The Hotsheet

September 22, 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.

It is the Autumnal Equinox today… time to think about those great Fall colors to come and spending more time indoors (and working on our layouts)…..

Athearn re-releases the EMD SD70ACe locomotives in the Union Pacific heritage series…

The big news is that these models now contain the latest Soundtraxx Tsunami 2 decoders, with re-edited sound files and all of the advanced functions for better realism.

We have the SP, WP, and George W. Bush in stock.

Price – $299

Kato continues to make a name for itself with famous passenger train models in n scale.  The newest one to add to this impressive list is based on the 1952 Milwaukee Road Olympian Hiawatha…

From 1911-1961, the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad ran passenger trains between Chicago and the Pacific Northwest (Seattle and Tacoma).

The Olympian Hiawatha schedule went through scenic Idaho, Montana’s Bitterroot Mountains, and Washington’s Cascade range (the latter two areas being electrified). On June 29, 1947, the Milwaukee Road inaugurated a streamlined version of its flagship on a 43-hour, 30-minute schedule. This was advertised as being a “speedliner.” The railroad contracted industrial designer Brooks Stevens to design a part of the train consist, which included some unique and signature cars of the Milwaukee Road home-built in its Milwaukee shops.

In 1952, the first full-length “Super Dome” cars were added, which were designed/built by Pullman Standard and included 68 dome seats and 28 seats in the lower lounge. The dome area featured seats positioned lengthwise, facing the 625 square foot double-pane windows and ideal for sightseeing.

Kato will offer the Olympian Hiawatha as a 9 car set (two coaches and two 10-6 sleepers) with full interiors for the signature Super Dome and ‘Creek series’ observation.

Motive power will be new EMD FP7a and F7b  units, with or without DCC.

Prices: $280 for the train, $190/$270 for the EMD A/B set (DC or DCC), $110/$150 for the second FP7a (DC/DCC)

[Editor’s note: Reservations for this exceptional train are open now, delivery is slated for the end of October.  And we still have a few of the SP Daylight train with the GS-4 steam loco in stock…]

And something for those budding model railroads…

Fisher Price has introduced several new characters for the Thomas & Friends Wooden Railway, and we have a wide selection of buildings and wooden track sets to go with them [Tidemouth Shed shown].

Priced from $13.99

In the Publishing Department…

We have restocked the very popular Pacific Electric paperback series byJeff Ainsworth from Monte Vista Publishing.

Price – $27.50 each

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