    Atlas Model Railroad Company released it's April announcements.  Highlights include: new paint schemes for the  H16-44 Locomotives, new paint schemes for the 89' Flat Car, and new paint schemes and road numbers for the Trainman 40' Plug Door Box Car. Roadnames for the H16-44 include: New Haven, New York Central, Southern, Santa Fe (Blue with Yellow Stripe),  Chihuahua al Pacifico, Erie Lackawanna (DL&W Transition), and MKT (Late Repaint). The 89' Flat Car paint schemes and road numbers include: Southern Pacific, Great Northern, ECDC Environmental, and Trailer Train. The latest run of the Trainman 40' Plug Door Boxcar include the following roadnames: Merchants Despatch (PVYX), Mountain Pine Lumber Company, North American Car Company "Dri-Protecto", Penn Central, Pennsylvania, and Transport Leasing Company.   For more information, see Atlas Model Railroad Company.
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    Fox Valley Models April 2014 Announcements
    April 16, 2014
    Fox Valley Models announced that shipping of Canadian Pacific Gevos, and Short Rib Boxcars will begin April 9th. The announcement lists Canadian Pacific ES44AC numbers 8765, and 8806. Short Ribbed boxcars will be in the Milwaukee Road "Hiawatha" Scheme, Western Pacific, and Kansas City Southern. For more information see Fox Valley Models.
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    Atlas March Announcements
    April 3, 2014
    Atlas Model Railroad Company announced new releases for both it's SD9 locomotive, and it's Trainman Series PS-2 Covered Hopper.  Also announced are new road numbers for the Trainman Series 85' Trash Flats, and new paint schemes and road numbers for the Trainman Series 20' High Cube MSW Containers. Roadnames for the EMD SD9 are: B&O, Chicago & Illinois Midland, Duluth, Missabe & Iron Range, Elgin, Joliet & Eastern, Norfolk & Western, Pennsylvania (Green/Gold), and Rio Grande. PS-2 Roadnames are: Chicago & North Western, Chicago Great Western, Monon, Norfolk & Western, Southern, Southern Pacific, and Stauffer Chemical. New road numbers for the 85' Trash Flat are for Allied Waste, East Carbon-DSEX, and USA Waste. Finally, the containers will be available in: AWIU Set #5 and #6, DSEU Set #5 and #6, USWX Set #5 and #6, DSWU Set #1 and #2. Please see Atlas Model Railroad Company for more information.
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    Broadway Limited October 2014 Release
    March 20, 2014
    News of new roadname releases for Broadway Limited this October, came via Brooklyn Locomotive Works today.  Roadnames for the E6 model include: Atlantic Coast Line (A & B Unit), Atchinson, Topeka & Santa Fe (A & B Unit), Kansas City Southern (A Unit), Louisville & Nashville (A Unit), Milwaukee Road (A Unit), Southern (A Unit), and Union Pacific/Chicago & Northwestern (A & B Unit). E7 roadnames in the October release are: CB&Q (Red nose stripes), Maine Central, New York Central (A & B Unit), Pennsylvania (A & B Unit), Pere Marquette, Union Pacific/Southern Pacific/Chicago & Northwestern - City of San Francisco Scheme, and Wabash. The E8 releases include: Amtrak (A & B Unit), Chicago & Northwestern, Illinois Central - Executive Scheme, Milwaukee Road, Missouri Pacific, Richmond Fredericksburg and Potomac, Rock Island, Frisco, and Union Pacific.      
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    NZT Announces New N Scale Coupler
    February 2, 2014
    Update February 2, 2014: The preliminary patent application for the NZT PROTOMATE is available online: http://www.freepatentsonline.com/20130256254.pdf The design appears to be pretty clever. Rather than a MTL coil centering spring, or a straight whisker, the patent describes a large coil centering spring that wraps around the center post. Being metal, it shouldn't take a set like some of the plastic variations on this theme, and with very little of the mechanism needing to be behind the post, this will have be a very compact package. Originally Published May 5, 2012: At the National Z Scale Convention this weekend NZT Products announced a new N and Z scale coupler called the Protomate. All the features listed on the announcement flyer sound promising. In fact, they mirror all the features N scalers have been clamoring for: metal spring for durability, more detail on the coupler head, smaller mounting box, and no slinky effect! They are also planned to be fully compatible with magnetic uncoupling of other couplers. Other companies have tried that last feat and failed, but if NZT can pull this off this will be the next biggest milestone to N Scale since the Fox Valley Models metal wheelsets. Here's the flyer:
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    First Photos of Arnold U25C
    February 2, 2014
    At the Internationale Spielwarenmesse 2014 Nürnberg (Nuremberg International Toy Show), Arnold displayed a preproduction sample of their upcoming U25C diesel locomotive. The photos below were shared via the Arnold Modelleisenbahnen Facebook page. Of note is the glimpse of the new "ProtoMate Kupplung", a new coupler design by Charlie Vlk being manufactured by Arnold and planned to be included on the new U25C. Now, NZT Products was also planning on using the PROTOMATE name, and has preliminary trademark protections in place for the name. We'll be watching the name game with interest as these two new couplers come to market.
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    Athearn PS1 Boxcars and 2600 CuFt Airslides Announced
    December 1, 2013
    Athearn has announced a new run of PS-1 Boxcars in C&O, M.I., RI, SCL, WP, and RDG. Those of you that frequent the Trainboard forum will note that the Missouri-Illinois car matches the scheme done on the first special run car from Trainboard. However, this one is more accurate than the MTL model chosen for the special run! The full announcement PDF can be viewed HERE. (1.1MB) Also on the docket is a new run of GATC 2600 CuFt Airslide Covered Hoppers in American Maize, ACL, CB&Q, Golden Loaf Flour, and WM. The full announcement PDF can be viewed HERE. (2.2MB) Both releases are due July 2014.
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    Micro Trains December 2013 MicroNews
    November 27, 2013
    Micro-Trains has released the December 2013 edition of their Micro-News. Lots of new N scale models are included and the laser cut kit for a Civil War Era Car Float caught our eye. Also, there had been some confusion regarding the DCC readiness of the new SW1500 locomotives which are utilizing a Life-Like (Walthers) chassis. Micro-Trains has now confirmed in print that some modifications will be made to make these switchers "DCC Plug 'n Play Ready". This is good news for many. The full Micro-News can be downloaded HERE. (2.3 MB)
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    FVM Officially Announces Wagontop Cabooses
    November 25, 2013
    Fox Valley Models has officially announced the first run of Baltimore & Ohio Wagontop Cabooses. The first schemes will include two red (1941-45 and 1955-62), one blue (pool service 1965-69), and one yellow Chessie (1973-83+) schemes. Look for 3 roadnumbers of each to be delivered 2nd quarter 2014.
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    Atlas November 2013 Announcements
    November 23, 2013
    Atlas has new Trainman GP15-1 Locomotives, Trainman 50ft Boxcars, and 42ft Coil Cars in the queue for delivery 3rd quarter 2014. Check out all the new schemes in the gallery below.
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    Exactrail Trenton Works Bulkhead Flats Available Now
    November 23, 2013
    Exactrail has officially released their brand new Trenton Works Bulkhead Flats in 3 TTX schemes. Models are available direct from Exactrail only, as they had changed their distribution model last year. These are also equipped with Exactrail's new CNC machined metal wheels and a narrow style coupler draft gear box.
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    Bluford Shops November 2013 Hopper Car Announcements
    November 23, 2013
    Bluford Shops has announced almost the full lineage of E-L hoppers from as-built to D&H, C&NW (FDDM reporting marks) and Conrail. Also included is a Western Maryland release in speed lettering. Pre-orders are open now!
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    DeLuxe Innovations October 2013 Announcements
    October 22, 2013
    Look for a K-Line Corrugated 5-pack of containers, a 2-pack of ACL containers, and Great Northern "Big Sky Blue" deep rip woodchip hoppers in 1, 2, and 3-packs from DeLuxe Innovations. Orders are due November 30 with delivery expected in the 2nd quarter of 2014.
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    Intermountain New Release Flyers for October 2013
    October 18, 2013
    The latest Intermountain flyers from October 18, 2013 are out and show new runs of P-S 5277 cuft Boxcars, ATSF Stock Cars, ACF Type 27 8,000 Gal Tank Cars, and Red Caboose Autoracks. Click below to see each sheet.
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    September 2013 Atlas Announcements
    September 6, 2013
    Atlas has several new announcements for September. First up is another run of Alco RS-1's in GM&O, Milw, NdeM, NH, NYC, ATSF, Soo, and Washington Terminal. The RS-1's have DCC ready frames and are scheduled for delivery in second quarter 2014. In N scale rolling stock look for new runs of 1932 ARA Boxcars (CofG, Erie, MEC, NS, NS&StL, SAL) 11,000 Gallon Tank Cars (Warren, Ryan RuralGas, Hooker, Canadian Liquid Air, DuPont, MCVX "Safety Train", PSPX, Union Petroleum, USAX) and 2-Bay Offset Side Hoppers (CMO, GN, DL&W, KGB&W, MP, USAX).
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    BLMA Announces ATSF Bx-166 Boxcars
    July 19, 2013
    BLMA has announced their next freight car model, ATSF's 62' Bx-166 insulated boxcar. 300 of these double door cars were constructed by ATSF in 1974 and have carried beer all over North America. While this first release includes two ATSF schemes, a total of 13 schemes have been documented from original "Shock Control" to the latest BNSF "powerbar" logo. Be sure to check out BLMA's comprehensive article about the prototype HERE.
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    Atlas July 2013 Announcements
    July 18, 2013
    Atlas has announced a new round of GP-35 locomotives, Trainman 50' Flatcar w/Trailers and 5701 cuft Covered Hoppers for July 2013. The GP-35 is being released in several new roadnames and roadnumbers including Atlantic Coast Line, Canadian Pacific, Railink Canada, Reading, Western Maryland, Conrail, Great Northern, and Union Pacific. The new run of 50' Flatcars with Trailers will be due first quarter of 2014 and released in C&EI, Lehigh Valley, Milwaukee Road, Pennsy, TTX (Wilson), and Union Pacific. Finally, the ACF 5701 cuft Plastics Hoppers will be released in Amoco, Dow Chemical, Goodrich, and Louisiana-Pacific. The Grain Hopper version will be released in ADM and Chicago Freight Car Leasing. Both are due first quarter 2014 as well. The full image gallery is shown below.
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    DeLuxe Innovations July 2013 Announcements
    July 18, 2013
    DeLuxe Innovations has announced a group of Maersk and Maersk-Sealand intermodal equipment for July 2013. The Maersk 40' Refrigerated Containers will be available in a 5-pack while the Maersk-Sealand 40' Refrigerated Containers will be available in a 2-pack. To move from rail to road, a 2-pack of Maersk 40' Container Chassis is also being released. Also, DeLuxe has mentioned that many of their domestically molded container bodies are now available in larger multi packs of 6 and 12 pieces. Look for more details at www.deluxetrains.com
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    National N Scale Convention - Milwaukee, WI, June 2013
    July 2, 2013
    National N Scale Convention 2013 Milwaukee, Wisconsin Presented by the N Scale Enthusiast (artist formerly known as the N Scale Collector) and several local N scale groups, this convention included everything from layout tours to, banquets and raffles, to a public show with manufacturers, dealers, and layout displays. Below you'll find photos of items on display at the public show and information that was presented at the "Manufacturer's Breakfast" on Sunday morning. Atlas Atlas's new freight car announcement was a PS-3 3-bay open hopper car and the preproduction sample was on display. Also on display was an Alco S2 switcher with demonstration sound decoder and a full slate of the recently released 89' flat cars. Bluford Shops Bluford showed preproduction samples of the woodchip hopper extensions in 4 styles. Tooling modifications are planned which will deepen the ribs on the outside braced extensions and add interior detail from the versions photographed below. The colorful paint schemes on the most recent transfer caboose announcements were also on display. A placard shows a special run of hoppers and transfer caboose inspired by UP's MOW equipment which will be offered as a special run by the N Scale Enthusiast. Finally, at the manufacturer's breakfast, Bluford announced that injection molded N scale corn is on the horizon! Eastern Seaboard Models ESM's big announcement was a joint venture with Micro-Trains. An upgraded Erie Lackawanna autorack will be available as a preorder, designed by ESM and distributed through Micro-Trains. The model will feature accurate painting and printing drawn by Bryan Bussey of ESM and include modeler applied etchings for the vandal panels (or just ladders for backdating the model). This car is about as accurate as can be made with the MTL model, and will be a sharp addition to a late 70's to early 80's train. ESM also displayed two models from their Made in America line, the finished Keyser Valley caboose and PRR G32c gondola pictured below. Fox Valley Models FVM didn't have new announcements at the show, as China is catching up with a backlog, but new plastic was on display showing test shots of the upcoming Canstock boxcars (3 versions), Silverside gondolas, and SD70ACe body shells. At the manufacturer's breakfast it was announced that the GP60's will be completed at the factory in the next 7-10 days. Silversides are due this fall and B&O caboose and H30 covered hopper will are in tooling now. Great Lakes Models Great Lakes had a couple dioramas on display at the public show featuring their line of manhole covers and inlets, lasercut sheds, and newest modular concrete blocks. Intermountain Intermountain displayed their first test shot of the upcoming WWII era outside braced wood boxcar. Apparent is the Des Plaines Hobbies Viking roof on this sample and a more typical flat panel roof will also be offered per prototype. Kato Kato didn't give out any more details about the upcoming "North American Freight Car Sets" but did have a new Kobo model on display. The Milwaukee Road Bicentennial SD40-2 is being made to order and hand painted in Japan. Lunde Studios Lunde had several versions of their resin highrise structure kits on display and available for sale at the public show. Micro-Trains MTL seemed a little perturbed that the internet knew about the SW1500 switcher announcement before Eric Smith was able to deliver the news at the manufacturer's breakfast... but MTL had released the information in their own Micro-News email blast the preceding Friday. On display at their booth, besides the joint venture with ESM mentioned above, was the first samples of the modern 60' log cars. N Scale Kits Peter Harris had several new items on display after having made the trek from the UK. New at the show was a Milwaukee Road style single axle auto trailer in photo etched brass with white metal wheels. It promptly sold out but more will be available directly from NSK. Also on display were the upcoming Mark II Flexivan Flat and 53' AP Well Car. Peter Nolan Ships Pete brought a harbor's worth of custom ships to display at the public show. Most of these are available as mixed media resin kits, but Pete will also do custom work. Prairie Shadows Prairie Shadows brought along three samples of the upcoming N scale Pt. St. Charles cabooses. Also on display, and available shortly, is a new special run of SD60's from Atlas covering two patched schemes. One for CEFX leasing on ex-Soo white and red, and an CN restencil on ex-EMD leased blue and white units. Wheels of Time At the manufacturer's breakfast Matthew Young hinted at new passenger car and bus releases in the future. The newest schemes on the 50' PC&F boxcars were on display at the WoT booth. Manufacturer's Breakfast If you missed the live blog of manufacturer's breakfast announcements on our Facebook feed, be sure to go back and read the comments for more insight from manufacturer's not covered in photos above.
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    Bluford Shops February 2013 Announcements
    February 19, 2013
    Bluford Shops announced the second batch of wood chip hoppers this month including CP Rail, Mopac buzzsaw, IC splitrail, GT worm, Soo Line billboard, Seaboard heart, Frisco billboard, Chattahoochee Industrial RR "better by a dam site", Gulf & Mississippi ex-KCS patch, and Ashley Drew & Northern pine tree. Tooling is underway now with delivery expected late in 2013. For all the history behind these releases, be sure to read the full newsletter from Bluford HERE. (1.4 MB)
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    Kato Announces New Runs of SD40-2s
    February 19, 2013
    Kato has announced two new runs of SD40-2's. First up is a batch of "early" version SD40-2's in Wisconsin Southern, Pan Am, Chicago & North Western, and Union Pacific which are shipping in March of 2013. The next month will see a batch of "mid production" units in Burlington Northern, Illinois Central, Norfolk Southern (Maersk) and Santa Fe. Suggested retail price for each is $118.
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    Inter-Action Releases 50's era Gas Station Kit
    February 15, 2013
    Inter-Action has scaled down their H0 1950's era Gas Station to N scale. This laser-cut multi media kit includes the gas station and pumping island, along with a full complement of sidewalks, concrete pads, and pavement areas to help complete the entire scene. Only the vehicles, shown in the completed model photos below, are not included.
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    Fox Valley Models February 2013 Announcements... Part II!
    February 12, 2013
    Fox Valley Models sent out Part 2 of their February announcements and shipping updates today. First is a new variation on the ES44AC GEVO's which includes a high rear headlight along with a 4 window cab to match UP's most recent orders. Alongside the standard Union Pacific "Building America" flag scheme is the special pink ribbon Susan G Komen unit. CSX and Ferrosur (merged with Ferromex) round out the release. A special FMC 5347 boxcar in United States Army yellow and red is also being released in 4 numbers. Reservations are requested by March 1, 2013. FVM has also released part numbers for the Norfolk Southern Heritage Series SD70ACe's which were previewed at the Springfield, MA show last month. Besides the retro-heritage schemes, these will also be offered in standard NS and the special 30th Anniversary unit. These units will be on the street beginning late summer 2013. Matt also provided a shipping update for the GEVO heritage units (post-Chinease New Year... Shipping April-June in the order the prototypes were released) and the ATSF GP60 M&B units (June/July 2013).
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    New in the Galleries - Atlas 40' PS-1 Boxcars Available Now
    February 3, 2013
    Atlas sent along a sample of their newly tooled PS-1 40ft Boxcar with 7ft door. Decorated in Milwaukee Road with Hiawatha slogan, these Atlas PS-1's set a new standard, over the 40 year old Micro-Trains PS-1, with body mounted couplers, metal wheelsets, and metal etched roofwalks. The dimensions of the body itself are also more accurate, as seen when compared side by side. These are on store shelves now, with more roadnames, paintschemes, and body variations on the way. There's even been a spotting of a weathered Reading car in our forums!
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    Trainworx 52'6" Corrugated Gondola's Announced
    February 1, 2013
    Trainworx has announced more new tooling, this time what appears to be a corrugated version of their previously announced 52'6" Thrall Built Gondola. We expect the same finely detailed metal ladders and grab irons will grace these models as with past Trainworx rolling stock. Robb Fisher over on The Railwire has already dug up links to the prototypes for the announced schemes: Santa Fe (Bethlehem): http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/pictures/21770/100_1749.JPG Burlington Northern (Thrall, former GN): http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/pictures/25612/IMG_4617.JPG Conrail (HCS): http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/pictures/55396/20100417image8528.jpg Great Northern (Thrall): http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/pictures/66217/GN%2078543.jpg Missouri Pacific (Ortner): http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/pictures/18081/IMG_2306.JPG Penn Central (HCS) http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/pictures/2456/1968%20pc%20gon%20576123.jpg Union Pacific (Bethlehem) http://www.railcarphotos.com/pix/49/UP%2031293_Albany%20OR_Charles%20Bonville_2009-03-13_49174.jpg
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    Micro-Trains Releases for February 2013
    January 31, 2013
    Micro-Trains has published their February 2013 Micro-News. The full version is available HERE (2.6 MB) We're really confused on the first release, which shows and describes a Pullman Heavyweight (1910-1930) but is listed as Burlington Northern, which didn't exist until March 2, 1970!
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  • N Scale News
    American Archetype Cemetery Set
    January 30, 2013
    American Archetype’s 92-piece cemetery set gives you the foundation pieces needed to complete an entire graveyard scene or fill an empty lot. A graveyard can work on a model railroad layout in an open rural settings or nestled between high rises or next to a church in the big city. Included are 4 mausoleums and 88 individual gravestones, with gravestones connected to a carrier sheet. Each gravestone simply “snaps” off of the sheet by bending it back and forth with your finger (of removing with a hobby knife). The bottom of a stone can easily be cut flat with a hobby knife on a hard surface once it’s removed (if necessary). This set is produced as an on-demand rapid prototype and arrives as semi-transparent, unpainted plastic. Finishing instructions are available from the American Archetype website, http://www.americanarchetypemodels.com. American Archetype Cemetery set sells for $16.50. American Archetype provides unique details and accessories to enhance the realism and interest of model railroading layouts. Currently, the company is offering N scale rapid prototype models that are manufactured on-demand for each order.
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    Amherst 2013 - Show Blog and Gallery
    January 26, 2013
    Update Sunday, January 27, 2013 As another Springfield show wrapped up today, there were still some N scale goodies to be seen. Prairie Shadows had three new tooling samples on display including the N scale Point St Charles Caboose, a Bulkhead Flatcar, and a Canadian style 52'6" gondola. These sharply tooled Canadian models are being created in the Rapido Trains factory for distribution by Prairie Shadows. Check out the interior detail on the gondola, first seen in ESM's PRR gons, but still a rarity due to the additional assembly required when the parts have to be molded as what is essentially a flat kit in order to capture anything more than a smooth interior surface. The cabooses also look sharp, with detailed railings and flush mounted windows. Canadian fans should rejoice. More photos have been added to the gallery below. Update Saturday, January 26, 2013 Rapido displayed the above poster today indicating that the Osgood Bradley coaches have gotten the green light and should be available in 2014. These "American Flyer" style coaches, so named because American Flyer first offered models in 3/16" O and S gauges back in the 40's, have a distinctive profile. Detail is expected to be on par with most Rapido offerings... in other words, wicked good. Atlas also had samples of their S2 switcher on display. We'll get some better photos of the model tomorrow. Micro-Trains had a couple of the upcoming February releases on display early including an SP Ortner hopper, a CN noodle 40' boxcar, an APPX reefer with AGAR Packing Company logo, a Frisco covered hopper, and a Pullman heavyweight sleeper. We'll have more photos tomorrow when our friend Dan Levitt makes the rounds. Update Friday, January 25, 2013 Today was move in and set up day at the show. While many manufacturers are quick to cover their booths, we were able to grab a few shots of items left on display. Athearn has the new run of big UP steam on display. Atlas brought their veritable cornucopia of newest releases and paint schemes, and Kato left visible a flyer for their SD90/43 MAC's in San Luis & Rio Grande and UP. FVM also had a bunch of tooling samples on display. When the announcement broke yesterday about their 2013 lineup we had no idea that tooling was close to complete on so many items. The Silversides, Canstocks and SD70ACe's all made an appearance in pre-production buff. We're looking forward to the covers coming off the rest of the tables tomorrow!
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    InterAction Enterprises - Rail And Tie Structures - Jacobs Welding Engineering
    January 26, 2013
    The Jacobs Welding Engineering Ltd structure kit is currently available from Inter-Action Enterprise's Rail And Structures line. The finely detailed, laser cut resin-impregnated-board kit caught our eye as a unique style of structure. The kit is based on an actual structure on Boyle Street in Edmonton, Alberta. Unfortunately the prototype has been razed. With its large glass windows it's only natural to want to detail the interior, and Inter-Action has included some basic knee mill, lathe, bandsaw and other accoutrements to help flush out the open space. Check out this kit and more at the Inter-Action website at http://www.interactionhobbies.com And check out a customer's build of the kit, with more detailed photos, at http://www.janbouli.com/?p=weld.html
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    N Scale Vehicle Association Launches New Website
    January 26, 2013
    The N Scale Vehicle Association has existed as a YahooGroup for sometime, but Carter Fritschle has announced the launch of a new website dedicated to quality vehicle modeling in 1:160. The new website can be found at http://nscalevehicles.org/ We all need vehicles on our layouts, and we're excited to see this new site grow into a great resource for vehicular modeling.
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    Amherst 2013: Fox Valley Models 2013 Preview
    January 25, 2013
    This weekend is the Amherst Model Railroad Show in Springfield, MA. We're expecting a few new N scale announcements to be made at the show, and Fox Valley Models is first out of the gate with a preview of their 2013 new models! The biggest news is another locomotive, this time the SD70ACe series! Modelers have been wondering if FVM would bring to market these locomotives ever since Norfolk Southern used SD70ACe's as half of their Heritage fleet. Fox Valley Models will now be able to offer the entire Heritage series in their line, alongside the standard Class 1 paint schemes! B&O modelers can rejoice as well. First, wagon top cabooses will be offered along side FVM's wagon top boxcars. This distinctive B&O construction method was used on cabooses as well and several body variations are planned to the delight of B&O modelers in N scale. For the more modern B&O modeler, check out the Canstock cars. These distinctive boxcars featured an extremely offset door location to help forklifts load canstock more efficiently. FVM already has tooling samples in hand and these cars will arrive this summer. In other east coast news, FVM announced a Pennsylvania H-30 covered hopper. Also a distinctive car with their angled truss bracing and low profile, 1,325 cars were built for cement service between 1935 and 1949. The cars had long service lives making it into Penn Central and even Conrail paint before retirement. Finally, moving south a bit, FVM's next fleet car is the Southern's Silverside gondolas. We're told these are going to be priced for unit train service, and will have a few unique features of their own. And just so FVM doesn't abandon Milwaukee Road entirely, the ribside caboose will be offered with new oil modifications and modern end rails! Sounds like a busy year for FVM!
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    BLMA Announces Tropicana 64' Reefers
    January 23, 2013
    BLMA Models is getting some more legs out of their modern 64' Trincool reefers by painting them up for the Tropicana juice train. While BLMA completely acknowledges that these are foobies, the scheme is sharp and the body style looks the part. They will be available in 24 different road numbers in the first batch. Check out the full announcement flyer HERE.
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    Intermountain January 2013 Announcements
    January 22, 2013
    Intermountain announced that their F3 series is making a return with 8 schemes including UP, ATSF, GN, NP, CGW, SOU, NC&StL, and Lackawanna. Also included in the announcement is a run of 4750 cuft 3-Bay Hoppers and 1937 Modified AAR Boxcars. Reservations are due by the end of February with delivery scheduled for Aug/Sept.
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    IRT Subway Kiosks Now Available from American Archetype
    January 15, 2013
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE New York City Subway Kiosks, N Scale Detail from American Archetype Riverside, NJ — American Archetype is pleased to announce the release of New York City Subway Kiosks now available in N Scale. The American Archetype subway kiosks are based on the Interborough Rapid Transit Company (IRT) cast-iron prototypes used in New York City from the early 1900s to the mid to late 1950s. These served as covers to New York’s subway system stairwells and used a domed roof for entrances and a pyramid roof for exits. The kiosks were most often placed inline within 50-100 feet apart on city sidewalks, usually with the entrance in front of the exit and both facing the same direction Kiosks are produced as on-demand rapid prototypes and come as a two-piece set – one entrance (domed top) and one exit (pyramid top). These arrive as semi-transparent, unpainted plastic. Finishing instructions, printable window glazing templates (glazing not included) and more information are available from the American Archetype website, http://www.americanarchetypemodels.com. American Archetype New York City Subway Kiosks (Set of 2) sell for $24.00. American Archetype provides unique details and accessories to enhance the realism and interest of model railroading layouts. Currently, the company is offering N scale rapid prototype models that are manufactured on-demand for each order. Press Contact: Frank Giacobbe American Archetype info@americanarchetypemodels.com
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    Monster Model Works Laser Cut Mixed Stone
    January 11, 2013
    Monster Model Works has put their 3D lasering skills to work on mixed cut stone sheets. The basswood sheets have full laser-rendered detail and are designed to interlock to create large walls with nearly invisible seams. The "small" version is appropriate for N scale with stones ranging from ~10" to ~3'8" in height.
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    Atlas January 2013 Announcements
    January 10, 2013
    Atlas has announced new runs of GP38-2s, C&O style cupola cabooses, and 2-bay Centerflow hoppers. The GP38-2's will be offered in Canadian Pacific, Detroit Toledo & Ironton, Elgin Joliet & Eastern, Guilford (B&M), Illinois Central Gulf, Kansas City Southern, Southern Pacific, and St. Lawrence & Hudson. They are available in both DC and DCC versions, as in the past, but the factory decoders are now being supplied by North Coast Engineering (NCE). The feature list also mentions separately applied cut levers! These are due 3rd Quarter 2013. The Trainman series C&O cupola caboose is being offered in two versions of Chesapeake & Ohio (both yellow and red) along with Pere Marquette, Alaska Railroad, Boston & Maine, Deleware & Hudson, Grand Trunk Western, Norfolk Southern Railway, Providence & Worcester, and Santa Fe. These are due 2nd Quarter 2013. Finally, the run of Trainman series 2-bay Centerflow hoppers will include ACFX, Conrail, CSX, GE Rail Car (NAHX), Southern Pacific, and Winchester & Western. There will be two road numbers of each, and they are also due in the 2nd Quarter of 2013. The full set is pictured below:
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    Fox Valley Models Changes Course on the Milwaukee Transfer Cabooses
    November 17, 2012
    When Fox Valley Models hit the scene at the N Scale Collector convention in Denver in 2005, their first rolling stock announcement was for a run of brass transfer cabooses in Milwaukee Road and Mopac. The success of the metal wheel program, along with injection molded rolling stock, pushed the brass cabooses to the back burner. In the meantime, Bluford has announced the Mopac version of the transfer cabooses in plastic. And we've been waiting for the Milwaukee Road versions... The wait will be over soon! FVM has announced that this project will be reborn as injection molded transfer cabooses. Our wallets were happy until they heard that we're just going to order more quantity to compensate.
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  • Feature Rotation Categories, N Scale News, Photo of the Week
    Photo of the Week: Grant Eastman
    November 14, 2012
    Grant Eastman's stellar Canadian Rocky Mountain scenery...
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    Bluford Shops Announces 4 New Woodchip Hopper Styles
    November 14, 2012
    Bluford Shops announced 4 new N scale body styles this weekend at Trainfest in Milwaukee. These woodchip hoppers feature the highly detailed three bay hopper bodies that we all love, and add two distinct styles of woodchip extensions. Many railroads converted cars in this manner in order to increase the cubic foot capacity for what was a relatively light load compared to stone or coal. The first releases are depicted in the preliminary artwork below and will be on sale in 2013.
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    Monster Model Works Lasercut Cobblestone Sheets
    October 5, 2012
    Monster Model & Laser Works has created some outstanding cobblestone sheets to follow their groundbreaking lasercut brick sheets in N scale. The Sett Stone pattern is available in 1.87"x3.8" (Scale 25'x50') interlocking sheets. The interlocking pattern makes seams virtually invisible and allows a road surface as long or wide as needed. The Cobblestone Sheets are available direct from Monster Model Works. And don't forget to check out their Engine House Doors as well:
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    Kato Releases Pictures of Silver Streak Zephyr E5's
    September 7, 2012
      Kato has released a series of pictures, via Twitter and their Website, of its upcoming Silver Streak Zephyr consist. The main item will consist of a newly-tooled E5A and five passenger cars. Two additional E5A units will be available separately. The diesels have an optional open or closed coupler housing on the front pilot, and one of the units - Silver Bullet - features unique shrouded truck sideframes. The products will be available in late October.
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    New Gallery Photos: Atlas 85ft Trash Container Flatcar
    September 5, 2012
    Atlas sent along a sample of their new 85' Trash Container Flat with container load. The flatcar is highly detailed despite being released in the Trainman line. Most of the car is metal for weight with plastic details added. The open deck design is a nice contrast to a typical 89ft flat car of this nature. Atlas has rendered it beautifully. The containers are injection molded plastic and are nicely detailed as well. The tooling for the door chains is especially delicate. These are available at your favorite hobby shop now!
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    Skytop Models
    August 6, 2012
    Skytop Models has updated their website and are showing several choice resin kits for CB&Q and Milw passenger enthusiasts. CB&Q Havelock economy baggage cars and Milwaukee Road 8-6-4 River series sleepers are available now and a CB&Q troop kitchen "jeep" is in the works. They will also sell the models with partially completed paint, or completed assembled. Other custom work is available.
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    NMRA 2012: Show Report
    August 5, 2012
    NMRA 2012 National Train Show Grand Rapids, Michigan In conjunction with this week's NMRA National Convention, the three-day National Train Show is taking place in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Foot traffic was brisk today, with several manufacturers commenting on the strong attendance. Several new announcements were made and samples of new N scale models were shown. 2012 is setting up to be the year of the Alco switcher with Atlas announcing an S2 and Bachmann announcing an S4. Kato's next complete passenger train is the Silver Streak Zephyr! Check out our show report below for all the photos: Athearn Besides the 40ft covered hopper, tank car, and caboose samples that have been traveling with the Athearn booth for over a year, the only fresh models appeared to be a new run of the ex-MDC mechanical reefer in several PFE schemes. Hopefully Athearn is on the cusp of some new N scale announcements in the near future. Atlas Atlas's big new announcement is a new locomotive - Alco S2 switchers in N scale. There will finally be a replacement for the venerable Arnold-Rapido S2 that is 20+ years old at this point. Atlas is only showing a poster at this point. Look for test shots later this year. Also at the Atlas booth were painted samples of the upcoming ACF 89' Flatcar, several PS-1's, and the 42' coil cars. New paint jobs on existing models filled the glass display cases fronting the booth. Bachmann Two new Alco switchers are better than one, right? Bachmann had a running sample of their newly announced S4 switcher. Also shown were a new 50' single door boxcar, a triple-dome version of their new tank car, and test samples of the bodies for a new 2-6-0 steam engine. BLMA BLMA was showing samples of the TTX brown F89J flat and the preproduction pipe loads for the more modern pipe-flats. While the sample pipe loads were bare plastic, the final version will be painted so they have the right sheen and opacity. Custom Model Railroads (CMR) CMR had built-up examples of their N scale laser cut acrylic kits. Several of the larger buildings are modular and can be expanded in height as space and desire allows. deLuxe Innovations deLuxe was showing samples of the upcoming Maxi IV double stack cars, with sample 38" wheelsets in the articulated trucks. There were also a lot of paint schemes shown on the older wood chip car tooling. ExactRail Exactrail was showing a flyer announcing a Trenton Bulkhead Flat in N scale, but only HO tooling samples were on display. No N scale versions of the announced USA made wheel sets have been cut to date. But the HO ones were on display. ER was selling out of their booth at this show, which is new since they moved to a direct-sales only business plan. Lots of waffle sided Southern boxcars were available, including DME paintouts. Fox Valley Models Fox Valley Models had test shots of the shells for the upcoming GP60M and GP60B engines on display for the first time. Painted samples of the 50' Ribside Boxcars and NS Heritage Fleet Gevo's were also looking sharp. Kato USA Kato's big announcement, as previously posted on M:160, is the Silver Streak Zephyr. The train will use existing Budd corrugated cars, which are correct, and pair them with a newly tooled E5. Also on display were the updated Amtrak F40PH's, and four new special order KOBO items: The Postal Train, 2 GG1 Schemes, and a BNSF version of the Business Car. TrainCat Aside from his typical table of etched brass gems, if you asked the right question an RP sample of the upcoming Flexi-Van Mark IV flatcar appeared. This will be an injection plastic model when released. Walthers Walthers had one wall of N scale diesels (GP60's, GP20's, and RS-2's) on display but no new announcements. But, as Walthers is also a distributor, there were some interesting Tomix items on display in their booth as well. Check out the modern articulated trolley, street trackage, and a Foundry building. Wild West Scale Models Wild West was showing an extensive line of laser cut kits for old west style structures. We were particularly impressed with a log built store with false front. The log gaps even had simulated fill.
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    2012 National Train Show - Kato Silver Streak Zephyr Announced
    August 3, 2012
    Today at the National Train Show portion of the 2012 NMRA National Convention in Grand Rapids, MI, Kato USA has announced it's next full N scale passenger train - The Silver Streak Zephyr. As Model:160 previously discussed, Kato already has tooling for all the Silver Streak cars in their corrugated passenger car line, and only needs to tool the locomotive. And what a locomotive! Burlington's gorgeous all stainless steel E5 were a work of EMD art. Slant nosed E units can only be improved with stainless steel corrugations added. The 5-car set with E5 will include the following: Baggage Car #900 Baggage/RPO #1600 52 Seat Chair Car #4703 52 Seat Chair Car #4704 Dining-Parlor-Observation #300 It is expected to be delivered to stores later this year.
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    Exactrail Releases P-S Waffle Box
    July 20, 2012
    Sales for the much anticipated Exactrail Pullman Standard waffle boxcar went live last Wednesday. But Exactrail’s first product to be introduced since their direct sales initiative did not go without a hitch. Modelers on several forums pointed out that the roof of the N scale waffle features an X bracing pattern rather than the correct “bowtie” that Pullman Standard used. Blaine Hadfield, Vice President of Products, quickly admitted the error on the Trainboard forum: … The model should have the bowtie style roof... We are committed to offering the most accurate models, and I believe that we can offer a solution. We will tool a new roof and make it available free of charge to those who purchased the N-scale P-S 50' 'Waffle' Box Car. As you would expect, it will take a few weeks to have this ready, and so we will make an announcement for the roof when we have finished cutting the molds and running the plastic parts. With this announcement, we will give more information about how one would contact us for the replacement roof.” Within 24 hours, a manufacturer introduced a new model, admits it has a major flaw and then offers a solution to that flaw at their expense. Now that’s customer service.   P-S 50’ “Waffle” Box Car MSRP: $22.95 Features: • Precision micro-tooled! • Designed, engineered and tooled in the United States! • Factory installed Micro-Trains #1015 couplers • Narrow-style, body mounted draft box, featuring: shank wedges, striker casting and full nut and bolt detail. • ExactRail's exclusive ASF 100 ton 'Ride Control' trucks • CNC-machined metal wheel sets with all new metal axles! • Exceptionally accurate lettering styles, logotypes and razor sharp printing • True to life colors Era: 1974 to present Road names: Southern “Green Light” Southern “Green Light” with door opener Southern “Claytor” brown Norfolk Southern CSX DME DME “DF Equipped” Available from: www.exactrail.com Via: TrainBoard  
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  • N Scale News, Prototypes of N Models
    Intermodal Flat Cars: The 85' Pioneers
    July 18, 2012
    [bleedleft][/bleedleft] By James Costello Trailer Train History and Intermodal Developments The Trailer Train Company was established in November 1955 with three objectives: Standardize the rail equipment of piggybacking with the two-trailer car as the basis. Foster the growth of piggybacking, provide its members with the best available equipment, and keep its members abreast of new developments. Furnish equipment to its members at the lowest possible cost. The first Board of Directors meeting for Trailer Train in December 1955 quickly set about meeting these objectives; authorizing the purchase of Trailer Train’s first equipment – 500 75’ flat cars from the Pennsylvania Railroad. The Pennsy had seen its Truc-Train service, between South Kearny, NJ and Chicago become immediately successful due to their new 75’ flat car’s ability to carry two 35’ trailers at a time – the standard trailer length of the day. The first two hundred of these cars were built by Bethlehem Steel in 1954 and the final 300 were built in-house at the Pennsy’s Hollidaysburg (PA) shops, all were assigned in PRR class F39. These cars used tie-down chains and loops on the center sill to secure trailers to the cars, prior to the development of the trailer hitch. Further information on the F39 cars can be found in Jim Panza’s article in the July 1990 Railroad Model Craftsman magazine. Trailer Train went into operation in March 1956 and a young and growing company faced its first challenge in 1957, when Congress considered the Interstate Highway Act and trailer sizes increased to 40’ in length. Now that railroads were focusing on truckers as a source of revenue, this was a major problem – 75’ flat cars could not handle two 40’ trailers at a time and the efficiencies of piggyback would be lost. As an interim measure, Trailer Train bought 256 50’ flat cars from the Pennsy to cater for this emerging load and equipped them with a newly developed trailer hitch. These cars carried a massive weight premium to the longer cars. The internal politics and member-railroad influences on a young Trailer Train are very interesting and explained in detail in DeBoer’s “Piggyback and Containers.” Despite a push to stick with the “safe” 50’-53’ flat cars of the era, Trailer Train’s strong leadership worked with builders Pullman Standard, Bethlehem and American Car & Foundary (ACF) to develop the 85’ flat car to accommodate increased trailer lengths. It was a bold decision for the young company, that had now grown to represent 10 companies and it strengthened its management and capability away from the conservative elements, for it (collectively) wore the financial risk of the new cars. [bleedleft][/bleedleft] The new 85’ flat cars of 1958 featured standardized components such as hitches, trucks and brake equipment. Trailer Train’s membership continued to grow and by 1959 member railroads accounted for more than 40% of Class 1 mileage in the United States. The railroads were impressed with Trailer Train’s ability to manage and maintain its growing fleet. After losing most of the new automobile distribution traffic to trucks, the railroads turned to Trailer Train to provide cars for automobile service and the first auto racks were mounted to 85’ standard level flat cars. From this very beginning, Trailer Train provided the flat car to the member railroad that owned the auto rack and even today owns very few racks itself. The adoption of the 85’ flat is intertwined with Trailer Train’s formation and the growth of it and intermodal as a whole. In 1960 the General American transportation freight car pool was disbanded and most members joined Trailer Train, Class 1 mileage for the company now accounted for 74% of the US total. The first era of intermodal was coming to an end and most of the early problems such as equipment standardization, load fastening, interchange and adoption had been solved. In the early 1960s the 89’ length flat car was introduced for autorack and intermodal use and would be the industry backbone for the next thirty years, but that will be covered in future articles. Trailer Train’s 85’ Flat Car Fleet The first 85’ flat was introduced by Pullman Standard in December 1958 and was followed by ACF in 1959 and Bethlehem Steel in 1960. These cars had a standard deck height of 3’-5 ½ " and they all featured the same basic raised side sill design where the top of the sill extends above the deck. As these cars were loaded “circus-style” the raised sills were used to assist the reversing of trailers into position. They were all equipped with bridge-plates to transfer the trailer from car to car in their long strings. ACF developed the first screw-operated TOFC hitch in 1955 and it is likely that all 85’ flats were delivered with an ACF Model A hitch. When retracted, the Model A had a height of 8 ¼ inches, which was too high for tractor or trailer axles to clear during the loading/unloading process, so wooden riser boards were applied to these cars. These risers were made from 3-inch by 10-inch by 10 foot long oak boards with a 12 inch chamfer on each end. Beginning in late 1977 these wooden risers were replaced with steel risers of 3 inch by 4 inch by 10 foot long formed channel, with a 10 inch long chamfer on each end. Typically, 4 risers were used each side of the hitch, but cars with 3 or 5 risers have also been observed. In the mid-1970s, Trailer Train worked with ACF to improve the Model A hitch resulting in a hitch with beefier vertical struts and modified top plate. These improvements were based on the improved ACF Model 2 hitch that had been released on the 89’ flats of the early 1960s. The TOFC hitch was a relatively new technical development and was something else for railroad mechanical forces to be sceptical of during the early years of the intermodal “craze.” [bleedright][/bleedright] To combat this, early Trailer Train intermodal flat cars featured provisions to secure the rear of the trailer to the flat car with chains. These “disaster” chains were wrapped around the trailer bumper and hooked to a bar heavily secured to the side sill. There is a small bin under the bar to store unused chains. As hitches proved their reliability over time, the requirement for disaster chains disappeared and side sill design evolved on the 85’ cars. All cars were delivered in the Pennsy influenced mineral red paint with an off-white anti-skid paint. TTX serif reporting marks were used through 1963 and sans-serif was standard by 1964. Some cars were delivered with CTTX reporting marks and these cars were equipped with removable bolsters and pedestals to carry containers and some were delivered with STTX reporting marks to signify cars that were leased to a specific shipper – they were in a special rate schedule (Plan IV) were the shipper provides the trailer and the flatcar. CTTX and STTX marks were not in use for very long and these cars were reassigned TTX reporting marks in TOFC only service. Builders photos of these cars appear in the links below. Trailer Train adopted a new yellow paint scheme with a stylized "TT" logo in 1970 and cars were eventually repainted into this scheme. Railroads also purchased 85' flat cars from all three builders for their own fleets. These were often incorporated into the Trailer Train fleet when the railroads joined the Company. Other leasers, such as the Transport Leasing Company, also purchased these cars for intermodal service. Details on railroad owned and leased cars is included in the Rosters section below. Pullman Standard – Trailer Train Class F85B Pullman Standard built almost 4,000 85’ flat cars for Trailer Train between 1958 and 1963, with a design that prominently features additional side sill support over the trucks and disaster chain tie-down bars at the mid-point and A end of the car. Cars built before 1960, such as TTX479357 shown above in the article header featured a fishbelly side sill profile (“early” phase) and those built 1960 and after feature a straight sill side profile (“late” phase), such as TTX473930 below. [bleedright][/bleedright] ACF – Trailer Train Class F85A American Car and Foundry built just over 3,500 85' flat cars for Trailer Train, between 1958 and 1963. The "early" phase of thes cars feature a flared wing above the side sill at the mid-point and A-end of the car, that acts as both a tire guard and tie-down points for the disaster chains. [bleedright][/bleedright] The later phase of cars, such as TTX 650114 built in 1962-63, lack the side sill wings but still include a thin rod on the sill for trailer tie-down, which may have also been later removed as cars were serviced. Bethlehem – Trailer Train Class F85C By the time Bethlehem started building its version of the 85' flat car, confidence in the trailer hitches ability to adequately secure the trailer to the flat must have increased. Like the late phase ACF car, these cars only feature a thin rod on the side sill as alternative method of tie-down. The cars do not seem to include any provision for carrying disaster chains either. TTX 101317 shows the side rod and TTX 102375 shows it without the side rod. N Scale Models In 2012, Trainworx released models of the Pullman Standard 85ft Flat Cars in both drop-sill and straight-sill variations. The models, pictured below, are beautifully detailed with separate brake components, detailed plastic deck over a metal substructure, and MTL couplers and trucks with FVM metal wheelsets. Second Lives With trailer lengths increasing beyond 40' in the 1980s, the 85' flat car was generally unable to maintain the "two-trailer car" philosophy of Trailer Train and the flats were omitted from TT's massive "Twin 45" hitch relocation project for the 89' flat car fleet. Ever the resourceful company, Trailer Train soon found other uses for these cars and many found second lives in MTTX (multi-purpose), ZTTX (long pole) service and JTTX (shipper specific) service. Some cars in these services survived long enough to receive the new "TTX" logo resulting from the July 1991 name change. Links to photos of cars in MTTX service are provided in the Rosters section below. Rosters Table 1: ACF Built Cars Trailer Train F85A Class [table “” not found /]
    Table 2: Bethlehem Built Cars Trailer Train F85C Class [table “” not found /]
    Table 3: Pullman Standard Built Cars Trailer Train F85B Class [table “” not found /]
    Acknowledgements The author would like to acknowledge the assistance of Jim Eager, Jim Kinkaid, John Gillies, Chris vanderHeide and Kent Charles for the information and photographs supplied and to the modelintermodal Yahoo Group members for their efforts in documenting and discussing intermodal transportation equipment and operations. References Canadian Freight Car Gallery Casdorph, David “The Freight Car Data Book: Trailer Train Company TTX Company” Society of Freight Car Historians, 1st Edition, 1995. Chatfield, Scott – Message #1627 at modelintermodal Yahoo Group, 3 February 2000 http://groups.yahoo.com/group/modelintermodal/message/1627 (group members only) Eager, Jim – Message #2012 at modelintermodal Yahoo Group, 17 March 2000 http://groups.yahoo.com/group/modelintermodal/message/2012 (group members only) Eager, Jim – Message #9385 at modelintermodal Yahoo Group, 6 July 2002 http://groups.yahoo.com/group/modelintermodal/message/9385 (group members only) Eager, Jim – Message #13686 at modelintermodal Yahoo Group, 12 October 20003 http://groups.yahoo.com/group/modelintermodal/message/13686 (group members only) Eager, Jim – Message #23688 at modelintermodal Yahoo Group, 14 October 2008 http://groups.yahoo.com/group/modelintermodal/message/23688 (group members only) Eager, Jim – Message #26142 at modelintermodal Yahoo Group, 26 August 2010 http://groups.yahoo.com/group/modelintermodal/message/26142 (group members only) Eager, Jim – Message #26384 at modelintermodal Yahoo Group, 13 November 2010 http://groups.yahoo.com/group/modelintermodal/message/26384 (group members only) Eager, Jim – Message #27069 at modelintermodal Yahoo Group, 7 April 2011 http://groups.yahoo.com/group/modelintermodal/message/27069 (group members only) Eager, Jim – Message #27076 at modelintermodal Yahoo Group, 7 April 2011 http://groups.yahoo.com/group/modelintermodal/message/27076 (group members only) Eager, Jim – Message #27081 at modelintermodal Yahoo Group, 8 April 2011 http://groups.yahoo.com/group/modelintermodal/message/27081 (group members only) Eager, Jim – Message #27938 at modelintermodal Yahoo Group, 3 April 2012 http://groups.yahoo.com/group/modelintermodal/message/27938 (group members only) Eager, Jim – Message #34079 at modelintermodal Yahoo Group, 23 June 2008 http://groups.yahoo.com/group/modelintermodal/message/34079 (group members only) Eager, Jim – Message #12695 at MFCL Yahoo Group, 19 April 2004 http://groups.yahoo.com/group/MFCL/message/12695 (group members only) Eager, Jim – Message #12699 at MFCL Yahoo Group, 19 April 2004 http://groups.yahoo.com/group/MFCL/message/12699 (group members only) Eager, Jim – Message #23811 at MFCL Yahoo Group, 19 April 2006 http://groups.yahoo.com/group/MFCL/message/23811 (group members only) Eager, Jim – Message #53344 at MFCL Yahoo Group, 24 February 2011 http://groups.yahoo.com/group/MFCL/message/53344 (group members only) Eager, Jim – Message #54750 at MFCL Yahoo Group, 6 May 2011 http://groups.yahoo.com/group/MFCL/message/54750 (group members only) 85’ Flat Car Roster - http://intermodalarchive.org/RC_Flat85.htm Panza, Jim “Thirty-five years of Trailer Train” Railroad Model Craftsman Magazine, Carstens Publications, July 1990, Page 72. Panza, Jim “Thirty-five years of Trailer Train – Part 2” Railroad Model Craftsman Magazine, Carstens Publications, August 1990, Page 74. Panza, Jim “Trailer Hitches, Part 1: ACF Model A and ACF/TTX Model A-1 Hitches” Railmodel Journal Magazine, Golden Bell Press, May 2001, Page 25. http://www.trainlife.com/magazines/pages/227/16727/may-2001-page-25 Panza, Jim “Trailer Hitches, Part 2: Modelling ACF Model 2 Hitches in HO” Railmodel Journal Magazine, Golden Bell Press, July 2001, Page 40. http://www.trainlife.com/magazines/pages/229/16886/july-2001-page-40 Intermodal Archive website Seders. Scott – Message #26383 at modelintermodal Yahoo Group, 13 November 2010 http://groups.yahoo.com/group/modelintermodal/message/26383 (group members only) TTX Corporate History – TTX Website Wilson, Jeff “The Model Railroader’s Guide to Intermodal Equipment and Operations”, Kalmbach Books, 1998.
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  • N Scale News
    National N Scale Convention Photo Updates!
    June 29, 2012
    As the sun rises in idyllic Medford, OR - Home of Micro-Trains and this year's National N Scale Convention - we're happy to be able to share some quick snapshots of new N scale goodies. Several painted samples of previously announced items are on display including Fox Valley Model's 50ft Ribside boxcars, Atlas's PS-1 boxcar series and coil cars, North American Car Corporation's Canadian coal gons, and several Exactrail releases as well. We've spotted two new models from Atlas. Both an 89' preproduction TOFC/COFC flat and a new series of lighting accessories are being shown. We'll be updating this gallery as more news surfaces!
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    Micro-Trains July 2012 New Releases
    June 29, 2012
    Micro-Trains has released their July 2012 Micro-News which shows many new N scale releases. The full PDF can be seen HERE.
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  • N Scale News
    American Archetype Releases Bandstand Kit
    June 6, 2012
    American Archetype has announced the release of the Grande Bandstand structure kit now available in N Scale. The model is based on the combination of several prototypes, including bandstands in New Orleans, LA; Boston, MA; Providence, RI; and Pawtucket, RI. Its general style follows bandstands that were designed in the early 1900s – most of which are still in use today. Used to enhance the acoustics of a live band performance and protect band members from weather conditions, bandstands like this can be found all around the world in city parks or other public gathering places. The bandstand is available in two variations – with or without railings and stairs. Each kit is produced as an on-demand rapid prototype as one part. No assembly is required. Kit instruction sheet with suggested paint colors is available for download from the American Archetype web site. American Archetype’s the Grande Bandstand, with railings and stairs sells for $40.00. Bandstand, without railings and stairs sells for $34.00.
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  • N Scale News, Photo of the Week
    Photo of the Week: Mike Stanislaw
    June 4, 2012
    This week's photo comes from Mike Stanislaw. Mike's excellent scenic touch perfectly frames a set dark horses from Norfolk Southern. While NS has been reviving a cache of colorful fallen flag schemes of late, there's a simplistic elegance to their standard black fare. Note the execution of the scenic materials "growing" out of the rock talus. Simple touches like that-showing nature at work-add to the realism... and make an otherwise typical scene extraordinary. Click the image below to bring up the full size version, it's worth it! [bleed][/bleed]
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    Micro-Trains June 2012 New Releases
    May 30, 2012
    Micro-Trains has released their June 2012 Micro-News which shows many new N scale releases. The full PDF can be seen HERE.
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  • N Scale News
    Bluford Shops Posts PreProduction Photos of Cabooses
    May 30, 2012
    Bluford Shops has received samples of each of 5 versions of their upcoming caboose and shared the photos. With 4 announcements worth of roadnames already made, I think there are cabooses in everyone's future no matter which roads you model! We're excited to see evidence of metal grab irons and detailed end platform railings on these samples. These are going to be great models.
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  • N Scale News
    American Archetype's new PRR "Bulkwalter" Electric Switcher
    May 29, 2012
    American Archetype has released a fantastic little model of the Pennsylvania Railroad's rubber tired, electric switchers. The rapid-prototype kit is designed after PRR's class 3/8000 battery powered tractors that were in use from the late 1920's to the early 1950's. These diminutive switchers were used in tight urban quarters such as Baltimore, MD and Jersey City, NJ. The kit itself includes a rapid prototype shell, interior, and roof. You'll notice some "layering" in the super-size photo below, but like the White Tower RP models from ESMC, the grain is all but imperceptible to the naked eye. We assure you that the penny is regular size. These are tiny, highly detailed models!
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  • N Scale News
    New ZoomCo N Scale Shack/Shanty Scene
    May 19, 2012
    Hot on the heals of the outstanding Old Barn Scene from ZoomCo comes a new "Scene-In-A-Box". This one features two shacks/shanties, a highly detailed flexible road material, and loads of prefinished details to complete your scene. We're especially impressed with the scale axe, with pile of split wood, and the hanging sheets preattached to a clothesline. The shacks themselves have all the great surface texture and fine detail that made the original Barn such a hit. Once again this box full of wonderful is available direct from Online Trains.
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  • N Scale News
    Intermountain Announces 70 ton AAR Flatcars in N Scale
    May 18, 2012
    The 50 and 70 ton versions of the AAR designed flatcar were ubiquitous. And aside from a few small runs of the GHQ/deLuxe Innovations 50 ton flatcar, these cars have been a gaping hole in N scale rosters. Now Intermountain is poised to fill that gap with a 70 ton version. And right off the bat they will be offering it with bulkheads as well!
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  • N Scale News
    New run of BLMA PS 4000cuft Covered Hoppers
    May 18, 2012
    BLMA has announced a new selection or roadnames on their N Scale Pullman Standard 4000 cuft covered hoppers including Nickel Plate Road, Great Western Malting, Monon, Milwaukee Road, Wabash, and Chicago & North Western (nee-CGW).
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    BLMA N Scale Pipe Load Samples
    May 4, 2012
    Craig at BLMA has posted photos of the first test samples of their forthcoming PTTX N scale pipe loads. Detail (as usual) looks to be stellar and Craig says to expect a few more tweaks on the actual production models. Models are expected 4th quarter of this year. You can find more information on the F89-J 89' flat car PTTX pipe flat on the BMLA website HERE.
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    Micro-Trains May 2012 Releases
    April 27, 2012
    Micro-Trains has released their May 2012 Micro News. The full document can be viewed HERE.
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  • N Scale News
    Micro-Trains N Scale Civil War Era Rolling Stock Announced
    April 27, 2012
    We're specifically interested in seeing the N scale link-and-pin coupler rendition!
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  • N Scale News, Photo of the Week
    Photo of the Week: Jamie Vondruska
    April 24, 2012
    This week's photo comes from Jamie Vondruska. Milwaukee Road's 1-spot was filled by a speed demon of an Atlantic back in 1935. Back when steam engines on jointed rail ran in excess of 100 MPH between Chicago and Milwaukee. Here a Fox Valley Model's Hi cools her wheels at the station in Caledonia, Wisconsin. It's rare to find vibrant color photos of the original Hiawathas, but in N scale we can recreate history in living color. Click the image below to bring up the full size version, it's worth it! [bleed][/bleed]
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    BLMA N Scale ACI Plates
    April 18, 2012
    Craig at BLMA has just announced N scale ACI plates which are available immediately with an MSRP of $7.95 for a 10-pack. ACI plates were developed in the late 1960's as a method to track/code rolling stock. More information is available on the BLMA website.
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  • N Scale News, Photo of the Week
    Photo of the Week: Chris Brimley
    April 17, 2012
    This week's photo comes from Chris Brimley. Chris is an outstanding architectural modeler and has been hard at work on this Nabisco building for his Hudson Terminal Railroad layout. The addition of a few American Archetype pigeons created a fantastic, and typical, urban scene set against the backdrop of Monster Model Works laser cut brick sheets. This is cutting edge N scale modeling we can all enjoy. Follow Chris's Facebook page for all the updates. Click the image below to bring up the full size version, it's worth it! [bleed][/bleed]
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  • N Scale News
    Fox Valley Models Announces NS GEVO Heritage Units
    April 11, 2012
    FVM has just announced their first round of Norfolk Southern heritage paint scheme GEVO units. More importantly though, FVM is tooling up the correct high headlamp/notched nose cab for these units which should have Norfolk Southern fans rejoicing. Delivery of these units to your local hobby store is expected late 3rd quarter or 4th quarter.
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  • N Scale News, Photo of the Week
    Photo of the Week: Phil Brooks
    April 10, 2012
    This week's photo comes from Phil Brooks. Mallet number 5 takes a spin on the Clinch River's 130 foot turntable. The mallet and turntable are both weathered Walthers items, with the turntable rails replaced with code 55 rail to match the turntable approach tracks. Click the image below to bring up the full size version, it's worth it! [bleed][/bleed]
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  • N Scale News
    Kato April 2012 Announcements
    April 9, 2012
    Kato has announced a number of new items arriving this month including the MAXI I units, bicentennial Conrail GG1, new MAXI IV units, new Metra and VIA bi-levels and addition Amtrak units. First is the long-awaited Gunderson Maxi-I BNSF swoosh 5-unit intermodal units (below) are on the water and will arrive at the end of April. This new model features the same hybrid metal-plastic frame found in Kato's Maxi-IV model that adds weight and looks more realistic than a straight-up plastic model. The BNSF units will ship first in three road numbers and should be available at the end of April. More information can be found on Kato's website HERE. Also shipping this month is the Conrail bicentennial paint scheme GG1 (pictured at the top of the page) and a reissue of the tuscan red five stripe GG1 #4913. More information on the latest GG1 releases can be found on Kato's website HERE. A few other re-runs of previous units in new road numbers will also arrive at the end of April including additional Maxi IV intermodal units (info HERE), more Metra and VIA bi-level units (info HERE) and Amfleet II Coach and Amfleet IV Viewliner sleeper and baggage car (info HERE).
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  • N Scale News
    Bluford Shops April 2012 Announcement
    April 6, 2012
    Bluford Shops has announced it’s accepting orders for it’s third run of their N scale transfer cabooses, which are due for delivery this Summer.  Roadnames in this run include: Norfolk and Western, Monon, Illinois Central Gulf, Chicago & Eastern Illinois, Green Bay & Western, Erie Lackawanna and Chessie with B&O reporting marks.     Check out the full details here.
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  • Getting Started Series, N Scale News, Resources
    Getting Started in N Scale
    April 5, 2012
    Whether you are brand new to model railroading, just coming back into the hobby after a break, or a seasoned modeling veteran, you've probably heard of N scale at one time or another. A lot of us grew up with Lionel "O" scale trains or the most common model railroading size "H0" scale. In the 1940's and 1950's Lionel three-rail O gauge was quite common. They were large, simple to setup and immensely popular. During the 1960's many modelers made a gradual shift to H0 scale as it was about half the size of O, allowing more trains in a smaller space. The quality of H0 scale models was evolving rapidly into something that looked more and more like the real thing. In the 1960's a German company, Arnold, created the first commercially available N scale models. The diminutive size and lack of sophisticated production techniques back then resulted in models that left a lot to be desired. These models had spartan details, weren't always the smoothest runners and had a tendency to growl their way around a layout when they did run right. Over time though, N scale quickly came into its own and today we have advanced technologies allow for very small models that can be built with a tremendous amount of detail. Likewise the locomotives available today are quiet, run smoothly, and are capable of pulling very long trains - over a scale mile long or more!. In model railroading terms, a real life-size train is called a "prototype" for the smaller model. H0 scale is 1/87th the size of the prototype and nearly twice the size of N scale. N scale is roughly 1/160th the size of a real train. H0 scale is the most popular scale today according to both the National Model Railroad Association (NMRA) and Model Railroader magazine. H0 scale modelers enjoy a very diverse and robust number of models in nearly any prototype and road you might be interested in modeling. H0 scale has more available product than any other scale. So why model N scale? The most frequent reason is space. Most of us don't have a huge dedicated space to create the model railroad empire of our dreams. Even if you have the large dedicated space, N scale gives you the ability to pack a LOT of model railroad into a small amount of space. If you think about it, you can fit nearly twice as much model railroad into your available space as compared to H0 scale. Scenery looks more spread out, curves are larger and more expansive and equipment just looks more realistic as it winds its way around your layout. Another reason is the train models themselves. There is something about a tiny mechanical device with so much detail and its ability to pull a long train around a similar small landscape. The length of the freight trains you can model is substantial - a scale mile-long train is only 33 feet in N scale. Passenger equipment likewise looks great navigating around broad N scale curves. Plus you can actually run a full passenger set like the California Zephyr or the Santa Fe Super Chief - both are available as complete sets in N scale - and fit it easily into a smaller layout. N scale also currently offers quite a bit more equipment than in the past and the number of roads available to model is fairly diverse. The hard core N scale modelers are even super detailing their models with lots of tiny additional detail and weathering them with rust, dust and even graffiti all in an effort to try and emulate the real thing. But what if the technology side of model railroading appeals to you? N scale is great for that as well. Advancements in small electronics mean that all the Digital Command Control (DCC), on-board sound, operating MARS lights and beacons and flashing ditch lights available in larger scales can now all be added to a running N scale locomotive as well. DCC can also integrate with your home computer allowing computer control of everything from turnouts to signals to automated running of trains. There's really nothing about N scale that will hinder your ability to explore these technologies. So, is N scale difficult to work with? Most people that dive into N scale will admit that it can be a little intimidating at first. Everything seems very small and you'll probably have a deep fear of breaking something. Over time it is amazing how quickly you adapt to the small scale of everything and you'll find that you don't even think about it after a while. So that's our soft pitch on why we think N scale is a great scale to model in. We love it and haven't thought twice about the scale we model in. Sure there are people that want to try new things and we have more than a few friends in this hobby that have tried dabbling in even smaller scales like Z scale (1:220) and T scale (1:450). The support community for N scale, particularly online, is tremendous and there are a ton of people willing to pitch in and help whenever you are in a bind. There are N scale clubs with large mammoth layouts and modular groups like "N-Trak" or our own "Modutrak" where you can work on a small part of a larger modular layout. Or you can model at home on a simple door or sheet of plywood. Or you can build your own full basement empire. You have a lot of options. If you are starting out, there are a bewildering number of things involved with model railroading and it can be pretty overwhelming. Keep in mind though that you could go to your local Hobby Lobby and buy a layout in a box that you can run around in circles today. The level of detail, size and quantity are only limited by your wallet, skills and amount of time you can devote to this hobby. The single best piece of advice we can give (that is also the most ignored in this hobby) is to pace yourself and start small. We all have dreams of recreating that amazing full-basement layout we saw in Model Railroader magazine. The reality, especially starting out, is that it is very easy to get overwhelmed and we've seen a LOT of people start a massive layout project and literally abandon it not even half way through. Do lots of research (it's fun) and pace yourself with little projects and experiments to find out what you have a skill for and what you feel you just can't tackle. As you get to know people that also have an interest in this hobby, you'll be amazed at the help you can get, even with those things you don't like to do. One of our main goals here at Model:160 is to provide a resource for model railroaders interested in N scale. For those of you already in N scale we hope you will be able to take away some new trick or technique. There are a vast number of ways to complete a modeling task and while our staff and contributors have many years of collective modeling knowledge, we're still learning and experimenting all the time. If you find a way that works better for you or delivers a better result, by all means use it (and let us know about it!). Model:160 being an online resource means that this is a fluid project that can be edited and improved upon continuously. Over time we're going to cover a wide variety of topics in photos, articles and videos to hopefully show everyone what N scale is capable of and that great modeling doesn't have to be difficult. As always, feel free to contact us directly at info@model160.com or through our discussion forums if you have any questions, comments, suggestions and more. Thanks for visiting!
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  • N Scale News
    Atlas April 2012 Announcements
    April 4, 2012
    Atlas April 2012 N scale announcements include an all-new 4-4-0 locomotive, a new run of standard and extended vision cabooses, another run of 33,000 gallon tank cars and 90 ton Trainman hoppers. All models should be available for purchase 3rd quarter 2012. The 4-4-0 is an all-new model. Atlas says more than 25,000 4-4-0 type locomotives were produced in the 1800's and early 1900's. The models will include detailed paint, operating headlamp, two different exhaust stacks, separately applied details and Accumate couplers. The initial run includes undecorated, Pennsylvania, New Haven, Canadian Pacific and Sante Fe paint schemes. MSRP is $119.00 You can find more information on the Atlas N scale 4-4-0 at their website. Information on the Atlas N scale caboose at their website. Information on the Atlas N scale 33,000 gallon tank car at their website. Information on the Atlas Trainman N scale 90 ton hopper at their website.
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  • N Scale News
    Trainworx and FVM N Scale Rio Grande Woodpacker
    April 4, 2012
    Trainworx and FVM have teamed up to offer an N scale Rio Grande Woodpacker boxcar. This is the Fox Valley Models FMC 5283 double door box car with Trainworx etched metal waffling added. The models will come ready to run with Micro-Trains body mount couplers and Fox Valley Models metal wheel sets. Twelve road numbers will be available. Look for the formal announcement next week. Rio Grande FMC Woodpackers Trainworx part # 80801-(01-12) $28.95 MSRP each
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  • N Scale News, Photo of the Week
    Moffat Snow: POTW Behind the Scenes
    April 4, 2012
    This past Monday's Photo of the Week has been receiving enormous praise. Everyone recognizes the artistic talent that went into the scene and agrees that Mike Danneman has nailed the look of snow in the Rocky Mountains. And the falling snow is an extra nice touch that isn't usually included. Here's the Behind-The-Scenes look at Mike's photo shoot: The falling snow isn't a photoshop trick in this case. Mike splattered a piece of glass with white paint to create the falling snow. Lighting is important and you can see that one flood was aimed at the ceiling to light the scene in the proper overcast glow while another was aimed up at the speckled glass to highlight the falling snow. Seems simple enough, but the overall effect in the final photo is simply outstanding. For more on Mike Danneman's techniques for modeling snow, check out Issue #039 of N Scale Railroading. There Mike documents his techniques for modeling snow. And if all that isn't enough, don't forget that Model:160 also has a slideshow of Mike's work HERE. (Yeah, we're fanboys, but we're OK with that!)
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    Fox Valley Models April 2012 Releases
    April 3, 2012
    Fox Valley Models news for April 2012. New numbers and roadnames on the N FMC5283 DD Boxcar - including new numbers on the first SP and SSW schemes from provious runs. There are also a few short lines in this batch including McCloud River, Arkansas & Missouri and the Ahnapee Western (an Itel owned railroad). Part two of the April announcements is the release of more HO & N Hiawatha Cars and Locomotives. Fox Valley will make them available as separate items for this run. Customers can get just one piece, or build a whole second train to compliment the original run. There are 5 new coach numbers, the parlor will have the name "Ishkoodah" and the observation will be "Nokomis" - all are different from the original set. Two locos will be offered as well. Locomotive #2 will be in the original scheme with Maroon numbers under the cab. Locomotive #3 with have Gold Numbers and feature the large Indian logo on the tender. In other miscellaneous news FVM is expecting a new shipment to arrive mid-April or so with the HO and N express cars and bunk coaches. N scale Milwaukee Road rib-side cabooses and more metal wheel sets should also be in. Look for those in your hobby stores at the end of April. Matt also updated that the GP60M and B locomotives are progressing but not as fast as anyone would like. At this point he is expecting a "summer" release and will keep us posted. Lastly, FVM will be producing *all* the GEVO NS Heritage schemes. FVM is working on artwork for all the GEVO units as fast as NS can paint them. Matt has been reading all the comments and requests on an updated cab for the NS series and reports that he is "exploring options". Look for an announcements on these schemes soon.
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    N Scale Security Bars from Monster Model and Laser Works
    April 3, 2012
    N Scale Security Bars are the latest laser cut details from Monster Model and Laser Works. They can be cut to fit both window and door openings and are available 8 in a package for $7.99 HERE.
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    N Scale Schnabel from Elgin Locomotive Works
    April 3, 2012
    An N scale Schnabel is now available from Elgin Locomotive Works. The largest railcar riding North American rails can ride the rails of your N scale layout. This model of Schnabel CEBX 800 includes 47 cast resin parts, including a wire reinforced drawbar for empty running. Etched brass detail frets for railings, brake detail, stirrups and more are included. Decals cover 4 paint schemes; Combustion Engineering, ABB, blank banners, no banners, including black CEBX800 for the sides of the white truck frames. Trucks are not included but the model is designed to use BLMA trucks. Their 100ton trucks with 36" wheels are the closest available currently to the prototype's 125ton trucks with 38" wheels. Porch ends are designed with body mount coupler pockets to fit MicroTrains couplers, couplers not included. See website www.elginlocomotiveworks.com for more details and building tips. Kit cost : $165.00 (see site for shipping)
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    Photo of the Week: Mike Danneman
    April 3, 2012
    This week's photo comes from Mike Danneman. It's snowing at the Moffat Tunnel as a trio of EMD F's, resplendent in Aspen Gold and silver, shine as the closest thing to sunlight in the midst of a Rocky Mountains' storm. No photoshop trickery here, Mike shot the photo through a piece of glass splattered with white paint to get the look of falling snow. Click the image below to bring up the full size version, it's worth it! [bleed][/bleed]
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  • N Scale News
    Modutrak Models Tunnel City
    April 1, 2012
    April 1, 2012 The guys over at Modutrak are hard at work on their latest prototype scene and offered to provide a little background information to Model:160. While Modutrak has had a pair of endloop return modules since their first show, they have always remained bare plywood and haven't been sceniced to model a specific location as the rest of the modules do. Well, that is changing now as they finally located the perfect Milwaukee Road inspired scene to fit in with the rest of the layout - Tunnel City, WI! Tunnel City was the first tunnel westbound on the Milwaukee Road's Milwaukee to the Seattle mainline. Sparking a small settlement, Tunnel City was just west of Tomah in west-central Wisconsin. The C&NW also had a mainline through town, and their own tunnel for awhile. But when the C&NW's tunnel collapsed, the two mainlines were joined and both railroads ran through the one tunnel. Check out this arial photo showing the old C&NW alignment and the connection to the Milwaukee Road: With a little modeler's license, the Modutrak end return loops can incorporate two tunnel portals as seen at Tunnel City. They will just both be active mainlines with the loop occurring within the hill itself. Bill Denton quickly threw some foam scraps together to see how it would all lay out: While that would have created a neat scene, the guys were starting to grumble that it would really be a lot of work. There's a lot of foam to carve, and the static-foam-dust mess that comes with it. Then there would be two portals to model. And trees, ugh, think of all the trees it would need! But that's where our friends at Life-Like came through. Life-Like used their beaded foam cooler technology to create the perfect N scale model of Tunnel City. This outstanding model incorporates two concrete tunnel portals, the entire mountain, and realistic colors to depict not only trees but the underlying rock and snow capped peaks that any ideal mountain should include. Straight out of the box this tunnel is ready to impress. So it was dropped onto the end loop and Modutrak was off and running. And here's a short video capturing the action as a Milwaukee Road freight train emerges from the tunnel:
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    Micro-Trains April 2012 New Releases
    March 30, 2012
    Micro-Trains has announced their new releases for April 2012. N scale models include: Heavyweight Coach, B&O (2 numbers) 40' Drop Bottom Gon, NP 40' SD Box, N-S 40' Hy-Cube Box, C&NW 40' SD Box, SLSF 40' SD Box, D&RGW 40' SD Box, Millard Fillmore Presidential 50' Ribside Box, MP 50' Flat, CP RAIL 50' Flat, Army (Runner Pack with M3 Stewart Tanks) 40' Tank, Army (Runner Pack) 50' Ribside Box, CSX (Runner Pack) Full Micro-News PDF can be viewed HERE (2.9MB). The candle-light vigil for the B&O Paired Window Coach models is over!
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    Prototype N Scale secures first special run on Atlas 40' PS-1 Boxcar
    March 29, 2012
    George Hollwedel of Prototype N Scale Models has commissioned Atlas to produce Western Pacific's aluminum scheme on their new 40' PS-1 Boxcar model. The car will feature the bold orange feather scheme crisply printed across the seven-foot Youngstown doors as well as the sides.  The "compartmentizer equipped" series is featured in this release, with three car numbers available (WP 19503, WP 19510 and WP 19517).  The cars in this series are the first to wear the silver scheme and featured silver ends.  Subsequent cars that wore the scheme received black ends.  The model also will include full dimensional data and markings, including builder's stencils. PNS is offering the cars both as a three-pack ($59.95) and as single cars ($20.95), with a $6 per-order domestic shipping/handling fee ($12 for foreign destinations).  The cars will be released at the same time as the first stock Atlas run of the PS-1 Boxcar, currently slated for the 3rd quarter of 2012.  Advance reservations are being accepted, contact proto.nscale@yahoo.com for further information.
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    Athearn N Scale Challenger and Big Boy Return
    March 28, 2012
    Athearn has announced a new run of their N scale Challenger and Big Boy models. These super detailed models were a runaway hit in the past and feature near-brass detail and Tsunami sound decoders. The new run should be available at your local dealer or hobby store in December with an MSRP of $479 for the Challenger and $499 for the Big Boy. For more detailed photos of these models, see our Galleries. Click on the flyers below for larger images and more information.
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  • N Scale News, Photo of the Week
    Photo of the Week: Scott Lupia's Bridge 60
    March 27, 2012
    Scott Lupia is back this week with another view of his Bridge 60 scene on the Erie Lackawanna. This photo is a great showcase of Scott's super detailed U-boats. Even N scale can look massive with the right camera angle. Click the image below to bring up the full size version, it's worth it! [bleed][/bleed]
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  • N Scale News
    ZoomCo N Scale "Old Country Road Scene"
    March 25, 2012
    ZoomCo is setting a new standard in N scale resin structures with their very first release. This is their "Old Country Road Scene" and includes a detailed barn and several scenic accessories to help you create a great focal point on your layout. And to top it off, this model comes fully assembled and weathered! The photos below are of the barn as it arrives - straight out of the box. This isn't some 1/2 inch thick bulky casting either. This is some of the thinnest casting we've seen and all textures and materials are impeccably captured. Not only are the exposed boards in the roof, the ends of the roof rafters, and impossible thin window frames precisely molded, but the model also features full interior framing as seen below: But wait, there's more. Since this is a "Scene" kit, you get two rolls of flexible country road material (one straight and one curved), three telephone poles with wire, two sections of fence, and two end of road barricades. Everything is fully weathered and ready to place in your scenery of choice. This kit is a steal of a deal at $64.50 and is available exclusively through Online Trains in Lakewood, WA. There will only be 150 of these kits (or less if the molds wear out faster) but more kits are in the works now. We can't wait to see what's next from ZoomCo.
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  • N Scale News, Photo of the Week
    Photo of the Week: Bill Denton
    March 20, 2012
    Bill Denton contributed today's Photo of the Week featuring the Burlington at Chicago Union Station. Arriving passengers might see Chicago Union Station as a dark, dank and gloomy entrance to the city of Chicago but to Bill it was a magical place where beautiful trains arrived and departed to far away places. CB&Q E8 #9937B waits patiently after arriving while the adjacent track sees passengers boarding parlor-diner-observation "Silver Fountain" which has been pressed into Kansas City Zephyr service today. Click the image below to bring up the full size version, it's worth it! [bleed][bleed]
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    BLMA's New Announcement: GA 3500 DryFlo Covered Hopper
    March 15, 2012
    Good morning and welcome to March 15, 2012. The long awaited day when BLMA announces their new N scale freight car: GA 3500 DryFlo Covered Hoppers! General American began building these 3500 cuft capacity covered hoppers in 1959. Aside from your typical RR paint schemes, numerous private entities owned their own cars or leased the cars through General American's lease fleet of GACX marked cars. LIST OF RAILROADS AND REPORTING MARKS: RR marks: BAR (ex-GACX), BN (ex-NP, ex-CB&Q), CR (ex-PRR/PC, also ex-GACX), ICG (ex-IC), L&N (ex-GACX), PC (ex-PRR), RI (incl ex-GACX), SCL (ex-SAL), SP (ex-T&NO), WSOR (ex-DOWX), ATSF, CB&Q, C&EI, CGW, C&NW, C&S, IC, MP, NP, PRR, SAL, SSW, T&NO, UP, WAB GACX marks: Cyanimid, Firestone, Hercules, Allied Chem, US Industrial Chem, Rexall, Premium Plastics, Dow, Gulf, Quebec Iron & Titanium; Quaker Oats, Inmont, Anheuser-Busch; CPC (Corn Products), RI, PRR, ACL, L&N Private marks: DOWX (incl ex-GACX), DTDX, DUPX, DYLX, ETCX, MCPX, MOHX, NAHX, PLIX (ex-MOHX), PSPX, SANX, UTCX (ex-ETCX); UCPX (ex-GACX) BLMA's model will feature all the fine detail and key features one might expect including etched running boards, body mounted MTL couplers, and BLMA's 70-ton ASF Ride Control Trucks with metal 33" wheelsets of their new improved design. The cars will retail for $26.95 and are set to be delivered 4th Quarter 2012. [bleed][/bleed] The first roadnames out the gate are Burlington Northern, CNW (nee-CGW), Pennsylvania, Union Pacific, GACX Diamond Sugar, and GACX Shell Plastics. The art for each is shown below. The full announcement flyer can also be viewed HERE.
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  • N Scale News, Prototypes of N Models
    MDC 36ft Wood Double Sheathed "Old Time" Boxcars
    March 14, 2012
    Pictured N Scale Models MDC8752 Standard Wagons MDC8753 K. Fairbank & Co. MDC8754 Lindsey Bros. CM&StP MDC8756 Hercules Powder HPCX MDC8779 B&O Continental Line Prototype 36' double sheathed wood boxcars with truss rods were built before and after the turn of the 20th Century. Kenneth L. Anthony identified two similar classes of cars: Santa Fe's class BX-K, of which 2500 cars were built in 1902, and a series of Illinois Central built 1891-1892 era. Information about the Santa Fe cars can be found in Santa Fe Railway Rolling Stock Reference Series - Vol 4. Information and photos of the Illinois Central cars can be found in Railroad Car Journal No. 1 (Published August 1971) [bleed][/bleed]   N Scale Models Model Die Casting/Roundhouse Products originally released these models as their 36' "Old Time" boxcars. Later, these cars became part of Athearn's line. The cars feature all wood double sheathed construction, including a wood roof, wood ends, wood underframe with truss rods, and arch bar trucks. Many colorful "Billboard" schemes have been offered, with a sampling pictured here.   Links & Resources Book: Dobyne III, John C., Santa Fe Boxcars 1869-1953, Santa Fe Rolling Stock Series - Vol 4. Magazine: Railroad Car Journal No. 1, August 1971. (Illinois Central) More Information We are very interested in learning about more prototype matches for these cars. If you have anything to add, please post in our forum and we can add information to this page! Discuss This in Our Forums...
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    ExactRail PS-2CD 4427 Covered Hopper and Trinty Hy-Cube TTX Boxcar
    March 13, 2012
    ExactRail has announced newly updated versions of their N scale PS-2CD 4427 Covered Hopper and Trinty Hy-Cube TTX Boxcar. The updated models feature ExactRail's newly tooled body-mounted draft box with Micro-Trains #1015 couplers. The models also feature ASF 100 ton "Ride Control" trucks with metal wheel sets. The N scale Trinty Hy-Cube TTX box car is available in 18 new road numbers and can be found on ExactRails website HERE. The new run of N scale PS-2CD 4427 covered hopper is available in six different roads (Chessie System, Soo Line, Burlington Northern, Lehigh Valley, Chicago Northwestern and ATSF) each in six different numbers and can be found on ExactRail's website HERE.
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  • N Scale News
    N Scale Air Conditioner and Roof Vents from NZT Products
    March 13, 2012
    NZT Products continues to churn out more great n scale details. This week David has announced new N scale and Z scale air conditioner units and new N scale and Z scale roof vents. The air conditioners are $5 a pair and the roof vents will be sold for $5 for a set of three. You can find more information on the air conditioners HERE and on the roof vents HERE at NZT Products website.
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    Intermountain N Scale War Emergency Boxcars
    March 13, 2012
    Intermountain has announced new N scale war emergency boxcars. These single sheathed cars were built during WW-II as composite steel cars with wood sides in order to save precious metal resources. The cars differ from the Atlas N scale single sheathed cars in that the diagonal bracing runs in the Pratt truss style [\[]///] instead of Howe truss [///[]\] of the Atlas USRA prototype. This will add some nice variety to your transition era fleet!
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  • N Scale News, Photo of the Week
    Photo of the Week: Phil Brooks
    March 13, 2012
    Phil Brooks contributed today's Photo of the Week featuring his Clinch River railroad. A Southbound freight led by a pair of RS2s crosses Big Creek on its way to a connection with the Southern Railroad. On the high line above, two GP7s bring their tonnage down from the mountains. Bridges are Micro Engineering kits and Envirotex 2-part epoxy resin was used to model the water. Click the image below to bring up the full size version, it's worth it!
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    New BLMA Rolling Stock Announcement March 15th
    March 12, 2012
    Craig at BLMA is throwing another teaser shot out there on his blog about an all-new N scale model that will be announced March 15th. The only clue so far is the image below showing a prototype photo that BLMA has carefully blocked the full image of. Other than the fact that it has a full roof walk on it and appears to be shorter than say, a modern reefer, we're going to have hold off on any firm guesses. Just a few more days and we'll know. For the latest information, keep an eye on the BLMA blog HERE.
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    New Atlas 4-4-0 N Scale Steam Engine Coming
    March 9, 2012
    From http://www.thedisneyproject.com/2011/10/disneys-love-of-trains.html Yes, Atlas is getting back into the steam engine market with a 19th century American 4-4-0 N scale steam engine. Few took notice when Kirk Reddie included a small blurb in N Scale Railroading's March/April 2012 "Horizons" column about an Atlas 4-4-0. That's because the first release is a special run for Lowell Smith's "Walt Disney's Carolwood Pacific Series" and the N scale steam locomotive hasn't been officially anounced by Atlas yet. But, over on the Atlas forum, Paul Graf of Atlas has confirmed that it is indeed on its way. Check out the thread HERE. Photos of the pre-production sample of Atlas's N scale steam engine appear at The Disney Project website. Lowell Smith brought the sample to a recent presentation covering trains and Walt Disney. With the nice work Atlas did on fancy period paint schemes for the miniscule Porter imported in conjunction with Micro-Ace a few years back, we can't wait to see what other railroad schemes they put together for this new model. The Carolwood Pacific N scale steam engine is due in second quarter 2012.
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  • N Scale News
    N Scale Fire Hydrants from NZT Products
    March 8, 2012
    NZT Products has announced new N scale fire hydrants (also available in Z scale as well). David at NZT has an amazing ability to work with minuscule detail and these hydrants are no exception. If you want to see how it was created take a look at his blog post HERE. The hydrants come in sets of three molded in traditional "fire hydrant red" that could easily be painted to match your local prototype. For more information visit NZT's website.
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  • N Scale News
    Trainworx announces Sanfa Fe TOFC and eight trailers
    March 7, 2012
    Trainworx has announced new schemes for their 85-foot TOFC and various trailer styles. Six numbers will be released on the Santa Fe flatcar, while the eight trailers will be new schemes on recently released models.  Bud of California (3 numbers), Sunkist (3 numbers) and Santa Fe with flags and blue/white target (6 numbers) will be released on the corrugated refrigerated trailer and painted aluminum; Santa Fe "Piggy Back Service" (6 numbers) will be released on the corrugated dry van and painted aluminum; Santa Fe with blue speed lettering and white paint (6 numbers) and Santa Fe with flags, blue/white target and aluminum paint (6 numbers) will be released on the drop frame van; and Santa Fe "Piggy Back Service" in red with aluminum paint will be released on the outside-post Flexi-Van (6 numbers) and a new variation of the Flexi-Van with dual mail doors (6 numbers). The flyer can be viewed HERE at Trainworx.  
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  • N Scale News
    Great Lakes Models Manhole Covers and more...
    March 7, 2012
    Great Lakes Models has recently released two new products to the growing list. Brand new n scale Manhole Covers, and Sewer Grates & Inlets. The sewer grates are exact scale replicas of the ones found at W. Duluth Ave and S. Massachusetts Ave in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Each piece is pre-scored for ease of assembly. Check out these two new additions, and others at Great Lakes Models.
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    N Scale Transfer Caboose Second Run from Bluford
    March 6, 2012
    Bluford Shops has announced it's accepting orders for it's second run of their N scale transfer cabooses. Roadnames in this release include: Conrail, Great Northern, Indiana Harbor Belt, Kansas City Southern, Amtrak, and Grand Trunk. Check out all the details HERE.
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    Woodland Scenics N scale Logging Truck and Motorcycles
    March 6, 2012
    Woodland Scenics has announced two new additions to their N Scale Auto Scenes line-up, Tim Burr Logging featuring an N scale logging truck and Bad Boy Bikersfeaturing N scale motorcycles. For more information, visit the Woodland Scenics site HERE.
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  • N Scale News, Photo of the Week
    Photo of the Week: Scott Lupia's Bridge 60 Scene
    March 6, 2012
    We're kicking off an inspirational series this week with the goal of providing a weekly "oh wow" image demonstrating what is possible in N scale. First up is this image of "Bridge 60" on the Erie Lackawanna as modeled, most excellently, by Scott Lupia. Enjoy the image and check in weekly, Monday at 8PM CST, for more in this continuing series. We have some great photos in the hopper! Click the image below to bring up the full size version, it's worth it!
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    Atlas announces first releases on new PS-1 40' Boxcar w/7' Sliding Door
    March 6, 2012
    Atlas has announced the first seven schemes to be released on its new N scale PS-1 40' Boxcar with 7' Sliding Door later this year. Click HERE for complete information. There will also be an undecorated 7' door, 12 stiffener roof model available which will come with all three 7' door styles (5 Panel Superior, 7 Panel Superior, and Youngstown) and all three brake wheels (Ajax, Equipco, and Miner)!
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  • N Scale News, Passenger Modeling
    M&R Models New Etched Passenger Car Sides
    February 29, 2012
    Italy has a pretty good track record of producing some amazing designers - Ferrari, Armani, Versace - that are known worldwide. A bit of that culture has apparently rubbed off on Roberto Martari. Roberto has designed the premier line of N scale etched brass sides which are available through his company, M&R Models. For those that haven't seen these before, M&R etched sides are a bit different from your standard etched brass sides from other manufacturers. First, they are etched from "Alpaca" which is a form of nickle silver. It is more sturdy than brass, takes paint easier than stainless steel, and its silver color allows the modeler to scrap the paint from the window frames after painting to get that Kato-esque silver window frame without sloppy painting. Here's an example of a 1959 Budd Built Northern Pacific Dining Car assembled using M&R etched sides on a ConCor Budd roof and ends: M&R etched sides have loads of raised detail like those window frames, rivets that stand proud of the surface, and belt rails and other car side details per prototype. The new sides released this month include: ATSF Heavyweight RPO (57-79 Series) ATSF Heavyweight Coach (3000-3009 Series) ATSF Heavyweight Chair Smoker (1030-1037 Series) ATSF Heavyweight Partitioned Coach (799-808 Series) SP Baggage Dormitory Class 79-BD(ex-Hospital Car, used on SP/RI Golden State) For a full listing of M&R Models sides and detail parts, please visit: http://passcarphotos.info/Varnish/M&R_Models.htm All sides can be ordered direct by contacting Roberto at r.martari@libero.it Discuss this in our forums...
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    Micro-Trains March 2012 New Releases
    February 29, 2012
    Micro-Trains has announced their new releases for March 2012. N scale models include: Heavyweight Observation, B&O Heavyweight RPO, B&O 40'Wood Reefer, Morrell 50' PD Box, Southern 60' Centerbeam, CSX 50' PD Box, UP (Automated Railway) 40' PD Box, Gerald Ford (Presidents Series) 39' Tank Car, SP (Reprint, 2 numbers) 50' PD Box, CN (Reprint) 50' Tank Car, DODX (Runner Pack 4 Numbers) Full Micro-News PDF can be viewed HERE (3.1MB). Unfortunately it looks like the B&O fans must maintain the candle-light vigil for the B&O Paired Window Coach models. But, B&O is making an appearance on the RPO and Observation this month so it looks like MTL has the ability to mask and print the blue and gray scheme. Maybe next month the coach will be available!
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  • N Scale News, Vehicle Modeling
    New in the Gallery: Trainworx 40ft Corrugated Trailer
    February 25, 2012
    If you haven't seen the newest N scale trailers from Trainworx in person, the next best thing is to stop by our gallery and check out the photos of a sharp Union Pacific 40ft corrugated dry van. Click HERE to jump to the gallery!
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  • N Scale News, Prototype Modeling
    Modeling Corn with Broom Straw
    February 24, 2012
    By Mike Skibbe As a midwestern modeler, farm fields are a necessary modeling project. Some crops like soybean, cabbage, and wheat can be convincingly modeled with a combination of ground foam and static grass materials. Most early spring crops look about the same with small green plants peaking out from manicured rows of tilled soil. Mature corn, however, is a little more difficult due to it's height and leaf structure. Several options exist for modeling corn in N. The first convincing field I saw was modeled with indoor/outdoor carpeting. This method is great for covering large areas quickly, but doesn't include much detail for close-up photography. The most detailed corn is the etched brass corn from Alkem Scale Models. It will look best in close-up photos, but requires quite a bit of work to paint and install. It's also pricey if you need a larger field. The search for a cheaper alternative led me to use old fashioned broom straw for this N scale cornfield. The broom was obtained at a craft store during Halloween closeout, and cost about $0.99. Notice that the natural ends of the straw are intact on the broom. The branches give the effect of wilting corn leaves when packed in a field. Old fashioned or natural straw broom, sometimes sold as a "Witch's Broom" around Halloween. First, prepare the field itself. You are going to want to use a foam insulation base, and glue some dirt down on the field before planting the corn. I used some flat black latex paint and sprinkled in Woodland Scenics 'Soil' fine turf while the paint was still wet. Once dry, the excess was brushed off and you have a dirt field ready for corn. The natural straw color is a perfect match for the late September dried corn in my area. The corn dries out in late summer even before the trees start changing colors for fall. I choose not to paint the straw, but if you are modeling a mid-summer field, then you will want to paint it green. Weyerhauser Green from Floquil is a good base color. Add some lighter and darker shades from there so the field isn't perfectly uniform. Next, just chop the broom into smaller stalks of corn. I keep them about 1/2" longer than I want the final height to be so that there is a long portion to plant in the foam base. Now all that's left is to poke holes in the foam and plant your corn in rows! You've caught on by now that this is not the fastest modeling job, but if you can watch a game on TV while you're working, it won't drive you completely mad. In Progress: A piece of music wire is used to poke holes, and cut broom material is ready to be planted. I use a piece of music wire to poke the holes in the foam. You want a blunt tip on the music wire so that the foam is pushed out of the way enough to be able to plant your corn in the hole. If you sharpen the wire, it will slide in and out of the foam and allow the hole to self-heal, making it really difficult to plant the corn. Close up of N scale broom corn. On this Modutrak module I've also aligned the corn rows perpendicular to the track. This way the rows are evident to the viewer, and actually drift in and out of view as you walk alongside the module as if you were driving past a corn field in real life. Also, while individual pieces of broom straw aren't exact scale models of corn stalks, the effect of plants with large droopy leaves is portrayed well as the straw is grouped in rows. It's easy and cheap! How large a corn field can you plant? Discuss this in our forums...
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  • N Scale News
    Sylvan Scale Models Modern Container Ship
    February 16, 2012
    Sylvan Scale Model's newest N scale release is their N-2123 Modern Container Ship. This resin kit is based on two ships built in 1971 for Manchester Liners as the Mercurio and the Rapido. They were in service through 1980 and at 280' in length, they will come in just shy of 2 actual feet long. Should be an impressive model!
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  • N Scale News
    N Scale Railroading: March April 2012
    February 14, 2012
    N Scale Railroading's 70th issue is on newstands now. From weathering to scrathbuilding to detailing to project layouts... and even a superb feature on Jim Blattau's "1947" layout... Kirk has your N scale needs covered.
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    Monster Model Works Laser Cut Brick Sheets and Details
    February 14, 2012
    We picked up some samples of the new Monster Model Works N scale brick sheets and details at the Springfield show. Owner Jimmy Simmons has only had his laser for a few months but is already turning out some amazing brick sheet and detail items. All brick is laser etched in 3D. This allows textures like crumbling brick, previously only available by hand carved plaster techniques, to be easily accomplished in a familiar wood format. Shown below is the texture of Monster Model Work's N scale 'Old Brick Sheet". To further aid in your construction of brick buildings, MMW also sells columns/piers/chimneys and two and three tier curved brick lintels. An N scale "Clean Brick" column/pier/chimney is pictured below. Note that the brick is seamlessly etched on all 4 sides of the basswood strip! Check out the full line of exciting new Monster Model Works products at http://www.monstermodelworks.com Chris Brimley, one of our favorite students of architectural modeling, mentioned this new brick sheet from Monster Model Works. Chris is currently using it in his N scale rendition of a National Biscuit Company bakery complex. You can follow Chris's progress at his Hudson Terminal Railway page.
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  • N Scale News
    Fox Valley Models Preproduction Ribside Caboose Photos
    February 13, 2012
    Fox Valley Models is now showing painted samples of their Milwaukee Road ribside caboose models. The fine end railings and separate wire grabs really set this model off from other recent caboose models. Body mounted MTL couplers and metal Fox Valley Models metal wheelsets should insure good running qualities at the end of your Milwaukee Road freight trains!
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  • N Scale News
    Now Arriving in Stores: Atlas 40ft Wood Reefers and Trainman 4750 Covered Hoppers
    February 12, 2012
    Atlas sent along a few samples of their new runs of 40' Wood Reefers and Trainman line Thrall 4750 Covered Hoppers which should be arriving at your favorite hobby shop now. 40ft Wood Reefer This run of 40' Wood Reefers, based on the refrigerator cars built by Pullman for Northern Refrigerator Car Co (1930), includes many colorful schemes from the era before advertising graphics were banned from freight cars. Atlas included Doggie Dinner and Plochman & Harrison (pictured below) along with Red Top Milk, Frazier's Packing, Great Falls Beer, Glenbeulah Canning Company, and North Western. This is the first time we've featured the Atlas 40' Wood Reefers on Model:160, so we took an extra photo of the operating ice hatches on these cars. The mold work is very fine and there are no extra parts to add. Simply flip up the latch, swing up the hatch, and prop it open with the latch arm. Trainman Thrall 4750 cuft Covered Hopper The Thrall 4750 Hoppers are available in several roadnames including Missouri Pacific, Chicago Freight Car, Chicago, West Pullman & Southern, two CSX schemes, Great Lakes Carbon (INTX) and Specialty Minerals. Pictured below is the second CSX scheme available - a patched RF&P hopper which has been painted out for CSX. This may be the lower cost Trainman line, but the paint and printing on this car is phenominal. The detail right down to the old RF&P lettering on the raised ribs is included! We're very impressed with this hopper, and it will provide a nice sense of merger history on your railroad.
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  • N Scale News
    Springfield 2012: ExactRail With Lots of New Stuff
    January 29, 2012
    When a few folks on Trainboard pressured Exactrail about an apparent lack of interest in new N scale releases, Blaine from Exactrail was quick to jump in and ask for patience... More N was on the way. Today at the Springfield show Exactrail is displaying a slew of new paint schemes on models that now also feature the new Exactrail body mounted coupler box. As far as new tooling, the Thrall 2743 cu ft gondolas were on display as were new Evans-USRE 5277 Box Car (early versions). Included in the upcoming releases was a Springfield Show special run of "ABEL is ABLE!" ABEL gondolas. Enjoy the photos below. Additional photos...
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    Springfield 2012: ESMC pushing the N scale bar ever higher
    January 28, 2012
    Eastern Seaboard Models should be thanked for showing other manufacturers the way to body mounted couplers as standard equipment. At Springfield this weekend they are showing their newest iteration, an extended cushioned draft gear box, on the upcoming PRR X58 boxcar series. The topside of the X58's is equally impressive with accurate painting and lettering per road number, right down to the AEI labels!. Several variations of the PRR and LV schemes were shown. Bryan at ESMC is also experimenting with bleeding edge manufacturing techniques including various form of rapid prototyping. He displayed some great examples of this technology including a White Tower restaurant with interior and two gondolas. The resolution of RP machines has reached the quality that ESMC is planning to release the White Tower as straight RP product right off the machine. The gons are being test cast in resin as we speak for a potential craftsman style resin kit release. These are exciting developments and the possibilities are limitless!
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    Springfield 2012: Fox Valley Models shows 50' Ribside Samples
    January 28, 2012
    Fox Valley Models is displaying a pre-production sample of their upcoming 50' Ribside Boxcar. Note the body mounted Micro-Trains couplers, renowned FVM metal wheelsets and etched metal roofwalks. Three Milwaukee Road schemes have been announced so far including the sharp yellow striped DF paint. Additional Photos...
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  • N Scale News
    Springfield 2012: Atlas announces new PS-1 Boxcar Tooling
    January 28, 2012
    While the venerable Micro-Trains 40' PS-1 boxcar still looks good on the rails, more discriminating modelers have been calling for updates to this popular prototype for some time now. Today Atlas has announced their own PS-1 boxcar line, and the options list is amazing! Look for two roof styles, three brake wheels, and 11 different door styles! Add to that the now industry standard body mounted couplers and etched metal roof walks, and we have a state of the art PS-1 to ride your N scale rails. Also note the new truck tooling with metal wheel sets. Additional Photos...
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  • N Scale News
    Springfield 2012: Pacific Western Rail Systems 4000 cu. ft. Coal Gons
    January 28, 2012
    Pacific Western Rail Systems has been delivering solid hits for Canadian rail fans for quite a while now. At the Springfield show PWRS brought along a sample of their new n scale 4000 cu.ft. coal hopper which will be available in five different body styles and a variety of paint schemes. Detailing was excellent on the samples and we think there will be quite a few unit trains produced from this model. Check out their website HERE for more information. Additional photos...
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    Springfield 2012: Kato VRE MP36PH and Bi-Level First Photos
    January 27, 2012
    Our man Skibbe is on the ground at the Amhurst Railway Society Railroad Hobby Show (or Springfield Show for short) and sent back these first photos of Kato's forthcoming Virginia Railway Express (VRE) MP36PH and Bi-Level coaches and cab car. Taking a look at the photos is it worth noting that Kato has tooled a different shell for the VRE units where the Metra logo board has been removed and the VRE digital message board to the right of the doors has been molded in. We're assuming these are paint samples subject to change before final production pieces are shipped to your local hobby store. Enjoy!
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  • N Scale News
    Modutrak Video Experiments
    January 24, 2012
    We've been experimenting with a video camera slider to produce some modeling videos. This clip was filmed on the modutrak modules of Bill Denton and Mike Skibbe. These are just some test shots, but we think it turned out pretty well overall. We look forward to doing something bigger in the future. Edit: People have been asking us what a "slider" is. This is a device that has a camera mount on it that the camera can "slide" back and forth on in a smooth motion with resistance to keep it nice and slow. One example is pictured below which you can find more information on HERE. Geeky notes: We shot the above video with a Nikon 5100 digital SLR. Depth of field is an issue that is hard to overcome for the same reason we have to use Helicon Focus to overcome the depth of field issues in photography. I did a number of experiments using one of our Nikon digital SLR's, a standard video camera, a GoPro video camera and a point and shoot digital camera that does 720p video. It is possible by using wider angle lens to get some improvements in the depth of field but then you end up with a lot of extraneous crap on the periphery getting into frame (ceiling, walls, etc). The other way to try and improve depth of field is to adjust aperture down to F22 or smaller. However that means the amount of light coming into the camera sensor is greatly reduced which manifests itself in lots of noise/artifact in the shadows and dark areas. So with the Nikor 35mm 1.8 lens that I filmed this with, I settled on F14 as a compromise between depth of field and low-light noise. This is an improvement over the 60mm Macro lens I shot with in the past which as a very narrow depth of field. We'll keep trying new things to see what we can accomplish. Lighting was done with some daylight corrected fluorescent lights with one main light having an orange filter over it. This created the main warm low light. I tweaked the color saturation and exposure in Final Cut Pro and also added the color to the sky to create that late afternoon/early morning mood (see video below). Sounds were dragged in and I didn't spend a lot of time tweaking them, but did try to get the volume levels more normal and to time the train effects to be a little more subtle and correct for the movement of the train. Overall a fun bit of playing around. Discuss This in Our Forums...
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  • N Scale News
    BLMA PTTX F89-J Pipe Flats Announced
    January 18, 2012
    While we are patiently waiting for delivery of the first F89-J flat cars, BLMA has announced a new version, the PTTX Pipe Flat! Craig says that all the hardware and deck components for carrying pipe will be on the model, and pipe loads themselves will be available soon as well. Delivery is expected Q4 of 2012.
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  • N Scale News, Passenger Modeling, Prototypes of N Models
    Kato Budd Corrugated Passengers Cars Revisited
    January 17, 2012
    by Mike Skibbe Back before Kato began their "name" train releases, they released two series of passenger cars that did not form any particular train. Rather, the smoothside and corrugated releases followed the standard mix of matching baggage, RPO, coach, diner, sleeper, dome, and observation cars. While the smoothside cars followed UP prototypes (observation excluded) the Budd corrugated series followed CB&Q prototypes. The mix of cars chosen by Kato's Charlie Vlk didn't add up to any Burlington train in particular. But, there were a couple trains that could be modeled with the chosen prototypes! General Pershing Zephyr While the previous eight Zephyrs of the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy were articulated train sets, the General Pershing Zephyr broke from tradition in 1939. The General Pershing Zephyr, named for World War I hero General John G. Pershing, was built as traditional, individual cars. The as-built consist included shovel nose power unit with baggage compartment Silver Charger, a 70-seat coach Silver Leaf, a 52-seat coach Silver Eagle (Kato's car) and a Diner-Parlor-Obs Silver Star. While the Silver Charger would be quite an effort to build, ConCor's Budd coach could fill in for the longer 70-seat coach while the Kato corrugated Budd coach is the proper car to cover the 52-seat coach. Kato also did the diner-parlor-obs in the corrugated series. Silver Streak Zephyr Following shortly after the General Pershing Zephyr, the Silver Streak Zephyr was the second non-articulated Zephyr to be constructed. Following the EMD E5 locomotive, a Burlington only unit with corrugated side panels and truck skirts, came a baggage, RPO, two 52-seat coaches, and a diner-parlor-obs. All five cars match the Kato corrugated releases. But the E5 is a sticking point as it has not been released in N scale as a ready-to-run model yet. However, a couple resin shells have been produced over the years. Twin Cities Zephyr While one generally thinks of the vista-dome Morning and Afternoon Zephyrs in their complete form as baggage-lounge, four dome coaches, diner, and dome-obs, there was an interim period after Burlington placed the order for two train sets to re-equip the Twin Cities Zephyrs that the train ran with cars included by Kato in the corrugated passenger car series. The cars were ordered in 1945, and the dome coaches, as offered by Kato in the corrugated car series, were delivered first between July and October 1947. In this period the Burlington substituted a pre-war diner and diner-parlor-obs in the train while waiting for delivery of the rest of the new cars. Thus, trailing a pair of E7's we see two dome coaches, a pre-war diner, two more dome coaches, and a diner-parlor-obs. All the passenger cars match the Kato corrugated series cars. Burlington's First "Pattern" Domes One potential kitbash opportunity is available as well. Burlington's first experiment with the dome car concept caused contruction of two "pattern" domes. Burlington started with two of the pre-war 52-seat coaches, as modeled by Kato, and added a dome section with flat window glass. While the dome roofs that Kato did are curved, an old Rowa dome coach might be used as the Pullman-Standard dome's were constructed from flat panes of glass. Do a few modifications to the dome section and voila, a unique dome to add to your Morning or Afternoon Zephyr. Update 2/13/12: Bill Denton sends along this photo of his Silver Streak Zephyr! Could this be the next train from Kato? All they need is an E5...
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  • N Scale News
    Atlas January 2012 Annoucements
    January 13, 2012
    Atlas has announced a new run of Trainman PS-2 Covered Hoppers and has also re-opened pre-orders for a run of Dash 8-40C/CW's. The good news about the long wait for the Dash-8's? Atlas's new builder has allowed them to drop the retail price by $20!
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  • N Scale News
    Trainworx 28' Drop-Frame Parcel Pup Trailers announced
    January 4, 2012
    Trainworx announced intial roadnames and general delivery dates on its long-anticipated 28' drop-frame parcel pup trailers today. The PDF announcement can be downloaded HERE (455 KB).
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  • N Scale News
    First Release of FVM Milwaukee Road 50ft Ribside Boxcars
    January 3, 2012
    Fox Valley Models has announced the first three releases on their upcoming 50' Ribside Boxcar. As you've come to expect from FVM, these cars will feature etched metal roofwalks, the excellent FVM metal wheel sets, and body mounted MTL couplers. Three schemes span the life of these distinctively Milwaukee Road cars, with 4 roadnumbers available for each. They are due mid-year 2012.
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  • N Scale News
    Micro-Trains January 2012 Announcements
    December 30, 2011
    Micro-Trains has announced their new releases for January 2012. N scale models include: Heavyweight coach, UP yellow Heavyweight coach, CP maroon 50' box PD, PRR sk tuscan TOFC flat, BNSF brown 90-ton hopper, NP black (2 numbers) 40' steel ice reefer, Raskin Packing Co 40' box PD, POTUS 40 33' offset twin hopper, GN fgt car red (reprint) 50' box PD, MILW brown/yellow stripe (reprint) 50' flat, RBB&B Circus red (2 numbers) 40' box DSD, runner pack, CN fgt car red w/green doors 48' trailer, B&O aluminum 48' trailer, CR Mercury white (reprint) Full Micro-News PDF can be viewed HERE (2.1MB).
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  • N Scale News
    Atlas merges with Atlas O
    December 29, 2011
    Can't imagine this will affect things on the N scale side much, but Atlas sends along a press release announcing the merger of Atlas and Atlas O. Read the full press release HERE.
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  • N Scale News
    Video: B&O National Limited
    December 29, 2011
    Looks like the Modutrak boys have been playing with their Centralia Car Shops observation car. (Prototype car was built for NYC and later sold to B&O for service on the National Limited.) We spot a Broadway Limited E7, a Wheels of Time 70' baggage car, a Kato Slumbercoach, a Rapido Coach, and the aformentioned CCS Observation car. It's a sharp little pike-sized train and it demonstrates the variety of passenger equipment available today in N scale! Check out the video:
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  • N Scale News
    ESMC X58 Production Samples
    December 28, 2011
    Eastern Seaboard Models Corp. has released photos of a production sample of the upcoming PRR X58 Boxcars. We're especially impressed with the thin-profile extended draft gear developed specifically for this model. Ride height, etched details, metal wheelsets and body mounted couplers come standard, as you'd expect from ESMC. You can read more directly from Bryan at his Railwire Thread.
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  • N Scale News
    Athearn December Releases
    December 23, 2011
    Athearn has announced it's December releases for 2011. They include various roadnames for their previously released ACF 2970 Covered Hopper, 52' Gondola, and 53' Bulkhead Flat Car. More information on Athearn releases can be found here.
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  • N Scale News
    TCS Announces K4D6 and L1-D4 Decoders
    December 20, 2011
    TCS recently announced two new additions to it's decoder lineup. The K4D6, is a six function drop in decoder for Kato's recently released MP36PH. The L1-D4, is a four function drop in decoder for the Life-Like GP20 model. TCS also announced the K4-LK, a rear light replacement board to work in conjunction with the K4D6 decoder. By soldering a few extra wires you can use this board to add an operational rear light and beacon. Installation Instructions are available on the TCS website and show the necessary procedures. More information on these new announcements can be found here.
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  • N Scale News
    At Hobby Shops Now: NSR Jan-Feb 2012
    December 13, 2011
    N Scale Railroading's January-February issue should be arriving at your local hobby shop momentarily. Featured on the cover is Bill Denton's Olympian Hiawatha. (You can check out another article by Bill, DCC Mars Lights, here at M:160) Steam fans will enjoy the GS-3 conversion of a Kato 4-8-4 and those inspired by the kick-off article about the Marias Pass project layout last month will want to catch the bench work construction in Part 2 this month. ...and much more!
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  • N Scale News
    BLMA Announces CEFX Trinity 64' Boxcar Run
    December 2, 2011
    BLMA has announced a second run of their 64' Trinity reefer boxcar this time in CEFX road paint and with new ASD door and new Thermo King refrigeration units. Built by Trinity Rail starting in late 2003, the unique 64' Reefer Box Car was designed for increased capacity, shipping protection, and loading/unloading efficiency. Large enough to fit the equivalent of four 53' truck trailer contents, these excess height, plate 'F' cars have given new life to the once flourishing refrigerated movement of produce and other perishable goods. The BMLA model will be available in 24 different road numbers, fine-scale 36" metal wheel sets, micro-trains couplers and all the fine detail found on the first run of Union Pacific reefers. Look for these to arrive in hobby stores summer of 2012. You can find more info at BLMA's website HERE. Discuss this in our forums...
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  • N Scale News
    Photos of ExactRail's 64ft Reefer!
    December 2, 2011
    UPDATE 1/3/2012: ExactRail made their official release announcement today and these cars will be available on January 10, 2012! Retail price is $29.95. More information on ExactRail's page HERE. PREVIOUSLY on 12/1/2011: From their November 11 blog post and discussions with the crew at Trainfest 2011, ExactRail is poised to rededicate resources to their otherwise dormant N scale line. This is great news for N scalers. Leading that news is their introduction of a near "scale" size draft gear box. While show below on their upcoming 64' TRINCool Reefer, this box is expected to be available on all ExactRail N scale models going forward. The TRINCool sample was on display at Trainfest and our friend Chris at ExactRail forwarded these images of the model. Enjoy!
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  • N Scale News
    Bluford Shops December 2011 Announcements
    December 2, 2011
    Bluford Shops has announced the first road names on their brand new caboose tooling in N scale. This group represents just two of the five all new caboose body styles. The other three will be covered in the next few months. The cabooses come ready-to-run with magnetically operating knuckle style couplers, metal detail parts and roller bearing caboose style leaf spring trucks except where noted. Axle generators and screen window frames will be included in the package. Pre-Orders are now open. Due for delivery in Early Summer, 2012. Craig at Bluford wanted us to let you know that the artwork shown here is preliminary and subject to improvement by their crack development team! You can find more information HERE at Bluford Shop's website. Discuss this in our forums...
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  • N Scale News
    Digitrax December 2011 News
    December 2, 2011
    Digitrax has announced two new n-scale decoders for the Kato MP36PH and LifeLike GP20, individual speakers for sound decoders sold separately, new DT402D firmware upgrade and new throttle apps for the iPhone and iPad. You can find more information on the Digitrax website HERE. New N Scale Decoders! DN163K4B - $36.00 MSRP Board Replacement Decoder for Kato N Scale MP36PH Metra Note: The light decoder for the end of train car will be available at a later date. DN163L0A - $36.00 MSRP Board Replacement Decoder for LifeLike GP20 and similar locos. Speakers for Sound Decoders Oval 10mm x 18mm 8 Ohm Speaker w/ wires SP10188 - $9.00 MSRP Fits many N & HO Scale installations. Used on current production SDN144A0, SDN144A1 & SDN144PS sound decoders. Round 13mm 8 Ohm Speaker with wires SP13138 - $9.00 MSRP Fits many N & HO Scale installations. Used on current production SDN144K0A and SDN144K1E sound decoders. Round 28mm 32 Ohm Speaker with wires SP282832 - $9.00 MSRP Great for HO installations. Used on current production SFX004, SFX064D, SDH164D & SDH164K1A sound decoders. Round 28mm 8 Ohm Speaker with wires SP28288 - $9.00 MSRP Great for HO installations. Used on current production SFX0416 sound and function decoder. DT402D Firmware Update Now available for download at digitrax.com in the "What's New" section. Follow the instructions posted on the Digitrax website to update your throttles to the latest firmware. Note that once you have performed the update, you should unplug the throttle from LocoNet and then remove and re-insert the battery to re-initialize the unit. Coming Soon: Throttle Apps For iPad and iPhone! Control Tower App by Overlook Labs - Lets you use your iPad or iPhone as a wireless throttle on LocoNet. - Coming Soon to Apple's App Store - Control locos and turnouts (including routes) LocoNet WiFi Interface Module LNWI - $139.00 MSRP - Plug in to LocoNet to add a WiFi Interface - Use with iPad, iPhone and other Smart Phone Apps coming soon. Digitrax will be taking pre-orders now for shipment as soon as the first Apps become available on the web. According to Digitrax, they will not begin shipping until the App developers confirm that they have an App that works reliably with the LocoNet WiFi Interface. Digitrax expects this to happen within the next 60 days. Discuss this in our forums...
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    Kato December 2011 Announcements
    December 1, 2011
    Kato has just released their December 2011 announcements which include more GG1 variations, additional Metra and VRE bi-level cars, Gunderson MAXI 1 intermodal units in BNSF "swoosh" logo and a #2 wye Unitrack turnout. We have included Kato's text descriptions below as these new announcements weren't on the Kato website at time of publication. www.katousa.com N New GG1 Bicentennial and re-release GG1 Tuscan Red 5-Stripe Pre-orders due December 23rd - Shipping April 2012 Joining the ranks of the GS-4 Bicentennial “American Freedom Train” and the U30C Bicentennial “Spirit of ‘76” comes the GG1 in Conrail’s Bicentennial colors! This locomotive was painted specially for the United States Bicentennial celebrations in 1976 and carries a unique red, white, and blue color scheme adorned with 50 stars on each side and an image of the liberty bell. Scheduled for release next April along with a re-release of the popular PRR Tuscan red five stripe paint scheme GG1 (for use with the still-available PRR Broadway Limited classic name train), this locomotive is sure to make a splash on layouts, whether it’s running on its own or with its bicentennial brothers. Note: While the prototype GG1 #4800 was a uniquely “riveted” molded GG1, this N scale release will use the same body shell as the standard Pennsylvania GG1. N Gunderson MAXI-I 40' Double Stack Well Car BNSF with NYK containers - three road #'s Pre-orders due December 23rd - Shipping April 2012 Coming April 2012, the Gunderson MAXI-I will be released in three different road numbers of BNSF with the latest “Swoosh” logo. Each set will include 10 x NYK 40’ Magnetic Intermodal Containers that can be used interchangeably with Kato’s other magnetic container releases in both 40’ and 53’ variations. N Bi-Level individual Coach and Cab-Coach releases for both METRA and Virginia Railway Express - new car numbers Pre-orders due December 23rd - Shipping April 2012 Expand your commuter service! Kato announces brand new individual coaches and individual cab-coaches (available separately for the first time) for both Chicago METRA and Virginia Railway Express paint schemes! Perfect for extending existing commuter trains or for building up a second set with an individual MP36PH locomotive, these cars are scheduled to roll into hobby stores this coming April! Discuss this in our forums...
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  • N Scale News
    Fox Valley's 2012 Preview
    November 9, 2011
    Trainfest, America's Largest Operating Trainshow, kicks off this weekend in Milwaukee. We'll be on the lookout for new announcements at the show. The first leak ahead of the show is a preview of Fox Valley Model's 2012 projects including Milwaukee Ribside Cabooses with modified oil doors, a re-run of Hiawatha's in new schemes and individual engines and cars, drawings of the much anticipated GP60M's, and finally brand new tooling in the form of a Milwaukee Road 50' Ribside Boxcar. Here's the poster:
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  • Freight Modeling, N Scale News, Prototypes of N Models
    Freight Car Trucks In N: A Pictorial Comparison
    November 5, 2011
    by Daniel Leavitt There are many styles of freight trucks available in N scale. Several manufactures offer a wide range of models from the ancient Fox style to the latest Barber S2. In this article, I will cover quality freight car trucks available in the market. For pictures and a more in-depth history of prototype freight trucks, I recommend reading Jeff Wilson’s article “Modeler’s Guide to Freight Car Trucks” in the December, 2003 issue of Model Railroader. The article is also available for free on the Trains.com website. Another excellent resource is the e-book “Freight Car Appliances - Volume 9” published by FCIX (www.fcix.info). The Manufacturers Micro-Trains Line is probably the most recognizable name in trucks. They have produced a great many types of trucks covering all eras from the late 1800’s to modern equipment. The vast majority of my equipment runs on MTL trucks with low profile wheels. They are rugged, good looking and reliable. Micro-Trains offer their freight trucks with 33” scale wheels. One note is Micro-Train’s Barber Roller Bearing truck is a 70 ton model, not the 100 ton variety seen on hopper cars, tankers and intermodal equipment. While MTL has recently introduced a new 36” wheel set for passenger equipment, they have not yet produced a true 100T freight truck. Many model train manufacturers use Micro-Trains trucks on their equipment, notably Intermountain, Red Caboose, Deluxe, and Huberts. Atlas produces the Accumate line of couplers under license from Accurail. Athearn also produced a line of Accumate equipped trucks, but has since started using McHenry couplers in these trucks. The tooling used by both companies is virtually indistinguishable. Atlas has supplied OEM trucks and couplers to several manufacturers such as Deluxe, Walthers and Intermountain while Athearn supplies Exactrail. Both Atlas and Athearn produce a true 100 ton roller bearing truck with accurate 36” wheels, though only the Atlas trucks are available through retail channels. Many modelers have complained that Accumate couplers tend to “explode,” meaning the coupler knuckle may break free of the truck when under load. Atlas admitted some early trucks had this issue and quickly redesigned them. You can distinguish the early 100 ton roller bearing truck from the redesigned truck by the prototypes they represent. The early truck was an ACF prototype while the newer model is a Barber S2. Another point of contention was the fact that the Accumate coupler sticks out further than Micro-Trains trucks. Newer Atlas trucks, such as the National C1, Andrews and a redesigned Barber S2 100 ton truck feature a much shorter coupler shank. There are other companies that produce trucks. Bowser produces three Pennsylvania Railroad prototypes; the 50 ton 2D-F8 and Crown 2E-F2 styles were used under a variety of rolling stock while the Barrett-Whitehead 2A-F5 style was used under many of railroad’s cabooses. BLMA has just introduced beautifully detailed ASF roller bearing trucks in 70 and 100 ton configurations. Tichy Train Group produces a great rotary snow plow kit complete with Fox trucks. The prototype for these trucks date back to the 1860’s and at least one piece of equipment (a Conrail rotary plow) was in active service using these trucks into 2000! Like the Tichy Train Group’s Fox trucks, Atlas produces some styles available only with the purchase of a full car. For example, the single axle International Union of Railways truck included on the Front Runner is not available separately. You may be able to obtain Andrews and National C-1 trucks through their parts department. Most Athearn trucks are not easily available as parts while Atlas and MTL make great efforts to make most of their trucks available through retail channels. Older Tooling and Exclusions I have not included many inferior trucks. For example, most Bachmann models use the same Bettendorf style truck. Not only are these trucks crude and incorrect for much of their equipment, but they are generally unreliable. Likewise, Con-Cor used the same roller bearing trucks in their modern tank cars as they do on their transition area equipment. Again these trucks are crude and prone to derailing. There are numerous other examples of poor trucks, many dating to the early days of N scale. To keep this list relevant, I have left these out. Fortunately, there are higher quality counterparts available to every style manufactured poorly. On the other end of the spectrum, I have included a few high quality trucks that come included with lower end equipment. The friction bearing trucks included with most Life-Like freight cars are actually well detailed, though the flanges are oversized. In addition, the trucks on the new Bachmann log cars are much improved over their predecessors. Intermountain produced a small line of trucks equipped with dummy couplers a few years ago. The trucks were well detailed and the couplers were reliable. Photographing the Models For these photos, I used low-profile wheels from the truck manufacturers whenever possible. Many companies produce replacement wheels for Atlas, Micro-Trains and Athearn trucks. These Include Fox Valley Models, Atlas, Intermountain and Northwest Short Line. Improving Appearance and Performance For those looking to upgrade your models to a more realistic appearance, here are a few suggestions. If you use Atlas code 55 track products, I recommend using wheel sets from Fox Valley Models. These are made of metal, roll better than OEM plastic wheels and provide weight down low. These are also useful for improving performance on flat cars and intermodal equipment. Metal wheels are also available from Northwest Short Line and Intermountain, but cost substantially more. I often pull the trip pins from my Accumate couplers since I do not use magnetic uncoupling and the trip pins sometimes fall out. The Atlas 100 ton roller bearing trucks with under-slung couplers have a lot of uses. The trucks feature short shank Accumate couplers, which look a lot better than their standard version. Do to the low profile coupler box; these trucks fit the MDC Huskystack as well as most modern tank cars, hoppers and gondolas with little or no modification. Many of these cars include the incorrect 70 ton Barber roller bearing trucks by Micro-Trains. I have been known to swap out MTL trucks with proper style Accumate trucks on a Micro-Trains car. There are several trucks not yet available in N scale. Early Bettendorf trucks, commonly known as Bettendorf T for the shape of their cross section have not been produced. I would also love to see a converted roller bearing equipped Bettendorf truck that was a staple of freight cars in the 1970’s. For nearly four decades, N scale modelers have had to compromise the look and reliability of their rolling stock with poorly molded, inaccurate trucks. Thanks to many recent additions, we now have the ability to improve the freight trucks on our models. Special thanks to Athearn, Atlas, Bachmann, BLMA, Micro-Trains and several individuals for providing samples of various truck types. This article could not have been completed without your help. Prototype/Manufacture Reference Charts Know your prototype and need a model to match? Try these Reference Charts: Friction Bearing Truck Designs Type Allied Full Cushion Andrews Andrews Arch-Bar Arch-Bar Arch-Bar Arch-Bar ASF Ride Control 40 ton Bettendorf 50 ton Bettendorf 50 ton Bettendorf 50 ton Bettendorf 50 ton Bettendorf 50 ton Bettendorf Bettendorf Coil Elliptic BX Express Crown 2E-F2 Dalman Express Fox National B-1 National C-1 Pennsylvania 2D-F8 50 ton .... Manufacturer Micro-Trains Atlas Micro-Trains Athearn Bachmann Micro-Trains Model Die Casting Kato Atlas Athearn Atlas Intermountain Micro-Trains Walthers/Life-Like Micro-Trains Micro-Trains Bowser Micro-Trains Athearn Tichy Train Group Micro-Trains Atlas Bowser .... Photo photo photo photo photo photo photo photo photo photo photo photo photo photo photo photo photo photo photo photo photo photo photo photo Roller Bearing Truck Designs Type 70 ton Roller Bearing 70 ton Roller Bearing 70 ton (ASF) Roller Bearing 70 ton Roller Bearing 70 ton Roller Bearing 70 ton (Symington Ride Control) Roller Bearing 70 ton (Barber S2) Roller Bearing 100 ton (ASF) Roller Bearing 100 ton (Barber S2) Roller Bearing 100 ton (ASF) Roller Bearing 100 ton (Barber S2) Roller Bearing 100 ton Roller Bearing .... Manufacturer Athearn Atlas BLMA Kato Model Die Casting Micro-Trains Micro-Trains Athearn Atlas BLMA Intermountain Kato .... Photo photo photo photo photo photo photo photo photo photo photo photo photo Caboose Truck Designs Type Barrett-Whitehead 2A-F5 Bettendorf Friction Bearing Bettendorf Friction Bearing Bettendorf Roller Bearing Bettendorf Roller Bearing Bettendorf Roller Bearing Bettendorf Roller Bearing (w/ Generator) Bettendorf Roller Bearing (w/ Generator) GSI Outside Swing Hanger .... Manufacturer Bowser Atlas Kato Athearn Atlas Micro-Trains Athearn Micro-Trains Centralia Car Shops .... Photo photo photo photo photo photo photo photo photo photo Single Axle Light Duty Truck Designs Type IUR Roller Bearing .... Manufacturer Atlas .... Photo photo 1 photo 2 Triple Axle Heavy Duty Truck Designs Type Buckeye 6 wheel Buckeye 6 wheel Commonwealth 6 wheel .... Manufacturer Bachmann Micro-Trains Micro-Trains .... Photo photo photo photo Narrow Gauge (Nn3) Trucks Type Diamond Arch-Bar Barber Coleman Arch-Bar .... Manufacturer Micro-Trains Micro-Trains .... Photo photo left photo right Samples of Older Tooling Type Arch-Bar Bettendorf Bettendorf 70 ton Roller Bearing .... Manufacturer Bachmann Bachmann Model Power Walthers .... Photo photo photo photo photo Photo Reference Chart Trying to identify your N scale truck? Compare to these photos:
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    Fox Valley Models announces new C4's!
    October 31, 2011
    Fox Valley Models has announced new ES44C4's, BNSF's newest power for high speed intermodal trains. In addition to the new C4 truck sideframes, the locomotives feature a brighter rendition of BNSF orange, as requested by many modelers.
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  • Layout Features, N Scale News
    In the Forums: Arbomambo's Santa Fe Door Layout
    October 31, 2011
    Here at Model:160 there isn't anything we enjoy more than a good build-thread. And Arbomambo has been delivering with loads of photos as he constructs a Santa Fe door layout with southwest scenery. So if you haven't stopped by the forums lately, check out his build-thread HERE. Signing up for the forums is easy, come join in the conversation!
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  • N Scale News
    PRR-Parts FM Resin Flat Car Kits Now Available
    October 29, 2011
    PRR-Parts has developed a highly accurate resin kit of Pennsy's FM class 40' flat cars. While these cars were built between 1902 and 1913, they lasted in revenue service well into the 1950's and served MOW duties even later. The resin kit incorporates half a MTL body mount coupler box molded into the body, allowing a nice low ride height. Kits include bodies, steps, decals, and brake wheels to outfit a pair of cars in PRR, PRR-MOW, or B&O's P-11 class. Check out all the information at http://www.prr-parts.com/Page7.html . In later years these shorter flats were used in idler flat service when loads on adjacent cars overhung. In that service, these cars would pair well with a long drop-end mill gondola like the ESM Pennsy G26 Mill Gondola.
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    Micro-Trains November 2011 Releases
    October 28, 2011
    The latest Micro-Trains Line Micro-News for November 2011 has been released. The N scale releases are pictured below, and you can see the whole newsletter (2.4MB) HERE.
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    NSR's November-December Issue Out Now
    October 7, 2011
    N Scale Railroading's November-December issue is now arriving on newstands. This issue marks the beginning of the Marias Pass project layout by John Leaders!
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  • N Scale News
    Kato Virginia Railway Express MP36PH and Bi-Levels Announced
    October 4, 2011
    Kato has announced their second paint scheme of the MP36PH passenger locomotive and Bi-level passenger car sets. Virginia Railway Express is the next production run and is due in hobby stores and online retailers in February of 2012. This run will mirror the Metra sets (due the end of this month) with a 4-car set that includes 1 MP36PH locomotive, 2 bi-level coaches and 1 be-level cab/coach. An additional locomotive and bi-level coach will be available separately. The locomotive and bi-level cab/coach will feature directional lighting consistent with the push/pull usage of the prototype train. You can find more information on this model at Kato USA's website HERE.   Discuss This in Our Forums...  
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    Micro-Trains September 2011 Releases
    September 1, 2011
    The latest Micro-Trains Line Micro-News for September 2011 has been released. The N scale releases are pictured below, and you can see the whole newsletter (MB) HERE.
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    Athearn N Scale Announcements for September 23, 2011
    August 24, 2011
    Athearn's September announcement include new runs of Woodchip Hoppers and GATC Airslide Hoppers as seen below:
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    N Scale Railroading's 11th Anniversary Issue
    August 10, 2011
    The Sep-Oct 2011 issue of NSR marks the 11th anniversary of the magazine with a bunch of new material. Check it at your local hobby shop now!
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    Bluford Shops July 2011 Announcements
    July 28, 2011
    Bluford Shops has announced 5 new schemes on their offset side 3-bay hoppers and a pair of new quad door boxcar schemes. Also included in the newsletter are artwork updates on the TH&B and Illinois Terminal hoppers. Full Bluford News for July 2011 can be viewed HERE.
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    Athearn N Scale Announcements for July 19, 2011
    July 19, 2011
    Athearn has announced a new run of 50' FMC double door boxcars and Ethanol tank cars as seen below. Judging by the note, it looks like Athearn rolling stock will begin to be delivered with metal wheelsets standard!
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    Kato Metra Bi-Level Renderings
    July 15, 2011
    Kato has released CAD renderings of their upcoming Nippon Sharyo Metra Bi-Level passenger cars. The cars will be available in both standard coach and cab/coach models in October. Check out Kato's site HERE for more information.
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    NMRA 2011 News - Bachmann New Announcements
    July 11, 2011
    Bachmann has been busy as witnessed by their massive list of new N scale announcements at the NMRA 2011 show this past weekend. Highlights are below and the full announcement brochure can be seen HERE. Alco RS-3 with DCC On Board Bachmann's new RS-3 will come standard with DCC and will be available in Boston & Maine, Rio Grande, Western Maryland, Southern, Pennslyvania and New York Central. ACF 50ft 6in Outside Braced Sliding Door Boxcar Previously offered by Atlas in their Trainman series, this version of ACF's 50' 6" outside braced box car will feature operating sliding doors and 100 ton trucks with what appear to be 36" wheels. First four roadnames will be Rail Box, Providence & Worcester, McCloud River, Middletown & New Jersey, Chattahoochee, and Burlington Northern. Northeast Steel Caboose This is the Reading version of the ubiquitous Northeastern Steel Caboose. Walthers nee-Life-Like also offer a model of a Northeastern Steel Caboose but this Bachmann version will have window glass and body mounted knuckle couplers. Available roadnames will include Reading, Lehigh Valley, Western Maryland, Maine Central, Norfolk & Western, and painted-unlettered Caboose Red. AAR 40ft Steel Boxcar No photo was included, but Bachmann is listing an AAR 40' box car in Chicago & Illinois Midland, PRR (Merchandise Service), UP-Automated Railway, New Haven, Toronto Hamilton & Buffalo, and Bangor & Aroostook. ACF 36ft 6in 10,000 Gallon Single Dome Tank Car This fantastic looking sample of a 10,000 Gallon tank car features separate handrail and ladders, body mounted couplers, and will be available in Owenwood Motor Oil, Sparton Oil Company, Frontenac, Texaco, Phillips 66, and C.F. Simmin's Sons. EMC Gas Electric Doodlebug with Trailer Coach While Bachmann had previously released the Doodlebug, the 72' Paired Window Coach is a new model and features new 4-wheel Pullman trucks with electrical pickup. The coaches look to feature separate wire grab irons as well. Hopefully separate coaches won't be far behind. The Doodlebug sets will come in Painted-Unlettered (green), Baltimore & Ohio, Boston & Maine, Maryland & Pennsylvania, Seaboard, and New York Central. USRA Light 2-10-2 Steam Locomotive Looks like 3 new tender's will be included among the USRA light 2-10-2 models announced by Bachmann in Painted-Unlettered (black), Chicago & Illinois Midland, Southern, Duluth Missabe & Iron Range, Canadian National, Seaboard, and Kansas City Southern. Full Gallery of N Scale Models
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    Kato Pre-Production Photos of Metra MP36PH
    June 29, 2011
    Kato has posted up pre-production photos of their forthcoming MP36PH Metra locomotive. Expect this locomotive to be available in October in Metra paint scheme along with newly tooled bi-level passenger cars to go with it. More information on these new models can be found at Kato's website HERE. Discuss This in Our Forums...
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  • N Scale News
    Full Length Baggage Cars from Centralia Car Shops
    June 15, 2011
    Centralia Car Shops has announced a large run of full length Pullman-Standard baggage cars. The model, based on a Northern Pacific prototype, will be available in 16 roadnames right off the bat.
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    UPDATE: BLMA 5-unit Spine Cars Shipping Next Week!
    June 11, 2011
    BLMA has announced that the long awaited 5-unit Trinity 53' Spine Cars are shipping next week!
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    NSR finishes out 11th year in style! Mike Danneman on cover.
    June 11, 2011
    Take a minute and just stare at this cover. We've removed the article teasers just so you can focus on the modeling. Mike Danneman has the knack. No, this isn't super detailed rivet-for-rivet modeling. There aren't separate grab irons on the engines. There aren't scale wheels or couplers. This is overall scenic art. Things that would be obvious scale issues are addressed... the orphaned truck has had it's oversize N scale bolster hole modified so it doesn't scream N scale. The GN boxcar is obviously wrecked, but it doesn't have the cracked plastic or melted-with-a-soldering-iron damaged look that so many other modelers have created for their N-trak module wreck scenes. The open engine compartment doors on the Rio Grande GP are a nice touch. And the scenery is first rate as always on this layout. The foreground objects appear large while the scenery decreases in size and blends seamlessly into the backdrop to create a sense of space. The overall modeling is clean and crisp in that way that says Mike Danneman. And we thank Kirk Reddie for once again publishing Mike's work. This is issue #66 for Kirk, and closes out the 11th year of N Scale Railroading. But don't think that the only hook for buying this issue is the cover story. This issue has another great mix of feature articles including some electronics in the form of a PDX telephone system for your layout and flicker free car lighting. It has rolling stock features for modeling a BN open autorack and a PRR B60B baggage car. It has a super detailing article in the form of a CNJ commuter GP-7. Structures are covered by a bridge building article showing a use for some H0 bridge parts. And finally, a whole train is modeled as Keith Kohlmann models a 1970's C&NW way freight. All good stuff and it's capped off by an observations column by the publisher himself. This issue will be on news stands shortly!
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  • N Scale News
    Fox Valley Models GP60M & GP60B first run announced
    June 11, 2011
    Fox Valley Models first showed a poster announcing N scale GP60M's and B's at Milwaukee's Trainfest 2010 and now we have the official announcement of the first run of Santa Fe Superfleet and BNSF post-merger schemes. The full size announcement can be seen HERE.
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    Kato June Announcements: New Run of SD45 and Sante Fe Super Chief
    June 2, 2011
    Kato has announced a second run of their updated SD45 mechanism. The model will be available in ATSF Warbonnet, Southern Pacific "Speed Lettering" and Union Pacific with two road numbers each. Expect models to arrive in hobby stores some time in October. More information on Kato's SD45 can be found on their website HERE.   Kato has also announced a third run of of their stellar Santa Fe Super Chief passenger set with all new road names and numbers. Kato will also release another run of their F7 locomotives also with new road numbers and available in F7A and F7B units. Expect to see this new run in hobbies stores in October as well. More information on Kato's Super Chief can be found HERE.   
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  • N Scale News
    BeNscale now offering searchlight signal heads
    May 29, 2011
    BeNscale Models is now making assembled and lighted N scale searchlight signal heads. The individual heads offer proper red, yellow, aqua green, and lunar aspects with up to three colors available in a single search light head. The signals are wired in standard common-anode configuration. Thus, the common wire is positive and individual wires are simply grounded to provide the color aspect desired. This is how the prototype "pulls down" signals, and how most signal drivers available in the hobby operate including TracTronics, Integrated Signal Systems, Digitrax, and others. These will not work with the common-cathode system that Atlas uses for their signals however. These are individual unpainted heads only and are made to mount to 3/64" tubing. The LED is prewired with 12" of color coded wire. No guessing on which wire is which color aspect! With the BLMA signal heads being MIA for some time, BeNscale is filling a big hole in the market! See the photos below:
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  • N Scale News
    Rapido announces 10-5 Sleeper and Cafe-Bar-Lounge
    May 29, 2011
    Rapido has announced two new N scale passenger cars. The 10-5 sleeper follows Pullman-Standard Plan 4186. They were originally built for the CN and Erie railroads. Erie's later went to Erie Lackawanna, and one 10-5 eventually made it all the way to Conrail's office train (OCS-Office Car Special) as CR 11. The Cafe-Bar-Lounge represents a car that CN rebuilt from a standard coach in the 1970's. It's a good choice for Rapido since they have previously released the same coach that the prototype used. CN's black and white new image scheme and VIA would be prototypical, but other railroad's lounge cars could provide inspiration for many colorful paint schemes.
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  • N Scale News
    Atlas Announces Trainman "Plus" 85' Trash Flat Car
    May 26, 2011
    Atlas has announced a new freight car. The open frame 85' "Trash" flat car is going to be released later this year as part of a new "Trainman Plus" line. We'll be interested to learn how Trainman Plus fits in between Trainman and their Master line. Also scheduled to arrive at the same time are trash containers to load on these flat cars. See the full Atlas announcement HERE.
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  • N Scale News, Prototypes of N Models
    EMD GP38-2 by Atlas
    May 26, 2011
    This week we photographed an Atlas GP38-2 for the Model:160 Gallery as we continue our project to document available N Scale models. Available N Scale Models Atlas GP38-2's: September 2006 Releases July 2007 Releases June 2008 Releases October 2010 Releases Prototype As an upgrade to the GP38, EMD introduced the four-axle, non-turbo charged GP38-2 in January of 1972. Electrical upgrades and an EMD 645E 16 cylinder engine combined to produce 2000 horsepower. You can spot a GP38-2 by the sight glass present in the long hood (engineer's side) and the battery box covers which are bolted instead of hinged as on the earlier GP38 models. 2,215 GP38-2's were delivered by the time production ceased in 1986. N Scale Models Atlas first released their N scale GP38-2 in September of 2006 with three additional runs having followed to date. Atlas shared Union Pacific #510, the unit pictured here, which is part number 47690 from their latest run. The model features a modern UP scheme with yellow safety sill striping and lots of finely printed warning labels. We were especially impressed by the presence of a label on the front of the cab door. The now standard split frame mechanism resides under the plastic body shell, and is set to accept a drop-in, lightboard style DCC decoder. Other Schemes The Wikipedia article linked below has a good overview of the railroads which owned GP38-2's. We've also provided a link to search GP38-2 photos on RailPictures.net which are 10,000+ in number. With 2,215 engines built, there are a ton of colorful schemes these wore over the years. Links & Resources Link: The GP38-2 Page on Wikipedia Link: GP38-2 Photos on RailPictures.net More Information As always, if you have more information to share about this particular engine, or want to share your detailed N scale model, please let us knows so we can keep this resource up-to-date.
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  • N Scale News
    Kato announces first of Amtrak's heritage schemes
    May 11, 2011
    Today Kato announced the first of what will likely be a series of P42 locomotives painted in Amtrak heritage schemes. Amtrak #145 sports a new take on Amtrak Phase III paint, reminiscent of the Phase III F40PH scheme, with added billboard lettering spelling out the 40th anniversary dates of 1971-2011. You can read more on Kato's site HERE.
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  • N Scale News
    Trainworx May 2011: TLCX Pullman 85 Foot Flat and More Trailers
    May 5, 2011
    Trainworx has announced their third offering of the Pullman Standard 85-foot flat (this time in straight sill version) in Transport Leasing Company orange. This new paint scheme will be available in six road numbers. In addition, five more 40 foot drop frame trailers have been announced in SCL/L&N, Frisco, Norfolk and Western, XTRA and Southern Railway System schemes. Each trailer will be available in six road numbers as well. Orders are due at the end of June with delivery to dealers in November of 2011. Trainworx announcement PDF file is available HERE.
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  • N Scale News
    Fox Valley Models B&O M-53 Wagontop Sample Photos
    May 3, 2011
    We just got a chance to get our hands on the latest pre-production samples of Fox Valley Models B&O wagontop box cars. The samples you see here are pre-production units so FVM can tell the factory where to make adjustments and minor revisions before going to production with customer models. So expect some minor changes. The B&O M-53 wagontop was not B&O's most popular boxcar, but it is arguably their signature piece of rolling stock. From 1937-1938, the B&O constructed 2,000 Wagontops classed as M-53, numbers 380000-381999 and 1000 M-53A units numbered 385000-385999. The underframes were built by Bethlehem and the car bodies were constructed in B&O's own company shops beginning in 1937 through 1938. The class M-53A units were built in 1941 and were 400lbs. heavier and had minor rivet detail differences from the M-53. FVM has modeled the M-53 and has included both the flat door and the Youngstown door versions in multiple paint schemes and road numbers. FVM's original announcement can be found HERE. Models should be available in stores in June.   Discuss This in Our Forums...  
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    Micro-Trains May 2011 Releases
    April 29, 2011
    The latest Micro-Trains Line Micro-News for May 2011 has been released. The N scale releases are pictured below, and you can see the whole newsletter (1.9MB) HERE. If you have any questions or comments on this story, click on the green button below to go to our discussion forums. Discuss This in Our Forums...
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  • N Scale News
    Spy Shots: Reid Bros progress on Clearbrook
    April 27, 2011
    M:160 spys on the ground sent a few shots of Clearbrook on the Reid Bros' Cumberland Valley System. Clearbrook has long remained the largest unfinished scenic section of this famous layout, having been bare brown hardshell with the start of an open pit gravel mine for ~20 years now. We can only speculate that Bill Reid's recent collaboration on a module for the Modutrak layout reignited his scenic urges, sparking this recent progress on Clearbrook.   (above) While the open pit mine has had rockwork in place for a long time, the crusher and head house are a recent addition. The crusher looks to be the Walther's kit, which itself is based on the crusher originally scratch built in HO Scale by Gordon Odegard for Model Railroader's Washita and Santa Fe project layout. Wayne Reid is holding court.   (above) Here we can make out the siding arrangement in Clearbrook. A feedmill and some sort of machine shop are being worked in near the mainline, while an additional siding feeds the gravel mine.  Roads are being roughed in, and it's interesting to note that the road up the hill to the church appears to be up for repaving as well.   (above) Here's a better shot of the new road up the hill to the church in the distance.  The road had been in place before, but Bill Reid seems to be considering narrowing it down some.  The use of forced perspective is great here, with the road gradually thinning down toward the horizon.  In the distance, a new barn is present on what is presumed to be a section for farm fields just east of town.  The Fox Valley Models Hiawatha, while a long way from home rails, is fitting on this layout as Model Railroader's 50th anniversary issue featured a tour of a Milwaukee Road streamlined 4-4-2 on several famous layouts of the day.  The Reid's were included on the tour, with an N scale Hi being posed on their layout. Someday we hope to get out to Bill and Wayne's to do a full photo shoot of both the new and old.   Discuss This in Our Forums...  
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    Bluford Shops April Announcements
    April 23, 2011
    Bluford Shops has announced 5 new schemes on their offset side 3-bay hoppers. Pre-order now for delivery in Fall 2011! Full Bluford News for April 2011 can be viewed HERE.
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    Athearn April 2011 Announcements
    April 22, 2011
    Athearn has announced three products for April 2011 that are expected in hobby stores in November. 50' PS1 Double-Door Boxcar First is a 50 foot PS1 double door boxcar available in Conrail, Seaboard Air Line, Southern and Western Pacific schemes with three unique road numbers each. Models will all feature machined wheelsets (new), McHenry knuckle spring couplers and etched metal roof walks. Ethanol Tank Car Next up is another run of Athearn's ethanol tank car now available in GATX-Soy Power, Procor Green and TILX Global Ethanol road names in single number and three-pack variations (all with unique road numbers). These too will feature full metal wheelsets and McHenry couplers. 28' Double Trailer & Dolly Lastly are 28 foot double trailers and dolly's available in Consolidated Freightways, Roadway, Roadway Express, YRC Worldwide and Owner Operator schemes. You can click on the flyers below for larger images. Discuss This in Our Forums...
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    May/June 2011 Issue of NSR on its way
    April 12, 2011
    Well, the Conrail fans at TheRailwire will be excited to see Big Blue on the cover of the next issue of N Scale Railroading! Tood Treaster holds the place of honor this issue with his cover story featuring the rebuilt city of Pittsburgh on his home layout. The boys of Modutrak seem to contribute monthly, and Keith Kohlmann and Jim Starbuck of that group have articles on Upgrading Atlas Trainman Boxcars and Independent Numberboard Lighting for Atlas Locomotives respectively this month. On the workbench, Richard Thomason is up with a build of a southeastern style ventilated boxcar and Robert Dipenbrock continues his in depth kitbashing of Kato passenger cars with the Tavern-Coffee Shop for his Daylight. In the quick and easy category, John Leaders is showing some simple locomotive weathering techniques by demonstrating on a Kato Dash 9. And, Grant Eastman shows how to body mount couplers on Intermountain's Canadian bathtub gondolas. Luckily, this time Grant's technique doesn't involve a massive truck. We had trouble locating a friendly driver last time Grant told us to use outriggers to crush our riprap... Structure modelers arn't forgotten either! Kim Saign shows another use for the ubiquitous Deluxe Innovations prefab steel building kit by turning it into an oil depot. Charlie Vlk brings up the markers this month with his Observations column. Charlie's been in N scale since the beginning, and always brings insight in bucketloads. Kirk says all issues are shipped at this point, start checking your local hobby shop daily!
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    Fox Valley April 2011: Milwaukee Road Rib Side Caboose
    April 11, 2011
    Fox Valley Models has formally announced their first run of the iconic Milwaukee Road bay window rib side caboose. By the late 1920s, newly constructed freight cars were taller than most caboose cupolas. This prompted the invention of the bay window caboose, pioneered by the Milwaukee Road and the Baltimore & Ohio. Built with one set of windows on each side, projecting out from the side wall to form a viewing alcove, the bay window caboose allowed the conductor and brakeman to view each side of their moving train. This type of caboose was cheaper to build than the cupola, and also helped solve tunnel clearance problems faced by many eastern railroads. The Milwaukee Road bay window rib side units were built in Milwaukee's own shops starting in 1939 through 1951 covering a span of more than seven different orders. The Fox Valley versions represent over 75% of the fleet and feature etched roofwalks and wire grab irons. All-new straight or drop-frame trucks will feature FVM metal wheels and Micro-Trains couplers will be body mounted. Each truck and paint style will be available in two road numbers each. MSRP is $32.95 and reservations need to be in by May 6. Look for models to arrive in your local hobby store or online retailer in September. Discuss This in Our Forums... (click on the image below for a larger version)
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    Wheels of Time: April 2011 Announcements
    April 10, 2011
    Wheels of Time has announced an N scale Piggy-Packer. The Piggy-Packer is used to load trailers and intermodal containers on to TOFC-COFC flat cars. This model is based on the PC-90 which made its debut in the late 1960's and is still in use today. N Scale of Nevada's long out of production model of a Piggy-Packer has been sorely missed in the marketplace. Deluxe Innovations seemed poised to fill the void, and even showed a rapid prototype trailer loader at several shows, but little has been heard or seen as far as actual production since. With Wheels of Time's attention to detail, and modern manufacturing, we're excited to see an updated N scale Piggy-Packer brought to market. We'll keep you posted as more information becomes available. Discuss This in Our Forums...
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    Transportation Technology Center : Cool Video
    April 6, 2011
    We know this is a marketing piece, but if you ever wondered where the railroads, locomotive manufacturers, railcar producers go to test out a component related to the railroad, this video will tell you a bit more about it. This mammoth facility is called the Transportation Technology Center and is located in Pueblo, Colorado on 52 square miles of land. Check out the video below:
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    Kato April 2011: Metra MP36PH With Bi-Levels, WP and DRGW F3 Units and More
    April 6, 2011
    As we found out yesterday, Kato is going to produce an N scale version of the MPI MP36PH locomotive. This is the first time this locomotive has been produced in N scale and will be available in Metra paint scheme first. There will be two Metra road numbers available one as part of a 4-car set (#427) and one sold separately (#416). MSRP on the separate single unit will have an MSRP of $110-$120. To go with the MP36PH, Kato is also going to produce the newer Nippon Sharyo-built version of the corrugated stainless Metra bi-level passenger coach and cab units. The passenger cars will be available as part of a 4-car set that includes an MP36PH Metra #427 locomotive, two bi-level Metra coach cars (#6070 and #6153) and a bi-level cab unit #8507. This set will retail for $180-$190 (prices haven't been finalized). A single Metra bi-level coach unit (#6185) will be available separately for $25-$30. These units should be available in August 2011 and more information can be found on Kato's website HERE. Also announced are reissues of the Western Pacific and D&RGW F3A and F3B units to coincide with the release next month of yet another California Zephyr set with new car names and numbers. More information can be found HERE. Lastly Kato also announced new versions of their Volvo truck in two colors (red and white) and new 40 foot intermodal container two-packs with COSCO and MAERSK paint schemes. Discuss This in Our Forums...
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    Walthers leaks next Kato announcement!
    April 6, 2011
    Looks like Walthers has leaked the next Kato announcement. They're showing Metra MP36PH's and gallery cars HERE. From the pricing, it appears that a set including an engine and 3 cars will be available, as well as a single engine and gallery coach as add-ons. Metra ordered 27 MP36PH-3S's overall, and after working out some early electrical glitches, they've been in service since 2004. We're waiting to hear what version of the gallery style commuter cars Kato has chosen, but hopefully they'll be an early Budd corrugated style and we can see them in Milwaukee Road or Burlington livery later! Discuss This in Our Forums... Metra locomotive pulls into Blue Island, IL. August 9, 2007. Lucius Kwok
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    Trainworx April 2011: UP Pullman 85 Foot Flat and Up Trailers
    April 5, 2011
    Following Trainworx March announcement of their cool new 85 foot Pullman Standard flat car is their second release. Now available in six road numbers for Union Pacific, this fish belly flat car is painted in UP's Mineral Red with yellow lettering. To go with this flat are new 40 foot corrugated vans and reefer trailers in five difference paint schemes. Schemes include Pacific Fruit Express and four different UP themes (see below). Each trailer paint scheme will be available in six road numbers. Orders are due May 31, 2011 through your favorite hobby or online retailer. If you have any questions, comments or ideas on this story, click on the green button below to go to our discussion forums. Discuss This in Our Forums...
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    BLMA 64' Trinity Reefers Preproduction Paint Sample
    April 1, 2011
    Craig at BLMA has put up the first pre-production paint samples of his upcoming 64' Trinity reefer box car. If all goes according to plan Craig says to look for the models to be in hobby stores at the end of May. So far we only have one photo of the n-scale version below, but BLMA says more photos and a new video should be up soon. You can find more information on this model on the BLMA website HERE. If you have any questions, comments or ideas on this story, click on the green button below to go to our discussion forums. Discuss This in Our Forums...
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    Micro-Trains April 2011 Releases
    March 31, 2011
    The latest Micro-Trains Line Micro-News for April 2011 has been released. The N scale releases are pictured below, and you can see the whole newsletter (1.9MB) HERE. If you have any questions or comments on this story, click on the green button below to go to our discussion forums. Discuss This in Our Forums...
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    N Scale Railroading - March/April 2011
    March 30, 2011
    N Scale Railroading's current March/April 2011 issue is on newstands now, and if you haven't picked it up yet, you're missing another great mix of N scale features. In particular, Scott Lupia's article on modeling Erie Lackawana baggage cars from the Wheels of Time Harriman baggage car caught our eye.  You see, one of the passenger trains on the workbench here at Model:160 is NKP's #6, which regularly included E-L head end equipment.  And we lazily picked up a WoT baggage in E-L colors to run in the train since it had the right look.  Now that Scott did the research and showed us everything that needs to be rearranged to model a proper E-L baggage car, we don't know if we can settle for the stock model anymore. Thanks a lot Scott! Even if you don't need an E-L baggage car, the techniques Scott features, including another great application of Archer rivet decals, can be used on numerous other projects. Also in this issue is an autorack kitbash by Tony Hammes, a neat lighting installation by Flash Blackman, a refreshed staging yard by Bill Denton, a MOW train by Richard Tomason, and N scale in the garden by the man himself Kirk Reddie. Oh, and we almost forgot the layout feature that everyone looks forward to each month... this month is UP's Cascade Subdivision as modeled by Mark Letisco!  Mark made unbelievable progress in a few short years, and the coverage in NSR is great.
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    Inspired N-scale Modeling from Germany
    March 29, 2011
    So we've been hit with the flu bug here at M160 (our apologies for the lack of recent updates) but that means we have some extra down time to poke around a few websites we don't get to visit very often. Our good n-scale friend David K. Smith mentioned this website on his blog and we've since seen it pop up in a few other places. If you're looking to see just how realistic you can get in this scale, look no further than the work of Jürgen in Germany. His n-scale dioramas are truly amazing work and give us some motivation to try and step it up a bit more. The mix of textures, choice of colors and more are all just about perfect. Below are a few samples of his modeling and the website link below has many, many more. http://www.stummiforum.de/viewtopic.php?f=51&t=50628 We would also like to extend a friendly invitation to discuss with us what you think of Jürgen's work in our discussion forums here on Model:160. Just click on the forum link below and register - it is quick and painless. We'd love to hear from you all and we plan to utilize our forums quite a bit more in the future to answer questions, get feedback and shoot the breeze on all things n-scale. Modeling is always better when you can share it with someone - misery loves company! See you there. Discuss This in Our Forums...
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    Athearn March 2011 Announcements
    March 23, 2011
    For March 2011, Athearn has announced another run of GATC 2600 Airslide hoppers available in Denver and Rio Grand Western, Monon, GACX/PRR and Union Pacific in three numbers each. The GATC 2600 Airslide hoppers started being built in the 1960's and are still out on the road today. Athearn also announced a new run of 57' Pacfic Fruit Express mechanical reefers. Numerous road numbers are available in this run. You can find more information on Athearn's website HERE. You can click on the flyers below for larger images. Discuss This in Our Forums...
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    BLMA Announcement: Third Run of NS TopGons
    March 21, 2011
    BLMA Models has announced their third run of TopGon's. With 24 new numbers this round, those keeping score will notice that a unit train with 84 individual numbers can now be assembled! More information can be found at the BLMA Models website HERE. Now if only you Norfolk Southern modelers had an accurate Dash-9 available, eh? Discuss This in Our Forums...
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  • N Scale News
    Walthers Proto N GP60
    March 21, 2011
    Walthers has announced a new "limited run" of the EMD GP60s. This new run features new schemes and numbers, a DCC friendly mechanism, MicroTrains couplers, RP-25 wheels that will operate on Code 55 or larger rail, a split-frame chassis and dual brass flywheels. Built 1985-1994, most still in service Primary Assignment: Fast intermodal and light, priority freight; later used in general freight service as well as local and yard work. As computer technology advanced in the 1980s, EMD took a major step forward with the introduction of the new GP60. Directly behind the cab, a trio of onboard microprocessors regulated and ran various onboard systems, replacing complex wiring circuits and relays. Coaxing 3,800 horsepower from its 16-cylinder 710G3A prime mover, the four-axle GP60 was well suited for fast freight service and was often seen on the point of priority trains when new. While the GP60 proved the advantages of computer control, potential buyers were more interested in six-axle power, and EMD focused its development efforts on the bigger units. For now, the GP60 may be the last in a long line of geeps. Walthers Proto N version is based on the standard conventional hood variation and roads in this run include BNSF (Santa Fe "Patch"), Denver Rio Grande and Western, Norfolk Southern and Union Pacific. Each road will be available in two different numbers. MSRP is $99.98 and should be available in your local hobby shop or online retailer by the end of November 2011. Discuss This in Our Forums...
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    Walthers Proto N SW9/1200 Limited Run
    March 21, 2011
    Walthers has announced (actually last month but we missed it in the flurry of other announcements) that they are going to do a new "limited run" of the Life Like SW9/1200 road switcher. Walthers says the new run is an updated model that is DCC friendly, has all-wheel drive and electric pickup, a 5-pole skew-wound motor, RP-25 metal wheels designed to operate on Code 55 or larger rail and microtrains couplers. Walthers says this is a limited edition one-time run of these roadnumbers (2 different numbers per road). Roads on this run include: Canadian National, Chicago, Burlington and Quincy, Chicago and Northwestern and New York Central. MSRP is $99.98 and are expected to be at your local hobby store or online retailer by the end of August 2011.
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    Kato Product Release News Update
    March 18, 2011
    Kato put out a product update today that we're passing along... The first delivery of the N Scale Union Pacific City of Los Angeles, accompanying Union Pacific EMD E9A and E9B locomotives, and N scale Mixed Freight Sets are all on track to arrive in the United States towards the end of the week and ship out to distributors on or around the 29th of March. This means they should be showing up in hobby shops around the first week of April. The second delivery of the N Scale Union Pacific City of Los Angeles is currently targetted to arrive at the end of April.
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    Fox Valley Models March 2011 Announcements
    March 18, 2011
    FVM has just announced re-runs and new schemes of their Trinity RD-4 Coal Hopper. They will be available as singles and 12 Packs. Reservations are requested by April 8 with cars arriving in July and Aug. Matt also mentioned that they shipped the BNSF, WP and MR&T 5283 DD Boxcars this week and to look for 5347 Boxcars and some GEVO locomotives in April. April will also be the first formal announcement on the first run of Milwaukee Road Ribside Cabooses.
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    MicroTrains Weathered Golden West Service Boxcars
    March 17, 2011
    MicroTrains has announced a 4-pack set of Golden West Service weathered box cars. The 4-packs are due at the end of the month and some online retailers are splitting the 4-pack up and offering units individually. MSRP is $119.95 (street price is usually less) for the 4-pack. MicroTrains announcement can be found HERE.
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    Now Arriving: BLMA Hoppers, Gondolas & Trucks
    March 11, 2011
    BLMA is reporting that the long awaited first run of ACF 70-ton gondolas are now available. Also on the boat was the second run of PS-4000 covered hoppers and ASF 70-ton plain journal trucks. Which, if you're a Timken roller-bearing salesman, you'll be sure to refer to as "friction bearing" trucks. Read about these and more in BLMA's March 2011 Newsletter HERE.
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    ExactRail: Gunderson 5200 Box Car New Paint Schemes
    March 8, 2011
    And the n-scale announcements keep rolling out... ExactRail has announced a new run with new paint schemes of their Gunderson 5200 box car. The Gunderson 5200 was built  from the late 1960's to the early 1970's and can still be seen around today (albeit usually not in the best of shape!). Roads available in this release include Cotton Belt, Minneapolis Northfield and Southern (MNS), Frisco, Northern Pacific Heritage paint, BNSF and Missouri Pacific Lines. The model includes ExactRail ASF 70 ton ride control trucks, McHenry n-scale knuckle couplers and metal wheel sets. MSRP is $21,95, but your local hobby store or online retailer can make you a better deal. ExactRail says they will be available Tueday, March 15, 2011. You can find out more information on ExactRail's website HERE.  
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  • Layout Features, N Scale News
    Fun in Nn3: Chris Schmuck's Micro Mining Layout
    March 8, 2011
    Lest you think we have a standard gauge bias here at M:160, we'd like to set the record straight right off the bat by confirming that we want to showcase all forms of 1:160 modeling. So that includes narrow gauge modeling, especially when it's this good. We've been fans of Chris Schmuck's small layouts since he and his 2'x4' Erie themed layout first popped up on the Atlas forum back in 2003. Since then he's shared his exploration of small layout nirvana with the internet community at large, as we've been able to follow along on several N scale, Nn3, H0n3, and Z scale layouts. He's got a knack for creating photogenic scenes in tight quarters without having them look cramped. His latest foray into Nn3 has piqued our interest of late. At a mere 9"x16", it qualifies for a micro layout. That's 144 square inches, right? No sweat, right? But remember this is Nn3. You're not going to find Chris's rolling stock at your local hobby shop. The nifty boxcabs are custom etched brass shells over fabricated running gear. The mine cars they're pulling are custom etched brass bodies to fit Z scale freight trucks. And if that wasn't time consuming enough, Chris had to hand lay the track. Micro Engineering cd40 rail over circuit board and wood ties was laid on a subroadbed. Minimum radius is a tight 2.25", while grades on the over-under track plan reach 5.2%. Benchwork, if you can call it that, is simply layers of foam insulation board which was also carved into landforms. A photographic backdrop anchors the layout and helps set the overall scene. Masonite or other hard board is There are two stub turnouts modeled on the line, but they are there solely for looks. Chris has the skill to construct operating versions, but the joy in this micro layout is simply to let the trains run the circuit negating any need to worry about functioning turnouts. Check out the video below. With Chris already showing a base layer of scenery on the whole layout, we're really hoping he makes it over the hump and finishes this layout before moving on to another. Not that we can fault him for a bit of shiny object syndrome, as we suffer as well, but if he can get some trees planted and button it up we'll be really excited. You can catch the latest updates from Chris over at www.therailwire.net.
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    Trainworx: All-New Pullman Standard 85ft. Flat Car and Companion Trailers
    March 7, 2011
    Trainworx has announced another very cool model, the Pullman Standard 85 foot multipurpose flat car. They also announced 40 foot drop frame parcel companion trailers that can be used with the 85ft. flat. The flat car will be available in both fish belly and straight sill versions with the first release being Trailer Train yellow fish belly style in six road numbers. The 85ft. flats have Micro-Trains body mounted couplers and feature Fox Valley Models metal wheel sets. As a companion piece sold separately, the 40 foot drop frame parcel trailers will be available in four different paint schemes with six numbers per paint scheme. Trainworx says preorders through your dealer need to be in by May 31st with deliveries expected in October 2011. The full flyer from Trainworx appears below (click to make larger).
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    Wheels of Time: 2nd Run 70ft Heavy Weight Baggage Cars
    March 7, 2011
    Wheels of Time has announced a second run of their 70Ft heavy weight baggage cars. These nicely done models include metal wheel sets, adjustable draft gear, MicroTrains couplers and functional baggage doors. Roads available on this run include Chicago Burlington and Quincy, B&O merged colors, Canadian Pacific, Frisco, Missouri Pacific (Jenks Blue), Norfolk & Western (Tuscan Red), Northern Pacific (two-tone Lowery), Souther Pacific and Wabash. Undecorated versions will also be available. Wheels of Time say they have an ETA of June 2011. For more information or to preorder you can visit the Wheels of Time website HERE.
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  • N Scale News
    New Kato Annoucement - GE C30-7 Diesel
    March 6, 2011
    Kato has announced a new run of the General Electric C30-7 diesel locomotive available in four different roads. The GE C30-7 is a six-axle diesel built from 1976-1986 and replaced the U30C. It was powered by a 16-cylinder, 3000hp GE FDL-series engine and over 1,100 were built. Kato currently lists "Spring 2011" as a shipping date and we'll keep you posted. Meanwhile you can read more about Kato's latest offering HERE.
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    MTL's New Body Style: P-S 4427 High Side Hopper
    February 28, 2011
    Micro-Trains Line's March 2011 announcements include the first release of a new body style. The much anticipated P-S 4427 High Side Covered Hopper will be available first in Santa Fe colors. The model shows that MTL is paying attention to advancements in the N scale market, as the hopper features a nice ride height and body mounted couplers. On the experimental side, the hopper will include a laser-cut roofwalk made from laserboard, a resin impregnated paper product. Additional information can be found on the MTL website HERE.
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  • N Scale News
    eBay Find: Vintage Sign and Graffiti Decals
    February 27, 2011
    From time to time we find things on eBay that you just don't find anywhere else (well, other than people paying far too much for something!). In this case we came across eBay user thorn14141 who is selling custom printed decals of vintage brick building signs and unique graffiti. We've ordered a couple of samples of both and we'll report back as soon as we get them. Pictured below are a couple of samples of the many different types he offers. You can find all his n-scale listings HERE.
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  • N Scale News
    FVM Hiawatha Sets In Stores Soon
    February 23, 2011
    Matt from Fox Valley Models let us know that his Milwaukee Road Hiawatha sets should be hitting stores in the next 2 weeks or so. These sets sold out quickly, but you may still be able to find some available at hobby stores and online retailers that ordered a few extras. We hope to have our set soon and will photograph it in detail as soon as we receive it. Meanwhile we have this short video to keep you entertained... Fox Valley Models Milwaukee Road Hiawatha - Preview from modutrak on Vimeo.
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  • N Scale News
    Athearn February Additions - Commuter Sets, FMC Box Car and More Bay Window Offerings
    February 23, 2011
    Athearn has announced new commuter passenger sets with a F59PHI locomotive unit, two Bombardier coaches and a cab unit in a variety of roads. Also look for more 50 foot FMC single door box cars (1970's - 1990's ERA) in BNSF, Maine Central, Pan Am and Railbox schemes. Lastly Athearn has announced another run of their tasty bay window caboose in Western Pacific Bicentennial, B&O/Chessie System, Erie Lackawanna and Southern Pacific schemes. You can find more information on Athearn's website HERE. You can click on the flyers below for larger images.
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  • N Scale News
    Kato Penn Central 4-Car Sets and E8 Units Shipping Next Week
    February 23, 2011
    Kato has added another photo and announced that their Amtrak Phase I and Penn Central 4-car sets and E8 locomotives will be shipping out to hobby stores next week. You can find more information on Kato's website HERE. Here is a copy of the ad Kato will be running in conjunction with the release of these sets:
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    Athearn February 2011 Announcements
    February 11, 2011
    Athearn has announced new fantasy paint schemes of their F59PHI locomotives and new paint schemes for their 65 foot mill gondolas. More information on the Athearn F59PHI can be found HERE and information on the 65 foot mill gons can be found HERE.
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  • N Scale News
    ExactRail Evans 5277 Announced
    February 4, 2011
    ExactRail has announced their newly tooled Evans 5277 (1979-design) box car. The model features McHenry n-sacle knuckle sprung coupler, ExactRail ASF 70 ton ride control trucks and 33" metal wheel sets. Suggested retail is $22.95 but can be had for less at many online outlets. These should be available by mid-February at dealers. More information can be found on ExactRail's website HERE.
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  • N Scale News
    Kato City of Los Angeles Set - First Photos
    February 3, 2011
    Kato has released the first photos of their 11 car Union Pacific City of Los Angeles set due out in March. There are 8 newly tooled cars in this set and judging from the photos details have been stepped up a notch. More information on the Kato City of Los Angeles set can be found HERE.
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    FVM February 2011 - B&O Wagontops, PS5344 boxcars and AM and V&O Tributes
    January 28, 2011
    Matt at FVM continues on a roll with his February 2011 annoucements. First off are B&O M-53 Wagontops available in both N and HO scale. These will be available initially in four different paint schemes with both flat door and Youngstown Door versions. Next up are new additions to the PS5344 boxcar lineup (see images below). Lastly is a tribute to Tony Koester's Allegany and Midland and Allen McClelland V&O landmark layouts. Several GEVO locos as well as rolling stock will be available (see image below). Great stuff!
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    BLMA Trinity 64 foot Reefer - First Sample Photos
    January 14, 2011
    Craig and our friends at BLMA have just received their first sample of their upcoming Trinity 64' reefer box car: The prototype started production in 2003 and was designed as a large capacity unit capable of carrying the equivalent of four 53 foot semi trailers worth of perishable goods. This highly detailed model will be available in 24 different road numbers. Craig has a great video and more information up on his website HERE.
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    Centralia Car Shops Announces New Dining Cars
    January 7, 2011
    Prototype Note Sheets: CCS Western Diners Sheet CCS Eastern Diners Sheet Centralia Car Shops has announced two styles of dining cars.  The "Western" and "Eastern" versions refer to the prototype car used as a basis for each model, and not necessarily the scheme being painted.
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    Kato Teases Us With 3D Renderings of Upcoming UP City of Los Angles Cars
    December 31, 2010
    Rounding out the onslaught of Kato news this week are 3D CAD renderings of a few pieces from the upcoming (Mid 2011) Union Pacific City of Los Angles passenger set. The City of Los Angeles ran from Chicago to Los Angeles and was a direct competitor to the Santa Fe Super Chief and the CB&Q California Zephyr. Kato's set will include eleven cars, eight of which will be all-new tooling. Also available will be E9A and E9B locomotive power (two new road numbers each). Below are the 3D CAD renderings of the 10-6 Pacific Guard sleeper and the 6203 lounge car. Two more renderings as well as other information are available on Kato's website HERE.
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    Kato Amtrak Step-Down Coach and Baggage Car Photos
    December 31, 2010
    Continuing with their new releases, Kato has released the first photo of their new Amtrak step-down coach and baggage car in Phase III paint scheme. This is will be sold as a two-car set. More information can be found on Kato's website HERE.
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    Kato - First Photos of Amtrak and Penn Central GG1 Units
    December 31, 2010
    Kato has released their first photos of the Amtrak and Penn Central GG1. More information can be found HERE.
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    Kato - "American Freedom Train" GS-4 Scheme Photo
    December 31, 2010
    Kato has released the first official photo of their GS-4 "American Freedom Train" paint scheme. According to Kato, from 1975 to 1976, in celebration of the United States' 200th birthday, GS-4 #4449 was re-painted into a striking red, white, and blue paint scheme, and put into excursion duty pulling a special display train all around the United States. More information on the entire Kato GS-4 locomotive model range can be found on their website HERE.
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    Kato - Painted Samples of PC Passenger Cars Revealed
    December 16, 2010
    Kato has released photos of the painted samples of their upcoming Penn Central passenger cars.
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  • N Scale News
    Atlas - Trainman ACF 50'6" Boxcar - New Schemes and Roadnumbers
    December 11, 2010
    Atlas has also announced new paint schemes and new roadnumbers on popular paint schemes for their Trainman ACF 50'6" Boxcar.
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    Atlas - Trainman ACF 5250 - New Paint Schemes
    December 11, 2010
    Atlas has announced several new paint schemes on their ACF 5250 4 Bay Covered Hoppers.  For a retail price of $12.95, they really can't be beat.  And they'll be here before you know it in May of 2011.
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    Kato - Sneek Peek of Amfleet and Viewliner Cars
    December 10, 2010
    Kato has posted photos of their newly tooled Amfleet and Viewliner cars.
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    Fox Valley Models - November 2010 Announcement - New Gevo Schemes
    November 12, 2010
    Fox Valley Models has announced new schemes on their Gevos including the bastardized UP scheme with yellow safety striping on the frame.  When the FRA decided red wasn't appropriate on locomotives, UP's scheme suffered the most.  Ah well, maybe it was karma's fault after the UP Licensing debacle...
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    Fox Valley Models - November 2010 Announcement - 1935 Milw Coaches
    November 12, 2010
    Fox Valley Models has announced new paint schemes on their 1935 Milwaukee Road home-built coaches.
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    Atlas - November 2010 Announcement - SD60's
    November 10, 2010
    Atlas has announced new paint schemes, and new numbers on old ones, on N scale SD60's.  Estimated delivery is April 2011.  See the full announcement HERE.
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    Kato USA - November 2010 Announcement - GE U30C's
    November 5, 2010
    Kato has announced (Finally!) a re-release of U30C's in several paint schemes.  Last released in 1991, this round will include ATSF (Who only owned a similar, but not exact, U23C), BN, BN Bicentennial, UP, and DOT (a stationary power plant for a Subway car test circuit).
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    New Kato Annoucements
    September 13, 2010
    Kato has announced more new n-scale goodies including a few surprises. First off are new E8/9 units in Amtrak Phase I and Penn Central schemes. And why those two schemes? There are two new passenger sets to go with the E-units - an Amtrak Phase I 4-car passenger set made of former Super Chief and CB&Q cars and a patchwork Penn Central passenger set. Lastly Kato has announced Maxi I intermodal double-stacks with TTX markings  and five-well units per set with 10 40-containers included. All of these items will be available early 2011. More information can be found at the following links: N EMD E8A Amtrak Phase I and Penn Central N Amtrak Phase I 4-Car Passenger Set N Penn Central 4-Car Passenger Set N Gunderson MAXI-I Double Stack Car Set TTX
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  • N Scale News
    BLMA Announces New Brass Horns
    September 2, 2010
    BLMA has just announced more new detail parts - brass horns. Variations include Nathan M3R1 and K6HR24 and Leslie S3L, S3L-R, S5T and S5T-R. Horns are sold 2-per pack and retail for $5.95. Additional photos and more information can be found at the BLMA website.
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  • N Scale News
    NSR's 10th Anniversary Issue Out Now
    August 24, 2010
    N Scale Railroading's 10th Anniversary Issue is out now, and we'd like to congratulate Kirk Reddie on yet another great issue.
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    Kato New Model Release Schedule
    August 24, 2010
    Kato has released their forthcoming new model release schedule through November.
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  • N Scale News
    Bluford Shops August 2010 Annoucements
    August 23, 2010
    Bluford Shops has announced another run of 70-ton three bay hoppers and two more runs of their 86' auto boxcar. The two 86' auto boxcars are a double-door Detroit Toledo and Ironton and a quad-door Denver and Rio Grande. Both will be available in 3 different road numbers. The new hoppers include a 14-panel 3-bay Erie Lackawanna available in 12 road numbers. Five new offset 3-bay hoppers in Kansas City Southern, Georgia Railroad, Bessemer and Lake Erie, Illinois Terminal and Toronto, Hamilton and Buffalo will be available in a variety of road numbers depending on the road. More information can be found on the Bluford website.
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  • N Scale News
    Wheels of Time - New 70ft. Heavyweight Baggage Cars
    August 9, 2010
    Announced at the National Train Show in Milwaukee, the next Wheels of Time passenger release will be a ubiquitous 70' heavyweight baggage car.  The models will be available with several door and roof variations. Nine roadnames will be available as singles and two-packs, with unlettered but painted Pullman green also being an option.  Matthew Young tells us that the prototype for the arched roof car is C&O, while the prototype for the clerestory roof car is T&P.  But, we're excited about all the roadnames in the initial release as cars of very similar design ran on each of the chosen railroads. Pre-order through your favorite shop by September 22, 2010! You can find more information on the Wheels of Time website HERE.
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  • N Scale News
    Duel at the OK Corral - Exactrail Trinity Reefers
    August 7, 2010
    Yes, this is the same car that BLMA announced at the National Train Show in Milwaukee last month.
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  • N Scale News
    Kato announces Amfleets and Viewliners in a set
    August 6, 2010
    Kato USA has announced a new train set, but its not what anyone expected. It seems like this was an attempt to make another complete train, this time including the locomotive. Kato has announced a set including a P42 locomotive, a baggage car, one Amfleet coach, one Amfleet cafe car and two Viewliner cars. These could be real nice cars, and a nice change from the Bachmann Amfleets that are currently available but have issues with rolling resistance. The problem is, this is the only way to get these cars! There is no availability of single coaches or Viewliners. Hopefully that will change in the future, but word on the forums is Kato Japan has dictated this to be the only packaging of these cars. You can read Kato's release information here.
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  • M160 Photo Shoots, N Scale News
    Fox Valley Gevo
    August 5, 2010
    Our photo gallery of Fox Valley Model's first run of GEVO units...
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  • N Scale News
    Athearn Big Boy Gallery
    August 4, 2010
    We finally had an opportunity to shoot Athearn's very well done n-scale 4-8-8-4 Union Pacific Big Boy. The full Helicon Focus photo set follows below with gallery thumbnails that link to our high-res galleries. Enjoy!
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    Exactrail Announcements July 2010
    July 30, 2010
    New run of Trinity 50' Hy-Cube box cars and a new CP Rail 65' Gondola car.
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  • N Scale News
    Resize Test Article
    July 30, 2010
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Proin rutrum odio in velit fermentum sit amet commodo ligula pellentesque. Suspendisse nisl neque, scelerisque et sollicitudin dignissim, faucibus ac enim. Maecenas ac ante metus, vitae varius ipsum. In luctus mollis interdum. Duis ac faucibus augue. Aenean rhoncus massa vel dolor vulputate commodo. Phasellus ultrices auctor quam nec hendrerit. Pellentesque vestibulum ipsum sed purus eleifend sed viverra neque gravida. Suspendisse ornare arcu at diam sollicitudin consequat. Integer ac lectus est. Nam velit libero, venenatis et pulvinar quis, luctus vel erat. Sed non nunc elit, vel rhoncus est. Donec dapibus porttitor interdum. Morbi risus lorem, commodo faucibus fermentum feugiat, fermentum ac ante. Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Proin rutrum odio in velit fermentum sit amet commodo ligula pellentesque. Suspendisse nisl neque, scelerisque et sollicitudin dignissim, faucibus ac enim. Maecenas ac ante metus, vitae varius ipsum. In luctus mollis interdum. Duis ac faucibus augue. Aenean rhoncus massa vel dolor vulputate commodo. Phasellus ultrices auctor quam nec hendrerit. Pellentesque vestibulum ipsum sed purus eleifend sed viverra neque gravida. Suspendisse ornare arcu at diam sollicitudin consequat. Integer ac lectus est. Nam velit libero, venenatis et pulvinar quis, luctus vel erat. Sed non nunc elit, vel rhoncus est. Donec dapibus porttitor interdum. Morbi risus lorem, commodo faucibus fermentum feugiat, fermentum ac ante.Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Proin rutrum odio in velit fermentum sit amet commodo ligula pellentesque. Suspendisse nisl neque, scelerisque et sollicitudin dignissim, faucibus ac enim. Maecenas ac ante metus, vitae varius ipsum. In luctus mollis interdum. Duis ac faucibus augue. Aenean rhoncus massa vel dolor vulputate commodo. Phasellus ultrices auctor quam nec hendrerit. Pellentesque vestibulum ipsum sed purus eleifend sed viverra neque gravida. Suspendisse ornare arcu at diam sollicitudin consequat. Integer ac lectus est. Nam velit libero, venenatis et pulvinar quis, luctus vel erat. Sed non nunc elit, vel rhoncus est. Donec dapibus porttitor interdum. Morbi risus lorem, commodo faucibus fermentum feugiat, fermentum ac ante.
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  • N Scale News
    Photos posted of production MTL 28-1 Parlor Cars
    July 30, 2010
    Third in their series of heavyweight passenger cars, Micro-Trains will be releasing their first 28-1 Parlor Cars in August.  As with the earlier 12-1 and 10-1-2 sleeper releases, roadname selection is limited to Pullman without car name and Great Northern (but still Pullman letterboard in this case) with car name, Natalie. Additional freight car new releases have also been announced for August 2010.  More details after the jump HERE.
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    Kato USA - New Run of C44-9W and GG1
    July 29, 2010
    Kato has announced new paint schemes on both the C44-9W and GG1 models.  A new number on the BNSF Warbonnet scheme will join a two number release of BNSF Heritage II with delivery scheduled for December 2010.  On the GG1's, 70's era grunge modelers will be enamored with the Penn Central and Amtrak bleak, black schemes also scheduled for December.  Who's going to be the first to dirty one up and install an Ngineering caternary spark lighting module?
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  • BLMA Trinity 64 Foot Reefer
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    BLMA Announces Trinity 64' Reefers in N-scale
    July 29, 2010
    Craig and the crew at BLMW have announced the first 64" modern reefer available in n-scale.
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    Bluford announces new paint for Auto Parts Boxcars and Hopper Cars
    July 28, 2010
    Bluford Shops has announced new schemes for their beautiful 86' auto parts box cars and their crisp new 3 bay hopper cars. The auto parts cars gain Burlington Northern and Grand Trunk Western. The hoppers get Detroit Toledo & Ironton, Erie, Illinois Central, SCL-Family Lines and Chesapeake & Ohio. See the full announcement here.
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