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.
NE Prototypes, owned by Bill Morris, has created a master for the shell (only!) of an Alco DL-109 in S-scale. The idea is that the modeler puts this body on a stretched American Models PA chassis. The shell costs around $100.
Update: Bill reports that the first run was successfully completed and those that ordered them should have received them by now.
Bill is planning on doing another run of these shells, but has had to switch to a new caster. Until everything is worked out and he is happy with the new caster, you can place your order on a waiting list, but there is currently no known due date. Remember, 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.
Mark Rosche is building a locomotive test stand from a design he has made and is having custom fabricated. He is still in the testing phase, but he shared a YouTube video (link on the left) of testing an Sn3 P-B-L K-27 on the stand. Yes, there used to be a company that made a similar stand, but they closed up shop a couple of years ago. Mark believes that there may still be a demand for this. When the stand is complete, he will make an announcement.
Ron Sebastian, of Des Plaines Hobbies and the S Scale America brand name, was at the Amherst Railway Society show in West Springfield, MA, where they announced the progress on their new Gunderson Maxi-Stack® IV 3-unit well car. These well cars are today's main container-shipping cars. According the Greenbrier Companies' web site (the manufacturer of the prototype cars), the three-unit articulated double-stack car that can handle containers from 20' to 53' long in the well and containers from 40' to 57' in the top position. The Maxi-Stack IV utilizes 70-ton end trucks and 125-ton intermediate trucks.
The work for the parts of the models is done, except for the photo-etched walkway parts. Once those are completed, they will be shipped to China for assembly, painting, and decorating. Hi-rail wheels can be used on the models. Each is a "permanently-coupled" three-unit set. No price or delivery date set yet. Click the photos for a larger view, of the pre-production model shown at the January show (photos by Ron S.).
One S-scale modeler got a private message from the owner of Kaslo who indicated that there is a plan to do a re-run of their cylindrical hopper kits sometime during 2019. If this sounds like good news to you, consider contacting Kaslo to encourage them to return to S-scale again.
Smoky Mountain Model Works (SMMW) has manufactured Sn2 trucks before. They offer both freight and passenger trucks. They are thinking about doing another run of these, using the latest in production methods, which will reduce the number of parts required to assemble these truck kits. If you are interested in either of these, please contact Jim King at SMMW a.s.a.p., so that he can devote some time to completing this project.
Portland Locomotive Works announces the commencement of the Franklin and Megantic Railway (F&M) and Phillips and Rangeley Railroad (P&R) two-foot-gauge RPO baggage car in S-scale. These cars moved to the SR&RL when it took over those lines. The plans are to create four versions:
F&M original two-window
F&M combine smoker 4-window
F&M RPO baggage
P&R RPO baggage
If you are interested in either of these, contact Gary Kohler at email@example.com or 330-719-0264
Update: Gary has provided CAD drawings of the various versions he is going to produce.
Update: They are doing the O-scale version, but, as of yet, not enough S-scale requests have come in to start production on the S-scale models. So, be sure to contact Gary if you are at all interested!
Update #2: the Sn2 version has been put on indefinite hold as there didn't seem to be enough interest expressed.
At the Fall S Fest, American Models had a pre-production sample available of their re-issued 4-6-2 Pacific locomotive, but this time with a Vanderbilt tender. The engine is expected to be available in Spring 2019. Prices are set at $500 for DC (scale or hi-rail), and $550 or $600 for AC hi-rail (all with sound and smoke). Click the photo to read Rich's report on the show, and see more photos.
Lionel announced that the Legacy version of the Berkshire locomotives has been cancelled. The 2-8-4 engines required new tooling, and according to Ryan Kunkle, Director of Production at Lionel, the tooling costs were going to be too high given the number of units that they were going to produce. He explicitly stated that tariffs had nothing to do with this.
Scott Mann, owner of Sunset Models (and Golden Gate Depot), has worked out a deal with his Chinese manufacturer that would allow the possible manufacture of S-scale passenger car sets. He explicitly states that this is not for individual cars, but for 6-to-8 car sets. The manufacturer has agreed to produce 100 or fewer models, so that would fit with S-scale's fewer modelers. They are taking reservations now (see link on the left) for the following sets:
- 1937 SF Super Chief (Budd) 6 Car Set
- 1948 NYC 20th Century 6 Car Set
- 1948 PRR Broadway Ltd. 6 Car Set
Additional add-on cars are also available.
In 1956 GE created a series of Universal switcher locomotives, which were readily adaptable to various track gauges. Precision Vintage Classics is going to produce some of these, starting with the U6B. This locomotive will be made to Sn3 and to Sn42 specs. The engine's frame is 33'6" and it had a 12-cylinder diesel motor. The kits are going to be made out of resin and 3D-printed parts, and will include a motor and powered trucks as well as couplers and hand rails. No pricing or release date is available yet, but if you are interested in this kit, contact the company. A deposit will be required when the date and pricing has been determined. You may call (253) 875-1684, or click the e-mail link on the left.
River Raisin Models announced these brass projects to be built by Boo Rim Precision:
- Southern Pacific P-10
- Chesapeake and Ohio F-17
- Chesapeake and Ohio F-19
The SP P-10 will be available in these versions:
- regular boiler
- skyline boiler
- "Daylight" paint scheme with full streamlining with early lettering
- "Daylight" paint scheme with full streamlining with late lettering
The C&O F-17 will be built in three versions.
The C&O F-19 will be built in five versions.
The models will be available with factory-installed Loksound DCC with sound (if so desired, specify this with your pre-order). The models are expected to arrive in late 2019. To place your pre-order, contact River Raisin Models for the official order form.
Jackson Standard Models announces the plan to produce highly-detailed new trucks for S-scale. Bill Lane took these photos at the 2018 NASG Convention. No further details are available at this time. Updates: added the brass prototypes photo (unfinished, just for testing rolling abilities). Brian reports that the side-frames and bolster will be die-cast in zinc (Zamac #3). The brake shoes and bearings in Celcon. The journal lids in polystyrene. The wheels and axles will be stainless. These are planned for release before the end of 2018.
P-B-L states that their WSLCo caboose project and their WSLCo log skeleton car project have been delayed, due to their injection molding machine having permanently broken down. Making the major investment, they have bought a brand new one, which arrived in late July 2018. It will take some time for the company to get up to speed on using this new machine, but once done, they will start to produce the above-mentioned kits.
Smoky Mountain Model Works is considering designing and creating kits for the 52-foot Pullman-Standard gondola. These were built in 1953 and again in 1957, and lasted into the 1980s, and some into the 2000s in M.O.W. service. The kits would be $85 each (plus shipping), and include decals, Kadee 802 couplers, but no trucks. If you prefer to use Sergent couplers (not provided), or without the Kadee couplers, or without the decals, please indicate so. At the time of this posting, about another 25 firm reservations are needed to make this project a go.
Smoky Mountain Model Works announced that they will produce the B&O M-15k box car. Since this car is also of a "wagontop" design, the main body is similar to the M-53 already produced (and being re-run) by the company. These box cars were rebuilt from wooden cars in 1936 and 1937 (over 1,200 such cars). The M-53 followed in 1937 and 1938 (2,000 of those were done). The big difference between them was that the M-53 was built from new, whereas the M-15k re-used the frame from the older cars. The frame has the fishbelly center sill. The kit is expected to sell for $90, which includes decals and couplers, but no trucks (Andrews trucks were used on these cars). At this point Jim King is taking firm commitments for this project, but no money need be sent in yet. See the web site link for his contact information.
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 by the end of summer of 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.
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.
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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