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News & Products for July 1, 2010

See the latest trains and other announcements from model railroading manufacturers
RELATED TOPICS: HO SCALE | N SCALE | Z SCALE
HO scale locomotives

Electro-Motive Division GP40-2 diesel locomotive. New road names: CSX (blue/yellow/gray "YN3" scheme), Florida East Coast, St. Louis Southwestern (Cotton Belt), and Union Pacific. Three road numbers each. Factory-installed grab irons and McHenry scale magnetic knuckle couplers. $84.98. February 2011. Ready-to-Roll. Athearn Trains, 310-763-7140, www.athearn.com

Alco C-630M diesel locomotive. New road names: Arkansas & Missouri (one road number), Canadian National, Cape Breton & Central Nova Scotia, CP Rail, Pacific Great Eastern., and Western New York & Pennsylvania (one number). Two road numbers each unless noted. Prototype-specific details, working ditch lights, and brass and etched-metal details. Direct-current model, $169.95; with SoundTraxx Tsunami Digital Command Control and sound, $269.95. February 2010. Ready-to-run. Bowser, 570-368-2379, www.bowser-trains.com
MTH Electric Trains HO scale Union Pacific gas turbine locomotive
MTH Electric Trains HO scale Union Pacific gas turbine locomotive
Union Pacific gas turbine locomotive. Four road numbers, each available with or without tender. Five-pole skew-wound motor, metal handrails, and remote-control magnetic knuckle couplers. Without tender: Direct-current model, $349.95; with Digital Command Control and sound, $429.95. With tender: DC, $419.95; DCC and sound, $499.95. Ready-to-run. MTH Electric Trains, 410-381-2580,
www.mthhotrains.com

HO scale freight cars

Assorted freight car kits. Class GLa two-bay coal hopper with load: Baltimore & Ohio (ex-Buffalo Rochester & Pittsburgh) and Pennsylvania RR (with circle keystone); Pennsylvania RR class K11 40-foot stockcar; and Lasalle & Bureau County 70-ton two-bay covered hopper. One-piece plastic molded body, detailed underframe, and metal wheelsets. $14.95 each. Bowser, 570-368-2379, www.bowser-trains.com
Bowser HO scale factory-weathered 100-ton hoppers
Bowser HO scale factory-weathered 100-ton hoppers
Factory-weathered 100-ton hoppers. Bessemer & Lake Erie; Lake Erie, Franklin & Clarion; Louisville & Nashville; Rock Island; Southern Ry.; and Western Maryland. Three car numbers each. Metal wheelsets and magnetic knuckle couplers. $ 28.95. Ready-to-run. Executive Line. Bowser, 570-368-2379, www.bowser-trains.com

2,600-cubic-foot-capacity Airslide covered hopper. Chessie System (Chesapeake & Ohio reporting marks), Delaware & Hudson, Jack Frost Cane Sugar (GACX reporting marks), and Southern Ry. Three car numbers each. Etched-metal running boards and brake platform, metal wheelsets, and McHenry scale magnetic knuckle couplers. $35.98. November 2010. Ready-to-Roll. Athearn Trains, 310-763-7140, www.athearn.com

40-foot flatcar. Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe; Canadian Pacific; Milwaukee Road; New York Central; Pennsylvania RR; and Union Pacific. Three car numbers each. Metal wheelsets and McHenry scale magnetic knuckle couplers. $15.98. November 2010. Ready-to-Roll. Athearn Trains, 310-763-7140, www.athearn.com

Wisconsin Southern double-plug-door boxcars in commemorative paint schemes. With "A Day America Will Never Forget," "God Bless America," "United States Air Force," and "We Support Our Troops" slogans. Separately applied details, metal wheelsets, and McHenry scale magnetic knuckle couplers. $21.98. November 2010. Ready-to-Roll. Athearn Trains, 310-763-7140, www.athearn.com

Bay-window caboose. Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe; Milwaukee Road; Northern Alberta Ry; and Southern Pacific. Two car numbers each. Full window glazing, metal wheelsets, and McHenry scale magnetic knuckle couplers. $19.98. November 2010. Ready-to-Roll. Athearn Trains, 310-763-7140, www.athearn.com
Howard's Hobby HO scale Beer refrigerator cars
Howard's Hobby HO scale Beer refrigerator cars
Beer refrigerator cars. Narragansett Ale and Railway City Brewery. Two road numbers each. Opening hatches and movable latches. Couplers not included. $41. For Canadian orders, add $6.50 shipping. Howard's Hobby, 203-732-5346, www.howardshobby.com
MTH Electric Trains HO scale 75-ton quadruple hopper car
MTH Electric Trains HO scale 75-ton quadruple hopper car
75-ton quadruple hopper car. Montour RR and Pittsburgh Coal Co. Three car numbers each. Coal load, metal wheelsets, and Kadee-compatible magnetic knuckle couplers. $19.95. October 2010. Ready-to-run. MTH Electric Trains, 410-381-2580, www.mthhotrains.com

64-foot plastic pellet hopper. Dow Chemical (three car numbers), NAHX, Procor, and UTCX. One car number each unless noted. Factory installed grab irons, separately applied details, and Proto-Max magnetic knuckle couplers. $24.98. September 2010. Ready-to-run. Platinum Line. Wm. K. Walthers Inc., 414-527-0770, www.walthers.com
Walthers HO scale rural USA series structure kits
Walthers HO scale rural USA series structure kits
HO scale structures

Rural USA series structure kits. Plastic kits: Meadowhead barn, $34.98; concrete grain silo, $12.98; and Lancaster farmhouse, $39.98. Laser-cut wood kits (some kits include self-stick asphalt roll siding, roof ribs, and rafter details): Machine shed, $24.98; hen house, $16.98; corn crib, $26.98; hog house and pen, $24.98; pump house, $14.98; Sparrow Creek barn, $34.98; farm shed lean-to, $15.98. Resin kit: Fieldstone barn base and ramp, fits Meadowhead or Sparrow Creek barn kits, $19.98. August 2010. Cornerstone series. Wm. K. Walthers Inc., 414-527-0770, www.walthers.com

HO scale details and accessories

Storm doors for Rapido Trains CP Rail wide-cupola caboose. Etched stainless steel. Includes two doors for one caboose. Can be assembled with or without screens. $11.95 Canadian. Athabasca Scale Models Ltd., 403-250-7719, www.athabascashops.com

Youngstown doors for ExactRail waffle-sided boxcar. Cast resin. Includes door details and a set of waffles to complete one car. $10 per two-door set. WrightTrak Railroad Models, www.wrighttrak.com

N scale freight cars

2,600-cubic-foot-capacity Airslide covered hopper. Chessie System (Chesapeake & Ohio reporting marks), Delaware & Hudson, Jack Frost Cane Sugar (GACX reporting marks), and Southern Ry. Three car numbers; also available undecorated (early body). Etched-metal running boards and brake platform, detailed underbody, and McHenry scale magnetic knuckle couplers. $22.98. November 2010. Ready-to-Roll. Athearn Trains, 310-763-7140, www.athearn.com

American Car & Foundry 3,560-cubic-foot-capacity covered hopper. Duval Potash, Kaiser Chemicals, Genesee & Wyoming, IMCX, and Sterling Salt. Two car numbers each; also available undecorated. Detailed underframe, body-mounted brake gear, and Accumate magnetic knuckle couplers. $12.95 (undecorated, $9.95). November 2010. Ready-to-run. Trainman series. Atlas Model Railroad Co., 908-687-0880, www.atlasrr.com

Thrall 2,743-cubic-foot-capacity gondola. Co-Steel (CEFX reporting marks), Gateway Western, Gondola Connection (Norfolk Southern reporting marks), Norfolk Southern (First Union), and Oregon Steel Mills (Colorado & Wyoming reporting marks). Three car numbers each; also available undecorated. Separately applied ladders, detailed stirrups, and magnetic knuckle couplers. $20.95 (undecorated, $17.95). November 2010. Ready-to-run. Atlas Model Railroad Co., 908-687-0880, www.atlasrr.com

N scale structures

Military repair shop, office, and gate kit. Laser-cut microplywood kits. Peel-and-stick details and laser-cut roofing. $29.95. Micro-Trains Line Co., 541-535-1755, www.micro-trains.com

Z scale details and accessories

Wood fences and gates. Injection-molded plastic. Includes approximately 90 scale feet of three-board fencing with two gates, and approximately 60 scale feet of privacy fencing with four gates. $19.95. Micro-Trains Line Co., 541-535-1755, www.micro-trains.com

Multiple-scale details and accessories

Round turnout throw rods. Usable for all scales and gauges from N to O. Insulated metal design allow throw rod to be bonded to both point rails for short-free operation. £3.70 (approx. $5.54) per two-pack; £32 (approx. $48) per 10-pack. Borg-Rail, www.borg-rail.com

Electronics and controls

MRD2 dual-channel infrared train detector. Includes two sets of sensors that can be located in the roadbed or set up to look across one or more tracks. Two relay contact outputs support both twin-coil and stall-motor switch machines. $36.50 plus $5.50 shipping to United States, $8 to Canada. Colo. residents add 4.8 percent sales tax. Azatrax, www.azatrax.com

Servo control boards for switches and signals. Can be used to operate four turnouts, four two-position semaphore signals, or two three-position semaphore signals. Digital Command Control versions available to special order. Supplied with PC setup program. £20 (approx. $30) plus shipping. Borg-Rail, www.borg-rail.com

Books

2011 HO and N&Z Reference Book. Each book catalogs thousands of model railroading products from hundreds of manufacturers. Books also include modeling tips, layout photos, and trivia. $15.98. October 2010. Wm. K. Walthers Inc., 414-527-0770, www.walthers.com

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