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Canadian Northern 55 Ton All Steel Drop Bottom Gondola

SOLD OUT! Check with your dealer.

June 9, 2021

The Canadian Toy Train Association is pleased to announce that MTH is manufacturing a Canadian Northern 55 ton all-steel drop bottom Gondola in their Premier line. This very limited production “O” gauge car comes in two road numbers in 3 rail. Delivery is expected in early 2022. The artwork is coming shortly.

The Canadian Toy Train Association member cost is $ 85.00 CDN per car including shipping within the lower mainland and Vancouver Island.

To order, or if you have any questions: Send an email to Mark Horne at mlhorne@shaw.ca or telephone 604-560-4028

ABOUT the Premier 55 ton all steel drop bottom gondola car

While gondolas come in many lengths and types, their common denominator is extreme versatility. Almost any weatherproof cargo can and has been carried in gondolas, from coal to sugar beets to machinery to logs to telephone poles. A particularly versatile variation was the AAR (American Association of Railroads) Class GS, with drop bottom doors hinged along the center sill, enabling loose cargos to be unloaded by gravity to either side of the car. From the 1920s through the 1950s, class GS gons were built in large quantities, especially for western railroads that did not own large coal hopper fleets.

Our models, both the all-steel and composite wood and steel versions are based on GS gondolas built for the Southern Pacific and Union Pacific railroads in the mid to late 1940s. While the UP’s composite cars were built during the war to conserve steel, the SP ordered composite cars after the war to save weight when transporting lighter loads such as wood chips and sugar beets. Although composite cars were often rebuilt with steel sides, the Southern Pacific is known to have operated composite gondolas in beet service as late as the 1980s. Our superbly detailed models feature added-on ladders, corner steps, and grab irons, as well as intricate, non-operating drop-bottom doors and door mechanisms.

 


Order NOW! Moosehead Beer 36′ Woodsided Reefer

Update: June 29, 2021

The Canadian Toy Train Association is pleased to announce that MTH is manufacturing a Moosehead Beer 36’ woodsided reefer in their Premier line. Moosehead Beer is an iconic Canadian lager beer brewed in the Maritimes, and is popular all across Canada.

This very limited production “O” gauge car comes in FOUR road numbers in 3 rail. Delivery is expected in late 2021 or early 2022. The artwork is coming shortly.

The Canadian Toy Train Association member cost is $ 85.00 CDN per car including shipping within the lower mainland and Vancouver Island.

To order, or if you have any questions: Send an email to Mark Horne at mlhorne@shaw.ca or telephone 604-560-4028

ABOUT the Premiere 36′ Woodsided reefer

The coming of the railroad changed the way America ate and drank. Before the iron horse connected every town of any importance to the outside world, most food was grown or produced locally. The arrival of cheap, fast, refrigerated transport – in the form of the woodsided reefer with ice bunkers at each end – enabled local brewers, diaries, meat processors, and other food businesses to become players on a national scale.

Until 1934, shippers could advertise their wares on leased billboard reefers, each a hand-painted traveling work of art. That year, the Interstate Commerce Commission outlawed the flamboyant paint schemes because the cars often hauled shipments from other companies – whose freight bills thus unfairly paid to advertise the lessee’s products.

What doomed the billboard cars was truth in labeling. Depending on shipping needs, billboard cars often carried loads for customers other than the company named on the car sides. A beer company requesting an empty reefer for loading, for example, might find a cheese maker’s delivered to its door. Shippers were not happy when their product was carried in a car bearing a large ad for someone else’s product – they complained that their freight bill had in part paid for another company’s advertising.

Responding to these complaints, the Interstate Commerce Commission in July 1934 mandated the phasing out of billboard reefers and ruled that thereafter, the lessee’s name on a car could be no more than 12″ high. By law, all billboard reefers were removed from service by January, 1937, although many soldiered on in drabber paint schemes as late as the 1960s.


Victoria Terminal Railway and Ferry Co. 36′ Woodsided Reefer

SOLD OUT! Check with your dealer.

May 10, 2021

The Canadian Toy Train Association is pleased to announce that MTH is manufacturing a Victoria Terminal Railway and Ferry 36’ woodsided reefer in their Premier line.

This very limited production “O” gauge car comes in two road numbers in 3 rail. Delivery is expected in late 2021 or early 2022.

The artwork is coming shortly.

The Canadian Toy Train Association member cost is $ 85.00 CDN per car including shipping within the lower mainland and Vancouver Island.

Thanks to everyone who supported this project and made it a success so quickly.

Questions? email Mark at mlhorne@shaw.ca or telephone 604-560-4028


British Columbia Electric SW-8 locomotive

SOLD OUT!

March 20, 2021

The Canadian Toy Train Association is pleased to announce that MTH is manufacturing a British Columbia Electric Railway SW-8 diesel engine unit. This very limited production “O” gauge scale engine is in the MTH RailKing Scale line and comes in two road numbers in 3 rail.

PRICE is $400.00 CDN (about $325.00 USD). As with our previous BCH diesel, we would sell these are our cost, which is a great deal for the buyers.

Image above is artwork from MTH received July 21, 2021.

Questions? Please email Mark at mlhorne@shaw.ca or telephone 604-560-4028

Thanks to everyone who supported this one! We have another great locomotive to run and collect. MTH SW-8 BC Electric Diesel.

About this model:

EMD’s 800-hp SW-8s and 1,200-hp SW-9s both debuted in 1950, marking the next stage in the evolution of one of railroading’s longest-lived diesel families. The first SW-class engine, the 600-hp SW1, appeared in 1939, and the SW-units remained in the EMD catalog until the 1,000-hp SW-1000 was finally retired in 1986. With the “SW” in the name denoting that the engine was built for switching duties, it never needed the high horsepower ratings of road diesels. They could be paired with cab-less “calf” units in the classic cow and calf configuration if a particular job needed more power.

These boxy little workhorses returned to the M.T.H. RailKing lineup in 2017 in a new variety of road names. As with all RailKing diesel engines, each is available with the exciting Proto-Sound 3.0 system for unprecented value and fun. As switch locomotives, the SWs are perfect for yard duty thanks to their incredible slow-speed performance – performance governed by M.T.H.’s industry-leading Proto-Speed speed control system. No other switchers can creep so slow or uncouple cars from front or rear without additional equipment. If you’ve got a transformer with a whistle and bell button, you’ve got the best switcher you can buy today.

Pull-out fact:

While the SW-8s and -9s were produced as replacements for the aging NW-2 diesel switcher, they proved themselves impervious to age themselves, becoming railyard mainstays for decades.


British Columbia Railway covered airslide hopper

Sold out from CTTA – Delivery in 2021

Feb. 5, 2021 – The Canadian Toy Train Association is pleased to announce that Atlas O is manufacturing a British Columbia Railway covered airslide hopper car for our Club. This very limited production “O” gauge car comes in two road numbers in 3 rail.

Cost & availability: Delivery is expected in the Fall or Winter of 2021. NOTE: Preliminary concept artwork shown.  Canadian Toy Train Association member cost is:

Canada – $ 85.00 CDN per car including shipping within the lower mainland and Vancouver Island. With the current CDA-USA exchange rate,  this is a real deal for our members. Modest shipping charge for the rest of Canada.

United States – $ 65.00 US plus $ 12.00 US shipping per car.

 

About this Atlas O model

The airslide covered hopper was introduced by General American Transportation Corporation (GATX) in 1953. Approx. 5000 of the 2600 cu. ft. cars were built between that year and 1969.

The airslide is primarily designed for the bulk shipment of dry, granular or powdered commodities. The design of that car is such that it can be loaded and unloaded quickly and with little spillage through the use of air pressure.

The most common commodities carried include: flour, sugar, starch, plastic pellets, cement, powdered chemicals and carbon black.

Features Include:

True 1/4″ scale dimensions and details
Realistic see-through roof walks and brake wheel platform
Separately-applied grab irons and brake line details
Sprung die-cast 70-ton roller-bearing or Bettendorf trucks (depending on the road name)
Opening hatches
Minimum diameter curve (3-rail): O-27
Die-cast articulated couplers (3-rail)


Pacific Great Eastern 8000 gallon diesel fuel tank car  

Sold out from CTTA – Delivery in 2021

Atlas O PGE Diesel Fuel Tank car

Nov. 2, 2020 – The Canadian Toy Train Association is pleased to announce that Atlas O is manufacturing a Pacific Great Eastern 8000 gallon single dome tank car for our Club. This very limited production “O” gauge car comes in two road numbers in 3 rail. NOTE: Actual prototype photo shown.  

Availability: Delivery is expected in summer 2021.

The Canadian Toy Train Association member cost is $ 85.00 CDN per car including shipping within the lower mainland and Vancouver Island. With the exchange rate for the Canadian dollar this is a real deal for our members.

About this model:

The ACF® 8,000 Gallon Type 27 Tank Car was one of the most popular standard design riveted tank cars of the first half of the twentieth century. ACF® built more than 1,800 of these cars for a wide variety of customers in the petroleum, chemical, and food industries. Virtually every bulk liquid or gas of the era was shipped in these cars (and its similar 10,000 gallon brother). Typical products included petroleum, acids, alcohol, propane, ammonia, molasses and vegetable oil.

Features Include:
-Die-cast chassis
-Metal grab irons, handrails and stirrups
-Detailed body
-Accurate painting and lettering
-Minimum diameter curve: O-31 (3-rail)
-Minimum radius curve: 24″ (2-Rail)

Please note: Atlas O body-mounted scale couplers can be used on both 2-rail and 3-rail versions.