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  • December 26, 2011 - posted by Tasha Oates - 7,836 views - 2 comments - 1 like
    Coming up on the Belmont Road Crossing at Downers Grove, Illinois, in March of 1973 is BN 6143 (ex-CB&Q 341) still in her Burlington colors on the point with two repainted units following and Burlington units bringing up the rear. Gib Allbach phot...
  • August 4, 2011 - posted by Tasha Oates - 1,586 views - 1 comment - 2 likes
    by Staffan Ehnbom LEFT: Union Pacific 40' HiCube boxcar at Seattle, Washington, in August 1976. The car seems not to carry a visible Hydra cylinder like the Cal-Scale under frame set. Photo by Staffan Ehnbom. RIGHT TOP: With the use of a few extra...
  • July 28, 2011 - posted by Tasha Oates - 2,493 views - 0 comments - 1 like
      George Cockle photo. THE PROTOTYPE Union Pacific's SD-24m, 3399, came onto the property as No. 423, a standard SD-24 built by the Electro-Motive Division of General Motors in 1959. Nine years later, this unit entered the O...
  • July 1, 2011 - posted by Tasha Oates - 2,234 views - 0 comments - 3 likes
    Even diesels can be detailed... Here's how to add more realism to your E-8 or PA-1 and build an E-8 "B" unit to boot. LEFT: The "before" (right) and "after" versions of the HO Scale Athern PA-1 diesel. "Open" look to louvers and detailed pilot are ...
  • Invalid date - posted by Tasha Oates - 2,269 views - 4 comments - 2 likes
    HO GP7 - GP9 Sheet 1: View JPG View PDF Sheet 2: View JPG View PDF Sheet 3: View JPG View PDF View on Website   HO GATC 20K Gallon GS Tank Car View JPG View PDF View Website   HO SD4...
  • Invalid date - posted by Tasha Oates - 3,553 views - 0 comments - 2 likes
      Steve Orth described how to kit-convert an EMD SD45T-2 diesel from Athearn and Cannon parts in the October 2001 issue of "The Journal." The real "Tunnel Motor" diesels (including the prototypes for Athearn's SD40T-2) often display some severe ...
  • Invalid date - posted by Paul Coats - 2,730 views - 6 comments - 2 likes
    By Paul Coats The most difficult part of putting an Athearn Blue Box locomotive into service is installing the metal handrails.  This same procedure can be used for Railpower and other metal handrail kits. You will need small needle nose pliers a...
  • Invalid date - posted by Tasha Oates - 5,246 views - 0 comments - 1 like
    By Larry Reynolds Photos by Robert Schleicher Like many others in the hobby, I graduated over the years from stark beginnings to a functioning, miniature transportation system. At first, my interest was in the Reading Railroad. We lived very close to o...
  • Invalid date - posted by Tasha Oates - 2,228 views - 0 comments - 0 likes
    November 24, 2010 PLEASE NOTE: On the UPS Ford "C" Van announcement, we list a 1/50 Ford "C" Van, item #29402. This item was announced in error. WE WILL NOT BE PRODUCING ITEM #29402, the 1/50 Ford "C" Van. We apologize for any inconvenience ca...
  • Invalid date - posted by Tasha Oates - 1,464 views - 0 comments - 0 likes
    (Chicago, IL) – If you live in the Chicago area and want to see the latest and greatest in the model train and hobby industry, we highly recommend the 2010 International iHobby Expo. The 26th Annual International Hobby Expo, held October 21-24, 2...