North Bank Line has sent out a newsletter headlined September 2015. They are starting production on the O-1 Mikado steam engines for Great Northern and Spokane, Portland and Seattle. The project has both standard (black boiler) and Glacier Park scheme paintwork. While the engines are all fully reserved at North Bank, we do have several extra engines on order. There are also some extra auxiliary water tenders being produced, which also still available to reserve.
GN / SP&S O-1 2-8-2s from NBL
Precision Scale Update - 2015 Summer
The summer 2015 newsletter is out from Precision Scale. Here are the expected deliveries for the remainder of this year:
- July - C&O H-7 2-8-8-2 in O scale
- August - WSLC Shays in On3 scale
- August - NYC Commodore Vanderbilt in HO scale
- 4th Q - Milw Road Box cabs in HO scale
- 4th Q - GN W-1 Electrics in HO scale
The following are new project announcements. If you would like to keep track of these or setup a reservation request, please let us know:
WSLC Shays in O Scale from PSC
SP Alco PA-1/2 Diesels Announcement from UTI
Union Terminal sent us a new project announcement, as follows (4/13 please note that there are road numbers now assigned and a couple of adjustments (add/delete) to the listings):
We are happy to announce a new project, Southern Pacific ALCO PAs. We know there are many PA fans out there and we count ourselves among them. Key and Overland have both done a couple runs of various SP PA models over the years. All are very hard to come by especially in red and grey with all the late life accessories and modifications. We are doing nine SP versions with multiple road numbers of each version. Each will come fully factory finished with lighting and DCC / Sound ready. We will only build to preorder quantities so please get your order in asap... ... We will add some photos to the web site as soon as we have permission to use them.
Coach Yard Schedule for 2015
The Coach Yard has finalized plans with their builder and have set the following schedule for 2015:
- March - The Santa Fe’s GRAND CANYON
- June - The SAL ORANGE BLOSSUM Special and The CNW / SP / UP TREASURE ISLAND Special
- November - Two versions (1951 and 1958) or the Southern Pacific’s SUNSET LIMITED. The individual cars will be lettered for General service (ball and wing+car number)
- November - SP Corporate Support cars
- December N&W / SP / UP 2-8-8-2 steam engines
SP / UP Early Articulateds - Update
The Coach Yard has been working on a set of early articulated engines for N&W, SP and UP. We recently received a pricing update and have changed our records accordingly. These models will be an exceptionally good value and early reservations are starting to fill. With the continuing improvements in the production process, these should be a step up over the models from W&R. Make sure you let us know what you would like before it is too late.
Precision Scale has provided some production sample images of the Frisco semi-streamlined Hudson engines. These 4-6-4 models will be arriving soon, with several versions still available. These are unique examples of the approach railroads were taking to update their image, a 1930s attempt to present a more stylish and sophisticated approach to the traveling needs of their customers.
SP LW Sunset Limited - TCY - Update
The Coach Yard is planning a production of the Southern Pacific Lightweight Sunset Limited train from the 1950s. They have recently updated the project and there are now 2 versions of the train for 1951 and 1956. There are some paint and detail differences, including different diaphragms. Please check the listings and let use know if you have a specific preference.
Milw Streamlined G6ps Update - PSC
Precision Scale has been working on Milwaukee Road Streamlined G6ps 4-6-0 engines. They set out some pre-production photos for your review. This project is scheduled to only have 65 pieces, so these will be a bit rare. Please contact us if you would like to obtain one of these exquisite models.
Based on additional customer interest, it is possible that a third version of the streamlined G6ps could be built. The engine was originally delivered with no cab rails or step and had no Indian logo on the tender. Later the Indian logo, rails, step were added. Both of these versions had the full skirting. Please contact us soon with your preferences.
Wabash Bluebird - Union Terminal
From Union Terminal Imports - Very Important! - The Wabash Bluebird will close for reservations on August 9th. This will be the last day we can accept reservations for this project. Pricing for this project has proven challenging due to extreme fluctuations with Korea/US currency exchange rates. Pricing estimates are as follows. Single dome MSRP is estimated to be between $680 and $730. Single cars without domes estimated MSRP between $600 and $650 and six car sets estimated MSRP between $3920 and $4220.
Thanks for your interest – we expect this to be a very nice set of models.
NOTE: Check the listing for a few extra cars for: Amtrak, CoG, IC, MP, N&W and SRR.