S Scale Locomotives and Rolling Stock
By Craig S. O'Connell
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S Helper Service The S Helper Service Showcase Line - One of the largest manufacturers of S gauge rolling stock. Excellent quality and detailing. Check their extensive website for more information and request a catalog.
NEWS as of June, 2009: Don Thompson reports that he finally has the images
for the next run of reefers. He expects these in August.
He also informed us that SHS has sold out of the 01918 C&O #3 rebuilt boxcar and are limited on the 01919 C&O #4.
789985-02043-1 DL&W #1 7000
789985-02044-8 DL&W #2 7032
789985-02045-5 Eatmor Cranberries NWX 14021
789985-02050-9 Prima Special URTC 19511
The F7 Phase 1 A & B Units in 7 paint schemes: A or B to A-B-B-A sets; DCC available
SW-1 roadnames available....
Chessie, LV, C&NW, B&M, Seaboard all sold out.
Get their FULL COLOR S HELPER SERVICE CATALOG for only $3.00 (fully refundable
with your first order):
OR use the SHS On Line Request Form.
Trailer On Flatcar
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Standard Flatcar from S Helper Service
Ballston Locomotive Works-- NEW ADDRESS - as of July 3, 2008.
Smokey Mountain Model Works - Jim King makes Sn2 trucks and some S standard freight cars.
River Raisin Models - EXCELLENT BRASS PRODUCTS!
The River Raisin web site has been updated. (6/11/07) There are now photos posted of all six SP Harriman Mikes planned as well as the three SP F5 2-10-2's. Also a couple of Shark photos and the latest on the Milwaukee Road ribbed side cabooses. You can print the order forms for the SP 2-8-2 and 2-10-2 project and/or the Milwaukee Road cabooses directly from the web site.
THE MILWAUKEE ROAD’S RIB SIDED CABOOSES IN TWO VERSIONS IN S SCALE AND HI-RAIL BRASS (January, 2007)
No caboose on any railroad was more identifiable with the railroad that built
them than the Milwaukee Road’s “rib-siders”. The
road’s welded, rib-sided construction built by the craftsmen of the Milwaukee
Shops, proved to be lighter yet stronger than the more typical construction
methods. Between 1939 and 1951, Milwaukee built 315 bay-window, rib-sided cabooses.
Seven different varieties of the “rib-siders” were built over the
years with modifications and improvements added to the design. River Raisin
will be building two of the versions that operated during the entire time period
these cabooses ran. The cabooses lasted longer than the railroad did.
River Raisin will be importing these models for delivery in mid 2007. The models will be available in either the original or 1949 versions and also with scale or hi-rail wheels and couplers.
Original Version with Milwaukee Road designed passenger-type straight frame trucks used on cabooses #01800-01924. This version will be lettered with the original "Milwaukee Road" lettering. Also available in the modernized paint scheme. 1949 Modernized Version with drop center type trucks used on cabooses #02015-02064 and smaller bay window cabooses. This version will be painted with the modern Milwaukee rhomboid logo. Also available in the original paint scheme.
Going Fast...Limited Quantities Available (January, 2007) Budd-built "Zephyr" train set:
- The 3 unit "Pioneer Zephyr" as built (and on display at the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry)
- The 4 unit #9900 Zephyr as operated after June of 1938 and on into the late 1960's.
- The 3 unit "Flying Yankee" as built in 1935 (and currently being refurbished)
A popular misconception is that the "Flying Yankee" and "Pioneer Zephyr" are identical. They are not! The two 3 unit train sets are completely different in window configuration and will be correctly executed by our builder. Close enough is NOT good enough at RRM...
Models feature all correct details, nickel silver plating, DCC ready, complete interiors and interior lighting and several other features. The 4 car version includes car #500, the correct Budd-built dinette/ 24 seat coach delivered in 1938.
Former Projects Of River Raisin Models:
Smoky Mountain Model Works, Inc. -
Under consideration are 44 and 70 ton locomotives. Jim King writes ... " I have several freight car projects in the pipeline so the engines will be a while but they will be worth the wait." (April 2007)
Southern Railway lowside gondola in S. (October, 2006)
Jim King of Smoky Mountain Model Works is releaseing the first of a planned line of kits in S scale. Not only that, but he switched from O scale to S for his personal modeling! The car was originally released in HO for the Southern Railway Historical Society, you can link to photos and a history on the historical society web site here:
Here's what Jim writes (October/2006): Target retail price is $60 which includes trucks (Andrews or Betts, depending on era), Kadee couplers and ALPS decals. Kits will be offered less t&c for $54. 2 decal versions will be offered: RR Roman (1945-early 60s era) and Block font (1958 to early 90s in MW service). Kits will include all of the details and a steel weight needed to complete it. Now is the time to start sending paid reservations my way. 50% non-refundable deposit is required to secure your order ($27 or $30, depending on kit option). Check/money order to be payable to SMMW, Inc. Use my email address to pay using Paypal. Visa and MC also accepted.When your order is ready to ship, you will be notified for the balance plus $6 per order for shipping. Photos of the prototype cars can be provided upon request. Three very popular prototypes will be produced ollowing the SR gon, the1st of those 3 should be out before Christmas ... too early to announce that one .. y'all will have to hold your collective breaths!
Smoky Mountain Model Works, Inc.
35 Springwood Drive
Asheville, NC 28805
American Models 10087 Colonial Industrial Drive, South Lyon, MI 48178; PHONE # IS 248 -437 6800, FAX IS 810-437-9454.
Largest manufacturer of S gauge products including code .148 flextrack, Amtrak Superliner set, lighted passenger car fleets, diesel locomotives, rolling stock and lots more.
NEW! (as of August 8, 2005) AMERICAN MODELS INTRODUCES A DETAILED 4-8-4 NORTHERN First come..... First served. AMERICAN MODELS NEW 4-8-4 NORTHERN The largest 4-8-4 prototype ever built, Sante Fe's war time 2900's First time ever modeled in S scale, in development almost 3 years! 23 inches long / Die cast /Engine weight over 4 lbs. - Total weight over 6 lbs. DC versions with smoke & choo choo sound (Scale or Hi Rail)=$369.95. AC Flyer with smoke & choo choo sound (runs Flyer curve track) =$399.95 AC Flyer with smoke & choo choo sound, electronic whistle and bell = $449.95
Die cast boiler, frame, wheel centers, pilot, cab trucks, tender and trucks, metal wire details, headlight, powerful 5 pole motor.
Smoke (with on/off switch), choo choo chug sound with 2 chug per revolution mechanical piston drive unit (twice the speed of the old flyer for realism), all 16 tender wheels are flanged and pick up electrical current.
Fully compatible with AF 20" radius track.
Limited production run, Prepurchase advised.
Will also be offered in Rock Island's Oil Burning 5100's (5110 & 5115) and
Lehigh Valley and The Burlington Route which will be available with 6 wheel coal tender.
The incorporation of detailed Die Cast construction, wire handrails, more realistic prototypical mechanical chug, on/off smoke, electronic bell and whistle, 5 pole motor with AM's rugged drive system, added details like brakes and jeweled marker lamps, all demonstrate contemporary technologies. The design goal was to incorporate the new available technologies and greater detail to blend with engines designed and manufactured years ago.
Consequently, the ultimate challenge of designing the largest and most detailed Northern with a sixteen all wheel pick up tender to run on 20 inch radius AF type curve track while maintaining as much prototypical detail was addressed. This Locomotive is totally compatible with American Flyer (R) track and will bring detailed "BIG STEAM POWER" with realism and sound to your layout scale or High Rail. The limited lifetime warranty completes the greatest offer ever made for a new "S" Gauge Steam engine.
Expected delivery January 2006.
Limited production run, Prepurchase advised.
AM 4-6-2 PACIFIC STEAM ENGINE
PRR K4s and Milwaukee Road engines offered. (We have excess stock on these engines and need room for newer products).
Santa Fe F7 engine sets:
About the only difference between these chrome engines and our past chrome engines in appearance is that under certain reflection of light the mirror finish shows minute polishing marks of the steel mold, these are almost unnoticeable. Our molds were polished for a painting finish which always fills in polishing marks (chrome exposes everything). So if anyone is concerned we can exchange these for painted silver engines which we have available in AC Flyer or scale engines.
These Santa Fe engines are shipped with our new "flex coil" power trucks. And "DX" style grab iron sets with windshield wipers are available separately for $10... (These are decorated and built in our shop in Michigan).
Budd Passenger cars --
The trucks are fully sprung and work as the real ones are, and come in an attractive clam shell vinyl packaging. AM has incorporated insulated axle 36" wheel-sets which provide for all wheel electrical pick up and the elimination of the pick up springs, (and eliminate any light flickering). These go for $25 a pair. This is because of the assembly expense and materials being die cast and tough engineering plastic with real springs installed, and the special wheel sets and wires screwed into the side-frames will be standard. Their usual passenger car couplers can be easily installed on these. AM will also have the interiors to sell for kit bashing into their other passenger cars for about $6 each. (Also AM offers more sitting figures that will go great with these interiors).
The Budd cars are a scale 74 feet long which is about 1 inch longer than the American Flyer passenger cars are.
NYC, Empire State Express: on the web site now is information on it as well as a "click through" to the a NYC site with many pictures of the train. Click below AM site for information:
This is the only steam engine (we know of) with polished corrugated stainless steel to matched the passenger cars built by the Budd Company. The train was specifically styled by Henry Dreyfuss and was truly spectacular, making daylight runs from New York City to Cleveland and Detroit beginning in December of 1941. Although all tooling is finished Ron is expecting delivery in late July or early August, 2001.
Other items AM has are the following freight cars now in stock most with 4 numbers available.
They also have some Pullman green heavyweight passenger sets with no Pennsylvania printed on them. Pullman only in large letters on the letter board and car numbers.
Sound Car introduced as a 50' boxcar....This is a 2 speaker unit and has all 8 wheels picking up power. Featuring Diesel horn, bell and idle and step up power sound...AC hi-rail only. $139.95.
American Models sound car shown in Amtrak paint scheme.
Dealers Who Carry American Models Products
Pacific Rail Shops
Des Plaines Hobbies - S Scale America
S Scale America USRA gondola. Photo courtesy of Bob Werre.
S Scale America carries S scale decals and a line of brass S scale motive power and rolling stock from Overland, River Raisin, Sunset, Southwind, Omnicon and more.
Hoquat Hobbies - distributor of S scale products by many companies including S Helper Service and American Models.
Elizabeth Station Toy Trains - Where S-Gauge Isn't a Dirty Word! A very friendly S gauge store, owned and operated by NASG member Chris Burger, having a large S-Gauge display. According to Chris, "Everyone that comes in is surprised at our S displays and inventory."
Elizabeth Station Toy Trains, LLC
1205 East Third St.
Kaslo Shops - rolling stock kits.
Cryer Gray Foundry 5 new hopper cars in S scale- 50 ton twin bay steel offset-side hopper cars, 5 end styles, all brass construction, highly detailed, riced as low as $155.90. Roadnames: C&O, NKP, Erie and more...
K-LINE to offer S gauge trains. From their 2003 Catalog preview. For photos CLICK HERE
Railmaster Exports NEW WEBSITE
Early American Narrow Gauge Steam Locomotives from D&RG, F&CC, RGS, WP&Y. S Scale Vehicle Range from Ford Model A trucks, sedans to Firetrucks, vintage GM & motorcycles. Figures raw and painted. BoxCab and EndCab Diesel Critters. Alco and GM in S Scale..
Effective 9/2000...Railmaster Exports will tailor-make Loco kitsets for Baldwin Catalog S-16/18C 4-4-0 and 8-22D 2-6-0 classes, to your RR's individual needs. Any style and any period from 1874 until 1934. JUSK ASK!
Southwind Models This company makes brass products in S scale.
Ye Olde Huff N Puff - S scale freight car kits: boxcars, reefers and 50 foot express reefers.
Standard Railway Castings Co. Standard Railway Castings Company is an S-scale-only manufacturer and vendor of freight car kits and detail parts for the prototype modeler, emphasizing the steam and transition eras. Our products will be manufactured with the highest fidelity, utilizing the most appropriate manufacturing process and material. It is also our intent to work closely with existing S manufacturers to build upon work that they have done in order to expand availability of the wide variety of freight car components that the prototype used, as shown by some of our projects, illustrated in the links below. It is our hope that our very customers will also join in our efforts, by building the pattern work for that unique car that their favorite road depended on to move America's products.
7236 W. Madison Street
Forest Park, IL 60130
phone (708) 366-7763
Thousands of S products in stock. Owner Don Heimburger also publishes the "S Gaugian" magazine, available from the same address.
Putt Trains/REX models; P O Box 463, Orwell, OH 44076. Producing the S scale and hirail Rex steam locomotives. Offering the Rex Mogul & 0-6-0 switcher in both RTR & Kit forms & AC Hirail, DC Hirail & Scale.
Funaro & Camerlengo - S scale kits available (January, 2006):
• S-210 "S" Scale New York Central 40'Nine
Panel Gondola Kit With Decals
• S-211 "S" Scale New York Central Despatch Shops Covered Hopper With Decals
• S-212 "S" Scale ERIE White (Black Car) Dunmore Shops Covered Hopper
• S-213 "S" Scale ERIE-LACKAWANNA White (Spelled Out) (Boxcar Red Car) Dunmore Shops Covered Hopper
• S-214 "S" Scale Conrail White (Boxcar Red Car) Dunmore Shops Covered Hopper
• S-215 "S" Scale E-L Black (Letters Only) (Grey Car) Dunmore Shops Covered Hopper
• S-216 "S" Scale ERIE-LACKAWANNA Black (Spelled Out) (Grey Car) Dunmore Shops Covered Hopper
• S-217 "S" Scale Conrail Black (Grey Car) Dunmore Shops Covered Hopper
• S-218 "S" Scale Pennsylvania "GR" Composite Gondola Kit With Decals (Shown)
A tip o' the hat to Keith B. Thompson for his help in providing this information.
Backwoods Miniatures - NEW WEBSITE New Mac AC Railbus in S scale standard gauge.
B. T. S.-- Bill's Train Shop
Depressed Center Flat Car - #09209 - $ 59.95 In Stock! (April 2007). Coming soon S Scale transformer load.
From BTS ...EMD
From BTS ...EMD BL2
Aztec Manufacturing Track Cleaning Car....S-Helper PS2 hopper TS1100-S $84.95 ea
These cars use a roller which is similar to the material in the Bright Boy track cleaning blocks. The roller is slightly skewed to the rails, which produces a scrubbing action. The S scale units come mounted in a modified SHS covered hopper. Like all SHS products they come American Flyer compatible with the code 110 wheels. If you want to use code 110 with KD802 couplers, fine, purchase the KD-802s and change out the wheels.
Rem's Railroad Models - new freight cars in S standard and Sn3.
S Scale Loco And Supply Steam Locomotive Parts; lost wax brass parts and kits for S scale. A complete S Scale Mogul is almost available in kit or ready-to-run.
Port Lines Hobby Supplies - Doug Peck--Specialists in:
Lehigh Valley Models--Now under new ownership:
K&P Brick & Building Co. / Phil Kehr
308 Indian Rock Dam Rd.
York, Pa. 17403
717 747 0493
Veteran S scaler Frank Titman no longer produces this fine line of craftsmanlike S structure and rolling stock kits.
Steam Depot 2038 Center Street, Ashland, PA 17921; phone: (570) 875-4205; fax: (570) 875-2016-- Large supplier of thousands of S gauge products, often at discount prices. Catalog is $3.00 and well worth it! Steam Depot is one of the best kept secrets in S gauge model railroading. Inquire about their new GE 44 tonner!
Pennsy S Models--NEW WEBSITE!...PRR X-29 boxcars. BRASS rolling stock.
Craig Stair's American Models Erie Lackawana GP35 passing through town on the layout of the Trinity Express S Scalers of Dallas TX.
Pacific Rail Shops;
P.O. Box 867
Coos Bay, OR 97420-0201.
Northwest Short Line-NWSL--offers precision miniature 12v. DC motors suitable for S scale locomotives or other powered units. For further info & product listing send $1.00 for handling or $8.00 for a full catalog to:
The Colorado S Scale Connection--an exclusively S and Sn3 Hobby Shop with a catalog mail order business. This is an excellent glossy well-stocked catalog supplier.
W.A. Drake & Co. - Suppliers of S scale brass rolling stock including 6,000 and 8,000 single, double and triple dome tank cars.
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NASG Bernie Thomas Award, 2003 NASG Perles Publications Award, 1997
NASG Bernie Thomas Award, 2003
NASG Perles Publications Award, 1997