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New products for the week of April 24, 2014

New model railroad products from Athearn Trains, Woodland Scenics, The N scale Architect, and more!
HO scale locomotives

Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe GP7u and GP9u diesel locomotives. GP7u (phase I) with 86-inch tall compartment doors, GP7u (phase II) with 82- and 86-inch tall compartment doors, and GP9u (phase II). Topeka cab with detailed interior, blanked dynamic brake housing where applicable, and pointed pilot plows as appropriate. Direct-current model, $189.98; with SoundTraxx dual-mode sound decoder, $289.98. December 2014. Genesis series. Athearn Trains, 310-763-7140, www.athearn.com

Electro-Motive Division GP9 diesel locomotive. Canadian National (zebra stripes) and Canadian Pacific (maroon and gray with script lettering or Action Red with Multimark). Four road numbers each. Canadian-specific details (winterization hatches, slotted cab steps, and spark arrestors), wire grab irons and lift rings, and separately applied windshield wipers. Direct-current models, $189.98; with SoundTraxx dual-mode sound decoder, $289.98. December 2014. Genesis series. Athearn Trains, 310-763-7140, www.athearn.com
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Woodland Scenics HO scale grade crossings. Also available in N and O scales.
HO scale details and accessories

Grade crossings. Wood plank or steel plate. Injection-molded plastic to fit over molded spike detail. Includes styrene shims. Compatible with all track codes. Two-pack, $12.99. Woodland Scenics, 573-346-5555, www.woodlandscenics.com

N scale locomotives

General Electric ES44AC diesel locomotive. Citirail, General Electric Evolution Hybrid (one road number), and Union Pacific (with new PTC antenna cluster). Three numbers each unless noted. Five-pole motor with dual flywheels, directional headlights and illuminated ditch lights, and optional metal grab irons. $130. Late 2014. Ready-to-run. Fox Valley Models, 847-768-2344, www.foxvalleymodels.com
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N scale Rockingham Junction kits by The N Scale Architect
N scale structures

Rockingham Junction. Laser-cut micro-plywood kit with freight shed. Station footprint is 2-1/2” x 4”; freight shed footprint is 3-1/4” x 4-1/4”. $69.95. The N Scale Architect, 607-746-8416, www.thenarch.com

N scale details and accessories

Grade crossings. Wood plank or steel plate. Injection-molded plastic notched to fit over molded spike detail. Includes styrene shims. Compatible with all track codes. Two-pack, $10.99. Woodland Scenics, 573-346-5555, www.woodlandscenics.com

O scale details and accessories
Grade crossings. Wood plank or steel plate. Injection-molded plastic notched to fit over molded spike detail. Includes styrene shims. Compatible with all track codes. Two-pack, $16.99. Woodland Scenics, 573-346-5555, www.woodlandscenics.com
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American Z Lines Electro-Motive Division SD70M diesel locomotives
Z scale locomotives

Electro-Motive Division SD70M diesel locomotives. New paint scheme: CSX (blue, gray, and yellow scheme). Four road numbers. Can motor, light-emitting-diode headlights, prototype-specific details, and AutoLatch couplers. $189. Ready-to-run. American Z Line, 614-764-1703, www.americanzline.com
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Woodland Scenics Modeling Roads terrain system
Scenery

Modeling Roads terrain system. Road riser elevated road base. Set on 2-inch support panels. ¼” x 2-1/2” x 24”. Four-pack, $5.99. Flexi Edge road striping guide. Marked for N, HO, and O scales. Retains curve without holding and includes raised inking edge to prevent smears. 40-foot-scale rule in 1-scale-foot increments. 18” long. $10.99. Road-striping pens. For N through O scales. Available in white or yellow (road striper remover also available), $10.99 each. Gravel (fine gray, medium gray, fine buff, and medium buff). 10.8 cubic-inches, $5.99 each. Woodland Scenics, 573-346-5555, www.woodlandscenics.com
SoundTraxxCurrentKeeper
SoundTraxx CurrentKeeper
Electronics/controls

CurrentKeeper. Provides power to Digital Command Control (DCC) decoder for up to 10 seconds. Maintains sounds, lights, and motor through momentary power lapses. Plug-in installation designed to replace the factory-installed capacitor on SoundTraxx sound decoders (TSU-1000, TSU-750, and TSU-AT1000). Will also work with other DCC decoders that have universal-style board format. $24.95. SoundTraxx, 970-259-0690, www.soundtraxx.com

Drop-in Digital Command Control decoders with Keep-Alive. Allows decoder to operate on short sections of dead or dirty track without hesitating or stopping. KA1 (will power an HO scale locomotive with illuminated headlights for approximately 2 to 5 seconds depending on locomotive and motor efficiency), $27.95. KA1-C (2 to 5 seconds, includes a two-pin quick connector harness to attach a decoder), $32.95. KA2 (6 to 15 seconds), $26.95. KA2-C (6 to 15 seconds, includes 2-pin quick connector harness), $31.95. Train Control Systems, 215-453-9145, www.tcsdcc.com

WOWSound steam locomotive sound decoder. 44,100 hz at 16 bit resolution. 40 whistles, 18 bells, four chuff rates (light, medium, heavy, and Reading & Northern no. 425), five compressors, cylinder cocks, generators, injectors, coupling and uncoupling, among other sounds. With Keep Alive capacitor, $139.95; without, $124.95. Train Control Systems, 215-453-9145, www.tcsdcc.com
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Master Appliance Corp. Master ProHeat surface temperature control heat gun
Tools

Master ProHeat surface temperature control heat gun. Model PH-1600. Temperature range from 90- to 500-degree Fahrenheit. Displays surface temperature in 10-degree increments in Fahrenheit or Celsius. Features Dual Laser Targeting System for accuracy and control. Price to be announced. Master Appliance Corp., 262-633-7791, www.masterappliance.com
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K.I.S.S. Method Inc. Super-V cradle
Super-V cradle. Made of acoustic foam. Holds models firmly in any position without damaging fine details. Measures 4” x 12”. $9.95. K.I.S.S. Method Inc., 801-260-1269, www.kissmethodinc.com

Books

Early Japanese Railways, 1853-1914. By Dan Free. Covers the rise of Japanese railways during a period of rapid modernization in the Meiji era. Includes rare photos and historical materials. Softcover, 288 pages. $22.46. Tuttle Publishing 802-773-8930, www.tuttlepublishing.com
PhoenixTurnbowApache60thanniversarythreebayoffsethopperAccurailHOscalekitcustomdecoratedfortheThunderbirdModelRailroadClub
Phoenix, Turnbow & Apache 60th anniversary three-bay offset hopper. Accurail HO scale kit custom-decorated for the Thunderbird Model Railroad Club.
Club offerings

Phoenix, Turnbow & Apache 60th anniversary three-bay offset hopper. Accurail HO scale kit custom-decorated for the Thunderbird Model Railroad Club. Assembled models with Kadee couplers, metal wheelsets, coal load, and light weathering, $25. Kits with Accumate couplers and no coal load, $15. Shipping $3.99 for one car, $1 for each addition car. Send checks (payable to Thunderbird Model RR Club) to: TBRRC, 12915 W. Lawrence Ct., Glendale, AZ 85307; www.thunderbirdmodelrrclub.com.
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Salt Lake, Garfield & Western 40-foot double-sheathed boxcar and Tooele Valley Ry. United States Railway Administration two-bay hopper. Accurail HO scale kits custom-decorated for the Northern Utah Division, Rocky Mountain Region, National Model Railroad Association.
Saltair 40-foot double-sheathed boxcar and Tooele Valley Ry. United States Railway Administration two-bay hopper. Accurail HO scale kits custom-decorated for the Northern Utah Division, Rocky Mountain Region, National Model Railroad Association. One road number per car (only 48 of each car will be produced). $35 each. Available in June 2014. Northern Utah Division NMRA, 5412 W. Colter Dr., Kearns UT 84118-7310; http://northernutahnmra.org/club-car/
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Virginian & Ohio United States Railroad Association two-bay hopper. Accurail HO scale kit custom-decorated for Division 7, Mid-Central Region, National Model Railroad Association.
Virginian & Ohio United States Railroad Association two-bay hopper. Accurail HO scale kit custom-decorated for Division 7, Mid-Central Region, National Model Railroad Association. Four car numbers available. Single car, $18; four-car set, $70. Shipping $6 for one car, $9 for two to four cars. Ohio residents add 6.75 percent tax on the total price of the kits and the shipping fee. Send check or money order to: Division 7, MCR, NMRA, P.O. Box 62501, Cincinnati, OH 45264; www.cincy-div7.org

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