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State of the Art motive power has finally arrived…
The Tier 4 GEVO locomotives from ScaleTrains…
The Evolution Series is a line of diesel locomotives built by GE Transportation Systems, initially designed to meet the U.S. EPA’s Tier 2 locomotive emissions standards that took effect in 2005. The first pre-production units were built in 2003. Evolution Series locomotives are equipped with either AC or DC traction motors, depending on the customer’s preference. All are powered by the GE GEVO engine.
The Evolution Series was named as one of the “10 Locomotives That Changed Railroading” by industry publication Trains Magazine. It was the only locomotive introduced after 1972 to be included in that list.
The Evolution Series, mainly the ES44DC, ES44AC, and ET44AC, are some of the best-selling and most successful freight locomotives in United States history, far surpassing EMD’s output. [source Wiki]
The ScaleTrains Tier 4 GEVo diesel locomotive is the first model in HO scale that is officially licensed by GE. They worked closely with GE Transportation to ensure every dimension and detail of this modern locomotive is as accurate as possible.
The GEVO comes in both HO and N scale in either the Operator or Rivet Counter version.
The Operator version is DC with a 21-pin quick plug attachment, LED lighting, many separated applied details and pre-drilled for the detail kit . The Rivet Counter version adds even more details and comes equipped with an ESU V4 sound decoder providing additional functionality for ditch lights, etc.
Road names include BNSF, Union Pacific, CSX, Canadian National, and Norfolk Southern.
Price: $99.99 for the Operator and $224.99 for tie Rivet Counter in HO. The N scale are $124.99 and $204.99 respectively*.
[Available as special orders]
In the Publications Department…
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GE Evolution Locomotives, by Sean Graham-White from Voyageur Press
A new generation of locomotives for a changing world: greener, cleaner, and just as powerful. This book introduces readers to General Electric’s Evolution Series, the company’s latest achievement in a long and distinguished history of locomotive design.
144 pages, $36.95
Great Northern Railway Postwar Transcontinental Passenger Trains, by John Strauss, Jr., From Four Ways West Publishing
Great Northern Railway Postwar Transcontinental Passenger Trains is filled with hundreds of never before published colorful and sharp b&w photographs. Also included is operations of Great Northern through passenger trains on the CB&Q (Burlington Route), Spokane, Portland & Seattle Railway, and later Burlington Northern, followed by Amtrak operations of former Great Northern trains as well as Pacific Northwest passenger operations during the 1970s.
This incredible title has it all, including actual locomotive and car consists plus photos with extensive, and knowledgeable captions, and a handy index. Great Northern Railway’s passenger trains offered the finest as does this new 210 page title. Great Northern Railway’s Empire Builder, Oriental Limited and Western Star are the headliners, however secondary trains such as the Fast Mail and connecting trains are also featured. There are chapters of detours on other railroads due to blizzards and floods. There are chapters featuring transportation to the 1962 Seattle Worlds Fair, and GN’s 1966-1970 multi-colors era.
210 pages, $69.95
Route of the Chiefs, by Greg Stout, from White River Publications
This long-anticipated volume is finally here! Route of the Chiefs is the ultimate photographic history of how the Santa Fe rose to being one of the foremost passenger carriers in America’s streamliner era. From the premiere Super Chief to the extensive network of secondary trains, this new 256-page volume is the next best thing to being on board.
If ever a railroad was a friend to the passenger, Santa Fe was it. From the 1892 version of the California Limited to the Santa Fe De-Luxe, to the 1926 Chief, to the 1937 Super Chief, no other railroad offered greater luxury to its first-class clientele. Later, with the inauguration of the 1938 El Capitan, the company brought fast, modern accommodations to coach travelers as well. Add to that the remaining Chiefs and streamliners, including the San Francisco Chief, Texas Chief, the Chief itself, plus the Grand Canyon, Chicagoan, Kansas Cityan, San Diegan, Golden Gates, and a host of supporting cast players like The Cavern, El Pasoan, Tulsan and others, and it is hard to conceive of any railroad that did it better, or even as well.