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New model trains for the week of March 29, 2018

Check out the latest model railroad products from East Coast Circuits, Scenery Sheets, Walthers, and more
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Atlas Model Railroad Co. HO scale AEM-7 electric locomotive
HO scale locomotives
AEM-7 electric locomotive. New road numbers: Amtrak (as delivered or Acela) and NJ Transit. Three numbers each. New fictional paint schemes: Milwaukee Road, Pennsylvania RR, and Reading Co. Two road numbers each. Operating pantographs, separately applied wire grab irons, and Accumate couplers. Direct-current model, $179.95; with dual-mode ESU sound decoder, $289.95. Master Line. Atlas Model Railroad Co., 908-687-0880, www.atlasrr.com
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ExactRail HO scale depressed-center flatcar, available exclusively from TrainLife.com
HO scale freight cars
Depressed-center flatcar. Conrail, New York Central (six road numbers), Pittsburgh & Lake Erie, and Union Pacific (maintenance of way silver). Three numbers per scheme unless noted. Wire grab irons, American Steel Foundries 100-ton Ride-Control trucks, and Kadee no. 5 couplers. $39.99. Spring 2018. Produced by ExactRail, available exclusively from TrainLife.com, 801-226-1909, www.trainlife.com

40-foot American Association of Railroads 1944 boxcar. Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe (circle-cross herald in black square and “The Chief Famous Daily Streamliner West” slogan); Baltimore & Ohio (Time-Saver Service scheme); Delaware & Hudson (“The Bridge Line to New England” slogan in circle herald); Elgin, Joliet & Eastern (orange and green with “Around – Not Through – Chicago” slogan); New York Central (Pacemaker Freight Service scheme); and Union Pacific (“Serves All the West” and “Road of the Streamliners” slogan). Three road numbers per scheme. Murphy panel roof, 4-4 Improved Dreadnaught ends, and 33” turned-metal wheelsets. $27.98. August 2018. WalthersMainline. Wm. K. Walthers Inc., 414-527-0770, www.walthers.com

General American G85 class 85-foot flatcar. Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe (trailer hitches); Penn Central (trailer hitches); Railway Express Agency (20- and 40-foot container loading); Southern Pacific (trailer hitches); Trailer Train (GTTX reporting marks with trailer hitches in brown and yellow schemes; VTTX reporting marks for 20- and 40-foot container loading). Four road numbers per scheme. Die-cast metal center sill, modeler-installed trailer hitches in raised and lowered position, and 70-ton roller-bearing trucks with 33” turned-metal wheelsets. $29.98. January 2019. WalthersMainline. Wm. K. Walthers Inc., 414-527-0770, www.walthers.com
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East Coast Circuits HO scale custom-lighted vehicle
HO scale details and accessories
Custom-lighted vehicle. River Point Station HO scale Ford Expedition police vehicle with 16 light-emitting diodes (red and blue on front, back, and sides), four flashing patterns, and flashing headlights and taillights. Requires 9-12V DC input. $80 (free shipping). East Coast Circuits, www.eastcoastcircuits.com
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Kadee HOn3 high gravity compound two-piece equalized trucks
HOn3 high gravity compound two-piece equalized trucks. 3’-7” archbar, 4’-6” archbar, American Steel Foundries A-3 Ride-Control, Andrews (1898), Bettendorf T-section, and Vulcan. All trucks feature 26” RP-25 contour non-magnetic ribbed-back wheels and three styles of mounting bushings. $11.95 per pair. Kadee Quality Products Co., 541-826-3883, www.kadee.com
HO scale structures
American Bungalow. Injection-molded plastic kit with detailed roof and front porch and printed curtains. Measures 6-11/32” x 3-5/8” x 3-1/2”. $29.98. April 2018. Cornerstone Series. Wm. K. Walthers Inc., 414-527-0770, www.walthers.com

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The N Scale Architect Pennsylvania RR class F22 heavy-duty flatcar
N scale freight cars
Pennsylvania RR class F22 heavy-duty flatcar. Kit includes 3-D printed car parts and Crown 2F-F1 cast steel trucks, photo-etched stirrup steps and uncoupling levers, brass car weights, Fox Valley Models metal wheels, Micro-Trains brake wheels, Magne-Matic couplers, decals, and instructions. Three-pack, $69.95; box set (includes Mark VII battleship gun load), $89.95. The N Scale Architect, 607-746-8416, www.thenarch.com
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The N Scale Architect Mark VII battleship gun load
N scale details and accessories
Mark VII battleship gun load. Kit includes 3-D printed car parts, bronze tie rods, “Do Not Hump” placards sheet, and instructions. $39.95; box set (includes Pennsylvania RR class F22 heavy-duty flatcar three-pack), $89.95. The N Scale Architect, 607-746-8416, www.thenarch.com
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Des Plaines Hobbies/S Scale America Thrall 2,743 gondola
S scale freight cars
Thrall 2,743 gondola. Dakota, Minnesota & Eastern; Canadian Pacific; CSX; Gondola Connection; and David J. Joseph. Three road numbers per scheme. Wire grab irons, separately applied steps and ladders, and 100-ton trucks. Cars include American Flyer-compatible trucks and couplers. Can be modified to accept Kadee couplers. $59.95. Des Plaines Hobbies/S Scale America, 847-297-2118, www.desplaineshobbies.com
Scenery
Background kits. Assorted skylines, structures, storefronts, horizons, and skies. Custom backgrounds can be created by cutting and mounting the buildings to foam board or wood. For Z, N, HO, and O scales. Prices range from $19.99 to $39.99. ScenerySheets, www.scenerysheets.com
Software
RailModeller Pro 6.0. Updated version of app for planning model railroad layouts. Now features Community Layouts, allowing users to share and present layouts in the cloud without leaving the app. Browse layouts created by the community for inspiration and discuss designs with fellow model railroaders while protecting user privacy. Requires OS X 10.10 or later, 64-bit processor, and 50 MB disk space. $39.99; free upgrade for all users of the app. Isle of the Kakapo, www.railmodeller.com
Games
Tracks: The Train Set Game. Construct a wood railroad, add houses and trees, and ride the trains in first-person view. Requires Windows 7/8/10 (64 bit) operating system, 4 GB RAM memory, and 2GB available hard drive space. PC download version, $9.89. Excalibur Games, +44 1869 338833, www.excalibur-publishing.com
Downloads
Assorted paper model railroad products. Downloadable buildings (warehouse, concrete loading dock, and depot, among others), vehicles (trailers and intermodal containers), and texture sheets (shingles, brick, block, concrete, corrugated metal, and tar paper, among others). Includes Z, N (US and UK), OO, and HO scales. Prices vary based on product. Team Track Models, www.teamtrackmodels.com
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Railway Prototype Cyclopedia Vol. 20
Books
Railway Prototype Cyclopedia Vol. 20. By Patrick Wider and Ed Hawkins. Covers flatcar loading (Association of American Railroads rules, various commodities, and loaded cars) and General American 2,600-cubic-foot capacity Airslide covered hoppers (part 2, original leased cars [1954-1959]). Softcover, 112 pages. $45. Free shipping in the United States; Connecticut and New York customers add appropriate sales tax. Reprinted by Silverlake Images LLC, available from Ron’s Books, 914-967-7541, www.ronsbooks.com

Paper Structures and Scenery for Model Trains
. By Dominic Villari. First half of the book describes the tools, skills, and strategies involved in using paper on model railroad and toy train layouts. Second half walks readers through applying tools and skills to five practical projects. Materials and instructions are included for N, HO, and O scale. Paperback, 94 pages. $19.99. ScenerySheets, www.scenerysheets.com

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5 compact track plans

5 compact track plans

Pack lots of fun into a small space.

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