G FOR GINORMUS: The General Electric U50C was a giant of the rails, and it is once again in the MTH lineup. The 5,000-horsepower diesel was built between 1963 and 1965 for the Union Pacific and Southern Pacific railroads. MTH’s O gauge version features the signature high cab forward design. The model features MTH’s DCS command and sound system, coil couplers, and a smoke unit. The engine is available in multiple road numbers and costs $529.95. See your hobby retailer or go to www.mthtrains.com for more information.
TAKE A RIDE IN THE FOREST: One of the more interesting steam locomotives constructed for low-speed, heavy-cargo operation is the Heisler geared engine. Powered by two cylinders in a “V” shape that powered a drive shaft, the locomotive was able to do a variety of jobs, including logging operations, effectively and economically. Lionel’s no. 83553 Heisler log train set captures the look of a three-truck locomotive pulling a train of two logs on logging disconnects (trucks with couplers on both sides), and two “homemade” disconnect cars – a flatcar and a caboose with interior decoration. The locomotive is equipped with Lionel Legacy command and sound system, a smoke unit, and steam whistle. The O gauge set costs $1,449.99. See your Lionel retailer or go to www.lionel.com for more information.
COAL IS BACK: Menards offers six new coal hopper road names to get the black diamonds moving on your O gauge layout: the nos. 279-3588 Chessie System (Baltimore & Ohio), 279-3854 Burlington Northern, 279-3856 CSX, 279-3857 Norfolk Southern (Norfolk & Western) heritage livery, 279-3858 Norfolk Southern (Pennsylvania RR) heritage livery, and 279-3859 Reading Lines. The cars cost $19.99 each plus shipping. Order online at www.menards.com and select free shipping to your local Menards store.
COOLY CANADIAN: The Canadian Toy Train Association offers a custom-run car from MTH Electric Trains: the British Columbia Electric Ry. 36-foot wood-sided refrigerator car. The BC Electric operated out of Victoria and Vancouver, British Columbia, from 1897 to 1958, and some lines survived under other operators. The O gauge car features die-cast metal trucks and couplers and authentic railroad heraldry. The car costs $65 (U.S.) plus $12 (U.S.) shipping per car. For ordering information email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 604-560-4028.