Model Railroad Hobbyist - June 2010 News Online
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Accurail Inc., will release several new HO scale cars to dealers this month including a Great Northern 41-foot steel gondola in mineral red with white and black graphics, a Detroit Toledo & Ironton 50-foot plug-door insulated boxcar decorated in yellow with black and white graphics, a C&NW 40-foot wood stock car in red oxide, a Norfolk & Western black 89-foot partially enclosed bi-level auto rack car with silver panels and a Bessemer & Lake Erie 55-Ton USRA coal hopper in black with white graphics. Accurail’s limited run this month is a six-number set of PRR USRA coal hoppers painted oxide red with white and black graphics. Go to http://accurail.com for additional information or to order.
By Mid-June, Andy Carlson, the exclusive sales agent for Terry Weigman signals, will have a limited supply of HO scale US&S Lower Quadrant Train Order Signals hand-crafted by Terry. For full details send an email to Andy at email@example.com
Athearn Trains is quoting an October delivery date for it’s new Southern Pacific class MT-4 Mountain type 4-8-2 steam locomotives. The Genesis series HO scale model will be available with or without the distinctive skyline casing atop the boiler and with the large Southern Pacific or smaller Southern Pacific Lines (above) lettering applied to the Vanderbilt tender. A painted but unlettered version will also be produced. Other options include DCC ready with 8 and 9-pin plugs or full DCC with sound. The model requires a minimum radius of 22-inches.
Athearn should have it’s HO scale 50-foot GATC 20,000 gallon type-40 GS tank car ready for introduction by October. Roads on the initial run will include Alaska Railroad, GATX and GATX–Service Driven with tank bodies in both black and white. Also due in October is a Genesis GP15-1/GP15T HO scale diesel locomotive decorated for BN (black over green), Frisco (orange and white), UP (ex-C&NW painted grey over yellow) and a CSX GP15T.
The Athearn Genesis HO scale F7 locomotive (using tooling cut by Paul Lubliner) continues to be an extremely popular model. Arrivals over the next several months include an Erie-Lackawanna version in late July, PRR in Brunswick green in late August or early September, followed by Milwaukee Road and finally, the recently announced Santa Fe warbonnet in late November. Union Pacific, N&W and CSA versions of Athearn’s ready-to-operate HO scale SD40-2 diesels are expected in late July. These will be followed in late September with SOO and Southern Railway SD40-2s with 81-inch noses and BCR and Chessie/B&O schemes applied to SD40-2s with 88-inch snouts. The latest fantasy creations from Athearn will see Southern, PRR, Southern Pacific Daylight and Santa Fe’s ubiquitous warbonnet all applied to the bulbous-nosed F59PHI1.
Atlas Model Railroad Company (www.atlasrr.com) is quoting a November delivery date for its N scale SD-7 and SD9 in several new decorating schemes. The SD-7 will be released in Burlington (red and grey), Chicago & North Western (yellow/green) and undecorated. New schemes for the SD-9 are Burlington Northern (green/black), Black River (black/white), California Northern (green/white), Central of Georgia (green/yellow) Portland & Western (orange/black/yellow) and Southern Pacific (grey/scarlet). Undecorated versions will be available for both the SD-7 and SD-9. Also scheduled for November delivery is a rerun of General Electric Dash 8-40B diesel locomotives with new paint schemes and road numbers for Amtrak, SGLR, CSX, BNSF, Southern Pacific and BC Rail. The mix includes a Dash 8-40BW for Santa Fe. The HO scale models will be available in Atlas’s DCC ready Silver series or Gold series with DCC decoder and sound.
Atlas O (www.atlaso.com) is working toward an October delivery date for 2-rail and 3-rail versions of a GP60 standard cab diesel locomotive. In addition to the Vermont Railway scheme shown here, the O scale model will be available decorated for Santa Fe, Southern Pacific, Rio Grande, NS Operation Lifesaver and an EMD Demonstrator. An undecorated model is also scheduled.
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