Well I hope everyone's modelling season is well under way (except for the 365er's that are busy all year). New products are finally trickling in, and boy is the market hungry for new stuff. If I don't get the chance, I hope everyone has a really good holiday season, and all the best for the new year.
Rapido trains - True North locomotives: The most detailed Canadian F-units ever:
From The TRAIN CELLAR Facebook Page: Custom Weathered HO Athearn SW1500
New CN ES44AC in HO Scale Brass: The prototype CN 2801 is shown in the paint booth at Erie, PA.
Red caboose has 42' flatcars coming out in CNR paint (6 numbers). Due Q2 of 2013http://intermountain-railway.com/distrib/redcaboose/redcabooseho.html
Bachamnn HO S-2 DC CP Rail multmark are now available
Atheran has announced their GE Gevo locomotives in HO Scale, CP version
True lines trains HO CN Reefers are in production and should be here before Christmas. The CP mini boxes, caboose and boxcars should be released after Christmas.
Atlas 2 bay hoppers CPR block lettering 2 different numbers and a 3 pack will be available. Due Q2 of 2013
Atlas 50' boxcars ONR. Due Q2 of 2013
Bowser- second run of C630's (Delayed until after Christmas)
Announced at Tranfest 2012:
InterMountain Railway Paducah GP10 Diesel
See InterMountain Railway's GP10 Release Sheet.
ExactRail SP G-100-22 Gondola
Check out www.exactrail.com.
Athearn Genesis Early GEVO Diesel
Athearn Genesis GP38-2 Diesel -2nd Release
True Line Trains GTW Bicentennial Caboose
Atlas has announced that their trainman Genset II locos will be offered in CP with numbers 2100 and 2101. The Genset II locos are more correct for the CP ones VS the regular Genset models. Due 2nd quarter 2013
Each year Denis Cote of Boreal Trains builds and paints a Christmas car, to share the spirit of the holidays. In 2008 he painted a Roundhouse FMC 50 ft box car painted white and green to replace the usual TTX's yellow and black. With Noël on the door and the three Wise Men looking for a specific road, the Rail Box spirit "Next Load Any Road" is in the mood! The second one is a VIA Baggage with the VIA traditional blue replaced by the Season's “green”. Wearing a snowman, the Rapido NSC Baggage car simply but effectively delivers Holidays' message. Denis Côté made in 2011.
VIA Rail F40PH Locos Corporate Advertisement Livery
We’ve all seen the trams and buses around town with advertising plastered over the sides. Well in Canada, VIA Rail have taken the same option to a number of their F40PH locos. They have at times “decorated” 12 of these locos in different wraps:- from Diet Pepsi ( which lasted only about 1 month and was done for an advertisement), to Spiderman II, to three locos wrapped for Kool-Aid. Budweiser and Coors Light Beer have also had wraps done for them, and Loto-Quebec has a wrap promoting a casino. Home Hardware has a bright yellow wrap, and Radio Canada has one celebrating 50 yrs. Other locos are Budweiser, Telus Communication, Operation Lifesaver, and the latest for Gray Cup with a full train.
I decided – since I model Canadian railways – that I should have a consist of these locos. So, starting with a fleet of Model Power and Life Like locos, I proceeded to remove the Amtrak paintwork and repaint some into the appropriate colours. Others I sanded out all the detail on the sides before painting in VIA grey as a base colour.
These shells will receive a full side decal – not unlike the Prototype locos!
Next I ordered decals for wherever schemes I could, from Highball Graphics.
I then searched the internet photo sites for suitable side-on shots of any locos that fitted into the advertising wrap scheme. I needed photos showing both left and right sides, plus the front-on shot if possible. Once I found the photos I cut and pasted the loco into a file to save. Next I resized the loco and printed them onto white decal paper. I printed a full sheet - left, right, and front views of several locos on the one sheet. Next I sealed the decal sheet with decal seal.
Now all I needed to do was cut out the decals and apply them to the loco bodies. Decal-set was applied to the decals to make sure they sat flat and keyed to the body sides.
Bodies were finished off with a semi flat varnish to seal everything, and windows, horns, and rear platform fencing was refitted.
Again this month, Clifford Holder submitted more of his fine HO Scale models:
1) QTTX 131041 70-foot 'flat deck' flatcar was totally scratch built including the 'load' which represents one of the wrapped rollers (at the Super Calendar paper mill' here in Port Hawkesbury, N.S.) A few commercial details, DA grab irons, coupler lift bars, DW hand brake levers, walthers trucks/kadee wheelsets, kadee #5 couplers, plano end deck grating, stirrups made from flat bar stock, painted TTX yellow and weathered.
2) CBNS 80274 - is built from a shake the box MDC kit with some inprovements ie elevated hand brake wheel assembly, interior bracing, air tank (for operation of hopper doors), coupler levers/eye bolts, a-line stirrups, drop grab irons, Jay-Bee wheelsets, # 27 kadee couplers and a coal load - and yes its real coal with some spilt on the top chord and heavy weathering.
*note:- I built a total of 32 cars, 16 with 'loads' and 16 'empties, the empties have the interior bracing displayed and these cars represented the prototype coal operation in this area (CN&CNS Railway). ps - it was a one winter's project ! - but done on an assembly line bases, it went along smoothly.
3) CN 52264 - built from an MDC ore car with a bit of kitbashing,hand built and commercial details, reboxx wheelsets, kadee couplers, painted CN mow orange and misc. decals, light weathering.
4) CBNS 1000 - built from a Sylvan kit, is a 'PSC' van, numerous scratch built and commercial details, Atlas caboose trucks and semi-scale wheelsets, kadee couplers, light weathering.
5) UNPX 126108 - Procor pressure unloading car, originated from a Walthers #5200 tank car kit with extensive kitbashing. The bottom pressure unloading outlets are from a 'Custom finishing' kit, DA walkways, semi-scale 36" reboxx wheelsets, weathering.
6) locomotive - 2039 (CBNS) MLW M630 - built up from a 'Tiger Valley' kit comprising of virtually hundreds of parts along with extensive hand fabricating. The model is all metal and weighs in at 31 ozs. The ' prime mover ' is a double shaft 18x36mm flat can Sagami with a sprocket on one end and a stock flywheel at the other end. On the sprocket end, a chain drives the rear gearbox and in turn drives the front gearbox via a 'nwsl' shaft and universals. On the stock flywheel end of the motor shaft is a 'hobbytown of Boston' universal and connects to a custom made 16x30mm brass flywheel via a 'nwsl' shaft. The 16x30 flywheel rests in its own cradle in the locomotive's cab. The loco is designated as a trailing unit only, has no working lights, because of interior mechanicals and some extra weight. With the brass flywheel in the cab painted a dull grayish/black and window glazing it is very difficult to notice the flywheel turning. I have had this loco pull fifty cars up a 2% grade around a continuous 36" radius curve without wheel slip !
7) CBNS 901295 - built from an Athearn ' BB ' kit, a little kitbashing, details and extra weight under the sill and coupler ends, kadee wheelsets and kadee long shaft couplers produced a nice 86' runner. weathered !
8) CN 557653 - a 52' combination door boxcar is built from a Kaslo kit. Kadee semi-scale wheelsets, kadee couplers.
All my rolling stock are weighted to NMRA standards, with metal wheels and couplers gauged. Hope you like these…. Cliff Holder
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Model Railroad Club of Toronto to leave Liberty Village after 66 years
The Vermont and Essex Model Railway Club (Montreal, QC) http://www.chemindeferve.com/
Montreal Railway Modeler’s Association AMFM http://www.canadacentral.org/
The UMG http://theumg.ca/
©CRO December 2012