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This report lists freight cars that are available or in the works. This page may also contain detailing parts and other items applicable to these cars. Click photos to visit the web sites.

October 16, 2021

NYC Box Car by Miniatures From The North

Well-known S-scale modeler, Simon Parent, has started a new company called "Miniatures From The North" (as he is based in Canada). His first official product is this NYC box car, which was sponsored by Jim Kindraka (the photo is of Jim's model).

This car is based on the NYC-adjusted AAR 1918 and revised 1923 specification, which they called "Specification 486". It is a 40-foot car that had the ability to carry 110,000lbs. The kit is resin, and sells for $85, plus shipping. The kit does not come with decals, trucks, or couplers. The underframe is designed to take the Kadee S-scale 802, or equivalent, coupler box. Decals are available from Tichy Train Group, Cloverhouse (dry transfers), or K4 Decals. Note that this car was used by a number of other railroads, such as Boston & Albany, CNJ, CCC&StL, Michigan Central, P&LE, and the Reading, hence the no-decals-included.

Simon does not have a web site up yet, so contact him via e-mail to make arrangements to place your order. Click to send an e-mail.

October 16, 2021

Wheels & Trucks by Miniatures From The North

The company also announces wheelsets and trucks. The wheels are CNC-turned to NMRA/NASG RP25 code 110 standards. The wheels and axle are made from stainless steel and are non-magnetic. The wheels are blackened and are insulated on both sides. The axle length is 32.38mm / 1.276" so the wheel sets should fit any trucks from Pacific Rail Shop, Des Plaines Hobbies, or American Models. They appear to be a bit too tight in the former MTH/S-Helper Service trucks (with some adjustments to the truck, they can be made to be free-rolling). The wheelsets can also be used in the old ACE trucks by using the Tichy cone bearings epoxied in place (the Tichy bearings are too loose with no flange for a simple press-fit in the ACE trucks).

The first in a line of trucks are the 50-ton Bettendorf trucks. These are 3D-printed in resin, primed in black color, and fitted with nylon cone bearings for smooth rolling. The trucks are assembled and sprung.

The wheelsets are $15 for a package of four wheels (enough for one car), or in a bulk pack of 100 for $210 (enough for 25 cars), plus shipping.

The trucks are available at $30 for a pair, or $27 per pair if you order 4 or more pair, plus shipping.

Simon does not have a web site up yet, so contact him via e-mail to make arrangements to place your order. Click to send an e-mail.

October 14, 2021

Southern Pacific Automobile Box Car Kit by Pre-Size Model Specialties

Bill Green, member of the Houston S Gaugers, scratchbuilt a model of the Southern Pacific door-and-a-half 50-foot automobile box car, class A-50-6, many years ago. Many people wanted to see it produced as an S-scale kit, and, after some detours, Pre-Size Model Specialties took on the project and has been able to produce this kit. It was introduced to the public at the O & S Scale Midwest Show in early October 2021, and it is now available for sale directly from the company's web site. The SP built 1,200 of these cars in 1923 and they lasted well into the 1950s. The kit consists of a one-piece resin body with true Z bracing, a separate floor/underframe, all the necessary details to complete the model, including the decals. It does not come with trucks nor couplers.

September 21, 2021

Two New Sn3 Freight Cars by Precision Vintage Classics

The company announces the Sn3 side-door dump car, the Sn3 open-top container.

September 12, 2021

New Freight Car Details by Smoky Mountain Model Works

Smoky Mountain Model Works introduces two new freight car detailing parts, which are available via their web site. They are the roofwalk end support (part #64-DP-205; enough for four cars), and the wooden running board (for 40-foot cars), with end supports and corner platforms (includes Tichy eyebolt and wire with which to create the corner grab irons; part #64-DP-206; enough for two cars). Click either of the images to go to their web site.

September 08, 2021

Sn3 Box Car Kit by Leadville Designs

The company announces the expected October delivery of their new Sn3 American Car & Foundry 3-foot Type 1 box car for the RGS, C&S, F&CC, and NCNG.

August 29, 2021

Replacement Stirrups by Smoky Mountain Model Works

Smoky Mountain Model Works introduces the new side-mounted stirrups which were designed to be used as replacements for the Pacific Rail Shops reefers. One package has enough to do three cars. Be sure to visit the web page, as the company has other freight car detailing parts available as well. These are 3D-printed in durable resin.

July 27, 2021

Bridgton & Saco River RR Tank Cars by Portland Locomotive Works

Gary Kohler of Portland Locomotive Works is planning on producing tank cars and a tank farm for the B&SR in S. If you are interested, please contact Gary so that he can get an idea of whether or not to produce them. Click to send an e-mail.

July 24, 2021

B&O Ladders by Smoky Mountain Model Works

These ladders are designed to replace the molded-on ones for the company's B&O M-15K and M-53A/B kits. However, they may be appropriate for other types of cars as well. The package also includes 8 U-shaped grab irons.

July 07, 2021

The NASG 2021 Annual Cars Arrive

The new 2021 NASG Annual Car Program's car, manufactured for the NASG by American Models, has arrived. Chuck has been busy shipping them to all whom have placed pre-orders. These cars are only available to NASG members. Your purchase helps support the NASG. There are only a limited quantity of each configuration available (hi-rail, scale). Chuck also announced that the last of the 2020 hi-rail version sold out yesterday (scale version is still available). So, if you have been eyeing these models, don't wait too long!

June 26, 2021

Freight Car Detailing Parts by Pre-Size Model Specialties

The company announces the availability of automobile box car ends for PRS/SSA 40' and 50' box cars, and hopper Dreadnaught ends for AM offset hoppers.

June 23, 2021

Colorado & Southern Stock Car by Leadville Designs

Leadville Designs releases a new C&S stock car kit. This laser-cut kit features all new hardware, lettering, and framing structure to accurately represent the cars as delivered in 1900.

June 08, 2021

Southern Pacific Narrow-gauge Cars by Portland Locomotive Works

Gary Kohler of Portland Locomotive Works announced that if there is enough interest, he is willing to produces these cars for Sn3 (he already doing them in On3):
- the long drop side gons
- the 28-foot boxcars (no end door, small and large end doors)
- tank car #61 (water)
- tank car #354 (new)
- working on caboose #467
- either a stock or a passenger car, maybe both.
If you are interested any of these cars, please contact Gary so that he can get an idea of whether or not to produce them. Click to send an e-mail.

May 30, 2021

Gold Coast Railway Product Listing

John Verser sent in the "master list" of products he released under the Gold Coast Railway company name. This listing has been integrated into this web site's Product Gallery.

April 05, 2021

Gondola Retaining Clips by Archer Fine Transfers

The company has made available a sheet of 99 gondola retaining clips using their raised surface details technique.

April 01, 2021

Narrow-gauge Decals by Republic Locomotive Works

Once on their web site, select "S" in the "Scale" field and press the Search button to view their S-scale offerings.

March 09, 2021

Sn3 Car Kits by San Juan Model Co.

The Leadville Designs branch of San Juan announces new Sn3 kits.

February 22, 2021

Coil Covers for Gondolas by Pre-Size Model Specialties

Pre-Size introduces another coil cover kit, this one specifically designed for the S Scale America (Des Plaines Hobbies) Thrall gondola. The kit includes the resin parts, as well as the decals. The second photo shows their new covers on one of the SSA gondolas.



February 02, 2021

Revising Coupler Box & Lid by Smoky Mountain Model Works

Jim King announced that he is updating the coupler box and lid with more details and adding the striker plate. The new box will be 3D-printed with a cored screw hole so no drilling is required on the box (underframe modifications may still be required on your model). The striker plate and now-separate rivet plate on the bottom will be part of the printed box. No changes as to how the Kadee #802 is installed. Parts will be printed in clear resin and will replace the grey/brown/black tinted parts currently in production. The new boxes will be part of the forthcoming Milwaukee ribside boxes, as well as available separately. The Sergent-compatible box will not be updated but will remain in production for the time-being.

January 12, 2021

ACF Model A Trailer Hitch for TOFC Flat Cars

Mark Charles has had post-transition-era trailer hitches designed. If you are interested in these, please contact Mark. Click to send an e-mail.

January 03, 2021

Greenville 5,400cuft Wood Chip Hopper by Seaboard Shops

The company primarily offers HO-scale products, but they created an S-scale version of the Greenville 5,400 cubic foot woodchip hopper, primarily used by the Seaboard Air Line and subsequent railroads.

January 02, 2021

New Detailing Parts Available by Smoky Mountain Model Works

The company announces several new freight car detailing parts, such as one new door set, one new car end set, and the two brake wheel varieties shown in the photos. Click on the photos to go to the company's web site page that lists all the parts they currently have available.

December 31, 2020

Removing MTH Fishbelly Hopper Peaked Ends

Don Thompson, of the former S-Helper Service, provides information about what the modeler can do to remove the peaked ends from the new MTH two-bay fishbelly hoppers, if so desired.

December 26, 2020

Pacific Rail Shops Master List

John Verser, former owner of Pacific Rail Shops, sent in a master list of all the PRS kits produced. Given that information, our web site's listing of the PRS cars has been updated. We had almost all of the cars listed already, but the entries have been updated with the missing data and details.

December 13, 2020

Coil Covers for Gondolas by Pre-Size Model Specialties

Pre-Size introduces their brand new coil cover kit, specifically designed for their 52-foot Greenville gondola kit which they released early last year. The kit includes the resin parts, as well as the decals. The second photo shows their new covers on one of their gondolas.



December 11, 2020

Dummy Sergent Couplers by HO3dim

Sergent Engineering made their coupler design available to anyone who wanted to manufacture them, so this company has created dummy 3D-printed S-scale couplers. These are great for when you have a fixed unit train.


December 11, 2020

Former PRS Kits at Des Plaines Hobbies

Des Plaines Hobbies has complete kits of the former Pacific Rail Shops product line (they bought the product line from PRS in 2006) still available. When they bought PRS' product line, they did not buy any existing inventory of decorated cars. The kits that they have available are only of the undecorated version. These kits include the undecorated body, roof, roof-walk, doors, details, underframe, and trucks with plastic wheels. Not included are couplers and decals. They are up on their web site now, part number "SSA460 S 40' Boxcar Kit Undec $40.00". If you order them now, they will come without instructions, but after December 14, 2020, they should include instructions.


December 02, 2020

Southern Pacific 40' Flat Car Kits by Wiseman Model Services

The company announces the availability of their SP F-50-16 40' flat car kit, which consists of a main resin body, laser-cut wooden decking, and metal detailing parts. The kit does not come with decals, trucks, or couplers. This is an improved version of the former V&T Shops kit, a product line that Wiseman bought out.


December 02, 2020

Southern Pacific 40' Flat Car Wooden Decking by Wiseman Model Services

The laser-cut wooden decking for a SP F-50-16 40' flat car is separately available.


December 02, 2020

Southern Pacific 53' Flat Car Kits by Wiseman Model Services

The company announces the availability of their SP F-70-7 53' flat car kit, which consists of a main resin body, laser-cut wooden decking, and metal detailing parts. The kit does not come with decals, trucks, or couplers. This is an improved version of the former V&T Shops kit, a product line that Wiseman bought out.


December 02, 2020

Southern Pacific 53' Flat Car Wooden Decking by Wiseman Model Services

The laser-cut wooden decking for a SP F-70-7 53' flat car is separately available.


December 02, 2020

Southern Pacific Flat Cars Bulkheads by Wiseman Model Services

This add-on kit is separately available to turn any of the Wiseman SP flat cars into bulkhead versions.


October 20, 2020

Beet Load by Pre-Size Model Specialties

Pre-Size Model Specialties has released a new load of simulated sugar beets. Sugar beets look a bit like large potatoes. The load is compatible with both their new Beet Rack (PS588) kit and with their composite (PS570, PS571, and PS572) and steel (PS582 through PS587) GS gondolas. The load does not require the Beet Rack; it just depends on how big of load you wish to model in your cars. Photo shows both a car and the Beet Rack, both sold separately.

October 20, 2020

Beet Rack by Pre-Size Model Specialties

Pre-Size Model Specialties also released a new kit to add a beet rack to the top of their gondolas. These racks are designed to fit on their composite (PS570, PS571, and PS572) and steel (PS582 through PS587) GS gondolas (previously released, and separately available).

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