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Modeler's Moment - Use leased power

DPGX 2000 in Janesville

Want to add a little variety into your locomotive fleet but still keep with a prototype modeling scheme? Try adding a leased locomotive to your roster. Leased locomotives will often be painted in the colors of another railroad, sometimes still wearing the livery of a fallen flag. In this photo, we see DPGX 2000 at the Wisconsin and Southern Railroad locomotive facility in Janesville a few years ago; this locomotive is painted in an early scheme of Dakota, Minnesota and Eastern Railroad.

Horizon Hobby acquires the tooling to Tower 55 product lines

Tower 55, sometimes referred to as T55 Products, has sold its tooling to Horizon Hobby, the current owners of Athearn and Model Die Casting. The announcement came out on Saturday, September 20, through the Athearn email list and on T55's website. While this could mean that we'll see T55 models in greater supply under the Athearn name, there's also a little bit of bad news buried in the releases. If you had anything on backorder at T55, Athearn has announced that they will not be honoring backorders of T55 products. I personally dislike this decision (even though I didn't have anything on order from T55), but I look forward to seeing what Athearn does with the line.

Modeler's Moment - A very unusual 0-4-0

It seems that there's always a modeler that is participating in the hobby who is a little less exacting when it comes to prototype fidelity in his model building. Here's a video from Trainfest 2004 in Milwaukee where the modeler was clearly following rule number 1 of model railroading...

Modeler's Moment - A very useful engine

Here's a quick twelve second video I made at the 2004 Trainfest in Milwaukee. Amtrak's Empire Builder needs a little more power to get over the Rockies today while the US Army train goes by in the opposite direction...

Reducing wheel flanges

With the move to more prototypical appearance comes smaller profile track and consequently, a need for smaller flanges on equipment. A lot of the newer equipment is already manufactured with small flanges or replacement wheelsets are readily available. But what do you do with the equipment that can't be addressed this way? Chuck the wheels in your Dremel and turn down the flanges. I've got to try this!

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