Atlas Model Railroad Co. announced this spring that it has acquired two product lines, including M.T.H. Electric Trains’ Premier O-Scale Locomotive and Rolling Stock lines. The company also bought N-scale vehicle tooling from River Point Station Fine Scale Models. Molds and tooling sold to Atlas include Premier diesel locomotives, freight cars and passenger cars. A number of O-scale RailKing accessories are part of the deal. Atlas also acquired a license for the MTH Proto-Sound 3 Sound & Control Electronics Boards, which enable control via DCS (Digital Command System). Part of the license will give Atlas the option to sell DCS components. Atlas will begin production with a run of the Madison 70-foot passenger cars. Road names will match those on the USRA 4-6-2 Pacifics. Coaches, RPO cars, baggage, dining, combine and observation cars will be produced (depending on road name). “M.T.H. has long been an outstanding manufacturer of model trains,…
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By STEVE WILLIS/Cowcatcher Magazine Many model railroad and rail enthusiasts have plans to attend an upcoming regional NMRA convention. Whether it’s the Mid-Continent Region Convention in Omaha, the Lone Star Region meet in Arlington, TX, or the Rocky Mountain Region Convention in Colorado Springs, there’s plenty to get excited about. These conventions offer a world of attractions. Well-known modelers who can help you do anything from painting locomotives to scratch building turnouts are ready to teach. Contests spotlight exquisite models that have taken months to build, all vying for Best in Show. Friendships are made and renewed. Conventions also act as a great tool for businesses to consolidate their positions within certain communities. When attending conventions, businesses could also consider ordering custom clothing from the likes of Imprint to either wear at the convention or to give out to attendants so that they may wear them in public and spread…
H. Lee Riley, whose innovations in model railroading spanned simple to complex in 29 years with Bachmann Trains, died Friday, March 4, in Philadelphia just weeks after announcing his retirement. Riley, Bachmann’s vice president of product development, was well known in model railroading circles and achieved some of the industry’s top honors. In 2004 he was inducted into the Model Railroad Industry Association Hall of Fame. An active member of the NMRA, he also received its Pioneer Award. Riley led development of Bachmann’s top-of-the-line Spectrum brand of cars and locomotives and created the E-Z Track system. His name is on a number of patents for track and controllers. He was instrumental in popularizing On30 narrow-gauge railroading and was a member of the Narrow Gauge Hall of Fame. Richard Janyszek, Hobby Manufacturers Association president and Bachmann senior vice president sales and marketing, said Riley’s knowledge of the model railroading industry was…
A long-running model railroad show in East Texas is taking a station stop. Bill Pyle, chairman of the 2015 Longview Model Train Show, announced today that the show won’t go on as planned in March because of “circumstances beyond my control.” He said notifications are being sent to vendors and clubs who were scheduled to participate at the annual show hosted by Junction & East Texas Train Society (J.E.T.T.S.). The event was set for March 7-8 at the Fairgrounds Exhibit Building. Pyle, one of about a half-dozen of the original organizers, decided Tuesday to cancel the event, which has annually attracted vendors and model railroad layouts from Texas, Louisiana and Oklahoma. While he didn’t elaborate on specific reasons, he said that declining attendance in recent years has been an issue. For years, the show was well attended and a source for locals to buy and sell trains. At its peak…
Fox Valley Models took a turn from its usual focus on N scale products and announced Friday at the National Train Show in Cleveland a new GP60 locomotive series in HO. FVM will run GP60Ms and GP60B diesels in Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe; BNSF Heritage and Maersk. GP60s will be released in early and late versions of Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe; Norfolk Southern; Southern Pacific and St. Louis Southwestern.. N scale models will also be offered. All are expected to begin arriving in the fall. FVM released GP60M and GP60B locomotives in N scale last year. After their releases, the model maker received numerous inquiries to produce the model in HO scale, says President Matt Gaudynski. The models feature numerous separately applied parts and details that include metal grab irons and lift rings, see-through fans, MU hoses and cables, brass bells and horns and detailed trucks and underbodies. Models will be available in DC (DCC…
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When modeling a particular era, some agonize over what constitutes an appropriate freight car for the period. Today’s trains can be far more diverse in freight type and age than one from the 1970s. They are built better to last longer and are more varied to meet shippers’ needs.
Design, build date and service life are factors in determining the modern era of freight cars. See our overview of the types of freight cars in service today on the North American rail network, based on manufacturer and railroad data.
Brewing up an Industry
Details make the difference in Campbell’s brewery kit on the Mystic Branch HO model railroad. The scene is loaded inside and out with accoutrements that are readily available, plus some that require a little imagination and haphazard materials found on the workbench. And even a little trash.
– Gene Mangum
Imagining a Railroad
Columnist Michelle Kempema, who recently began sharing her insights with the Cowcatcher, opens model railroading’s world of free-spirited imagination after becoming the new owner of the Big Turn & Southern Railway.
The NMRA is changing, one member at a time. Marketing consultant Christina Zambri is striving to improve the long-time organization’s visibility and image. …
The Surface Transportation Board now requires certain railroads to submit service recovery plans in an effort to speed up rail traffic. …
Fifty years since the last trolley ran, East Troy (WI) welcomes MVPS No. 56 for restoration and an eventual return to service. …
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InterMountain HO ADM Corn Syrup Car
The Cowcatcher reviews InterMountain Railway Co.’s newly released HO-scale Trinity Industries 19,600-gallon corn syrup car. The tank car is one of several in the company’s second release.
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