The Hotsheet

March 10, 2017

The Hotsheet is our continuing publication by ‘the Stop’ highlighting recently received products and upcoming items or events that might be of interest to our model railroader friends.

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N-scale Arched Roof and Harriman Baggage-Express cars from Wheels of Time

These cars were seen on railroads across North America. Harriman cars were developed during the time of Edward Henry Harriman, who controlled the Chicago & Alton Railroad, the Union Pacific, the Southern Pacific, the Illinois Central, the Central of Georgia, the Pacific Mail Steamship Company, Wells Fargo Express Company, and directed the development of the “Common Standard Specifications” among the Associated Lines. This set of specifications allowed parts to be shared across all Harriman-controlled railroads, allowing economical bid prices due to the sheer size of standardized orders, standardized part inventories and methods for car repair.

These cars were designed with the a distinctive arched roof and diamond underframe crossbearers. The Arched Roof construction handled rainy weather better than clerestoy design – once lighting and ventilation problems were solved. Non-Harriman Arched Roof cars, while similar, had fished-belly underframes developed by Pullman Mfg. Co. and copied by others.  Some of these 60-ft cars remained in use until the advent of Amtrak while others became maintenance-of-way cars.

Wheels of Time has reproduced these cars in exact detail.  Models will be available in late Summer but we are taking reservations now. Eight road names will be available at the first release.

Price is $36.59

In the Publications Department…

Morning Sun Publications prints new books on Southern Pacific Facilities…

SP facilities in Color Vol 1 and 2

By Timothy Morris.

Cloth with dust jacket, 8.5×11″, 128 glossy pages, color photos throughout. Initial publication in 2013 . “Stations, towers, shops, terminals as well as the trains that used their services are all explored in this all-color review.”

by J. Patrick Bray

The many stations, yards, shops, and signal towers of the EsPee are illustrated next to the trains they served from Los Angeles to New Orleans. Just released in March 2017.

Price $59.95 each