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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 in Spring 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.
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.
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).
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.
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).
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 330-719-0264.
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 email@example.com or 330-719-0264.
Ed Sauers is planning on having some B&O decals manufactured for the upcoming Smoky Mountain Model Works AAR 70-ton flat car. If you would like to purchase some of these decals as well, contact Ed a.s.a.p., via the e-mail link on the left.
River Raisin is announcing the Early Berkshires project. These models are being built by Boo Rim Precision in Korea. They will have 63" drivers, Swiss Maxon motors, DCC wiring harness, and will be beautifully finished. They are in production now, and a few are still available. A deposit of $400 is required per model ordered, and the pre-order price is $2,299 per model. Additional information and order forms can be found on the River Raisin web site (follow link on the left). Several prototype photos are included here. Photos by C.T. Felstead, Allan Youell, Al Phelps, and they are courtesy of the Bob Hundman Collection, Arnold Menke Collection, and the William A. Raia Collection. Photo #1 is the AT&SF, #2 is the Boston & Albany, #3 is Boston & Maine, and #4 is the SP engine. Photo #5 and #6 are of the pre-production models that River Raisin has received (Photo #5 courtesy of Bill Lane).
Dave Allen, owner of Concept Models, shares this teaser photo of the buckeye trucks he is planning on producing for us in S-scale. No information about when it will be available and how much it will cost. The master will be 3D-printed and the parts will be made out of resin. Their testing shows that the material is plenty durable.
These trucks were built starting in 1910 and were used under heavy-load flat cars and gondolas, wrecking cranes, and locomotive tenders.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ron Sebastian, of Des Plaines Hobbies/S Scale America, mentioned that the B&O I-5 project is continuing.
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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