Hotsheet 10-6-16


The Hotsheet

October 6, 2016

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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The wait is over, and it was worth it…

Scale Trains delivers the HO scale GTEL 3 unit Turbine…


Record setting horsepower.  Massive measurements – 3-unit set spans over 180’ in length.  Screaming “jet” engine

These are the hallmarks of the Union Pacific Railroad’s unique GTEL 8500 Horsepower Turbine locomotives. Often called “Big Blows” because of their deafening noise, they roamed the less populated landscape between Council Bluffs, IA and Ogden, UT. 30 three unit sets were built between 1958 and 1961 and all were retired by the early 1970s.

Standard Museum Quality Locomotive Features
Premium leather case
Fully assembled
Color matched to Tru-Color Paint colors for easy touch-ups
ESU-LokSound DCC and sound equipped
LED lighting
Lighted number boards
Coupler cut levers
Wire grab irons
Windshield wipers
Cab interior
Durable body-mounted metal semi-scale Type E knuckle couplers
All-wheel drive
All-wheel electrical pickup
Operate using DC and DCC
Minimum radius: 18” without water and electrical bus connections and tender truck safety chain detail not attached
Recommended radius: 22”

Curve squeal and frog clank sounds*
“A” unit prime mover sound
“B” unit turbine sound

Control panel
Selectable white, red, and green class lights
Engineer side ground light
“A” unit rear walkway light
Cab interior

[While the sign up period for these exceptional models has passed the ‘Stop has two of the Museum Quality units in stock.]

Priced at $825

Bachmann has the perfect starter sets in n scale…

These sets come with  E-Z track n scale ovals that can be expanded without taking up too much room.  Also included is the locomotive and rolling stock specific to each set:

Chose from the Durango and Silverton steam locomotive with wooden passenger cars, a Yard Boss switcher and freight cars, or the ATSF Super Chief diesel and freight cars.

Starting at $155.00

Micro Engineering has developed ‘Turnout Templates’ that work with custom developed switches that allow you to create space saving ladder tracks up to 6 positions long.

The ‘Stop has samples of all of the templates and the various turnouts in stock…

Starting at $23.95

In the Publishing Department…

By Dick Harley & Anthony W. Thompson

This guide has been designed as a companion to the Southern Pacific Painting & Lettering Guide for locomotive and passenger cars published by the SPH&TS in 2013. It illustrates how Southern Pacific (and subsidiaries) owned freight cars were painted and lettered over the years, as well as PMT trucking equipment used in TOFC service and rail cars from wholly-owned rail car leasing companies Evergreen and Golden West. Extensive coverage of painting and lettering practices for Pacific Fruit Express equipment is also included. Coverage begins with the emergence of Common Standard practices in the 1880s (1906 for PFE) and continues through 1996. All information in this volume is based on official SP and Pacific Fruit Express, car and locomotive builder documents, plans and drawings. This book will be useful as a tool for historians and modelers. 11″ x 8 1⁄2″ library bound, 192 pages, full color throughout, Appendix.

Priced at $80.

Published by Morning Sun Books

The SP basically began in Portland with its main line extending south through the heart of the Willamette valley to Eugene.  This and the extensive network of branch lines are featured in this all-color look beginning in the late 1960s.

Priced at $60

The Santa Fe and Grain Story tells the history of the Santa Fe’s role in the transportation of grains and grain products over the last century. Wheat was the most important grain to the railroad, which had extensive lines throughout the midwest, including the major wheat- producing states of Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas. Eastern Kansas, Missouri and Illinois added corn-growing territory to the story, and eastern Texas featured rice. Other important grains were barley, oats and grain sorghums, all of which are discussed to some extent.

The farm economy for the entire life of the Santa Fe followed a boom-and-bust cycle. There were prosperous years when the railroad carried large amounts of  grain where grain traffic was light. This made it difficult for the Santa Fe to plan for efficient use of cars and to project revenues.
The Santa Fe entered the trade by carrying grain in 25-ton capacity boxcars travelling relatively short distances. Over the next 125 years, grain cars increased in type and capacity – first to 50-ton boxcars, then to covered hopper cars (initially with 70-ton capacity), to today’s cars with a capacity of over 140 tons. As the type and capacity of cars was changing, there were also more grain cars per train travelling longer average distances so that by the end of the period, grain was moving long distances in solid unit trains.

This book is the first in a series to be produced by the Santa Fe Railway Historical and Modeling Society discussing the Santa Fe’s involvement with important commodities shipped on its lines.
212 pages, 11×8½ perfect bound, 216 black & white and 81 color photos, appendix.

Priced at $45

The Illinois Division of the Santa Fe Railway provides an informative and lively account of the story of the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway in Illinois, from the charter of predecessor Road Chicago & Plainfield in 1859 through merger with Burlington Northern in 1995.

Although the Illilnois Division ultimately stretched to Kansas and Oklahoma, the geographic scope of this book is confined to the Illinois Division as it existed for over half a century: from the bumping post at Dearborn Station to Fort Madison, Iowa. Chapters on the Pekin branch and the Toledo, Peoria & Western – which for a brief time in the 1980s became part of Santa Fe’s lines in Illinois, are also included. Author James A. Brown’s narrative places the Santa Fe in Illinois in its historical and geographic contexts. For the first time the full story of the route selection and construction of the airline to Chicago is told. The shuffling of passenger consists at Dearborn, transfer and local jobs out of Corwith and Joliet, the demise of the doodlebug and other passenger service, freight train operations and the shift of the Kansas City – Chicago mainline to a high speed intermodal corridor are all revealed in great detail.

The book also contains insiders’ accounts of the transformation of Willow Springs into one of the nation’s largest intermodal facilities. Indeed, lengthy first-hand accounts of railways employees fill the book. These stories are the fruit of interviews with 30 former Santa Fe employees – conductors, engineers, roadmasters, station agents, and senior management – whom the author interviewed for this book. Stories of how those employees came to the railroad and their career progression are included in a solid oral history chapter, “Hiring Out.” at the end of the book. The interviews, plus author Brown’s meticulous research, provide information on the Santa Fe that is simply unavailable elsewhere. The Illinois Division of the Santa Fe Railwy is also lavishly illustrated with hundred of photographs dating from the 1880s through the end of the 20th century. 464 pages, 8-1/2 x 11 library bound with dust jacket, 246 black & white and 157 color photos, 44 maps, notes, bibliography, appendix, and index.

Priced at $65.
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