HOTSHEET 10-23-15









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HotSheet for October 23, 2015

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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Blackstone Models 30′ Reefer – $55.95

Our first release of D&RGW 30-Foot Refrigerator Cars features an all-new “SoundCar-ready” design so you can add the final detail — SOUND!  This initial release includes eight road numbers in three Denver and Rio Grande Western (D&RG) liveries – Flying Grande, Moffat Tunnel, and Royal Gorge Route.  The cars were originally built by American Car & Foundry in 1908 and numbered 32 to 81. Known as “short” reefers, these 30-foot, 20-ton cars traversed the Colorado narrow gauge through the late 1950s.
Our release is based on the prototypes after they were rebuilt by the D&RGW in 1926, which included new Murphy roofs, altered needle beams, and larger icebox hatches.

 

Athearn Genesis Series UP 4-8-8-4 – $649.95

The Union Pacific’s Overland Route, the eastern portion of the Transcontinental Railroad, was built west from Omaha, across Nebraska and Wyoming, and on into Utah. The steepest grade was the eastbound climb on the Echo Canyon line through the Wahsatch Mountains just east of Ogden, Utah.  Despite the influx of diesel locomotives following WWII, the Big Boys and Challengers remained the prime power on the Overland Route. They also saw service as helpers, leading gas turbines and diesels over Sherman Hill. They remained active through the 1950’s and weren’t retired until the early 1960’s. By then the first twenty units had been run well over one million miles. Eight of the twenty-five Big Boys have been preserved.

The model portrays the ‘Excursion Service’ that will be the rejuvenated #4014 with oil tender.  It comes with DCC and sound, as well as the usual  plethora of features unique to the Genesis line.  A great collector’s item.
 

Coming from Sylvan Models, the 1937 FitzJohn Sedan Bus, several versions of the ’55-’66 Mack B-75 tractors/trucks, and West Coast Logging trailers (HO scale).

Priced from $17.95 to $22.95

Several new items in the Publication Department….

The September 2015 Volume 30 issue features the usual exemplary detail on WWII Emergency composite gondolas as well as Part 3 on ACF Covered Hopper Car.  113 Pages.

$29.95
 

The last period of AC&F manufacturing of box cars was the years 1960–1981, and this volume provides both the history and extensive color photography, along with details of car design and construction in this period. Many colorful paint schemes were in use by railroads and lessors, large and small, and they are shown here, including many Incentive Per Diem schemes. A complete production roster of the box cars built is also provided. Coverage includes 40-foot as well as 50-foot inside-post cars, 50-foot outside-post cars, and 60-foot inside- and outside-post cars. Many of these 60-foot cars were built for auto parts service.

$75.00
 

Authors Munger and Cauthen, with many credits to their names in all matters regarding Southern Pacific passenger equipment, have combined efforts once again in this massive volume which details the history of Southern Pacific and its Subsidiaries’ (both Pacific Lines and Texas & Louisiana Lines) Official Cars, as well as Sud Pacífico de México Official Cars and those of the St. Louis Southwestern Railway and Pacific Electric Railway. Since many of these cars were renamed and/or renumbered—often many times—a Name and Number Finding Aid is included to guide the reader to a specific car of interest. An additional chapter covers Southern Pacific Company Service Cars. Library bound, 81⁄2 x 12 horizontal format, 528 Pages, lavishly illustrated with 590 photos—176 in color.  This volume is a must have for the Southern Pacific historian and modeler.

$135.00
 

Kalmbach’s annual review of great layouts designed to inspire your modeler’s imagination and provide the necessary tips to make it a reality.

Still $9.99.
 

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