Learn the in-depth history of the actual real-world prototype trains that inspired your favorite scale models.
May 7, 2021
No Odd Dash 8-40Bs for New York, Susquehanna & Western
Atlas recently delivered HO-scale Master series Dash 8-40Bs in Susquehanna and there’s a group of N-scale versions announced for late 2021 delivery.
April 30, 2021
Erie Lackawanna SD45s
Erie Lackawanna bought SD45s, SDP45s, and SD45-2s from EMD. Here’s a look at the road’s SD45s.
March 16, 2021
Delaware & Hudson’s U30Cs
Delaware & Hudson purchased two rounds of U30C diesel locomotives from General Electric with variations across the collection.
January 31, 2021
Prototype Profile: Amtrak’s Inter-American
One of Amtrak’s lesser known and remembered Texas trains was “The Inter-American” operated in the mid-1970s to early 1980s.
January 29, 2021
Athearn HO-scale SD40T-2s for early 2022 delivery
Athearn will have a new production of Ready To Roll HO-scale SD40T-2 Tunnel Motors in early 2022.
January 15, 2021
Prototype Profile: EMD SD80MAC
An early 2021 delivery from Athearn brings a run of SD80MAC diesel locomotives in several road names.
January 5, 2021
Prototype Profile: Espee’s 100-plus C44-9Ws
Among Southern Pacific’s last locomotive purchases was a group of 101 General Electric C44-9Ws.
December 25, 2020
Prototype Profile: EMD’s Elegant E8
After several early efforts EMD’s E-unit series came into wide-spread use with models like the E8 in the 1950s.
December 7, 2020
Prototype Profile: Toronto, Hamilton & Buffalo Diesels
Among Athearn November 2020 announcements are all three GP7s owned by Toronto, Hamilton & Buffalo. This small Canadian railroad makes for an interesting road to model.
November 9, 2020
Canadian National and Norfolk Southern SD70ACU
The SD70ACU is a rebuilt six-axle diesel locomotive that utilizes SD90MAC cores.