Ongoing S-scale Projects

On this page we try to capture the many active projects that are in the test-the-waters stage, initial design stage, initial development stage, or full-on production stage but not yet available for purchase. In general, announcements will stay on this page for up to one year. Click on the "Web Site" link to the left of the announcement to visit the web page. Some photos can also be clicked to take you directly to the web page where that product is listed.

November 11, 2018

Beer, Wine, and Whiskey Bottles?

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Currently, Rusty Stumps Scale Models is producing these items in HO- and O-scale. If you would like to see them make these available in S-scale, let your voice be heard! See web site link on the left.


Beer Bottles (all the same size)

Wine and Whiskey Bottles (different sizes)
November 05, 2018

American Models Announces 4-6-2 with Vanderbilt Tenders

(new)

At the Fall S Fest, American Models had a pre-production sample available of their re-issued 4-6-2 Pacific locomotive, but this time with a Vanderbilt tender. The engine is expected to be available in Spring 2019. Prices are set at $500 for DC (scale or hi-rail), and $550 or $600 for AC hi-rail (all with sound and smoke). Click the photo to read Rich's report on the show, and see more photos.

October 03, 2018

SP Decals for Flat Car

(new)

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Ed Sauers is trying to drum up support for having decals created by Tichy Train Group for an S-scale Southern Pacific 70-foot flat car. Click the image for a larger view. Click the e-mail link on the left to start an e-mail to Ed.

September 30, 2018

Possible Grain Elevator Kit

(new)

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B.T.S. is considering doing a re-run of their "Howard Brothers Feed & Grain Complex" kit. It was previously done in S-scale in a limited quantity. If you are interested in this kit, please contact the company, so that they can do a tally.

September 29, 2018

Lionel's Legacy Berkshires Cancelled

(new)

Lionel announced that the Legacy version of the Berkshire locomotives has been cancelled. The 2-8-4 engines required new tooling, and according to Ryan Kunkle, Director of Production at Lionel, the tooling costs were going to be too high given the number of units that they were going to produce. He explicitly stated that tariffs had nothing to do with this.

September 26, 2018

Possible Aluminum Passenger Car Sets

(updated)

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Scott Mann, owner of Sunset Models (and Golden Gate Depot), has worked out a deal with his Chinese manufacturer that would allow the possible manufacture of S-scale passenger car sets. He explicitly states that this is not for individual cars, but for 6-to-8 car sets. The manufacturer has agreed to produce 100 or fewer models, so that would fit with S-scale's fewer modelers. They are taking reservations now (see link on the left) for the following sets:
- 1937 SF Super Chief (Budd) 6 Car Set
- 1948 NYC 20th Century 6 Car Set
- 1948 PRR Broadway Ltd. 6 Car Set

Additional add-on cars are also available.


O-scale Santa Fe Model

O-scale NYC Model

O-scale PRR Model
August 27, 2018

GE Export U6B

In 1956 GE created a series of Universal switcher locomotives, which were readily adaptable to various track gauges. Precision Vintage Classics is going to produce some of these, starting with the U6B. This locomotive will be made to Sn3 and to Sn42 specs. The engine's frame is 33'6" and it had a 12-cylinder diesel motor. The kits are going to be made out of resin and 3D-printed parts, and will include a motor and powered trucks as well as couplers and hand rails. No pricing or release date is available yet, but if you are interested in this kit, contact the company. A deposit will be required when the date and pricing has been determined. You may call (253) 875-1684, or click the e-mail link on the left.


GE U6B
August 12, 2018

Brass 4-6-2 Locomotives Announced

(new)

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River Raisin Models announced these brass projects to be built by Boo Rim Precision:

- Southern Pacific P-10
- Chesapeake and Ohio F-17
- Chesapeake and Ohio F-19

The SP P-10 will be available in these versions:
- regular boiler
- skyline boiler
- "Daylight" paint scheme with full streamlining with early lettering
- "Daylight" paint scheme with full streamlining with late lettering

The C&O F-17 will be built in three versions.

The C&O F-19 will be built in five versions.

The models will be available with factory-installed Loksound DCC with sound (if so desired, specify this with your pre-order). The models are expected to arrive in late 2019. To place your pre-order, contact River Raisin Models for the official order form.

August 09, 2018

Jackson Standard Models Trucks

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Jackson Standard Models announces the plan to produce highly-detailed new trucks for S-scale. Bill Lane took these photos at the 2018 NASG Convention. No further details are available at this time. Updates: added the brass prototypes photo (unfinished, just for testing rolling abilities). Brian reports that the side-frames and bolster will be die-cast in zinc (Zamac #3). The brake shoes and bearings in Celcon. The journal lids in polystyrene. The wheels and axles will be stainless. These are planned for release before the end of 2018.


ASF Ride Control

Bettendorf T-section

PRR 2D-F8

USRA Andrews

Vulcan with Simplex Bolster

Scullin/ASF 40-ton

Preliminary brass prototypes of the Scullin Steel trucks (no detailing applied yet)
August 09, 2018

P-B-L Updates

(new)

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P-B-L states that their WSLCo caboose project and their WSLCo log skeleton car project have been delayed, due to their injection molding machine having permanently broken down. Making the major investment, they have bought a brand new one, which arrived in late July 2018. It will take some time for the company to get up to speed on using this new machine, but once done, they will start to produce the above-mentioned kits.

August 09, 2018

Southern 52'6" PS Gondola

Smoky Mountain Model Works is considering designing and creating kits for the 52-foot Pullman-Standard gondola. These were built in 1953 and again in 1957, and lasted into the 1980s, and some into the 2000s in M.O.W. service. The kits would be $85 each (plus shipping), and include decals, Kadee 802 couplers, but no trucks. If you prefer to use Sergent couplers (not provided), or without the Kadee couplers, or without the decals, please indicate so. At the time of this posting, about another 25 firm reservations are needed to make this project a go.


HO-scale Model Shown
June 25, 2018

F&M, P&R RPO Baggage Cars

(updated)

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Portland Locomotive Works announces the commencement of the Franklin and Megantic Railway (F&M) and Phillips and Rangeley Railroad (P&M) two-foot-gauge RPO baggage car in S-scale. These cars moved to the SR&RL when it took over those lines. The plans are to create four versions:
F&M original two-window
F&M combine smoker 4-window
F&M RPO baggage
P&R RPO baggage

If you are interested in either of these, contact Gary Kohler at m2fq@aol.com or 330-719-0264

Update: Gary has provided CAD drawings of the various versions he is going to produce.

June 03, 2018

B&O M-15k Box Car

(new)

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Smoky Mountain Model Works announced that they will produce the B&O M-15k box car. Since this car is also of a "wagontop" design, the main body is similar to the M-53 already produced (and being re-run) by the company. These box cars were rebuilt from wooden cars in 1936 and 1937 (over 1,200 such cars). The M-53 followed in 1937 and 1938 (2,000 of those were done). The big difference between them was that the M-53 was built from new, whereas the M-15k re-used the frame from the older cars. The frame has the fishbelly center sill. The kit is expected to sell for $90, which includes decals and couplers, but no trucks (Andrews trucks were used on these cars). At this point Jim King is taking firm commitments for this project, but no money need be sent in yet. See the web site link for his contact information.


B&O M-15k
May 12, 2018

ACF 70-ton Covered Hopper

Smoky Mountain Model Works is taking advanced reservations for the next project after the Milwaukee rib-sided box car, which will be the ACF 70-ton covered hopper. These hoppers were built starting in 1940 and could be found on many railroads. Contact Jim King if you are interested in being added to his list.

May 08, 2018

Milwaukee Rib-sided Box Cars

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Smoky Mountain Model Works is going to do both a 40-foot and a 50-foot version of the Milwaukee rib-sided box cars as kits. The kits are expected to be around $95 to $100 each. They are currently planned for release in the second half of 2018. Please contact Jim King if you are seriously interested in either one or both of these cars in S-scale.

May 08, 2018

New Possible Freight Car Kits

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Smoky Mountain Model Works has created a "what-if" page, listing all the possible freight cars for which they might produce a kit in S-scale. Please take a look at the page, and let them know in which ones you are interested.

May 08, 2018

PS-1 Box Car

(new)

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Smoky Mountain Model Works plans to produce a kit of the PS-1 box car in the near future. Please contact Jim King if you are interested in one of these kits.

March 23, 2018

PRR 2-8-0 Project

(updated)

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Bill Wade, of B.T.S., announced that the PRR 2-8-0 project is still very much an active one. However, the project has had a number of serious setbacks which are delaying its completion. One such setback was an earthquake in New Zealand that destroyed most of the research data and some of the production items. So far the master for the tender is complete (including the Lines West coal bunker version), and several of the engine's smaller parts are finished. Update: A new designer/builder in New Zealand has been found, and the person is working with B.T.S. to attempt to recreate this locomotive. Bill is asking for your patience, and your continued purchases of B.T.S. products, so that funds are available to bring this locomotive into reality.

March 07, 2018

PCC Floors and Truck Sideframes

(new)

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Mike Bartel of Imperial Hobby Productions has agreed to create the necessary computer files for 3D-printing PCC floors and truck side frames. David Guillaudeu is looking for additional investors who would be willing to contribute to paying Mike for his time. This will also be used to gage interest in this project. The floors could be designed to use Stanton trucks from NWSL. See e-mail link to contact David.

February 08, 2018

REA Express Reefer Cars

(updated)

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River Raisin Models announces Railway Express Agency express reefers in brass. Photos shown are the sample models that arrived in February 2018. The models are expected to arrive by the end of summer of 2018. These cars appeared in passenger trains throughout the country. Boo Rim Precision is building a small run of these unique Express Reefers, as built by American Car and Foundry in 1947-1948 for the Railway Express Agency and Atlantic Coast Line Railway. River Raisin will be offering these cars in four paint schemes. Each paint scheme will be produced with multiple car numbers. They will offer both original paint schemes (The Railway Express Agency Dark Green and Aluminum, with Red Stripes Scheme, and the Purple and Aluminum with Yellow Stripes Atlantic Coast Line Railroad Scheme). They will also offer two of the later paint schemes of the Railway Express Agency Reefers that saw use until the end of the REA Express. They have added a variation of the REA-003 with Dulux Gold Lettering. The added variation is the same car with White Lettering. See their website for reservation details.

January 25, 2018

Lionel's American Flyer Legacy Berkshire Update

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Dave Olson, Director of Engineering at Lionel, added a post to the O Gauge Forum about the extra details they are adding to their 2018 edition of the AF Berkshires. Screen captures of CAD drawings show the added parts, and how they are starting to integrate features that they have used in their high-end O-scale models. The plans are to produce the following road names: Nickel Plate, Pere Marquette, C&O, Erie, American Railroads, and RF&P.

January 09, 2018

40' SP, UP F-50-4 Flat Car Kit

(updated)

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Gilmaur is working on a kit for the S-scale version of the Southern Pacific and Union Pacific F-50-4 flat cars. The plan was for the kit to be based on the Proto:48 version that Gilmaur already had designed, but the conversion turned out to be more complicated than expected. They are still taking reservations at this point (see e-mail link).

January 09, 2018

60' Modern Centerbeam Car Kit

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Gilmaur is considering producing an S-scale kit for a modern 60-foot centerbeam flat car. They are currently working on an O-scale version. When that kit is successful, a design for the S-scale version will commence. You can indicate your interest in this project by clicking on the e-mail link.

January 09, 2018

Brass Alco S-4 Kit

(updated)

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Gilmaur is working on a brass kit for the Alco S-4. A test kit was successful, but unfortunately to accommodate the available S-scale trucks, a re-design of certain parts of the kit is required. This is currently in the works. They are still taking reservations at this point (see e-mail link).

January 06, 2018

DL-109 Resin Cast Body Proposal

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Bill Morris, owner of NE Prototypes, is proposing the project of creating a cast-resin body of an Alco DL-109 in S-scale. He announced it on the S Scale SIG forum in November 2017, and reported that in late-December 2017 he already had 10+ reservations. He needs just a few more to make the project a "go". The idea is to put this body on a stretched American Models PA chassis. The expected cost will be around $100 each. This is just for the body only, so no railroad-specific detailing. The modeler will need to provide everything else to complete the model. These locomotives were bought by the ATSF, CNW, GMO, Milwaukee, NH, RI, and Southern.


New Haven Prototype
December 30, 2017

SR&RL Carrabasset Station

Portland Locomotive Works is considering producing the SR&RL Carrabasset Station. The design shown is of the O-scale model. If there is enough interest, an S-scale model will be produced as well. Please contact the company to express your interest. Contact Gary Kohler at m2fq@aol.com or 330-719-0264.

November 20, 2017

SR&RL Cream Car #33

Portland Locomotive Works has just completed the O-scale version (see photo). If there is enough interest in this kit, an Sn2 version for the SR&RL will be produced. Contact Gary Kohler at m2fq@aol.com or 330-719-0264.

August 31, 2016

SSA PRR H30 Hopper

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Des Plaines Hobbies is producing a PRR H30 covered hopper. The sub-contracting work is being done by P-B-L. There have been a few setbacks and corrections in this project, but it is progressing. The photo is courtesy of Bill Lane and was taken of the pre-production model shown at the January 2016 Amherst train show. The latest news is that the underframe of the car is being reworked.

These cars were made between 1935 and 1946. Jim Kindraka wrote an article about the PRR H30 and N&W HC-1, and HC-2 in two issues of the 1989 Dispatch, which you can read or download from River Raisin's web site. Note that the N&W HC-1 was a direct copy of the PRR H30 (see here).

June 07, 2016

London & Port Stanley Steel Interurban

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Merle Rice, of Model Railroad Warehouse, has indicated he will produce the London & Port Stanley steel interurban in S-scale if there is sufficient interest. A reference web site on these cars can be found here. More information about the L&PS can be found here. Photo copied from http://donsdepot.donrossgroup.net/. Click the e-mail link on the left to send a message to Merle to indicate your interest.

May 15, 2016

B&O Q4 Mikado

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Dan Navarre, owner of River Raisin, will be able to produce a brass, scale B&O Q4 Mikado if at least 50 units can be reserved. Ed Sauers is spearheading this potential project, so the e-mail address on the left will link you to him. Please tell Ed if you are interested in one or more of these models. If this project is going to happen, it will not be until after the current Bershire models have been produced.

February 01, 2015

B.T.S. Trucks and Car

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Bill Wade, of B.T.S., pre-announced that they will be producing Fox trucks, Thielsen archbar trucks, and an Express/Milk car truck. The trucks will be made from castings made via 3D-printed masters. The New York, Ontario and Western Railway freight car, for which the express/milk trucks were designed, will be a laser-cut kit and is expected later in 2015. Thielsen trucks were first introduced in 1867 and White's freight car book says that by the mid-1880 they were under cars owned by the ATSF, MC, NYC, CB&Q, and at least 12 other (unnamed) roads.

February 01, 2015

P:64 Steam Locomotive Driver Tire

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Earl Tuson, of Standard Railway Castings Company, announced that he will be building a family of P:64 wheels for rolling stock. The first under development is the steam locomotive driver tire (see photo). Unable to find a suitable manufacturer for his intended product line, Earl has purchased the equipment necessary to start producing these items for the P:64 modeler. The stainless steel wheelsets for freight and passenger cars to follow will stand apart from other existing product lines with features such as detailed wheel faces and backs, and properly contoured axles. Although not yet listed on his web site, Earl mentioned that he will soon have further details and pricing on his web site.

November 06, 2014

B&O Class I-5 Caboose

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Ron Sebastian, of Des Plaines Hobbies/S Scale America, mentioned that the B&O I-5 project is continuing.

November 06, 2014

SD45

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At the 2014 NASG Convention, Des Plaines Hobbies showed a pre-production version of their upcoming SD45. Currently the project is undergoing some test shots, and when they pan out, the model will be released. Photo courtesy of Rich Gajnak. The latest news is that the project is still moving forward.

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