(Mike Pebesma)

August 2011


HO scale custom painted and detailed CP Rail and CN MLW RS18's

Announcements and Updates:

Rapido Trains has indicated on their Facebook page that the next locomotive project will be an MLW FPA-4 and FPB-4!  Also check out their website for photos of the Park series dome-observation for the forthcoming Canadian. 

Canadian National's class of FPA-4s were built by the Montreal Locomotive works between 1958 and  1959. They replaced steam locomotives on mainline passenger runs and many survived into VIA Rail ownership.  On March 25th, 1972, the Ontario Rail Association used #6762 to run a special train from Toronto to the Elmira Maple Syrup Festival. While the special was at Elmira, a Kinsmen "Sugar-bush Express" shuttle from Kitchener arrived hauled by FP9 #6536 with #6758 on the rear.   (Photo by Michael Taylor with thanks)


 Manny Jacobs is taking orders for an HO detail kit to model Via Rails’ rebuilt F40 PH locomotives. The kit will include a fret of etched stainless steel detail parts (similar to the one previously released for the as-built F40’s) and a resin portion for the new cabinet built on the rear platform. To make a reservation, contact Manny through his website at

 Walthers has released three new HO scale ready-to-run passenger cars decorated for a variety of roads including a 73’ Pullman-Standard baggage car available painted for Canadian National.

 A delivery date of January 2012 has also been announced for several Walthers HO products including Platinum Line Difco dump cars with roadnames including British Columbia Railway and CP Rail. Also due is an HO scale model of an Evans 50’ boxcar which will be available decorated for Canadian National

Brian Marsh of Overland Models took this great shot. QNS&L SD70ACe 504 and 505 test on the Y just outside the plant. Overland Models Inc will produce these beautiful locomotives as OMI #AA-1610.

 © CRO Aug 2011