Edited by Mike Pebesma


This month marks the last Modeller’s Corner that I will edit. My thanks to William and the CRO gang for the chance to start a column on Canadian models, and thank you to all who have shared their models with the CRO readers. Please keep building models and contributing and I will share what I can as projects make their way across my work bench.

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Thanks to all,

Mike Pebesma


Coming Soon To A Hobby Store Near You

 Here is a brief rundown of new product announcements from this year's NMRA convention:

ATHEARN SD70ACe and ES44AC Heritage Fleet coming in HO Scale:


Norfolk Southern Heritage Series Locomotives using AC4400s as stand-ins for the ES44ACs, and an updated SD70ACe to more accurately model both the mid-release and new-release models (accurate for the NS 30th Anniversary locomotive and the new Heritage locomotives).

HO Genesis 57’ mechanical refrigerator car available with onboard SoundTraxx Tsunami sound for the refrigeration unit which actually cycles on and off.




N Scale F89 flat car with intermodal hitches.

N scale S-2 switcher

Atlas Trainman: a 40’ plug door box car model in HO available in Canadian National (2 road numbers)


HO scale General American 50” RBL 10’6” offset door/wide rods, RTR, the first run will include Milwaukee, Wabash, Erie-Lackawanna, and Rock Island models.



HO and N scale Trenton works built 67'11" bulkhead flatcar.

-HO scale, 63’ Thrall “Opera Window” centerbeam


NJ International:

HO scale all-brass upper quadrant wigwag, HO scale lighted crossing sign containing two LED's, three new HO SA Type target signals with three targets, two target bi-directional, and four target bidirectional and an S Scale B&O color position light.



HO scale Alco S2 Diesel Switcher (DCC Sound Value Equipped)

N scale Alco S4 Diesel Locomotive (DCC Equipped)

N Scale Alco 2-6-0 Steam Locomotive.


Intermountain HO:

HO scale bi-level auto rack with doors that open and close and etched metal side panels.


InterMountain Z:

Z scale cylindrical covered hoppers with round hatches available in 10 paint schemes of six road numbers each: five CN schemes (Continent, Rainbow, Wet Noodle, Environmental, and Canadian National), two CP schemes (Script and Multi-Mark), Potash, UNPX-Alcan-Chemical Products, and Roberval Saguenay.


Fox Valley:

N scale NS Heritage Series ES44AC GEVO models with the Interstate, Norfolk Southern (original) and Monongahela railroads as well as a limited edition set of all 10 Heritage GEVO locomotives in a presentation box (includes Conrail, Norfolk & Western, Southern, Lehigh Valley, Central of Georgia, Interstate, Nickel Plate Road, Norfolk & Southern (original), Pennsylvania, and Monongahela).



HO scale 4750 cuft PS-2CD 4740 covered hopper in various road names including GTW with 3 different road numbers, Illinois Central IC “original orange 1969” orange/black with 12 road numbers, and Canadian National IC (CN) “Website” oxide red scheme with “Service With Safety” lettering.

-10 new Bethlehem Quad Hoppers with coal load. in HO; paint schemes include six road numbers each of Illinois Central Gulf’s “1982 Simplified Scheme”, three road numbers each of Detroit, Toledo and Ironton original paint and Wisconsin Central “Former Clinchfield” paint with WC yellow paintouts.



Modern triple-track signal bridge in HO scale, fully assembled and lighted including six operating modern block signal heads.


Osborne Model Kits:

Craftsman kits of HO scale DHC-2 Beaver floatplane, P-51D Mustang, Supermarine Spitfire IX, and the Cessna 172. (basswood kit with peel and stick decals).


Bluford Shops:

N scale transfer and short bay window caboose models including GTW transfer cabooses


TrueLine trains:

N scale 40’ “Minibox” boxcar, available in 4 different CPR schemes as well as BCOL & PGE (single cars and 6 packs)

HO scale laser-cut wood kit generic retail building model which bears a suspiciously close resemblance to a popular Canadian coffee and donuts restaurant chain. 


Rapido Trains:

The new FP9 in VIA Rail has arrived!! Check your local hobby shop.



                      By Mike Zollitsch


Twenty summers ago, the Canadian Pacific Railway looked to place an order for fifty SD60M locomotives for their new Delaware Hudson subsidiary. For whatever reason, the order was not followed through. But Mike obtained the paint diagram schematics for what could have been, and have modeled an SD60M based off the drawings as exacting as I could make it. A little research was done on other SD60Ms of the time so the details would be correct. Safe to say, this model would have been more than reasonably close to what we almost had on the D&H...  We hope you enjoy what Mike created!


This is a heavily, heavily redetailed Proto 2000 SD60M, started life as a Union Pacific. Stripped it down, replaced many P2K parts, added many more!


Mike toyed with the idea to weather it a little or leave it factory-fresh but as she'll be pulling his SeaLand stack train, most likely...not.


HO SCALE CP Rail RS23’s on a ballast train




Modeling Burlington Northern SD40E “CAT” #6330



During the 1980’s, Burlington Northern tried out repowering of some of their diesels with Caterpillar engines, notably a small fleet of GP20 CAT’s and this single SD40E.  


Peter Merseburg and Sandra Ludwig-Merseburg of Germany’s HO Scale BN-SD40e #6330 is based on this Prototype Caterpillar Engine model. 


Base model - SD40-2 Kato

Nose, cab, battery box was used by Kato sd40-2

For the 1. and 2. Segment of the Long Hood (end Dynamic Brake)is from Athearn RTR SD45-2

The 3. Segment of the long hood was used from an SD 45 of Kato.

Winterizations Hatches from Detail West


Eye Bolts from Detail Associates

Grab Irons from Kato

Radiator Fans from Atlas

Exhaust Stacke by SD24 divided and reduced

Sunshades from A-Line

Sinclar Antenna from Detail West

BN Black: Tamyia paints

BN Green: Edgar Precise Design colors

Decals:  Microscale

DCC: Digitrax mit Headlight, Front and Rear






by Mike Zollitsch

Back around 1990 while modeling Conrail, I decided I would have more fun modeling a shortline. At that time, Susquehanna was operating the D&H, and I loved catching the parades of yellowjackets on the point of the various D&H trains, notably the SeaLand stack train. I drew up a list of the various Susquehanna engines I wanted to model, even going as far as to paint an FP45 I had in yellow/black. At the same time, my interest in the G&W was growing, and the new B&P was really beginning to make its mark. While I did choose to model the GWI routes instead, my love for the ol' Susie-Q never died. Atlas' release of the Dash8-40Bs allowed me to model five of them for my SeaLand double-stack train (which once used to run the B&P). Athearn's subsequent release of a decent SD45 led me to buy the 3634. Not only could I use it to break up the Dash-8s on the stack train, but the B&P also leased it and two others in late 1994! Perfect!  While detailing the 3634, I decided to bring another SD45 on-line, to break up the all-yellowjacket look, choosing my favorite green NYSW SD45, the 6366. While Athearn was releasing the BN SD45s, I instead chose a Proto2000 SD45, as it was an even trade with a friend who wanted a B&O GP30 I had. I've been working on the 6366 since early summer. As of today, I'm happy to say both are done, DCC equipped, and ready for a home with the Dash 8s on the SeaLand train!  Have a look!

Modeling from the Prototype:

Jim Parker submitted these 1970’s era 60-foot and High-cube auto parts cars from the 1970’s.  Con-Cor, Athearn, Bev-Bel and others, released these cars in HO scale.

 Jim Parker also photographed these interesting 1960 - 1975 era B&O 50-foot boxcars and including one of the famous round roofed 40-foot cars.   


Train Shows Across Canada

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Saturday, September 28 and Sunday, September 29, 2012 
Montreal Model Train Exposition Sun Youth Centre 
4251 St. Urbain Street Montreal Hours each day: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
Admission: Adults $8. per person; Children $6. 
Free Parking available on the Home Depot parking lot at 100 Beaubien West 
For more information call Ivan Dow at 514-918-1501 or at 514-636-9665 or email 


September 9th: LMRA Flea Market - Milton - From 10-3pm

John Tonelli Sports Centre, 217 Laurier Avenue 
Fare: Adults $5, youth $2, children under 6 free, parking free. 



September 15 & 16: Pickton Model Railroaders - Pickton - From 10-5pm (Sat) 10-4pm (Sun)

Prince Edward Curling Club, Picton Fairgrounds, Main Street East 
(From Highway 401, take Highway 89 south, fairgrounds is on right / northwest side

·  Operating train layouts

·  Radio Controlled boats

·  Model aircraft displays

·  Farm equipment displays

·  Hobby vendors

·  Door prizesHands on:

·  Model railroad operation

·  Slot car racing

·  Flying a radio controlled flight simulator

·  Operating a radio Controlled boat

Fare: Adults $5, children 12 and under $1

September 29 & 30: Brampton 2012 Model Train Show - Brampton - From 10-4 (Sat & Sun)

Brampton Fairgrounds, 12942 Heart Lake Road at Old School Road, Caledon 
(3 km north of Mayfield Road, west of Highway 410, east of Hurontario and Kennedy. From Hurontario, go east on Old School Road or Mayfield.)

·  33,000 sq ft of operating layouts (HO, N, O and G) and dealers.

·  Model trains, kits, memorabilia, collectables, art and photographs and more.

·  "How to" clinics.

·  Proceeds to be donated to the Boys and Girls Club of Peel Region.

·  Lunch counter. 
Fare: Adults $5, seniors $4, teens $4, children under 12 free, family of 4 $10 (covers both days). Free parking. 
        If you get your hand stamped Saturday before leaving, Sunday is free. 


September 30: 8th Annual Muskoka Model Railroad Layout tour - Muskoka - From 10-6pm (live steam 11-4pm)

Tour of at least 20 home and club layouts, from N to G, 
in the Alliston, Barry, Beaton, Bracebridge, Craighurst, Gravenhurst, Huntsville, Orillia, Severn Bridge, Springwater, Stroud, Tottenham and Waubaushene area, including computer controlled and live steam. 
Sponsored by:

·  The Right Track, 10 Taylor Road, Bracebridge 705-645-6164

·  Hockley Valley Railroad, 4492 Adjala-Tecumseth Townline, Alliston 705-435-7024

·  George's Trains, 550 Alden Road Unit 101, Markham, 905-470-6200

·  Muskoka Computes and Hobbies , 108 B Main Street East, Huntsville 705-788-7644

·  Lahay's Hobbies and Crafts, 21 Mississauga Street East, Orillia L3V 6H4 705-325-8141

·  Clark Industries (Blackhorse Jct RR) information available later. 
Guide books 
and tickets available September 1. 
Fare: $5 per adult which includes 3 tickets to door prize draw. School age kids free. All proceeds donated to charity 
(Salvation Army Food Banks)

Additional tickets available at some layouts. Please have exact change. 
Tickets and passes unavailable at live steam layout.

for flyer, photos and videos


October 13 & 14: Soper Valley Model Railroad Assoc. 26th Annual Model Railroad Show - Bowmanville - From 10-4:30pm (both days)

Bowmanville High School, 49 Liberty Street North 
(From Highway 401 take exit 432 north onto Liberty Street. Show is on the right past King Street.)

·  Operating layouts.

·  Static Displays.

·  Vendors.Fare: Adult $6, Senior $5, Family $12. 
Info: Gary Jeffery 905-263-8734

The WOODSTOCK MODEL TRAIN SHOW AND SALE  - takes place on Sunday, October 21st, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.,

in the Oxford Auditorium and Mutual/Market Buildings, on the Woodstock Fairgrounds, at 875 Nellis Street. The October Woodstock Model Train Show will be expanded to two buildings and will feature over 170 vendor tables of Model Trains of all scales including Train Sets, Locomotives, Transformers, Rolling Stock, Track, Structures, Photographs, Videos, DVD's, a large selection of Tin Signs and Railroad Memorabilia. Worth the drive from anywhere. The show also will feature many large Model Train Layouts in operation throughout the day. Admission is $5.00 per person; Children under age 12 will be admitted for free when accompanied by an adult.




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