Hot Sheet 11-17-17

The Hotsheet

November 17,  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.



Report from Trainfest 2017

America’s largest operating Model Railroad Show was held in Milwaukee November 11 and 12 this year.  The show was very well attended by model train enthusiasts, families, and hobbyists, as well as major manufacturers and hobby shops.




Just a small sampling of some of the product highlights included:

  • A new wireless throttle, command station and power supply from ESU/ Loksound that is powered by the Android OS and is very configurable (soft keys, buttons and icons for all functions), powerful (control was maintained from over 100 feet away in the crowded convention center) and expandable (up to 32 controllers, 16000 locomotives…).
  • N-scale motive power and rolling stock continues to be developed and produced from a plethora of manufacturers including Broadway Limited (steam locomotives), Kato (trains) Rapido (passenger cars) and Scale Trains (freight cars and locos).
  • Layout Control System products from Walthers (switch machine controllers, a distribution block, facia elements and all the associated cabling).  More importantly, Walthers has developed instructional videos that show each step in installation.
  • Soundtraxx presented new diesel and turbine  decoders with great sound effects (especially in the base range) using multiple ‘sugar cube’ speakers in the installations.

For more information on these and other new products swing by the ‘Stop and ask one of our staff.



In the Publications Department…



The Northwestern Pacific Railroad: Lifeline of the Redwood Empire, by Angelo Figone

This hardback book from the NWPRR Historical Society weighs in at almost 4 pounds.  This is the history of the Northwestern Pacific Railroad from 1951 to 2001. This SP subsidiary connected the Bay Area to the North Coast.

Included in these 400 odd pages are:

• 307 photographs with 300 previously unpublished
• 103 color photographs and 83 full page images
• 167 oral history excerpts from NWP employees
• 54 tables & charts documenting carloadings, motive power, and projects.

Price – $90.00

[Editor’s note: these books are sold out at the society, so when they are gone…]

Another in the ‘great trains’ special issues from Classic Trains Magazine…Great Trains Freight

This 124-page special issue, Great Trains Freight, revisits the classic age of railroading when freight trains carried America to unprecedented prosperity. Read about way freights, coal trains, and hotshots on the nation’s great railroads, including the Santa Fe, Milwaukee Road, Pennsylvania, Illinois Central, and more.

Price $12.99










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