Ongoing "S" 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. Unless the project is cancelled or made into a for-sale product, the entries will remain listed here. Click on the "Web Site" or "e-mail" link to the left of the announcement to visit the web page or contact the person heading up the project.

May 07, 2017

Sideframes Update (Blunt, Blomberg)

(updated)

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Jim King, of Smoky Mountain Model Works, is continuing to work on designing the Blunt (first) and the Blomberg (later) sideframes. The sideframes are intended to be used with the Stanton Drive.

March 30, 2017

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

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Mike Calvert of Gilmaur, via Colin Stewart, is now taking reservations for the etched-brass kit of Southern Pacific and Union Pacific F-50-4 flat cars. The cars will come with laser-cut wooden decks. These cars were built from 1910 through 1918 and lasted well into the 1950s. Photos of the project car will become available once a successful test build has been produced. If you are interested in this project, please contact Colin Stewart (click on e-mail link on the left).

March 26, 2017

60' Modern Centerbeam Car

(new)

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Colin Stewart has said that he is taking expressions of interest in a possible etched brass 60-foot modern centerbeam car. These are the cars used to transport lumber and building supplies.

Mike Calvert of Gilmaur has such a car in his O-scale range which they are sizing to S-scale. If the test build goes well, they will do a production run.

If you are interested in this project, please contact Colin Stewart (click on e-mail link on the left). Photos will be forthcoming.

March 03, 2017

Gilmaur Brass S4

(updated)

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Mike Calvert, owner of Gilmaur, along with Colin Stewart in 2016 announced that, after they complete the SW1500 project, their next project will be the Alco S4. A prototype model has been completed and the casting masters need to be started. The latest estimate is that the project will be available in Fall of 2017.

January 14, 2017

New Trucks Being Designed

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Smoky Mountain Model Works announced that they are designing a Barber 50-ton and a 70-ton roller bearing truck, as well as a plain bearing 50-ton ASF Ride-Control truck. Contact the company if you are interested in either of these.

January 08, 2017

P-B-L's Next Projects

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P-B-L are planning on releasing the Dixiana and 37- and 42-ton two-truck Shays in 2017. They are also planning skeleton log cars, and two new trucks.

November 30, 2016

AAR 70-ton Flat Car Kit

(updated)

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Smoky Mountain Model Works is going to produce an AAR 70-ton flat car, owned by at least 16 roads (ATSF, B&O, CNJ, C&O, D&H, DT&I, Erie, EL, IHB, NH, NYC, PC, Pere Marquette, Wabash, and WM). Update: Jim expects this kit to be around $80. The project is a "go", and he expects it to be available in late-January 2017. If you are interested in this kit, please contact Jim King to let him know of your interest.

November 29, 2016

More GE Diesels?

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Jim King, owner of Smoky Mountain Model Works, indicated that he might be able to produce the GE 25-ton end-cab and 45-ton center-cab with side rods industrial switchers. Both would use the HO-scale Stanton drive trucks with S-scale 33" and 36" diameter wheels just like SMMW's previous 44-tonner and 70-tonner. These trucks are super-smooth. At this point in time, Jim is only looking for an approximate count for either engine. Click on the e-mail link to notify him.

October 19, 2016

3-dome Tank Cars?

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Jim King, owner of Smoky Mountain Model Works, indicated that he might be able to produce a 3-dome tank car in S-scale. He developed the ones for Tangent (HO-scale, see "web site" link). If there is enough interest in this project, he will contact Tangent to see if he is allowed to pursue this project. Due to the complexity of the project, he expects the per-kit price to be around $125, not including trucks and couplers. Please contact Jim if you are interested in this project - please only contact Jim if you are really going to purchase one or more of these kits, if produced.

September 14, 2016

Possible New SMMW Products

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Jim King, of Smoky Mountain Model Works, announced that he is considering producing these products. If you are interested in any of them, please let Jim know, so that he can make more definite plans.

1. narrow draft gear box and lid for the Sergent coupler (available as of October 5, 2016).

2. N&W trackside signs (do not trespass on bridge, W whistle, Water, etc.)

3. N&W Wood Water Tank.

4. N&W Class 2 Combination Station

August 31, 2016

Code 55 Track & Turnouts

(new)

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P-B-L announced that they are getting ready to place another order with Micro Engineering for code 55 Sn3 track and turnouts. These are not in-stock items, and must be special-ordered. P-B-L indicated that it may be quite some time before another special order can be put together, so they are asking for you to consider your current and future needs, and place your requests accordingly. They ask that you indicate whether you want weathered or non-weathered rail.

August 31, 2016

SSA PRR H30 Hopper

(updated)

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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).

August 17, 2016

Stock Car Kit

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Bob Werre took the photo of the stock car, which East West Rail Service plans to release as a kit in early 2017, at the 2016 NASG Convention. Right-click on the photo to see a larger version.

June 09, 2016

NS&T Steeple Cab

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William Flatt announced that he plans to release an etched brass kit later in 2016 for the Niagara St. Catherines & Toronto steeple cab (prototype web site; photo copied from that web site). It will include trucks and track poles. The kit will be able to model car #8, #15, or #19.

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.

July 10, 2015

River Raisin Early Berkshires

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River Raisin is announcing the Early Berkshires project. These models will be built by Boo Rim Precision in Korea. They will have 63" drivers, Swiss Maxon motors, DCC wiring harness, and will be beautifully finished. There are a total of 9 different versions planned in 5 road names. River Raisin will produce those models for which enough reservations are received. They are in production now (2016). 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.

March 27, 2015

PRR 2-8-0 Project

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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. 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.

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.

September 13, 2014

CNS&M Express Cars

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KND Enterprises, Inc. announced that they will be producing S-scale Chicago, North Shore & Milwaukee RR express cars 215 through 239. This express motor has center freight doors on the sides and is of wood construction. William Flat announced that he carries the third-rail assemblies and the Brill or Baldwin trucks for these.

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