Hot Sheet 5-26-17



The Hotsheet

May 26, 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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UP Turbines from Scale Trains

We have one each of Union Pacific’s ‘Big Blow’ turbine 3-unit locomotives in HO and N scale.  These models are meticulously constructed, run beautifully with DCC and sound and are part of the ‘museum quality’ line from Scale Trains (their highest level).

You owe it to yourself to see and hear these examples of the current state of the art in railroad modeling perform…

Price: HO $969.99, N $499.99

Completely at the other end of the scale…

 Walthers Mainline Plymouth ML-8 industrial switcher…

Under the name J.D. Fate Co., the first locomotive rolled out of the plant at Plymouth, Ohio in 1910. The company that eventually became the Plymouth Locomotive Works built more than 7,500 industrial locomotives for customers worldwide until the company was sold in 1997. Although Plymouth designed some heavier locomotives, most of those sold weighed 25 tons or less.  Most units were customized to the needs of the buyer.

The units come in multiple liveries and are equipped with the latest Soundtraxx motor decoder, which allows for function key train braking (a plus in switching operations) as well as a Current Keeper to deal with loss of power on a track.

Price: $99.98

Scheduled to arrive on Track 2…

Walthers latest named train, the C&O George Washington in HO scale…

The George Washington was a named passenger train of the Chesapeake and Ohio Railway running on a route between Cincinnati, Ohio and Washington, D.C. It began service in 1932 to mark the 200th anniversary of the birth of the first president of the United States.

When the George Washington was inaugurated as C&O’s top-notch train on April 30, 1932, it was one of only two all-air-conditioned, long-distance trains operating in America. (the other was the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad’s Capitol Limited, which was instituted as an all-air-conditioned train only a week or so before the George Washington).  New equipment was not built for this train; instead, older cars that were completely refurbished by Pullman and by C&O shops. It was still a few years before the streamliner craze, so C&O persisted with the standards of the time using its solid, heavy cars.

In keeping with the theme, all the sleeping, dining, and lounge cars on the train were named for people, places, or events connected with Washington’s life. In the sleepers the rooms were likewise given names of people associated with him.  Booklets about Washington’s life, followed by descriptions of the new train, were issued in great quantity, the train appeared in advertising in major magazines and on C&O timetables, and the whole introduction was given huge attention and publicity. A country starved for good news latched onto the railway’s confidence in the future and willingness to spend money to introduce a fine new train. [ source Wiki]

Walthers will produce a 7 car set (with some new tooling) starting in 2018.  This consist would be for the late 1950’s era and use E8a’s from their Proto line for motive power.

Price: $69-$79 per car, E8 A/A set will be $399.98 for standard units and $598.98 for DCC/sound.

Train sets from Athearn have always been very popular and provide great value.  We have them back in stock in several configurations:

  • Warbonnet Freight set (Santa Fe F7)
  • Iron Horse set (UP and 1776 GP)
  • First Responder (BNSF GP)
  • Streamliner (Amtrak passenger with F7)

Sets include an oval of Bachmann EZtrack, transformer, 3 cars and a caboose (for the freight sets).  Locomotives are DCC ready.

Price: $209.98

In the Publications Department…

Illinois Central Through Passenger Service, by Greg Stout, from Morning Sun Publications

Illinois Central’s premiere passenger trains connected Chicago with vacation destinations in Florida and New Orleans. Meanwhile, its more workaday trains offered service to St. Louis and points in Iowa, Kentucky, Tennessee and Mississippi. Here is an all-color review of one of the finest passenger operations to be found on any U. S. railroad.

Price: $59.95

In the midst of preparing for the unofficial start to the summer season (though it seems as if we have already been there in the last week temperature wise), we are reminded of the real meaning of Memorial Day. We are grateful to all service men and women who gave their lives to protect our freedom, and the life we are fortunate to enjoy as Americans. They are heroes in every way.

We wish you and your loved ones a wonderful long weekend.

The ‘Stop will be closed on Monday, May 29.  Looking forward to seeing our railroading friends on Tuesday.

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