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

August 08, 2021

Locomotive Shells by Apogee Loco Works

Apogee Loco Works produces 3D-printed locomotive shells in HO-scale. However, they announced that they can produce any of them in S-scale. Contact the company for details. Note that these are shells only; you will need to find the necessary components and parts to make a running model.

July 24, 2021

Window Glazing by American Models

The company is now selling window glazing inserts for at least F7P and GP9. They may carry or produce them for other early engines which never came with them.

July 20, 2021

Flexi-Coil Truck Sideframes by Smoky Mountain Model Works

Jim King is proposing producing the Flexi-Coil truck sideframe to fit the Stanton truck. Each sideframe would be a single, 3D-printed part that drops onto the Stanton gearbox and attaches with a screw (provided). Air line, cylinders, piston rods, levers, brake shoes, and linkage will be printed with the sideframe so no tedious assembly required. The bearing end caps would be separate urethane castings just like the Blomberg sideframe kit because customers bought them with solid bearings circa 1967-68 for SW1200s and SW1500s then upgraded to roller bearings as needed. The photo shows an as-delivered truck under an Illinois Terminal SW1500. The target price is $65 for two truck's worth of printed sideframes, screws, and a sheet of urethane bearing caps. Parts would be printed in a grey, durable resin and urethane castings (also grey-tinted) from industrial-grade, rigid resin. Contact Jim if you are interested in this project.

July 20, 2021

Nearing the End of some Kits by Railmaster Exports

John Agnew announced that some of his locomotive kits are getting down to single-digit quantities in stock, with very little chance of them being run again, unless the demand is there. These are standard-gauge: RS-1, RS-2, RS-3, S2/4, NW2, and SW7. The following Sn3 steam locomotives kits are also affected: 0-6-0, 2-6-0, 4-4-0, T12 4-6-0, SPNG 4-6-0, and 2-8-2.

July 13, 2021

AAR Type A Sideframes by Smoky Mountain Model Works

Jim King announces that his AAR Type A sideframes kit has been converted to a single, 3D-printed SLA part made from grey-tinted, durable resin. It drops onto the Stanton gearbox and attaches with a pair of screws (provided). The brake cylinder piston rod, clevis, and brake lever are installed by the modeler (parts are included).

July 03, 2021

Locomotive Detailing Parts by Modelu

June 08, 2021

The State of Casting by Railmaster Exports

John Agnew stated that he just sold his last SP 4-6-0 kit. Due to the casting situation in New Zealand, he is now required to place an order for a minimum of ten for items. So, he will add you name to the list for something that you want but he doesn't have in stock. When the list is filling up, he'll place an order. At 81 years of age, he is "threatening" to retire, so if you have been eyeing some of his product line, you may want to take another look.

May 27, 2021

GE 23-tonner by Adirondack Car & Foundry

These small switchers were found all throughout North America, and are great for smaller model railroads or dedicated industrial areas. The model features etched and investment cast brass construction, with DCC, sound, and a proprietary drive. To reserve yours now, the company will need a $250 deposit, which will go toward your total purchase price, which is expected to be $349. Prices in U.S. dollars.

May 27, 2021

GMD NF210 by Adirondack Car & Foundry

The NF210 was a diesel-electric locomotive built by General Motors Diesel for service with Canadian National Railways narrow-gauge network on the island of Newfoundland. These were built from the mid-1950s and retired by the late-1980s. Adirondack Car & Foundry is planning to create this locomotive for Sn42-gauge track, with a plastic body, complete and ready-to-run with DCC and sound factory-installed. They are expecting a delivery date of late-2021/early-2022, with a cost between $299 and $349 each. To reserve yours now, the company will need a $150 deposit, which will go toward your total purchase price. Prices in U.S. dollars.

May 19, 2021

RS-3 to RSC-2/RSC-3 Truck Conversion

John Degnan is looking to see if there is enough interest to pursue a truck-conversion kit or system that would allow the modeler to convert an American Models RS-3 locomotive's two-axle truck to an RSC-2 or RSC-3 three-axle truck. He has already contacted a manufacturer who is willing to do the 3D CAD work to make this happen. It is too early to determine what the final cost would be. Contact John via e-mail if you are interested. Below, right-click on the image to see a larger version. Click to send an e-mail.

April 06, 2021

Brass GP30 by Greenbrier Models

Geoffrey Graeber, of Greenbrier Models, has an announcement in the latest S Scale Resource magazine that he is starting to make available professionally-painted brass GP30 locomotives. The Union Pacific version is planned for this summer, and the Southern Pacific and Cotton Belt ones in the fall. The UP can consist of both the A- and B-unit, or can be had individually. The engines will come with standard DC power and directional headlights. If DCC is desired, the model can be ordered with that pre-installed for you. Decals are also planned to be available separately. A web site is in the works. Click to send an e-mail.

March 30, 2021

Added MTH NW2, SW8 Listing to Product Gallery

With MTH having completed their delivery schedule of the NW2 and SW8 locomotives, the Product Gallery section of this web site has been updated with the actual models that they produced as part of their 2019 catalog.

February 28, 2021

Added MTH F7 Locomotives to Product Gallery

With MTH releasing the 2019-catalog run of F7 A- and B-units, their products have been added to this web site's Product Gallery. Also updated the descriptions of their F3 units to format the text in the same manner and to add some missing data.

February 24, 2021

F7 Locomotives Released by MTH Electric Trains

These, and other road names, have arrived and should now be available from your favorite retailer.

February 10, 2021

Steam Locomotive Junction Boxes by Lanes Trains

February 03, 2021

35-ton Switcher by Adirondack Car & Foundry

The company is going to produce an etched-brass model of the Thousand Island Railway #500 industrial switcher. It is scheduled to be available the summer of 2021, and cost around $499 USD, which includes DCC and sound factory-installed. You can place your reservation for this model on the web site right now (click on either photo), for about half down. This company is also making this engine in O- and HO-scale.

The Thousand Islands Railway #500 was a one-of-a-kind home-built diesel rebuilt by Canadian National-owned Oshawa Railway from an electric locomotive. Trucks and traction motors from Oshawa #42 were utilized along with its twin 125hp Waukesha gas engines. Other parts were provided by Whitcomb, who assigned it their builders number 50006 12/30. This tiny 35-ton unit operated briefly on the Oshawa Railway before becoming Thousand Islands #500 in March 1931 where it operated on the tiny CN-owned railway. In 1947 it was re-motored with twin 142hp Cummins diesels. It was retired in April 1963 and finally put on display in April 1966 in Gananoque, Ontario where it ran most of its life.

Adirondack Car & Foundry is an industrial design and creation firm that specializes in model railroading. Laser cutting, 3D printing, and kit design are just a few of their services. They work in all scales, up to full size.

December 22, 2020

W&OD 70 Series Interurban by First Person Scale Models

This is a 3D-print file (only) for a Washington and Old Dominion 70-series interurban (prototype photo on this web site). The car was custom-designed by the designer (a young man attending college in the D.C. area) for an S-scale modeler. Rather than getting into the business of printing and shipping these models, the designer has made the design files available for sale. If you have a printer or access to one, you can choose the level of detail you want based on the printer used, using these files. The files will generate the model shown in the CAD drawing, so you will need to provide the chassis and the running gear to complete the model. The W&OD operated in Northern Virginia from 1912 through 1968. The line was created out of the merger of other lines that started as early as 1855.


December 03, 2020

4-6-2 Pacific Engines Still Available by River Raisin Models

Back in October River Raisin Models received all their 4-6-2 locomotives. There are still a couple of them available. If you missed out on the initial offering, contact the company to find out which ones they still have available.

December 03, 2020

Brass Parts Listing by River Raisin Models

The company has updated their available parts listing.

October 24, 2020

4-6-2 Pacific Engines by River Raisin Models

Updated: River Raisin announces that each of the models are being inspected and shipped to those who ordered theirs. They have imported a limited run of these 4-6-2 models. The Southern Pacific models will feature the standard boiler locomotives and two streamlined versions. These are:
- #2479 standard boiler
- #2482 Skyline casing
- #2484 streamlined with Daylight colors (shown)
- #2484 streamlined in black
- #2487 standard boiler
The models are in standard DC, but Loksound V5 sound decoders can be factory-installed as an additional option. The sound files have been prepared just for these locomotives. There are still a few of the models available for reservation. Contact River Raisin for the available models. Photos are of the sample model that River Raisin reviewed.

October 24, 2020

4-6-2 Pacific Engines by River Raisin Models

Updated: River Raisin announces that each of the models are being inspected and shipped to those who ordered theirs. They have imported a limited run of these 4-6-2 models. The C&O F-19 models will feature all five of the original locomotives: #490, #491, #492, #493, #494. The models are in standard DC, but Loksound V5 sound decoders can be factory-installed as an additional option. The sound files have been prepared just for these locomotives. There are still a few of the models available for reservation. Contact River Raisin for the available models. Photos are of the sample model that River Raisin reviewed.

October 24, 2020

4-6-2 Pacific Engines by River Raisin Models

Updated: River Raisin announces that each of the models are being inspected and shipped to those who ordered theirs. They have imported a limited run of these 4-6-2 models. The C&O F-17 models that will be imported are the ones with these three road numbers: #470, #472, #474. The models are in standard DC, but Loksound V5 sound decoders can be factory-installed as an additional option. The sound files have been prepared just for these locomotives. There are still a few of the models available for reservation. Contact River Raisin for the available models. Photos are of the sample model that River Raisin reviewed.

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