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Last call for these exclusive cars!

Save Now on Select Deluxe Edition WalthersProto® Passenger Cars While Supplies Last

Here’s a unique opportunity to expand your favorite WalthersProto HO name trains and save!

While stocking our warehouse for the busy modeling season, we discovered a handful of Deluxe Edition cars left over from past trains. Although the complete sets have long since sold out, these remaining single cars are now being offered at special prices as noted while supplies last.

Each replica is mint in the package from the original production run – no seconds, repairs or returns – painted and lettered to match your consist or collection, and complete with Preiser figures, LED interior lighting and decal or factory-printed names and numbers as appropriate.

Like the prototypes, these cars will move fast, so act now! Quantities are extremely limited and once sold out, they’ll be gone forever.

Broadway Limited

1960s Pennsylvania
Broadway Limited

70′ PRR BM70n Railway Post Office – Baggage
920-9250 #6534
920-9260 #6541
Regularly $115.00 – now just $99.98 each!

85′ Budd Inn Series 21-Roomette Sleeper
920-9251 Mansfield Inn
920-9261 Logansport Inn
Regularly $110.00 – now just $97.98 each!

85′ Pullman-Standard Creek Series 12-4 Sleeper, Plan #9009
920-9252 College Creek
920-9262 Chickies Creek
Regularly $100.00 – now just $89.98 each!

85′ American Car & Foundry Imperial Series 4-4-2 Sleeper
• Factory-equipped with SoundTraxx® Tsunami® Soundcar™ digital decoder & speaker
920-9253 Imperial Meadows
920-9263 Imperial Ridge
Regularly $175.00 – now just $154.98 each!

85′ Budd 68-Seat Full Diner & Budd Kitchen-Dormitory Set
• Matches prototypes operated as paired sets
• Kitchen-Dormitory includes factory-equipped SoundTraxx® Tsunami® Soundcar™ digital decoder & speaker
920-B9255 Diner #4614 & Kitchen-Dorm #4615
920-B9265 Diner #4620 & Kitchen-Dorm #4621
A $285.00 value – now just $234.98 each!

85′ Pullman-Standard Rapids Series 10-6 Sleeper, Plan #4129
920-9267 Conewago Rapids
Regularly $110.00 – now just $97.98 each!

85′ Pullman-Standard Tower Series Bedroom-Buffet-Lounge-Observation
• Large 1960s-era tail sign
920-9268 Tower View
Regularly $120.00 – now just $104.98!

San Francisco Chief


1954 Santa Fe San Francisco Chief

• Based on equipment assigned through 1971
• Painted or plated metal finish as appropriate

Regularly $120.00 – now just $99.98 each unless noted

85′ Pullman-Standard Hotevilla Series 4-4-2 Sleeper
920-9341

85′ Pullman-Standard Blue Series 10-3-2 Sleeper
920-9342

85′ Pullman-Standard Indian Series 24 Duplex Roomette Sleeper
920-9343

85′ Budd 36-Seat Diner
920-9346

85′ Pullman-Standard Yampi Series 8-2-2 Sleeper
920-9347

85′ Pullman-Standard Valley 6-6-4 Sleeper
920-9348 Regularly $110.00 – now just $91.98 each

85′ Pullman-Standard Lunch Counter Diner Dorm
920-9349

Capitol Limited


Baltimore & Ohio Capitol Limited

85′ Pullman-Standard Baggage-Dorm-Coffee Shop-Lounge
920-9410
Regularly $110.00 – now just $97.98 each

El Capitan

1954 Santa Fe El Capitan

• Based on conventional cars assigned through 1956 & later used on other trains

85′ Pullman-Standard Baggage-Dormitory
• Factory-equipped with SoundTraxx® Tsunami® Soundcar™ digital decoder & speaker
920-9470 #3479
920-9480 #3477
Regularly $185.00 – now just $164.98 each

85′ Pullman-Standard 13-Seat Lunch Counter 20-Seat Diner
• Factory-equipped with SoundTraxx® Tsunami® Soundcar™ digital decoder & speaker
920-9471 #1572
920-9481 #1569
Regularly $185.00 – now just $164.98 each

85′ Budd 46-Seat Coach
920-9475 #1572
920-9476 #2816
920-9484 #2855
920-9485 #2818
920-9486 #2820
Regularly $120.00 – now just $104.98 each

73′ Budd Baggage Car
920-9487 #3517
Regularly $79.98 – now just $71.98 each

New Product Announcements – 2018 National Train Show

Milwaukee, WI., Wm. K. Walthers, Inc. is pleased to announce several new products in HO and multi-scale during the 2018 National Train Show in Kansas City, MO.

Walthers Controls

Walthers Layout Control System
HO, N, Z, S, and O Scales

Horizontal-Mount Switch Machine
942-102 – $24.98 each
October 2018 delivery
NEW STYLE – Same great features as Switch Machine #942-101 in a compact design!
• Only 1-5/8″ (4.1cm) tall – perfect for multi-deck layouts or anywhere space is limited

Stall Motor Switch Machine Controller
942-161 Stall Motor Driver – $19.98
942-142 Edge Connector for Tortoise® Switch Machine pkg(2) – $7.98
November 2018 delivery
NEW – Easily upgrade your existing turnout control systems
NEW – Works with most popular brands of stall motor switch machines
• When installed, Stall Motor Driver enables easy installation of accessory controllers & indicators
• Fully assembled, servo-based unit

WalthersProto®

70' Heavyweight Railway Post Office - Baggage Car
WalthersProto 70′ Heavyweight Railway Post Office – Baggage Car
HO Scale
920-17400 Series
$84.98 Each
November 2018 delivery for all models

Roadnames available: Pullman Green (unlettered), ATSF, IC, DRGW™ GN, MILW, NYC,
SOO, SP™, UP®

• Prototypes in service 1914 to 1971 – many converted to work train service & some preserved today
• 30′ postal apartment – typical of cars on dedicated mail & secondary passenger trains
• Clerestory or round roof to match prototype as appropriate
• Authentic interior with mailbag stanchions, sorting cases & more
• Separate catcher arms – operate facing either direction
• Highly detailed underbody with separate brake gear, steam traps, generator & more
• Modeler-installed extended drawbars for use on 22″ radius curves included
• Turned metal wheelsets & correct trucks with built-in electrical contacts

WalthersMainline®

WalthersMainline EMD SD70ACe
HO Scale
910-19845 Series with ESU Sound for DCC & DC layouts $199.98 Each
910-9845 Series Standard DC $139.98 Each
February 2019 delivery for all models

Roadnames available: BNSF, KCS de Mexico, UP®, NS Heritage Units; NYC, PC, WAB

• Limited edition – one time run of these roadnumbers!
• Easily handles 18″ radius curves (22″ or larger recommended)
• Available with ESU Sound & DCC
• Constant & directional LED lighting with high or low front headlight and working front ditch lights
• Fully assembled
• 21-Pin DCC plug
• Same powerful drive as WalthersProto® locos
• Molded drill starter points for grab irons – easily added with SD70ACe Diesel Detail Kit (#910-251, sold separately)

WalthersMainline EMD GP9 Phase II w/Chopped Nose
HO Scale
910-20402 Series with ESU Sound for DCC & DC layouts $199.98 Each
910-10400 Series Standard DC $139.98 Each
May 2019 delivery for all models

Roadnames available: BN, CP, CNW™, MILW, NS, WSOR, Undecorated (DC only)

• One of the most widely used diesels ever – based on Phase II units rebuilt for improved forward visibility and in service from the 1960s to the present
• Limited edition – one time run of these roadnumbers!
• Scale width hood with correct contours
• Dynamic or Non-dynamic per prototype
• Front mounted snowplow as appropriate
• Same powerful drive as WalthersProto® locos
• Available with ESU Sound for DCC and DC layouts
• 21-pin DCC plug
• Molded drill starter points – add grab irons easily with the GP9 Phase II Diesel Detail Kit (#910-258 sold separately)

WalthersMainline 60′ High Cube Plate F Boxcar
HO Scale
910-2922 Series $29.98 Each
March 2019 delivery

Roadnames available: CN, CP, CRLE, CSX, KCS, NS, TTX TBOX (brown, patched),
TTX TBOX (yellow, black, red TTX logo), UP®

• Limited edition – one time run of these roadnumbers!
• Currently in service with several railroads & TTX
• Hauls lumber, canned goods, beer, wine, steel, appliances & more
• Prototypically correct roof with both “X” & diagonal panels
• Separately applied latch bars
• Detailed underbody with cushioned underframe & brake gear with correct angle-mounted reservoir
• 100-ton roller bearing trucks
• 36″ turned metal wheelsets
• Proto MAX™ metal knuckle couplers

WalthersMainline Thrall Rebuilt 40’ Well Car
HO Scale
910-5617 Single Cars $29.98 Each
910-55600 5-Unit Cars $139.98 Each
November 2019 delivery for all models

Single Car roadnames available: TTX – Large red Forward Thinking logo, TTX – Small red & Next Road logos, TTX – Large black & white logo

NEW – 5-Unit version! Roadnames available: American President Lines, BNSF Railway, TTX – Large black & white logo, TTX – Small red logo, TTX – Large red logo

• Limited edition – one time run of these roadnumbers!
• Based on shortened Thrall 48′ well cars in service 2003 to present
• Holds 20′ & 40′ containers in well & 40′ to 53′ top-loaded
• Heavy die-cast metal frame for superb performance empty or loaded
• Finely molded 3-D brake rods with chains, brake piping & weld lines on body
• Separate deck-mounted brake detail with piping, IBC storage boxes & realistic walkways
• 70-ton roller bearing trucks
• Correct 33″ turned-metal wheelsets
• Proto MAX™ metal knuckle couplers

Cornerstone®

Cross-Dock Truck Facility KitCornerstone Cross-Dock Truck Facility Kit
HO Scale
933-4131 Cross-Dock Truck Facility Kit
$49.98 Each
August 2018 delivery

• Completely new structure kit!
• Used by trucking companies large & small from the 1940s to the present
• Prototypes receive, sort & reload freight shipments
• Also used by plumbers, contractors & similar small businesses today
• Detailed street side front office w/brick walls, separate gas & electric meters
• Correct height truck dock doors with weather bellows/seals – accommodates up to 12 trailers or trucks
• Includes two paving sections – expand & customize at any time with Gas Station Parking Lot (#933-3540), sold separately
• Great destination for SceneMaster trucks & trailers (sold separately)
• Molded in 6 colors
• Finished model measures: 15-3/16 x 19-3/16 x 3″ 38.6 x 48.7 x 7.8cm

Traveling Crane with Brick Street KitCornerstone Traveling Crane with Brick Street Kit
HO Scale
933-4096 Traveling Crane with Brick Street Kit $59.98 each
933-4097 Brick Craneway Base & Street Kit – pkg(3) $19.98 each
September 2018 delivery for all models

• Perfect for modeling industrial areas from the steam-era to the present
• Authentic detail alongside docks, shipyards & heavy industries of all kinds
• Highly detailed traveling (nonworking) crane features postionable cab, boom & hook
• Includes parts to build 3 complete straight brick street sections with craneways
• Center paving section accepts code 83 rail (sold separately)
• Molded in 3 realistic colors
• Crane measures: 4 x 4 x 9-1/8″ 10 x 10 x 22.8 cm
• Each Brick Street Section measures: 12-5/8 x 5-1/2″ 32 x 13.9cm

Cornerstone Coal Trestle Kit
HO Scale
933-4093 Coal Trestle Kit
$29.98 each
September 2019 delivery

• Prototypes sped unloading hoppers using gravity
• Typical of ramps used from the 1900s to the 1960s
• Compact size fits city or rural locations
• Molded berm simplifies modeling track on grade
• Detailed trestle with supports, abutment, railing & walkway, and bulkheads to build optional below-track storage bins
• Great addition to trackside coal dealers, lumber & building materials yards, heavy industries and more
• Molded in two colors
• Measures 24-1/2 x 4-3/8 x 1-3/4″ 62.3 x 11.1 x 4.4cm

Cornerstone Modern Shopping Center II
HO Scale
933-4116 Modern Shopping Center II Kit
$39.98 each
October 2018 delivery

• Contemporary design with decorative front wall for added realism
• Three stores in one compact structure – use alone or combine kits to model a typical strip mall
• Molded cut lines for easy kitbashing
• Highly detailed brickwork, large glass windows & entry doors
• Colorful signs for a variety of businesses
• Looks great alongside Modern Shopping Center I (#933-4115) or The UPS Store® (#933-4112) sold separately
• Molded in 3 colors
• Measures 10-1/2 x 4-15/16 x 3-1/2″ 26.6 x 12.5 x 8.8cm

SceneMaster™

SceneMaster 20′ Smooth Side Container
HO Scale
949-8650 20′ Smooth Side Container
Retail Price – $9.98 each
January 2019 delivery

Roadnames: REA (right-side & end doors), CN, NYK, Y.S. Line, APL, Blue Compass, CP Ships, Manchester Lines, Mitsui, Undecorated
• All-new container model in standard end door & right side door versions
• Widely used during 1960s & 1970s
• Authentic rivet, door latch & hinge details
• Colorful period schemes
• Perfect period loads for WalthersMainline G85 & 60′ Pullman-Standard VTTX container flatcars (each sold separately)

SceneMaster Zombies pkg(6)
HO Scale
949-6080 Zombies pkg(6)
Retail Price – $14.98 each
October 2018 delivery

Great for seasonal haunted houses or starting your own HO apocolypse, this special set of figures is to add a little “after life” to your layout. Set includes six hand-painted figures with scary realistic detail.

The Train Under Your Tree – Toy Trains Make Great Gifts

Walthers Toy Trains - Holiday Trains
Remember that magical Christmas morning you came downstairs to find your very first train set? For many of us, the holidays still officially begin only after our trains are up and running under the tree! Model trains and Christmas have gone together like red and green for generations, and there’s a fascinating story of how it all came to be.

Setting up a Nativity scene started one Christmas Eve in 1223, and was one of many Christmas traditions that came to us from Europe that are still popular today. Although these started simply, by the mid-1800s some expanded into what we’d recognize as a Christmas themed village, including hand-made replicas of homes and farms. Trains were an essential part of daily life by this time and along with wooden and cast iron toys were soon added to these scenes. Things really got moving with the introduction of affordable wind-up engines (Bill Walthers first train was actually a wind-up locomotive received as a boyhood Christmas gift in 1899) running on a circle of tracks that were just the right size and shape to fit under a tree. Märklin wowed the world with the first train sets in 1891 that included everything needed to get started, but also introduced the idea of future expansion by adding more cars, locomotives, track, and buildings.

In 1901, Joshua Lionel Cowen unveiled his first electrically powered model train, not as a toy, but as a display piece for store windows. At least that was the idea until one of his clients suddenly ordered six of them – customers came in demanding to buy the train instead of his other merchandise – and a year later, Lionel was in the toy train business to stay.

Given the size of motors at the time these early electric model trains tended to be pretty big, roughly the size of today’s G Scale models, in an era when rooms in most homes were rather small. Many homes of the time did have a parlor, used only on Sundays or special occasions and playtime was usually limited to weekends as well. As toy trains were pretty easily combined with other holiday décor and added a lot of excitement, mom and dad could usually be persuaded to allow them to remain set up until the holiday celebrations were over.

Demand for trains at Christmas would soon lead to another tradition, department store display layouts. The shopping malls of their day, these flagships of the downtown business district pulled out all the stops for Christmas, especially in the postwar years. Lionel was especially persuasive at getting stores to showcase new train sets and accessories on huge operating layouts, and also ran colorful magazine and newspaper ads suggesting model trains as gifts, prominently displayed under a very finely decorated Christmas tree….

That timeless image cemented the relationship of model trains with the holidays, but there were more and more folks taking down the tree but not the trains at the end of the holiday season. As model railroading gained more popularity, many of the innovations seen on toy trains found their way into scale models. Things gradually came full circle as the larger toy-makers moved on to other products, and smaller firms catering to model railroading took over production of model train sets.

There’s no better way to rekindle those feelings and memories or start making new ones than with a holiday train set of your own. While the model trains themselves may have changed, you’ll find the magic of model railroading is still the same.

Choosing the Right Model Railroad Track

Model Railroad Track – Choices are plentiful, which is right for you?

Whether you’re just starting out or you’re a seasoned modeler, every model railroad needs good track. It’s important to choose the track type that best suits your needs.

One Piece at a Time: Sectional Track

If you like to simply run model trains, want to get up and running quickly, or you don’t wish to mimic real-life track arrangements, sectional track might work best.

Sectional track is great for beginners. It consists of fixed-radius curves, multiple lengths of straight track and turnouts (also called switches) that match, or are compatible with, the basic track sections. Rail is often slightly oversized for sturdiness. If you are beginning, or started with a basic starter train set you are likely familiar with sectional track.

Roadbed vs Conventional Track

Generally speaking there are two common types of sectional track, roadbed and conventional. Here are some explanations.

Roadbed Track
roadbed model railroad track

Roadbed track combines rails, ties and ballast roadbed (on real railroads ballast is crushed rock that holds track in place and aids rainwater drainage) into a single track piece. Some roadbed track has hidden electrical contacts for added reliability. In recent years roadbed-style track has become standard in many train sets from Z to O Scales.

Roadbed-style track is a great way to get started because it provides consistent electrical reliability – track pieces lock together in alignment making it great for beginners. It can be set up anywhere (even on carpet) and its profile negates the need for roadbed, so you can simply affix it to plain sub-roadbed like a wood or foam tabletop.

Its appearance looks like heavy-duty mainline track with perfectly aligned ties and manicured ballast – a far cry from the look of real track or track on secondary lines and branches. There are methods of weathering, painting and ballasting that will improve realism, but it’s another step you have to consider if realistic appearance is important to you.

The disadvantage to roadbed track is once you choose a system, you’re locked into its geometry including curve radii, turnouts and straight lengths. Some manufacturers make only a limited selection of track pieces, so you may have to compromise as you design your track plan. Very few systems have conversion track sections to join with other makers’ systems, but most do offer a transition piece for connecting to conventional track. That said, there are many large layouts built using roadbed track because of its reliability.

Conventional Track

conventional model track

If you can see through the spaces between the ties on your track then you have conventional track. Nickel silver rail molded onto injection-molded ties is a quick definition for this kind of track in most scales. At one time conventional track dominated the model railroad industry – it was standard in train sets and was available anywhere trains were sold. While still popular with layout builders and very widely available, it has been largely replaced by quick-setup roadbed track in train sets.

Conventional track offers far more choices for track planning. Many advanced model railroads are built using conventional track. It’s available with a variety of rail sizes in most scales, so fine scale modelers can choose scale-height rail, also referenced as rail “Code,” and ties that look like wood or concrete.

track options

Sectional conventional track, like roadbed track, is fast and fun to set up – but you must set it up on a suitable base or roadbed. Because this type of track is open, using it on uneven surfaces, carpet or dirt is not advisable. Many modelers choose strips of cork or foam roadbed between the track and benchwork/layout table to suggest a subgrade and reduce noise and vibration.

Unlike with sectional roadbed track, most conventional track is interchangeable with that of other makers provided the rail size, or “Code,” is the same. Some manufacturers also offer transition track or rail joiners so you can mix rail sizes. A variety of turnouts that match or complement sectional track geometry are available. As with roadbed track, the geometry of conventional sectional track “systems” limits your track planning if you stick solely to sectional track.

Looking for more flexibility, why not flex track?

Flex Track

Flex (flexible) track is available in most model railroad scales and each system has a unique appearance. Here is a sampling of HO and N scale flex track sections. As you can see in the second image the track is easily bent to custom curvatures.

In addition to fixed-geometry sectional model railroad track, flexible conventional track is also available, and that’s where conventional track shines!

Flex track allows nearly unlimited possibilities for adding various curves because it has no fixed geometry. It can be bent to very gentle or sharp curves. Use care to not make the curves too tight – 18″ to 22″ radius is usually the sharpest for most equipment to run smoothly. Additionally, turnouts that mimic real track geometry are also offered, mostly for use with flex track, however, they still work with conventional sectional track. With flex track an added advantage is that there are fewer joints in the track over long distances, so electrical continuity is much improved.

Flex track, however, requires more skill if you’re planning a layout beyond what sectional track offers.

If flex track appeals to you but you’re just starting out, it’s a great learning opportunity. Using flex track requires special, but easy-to-learn skills. Practice track cutting using flush cutters, rail saws or a rotary tool with a cutoff disc. For smooth curves, learn how to use a radius tool to plot out a centerline on your sub-roadbed. Some modelers use a mix of sectional and flex track out of convenience or if they’re expanding a sectional track railroad.

Finally, you’ll have to affix your model railroad track to your roadbed and layout base so it stays put. Don’t attach it directly to plywood or boards – it’s noisy and real track is usually elevated for drainage, so it just won’t look realistic enough.

When you consider purchasing track from Walthers.com we’ve put together some search links for you to browse model railroad track more effectively.

https://www.walthers.com/products/layout/track-and-accessories/flexible-track/show/120 – Flex Track

https://www.walthers.com/products/layout/track-and-accessories/roadbed-track Roadbed Track

https://www.walthers.com/products/layout/track-and-accessories/sectional-track Sectional Track

Model Railroader has great track articles here: http://mrr.trains.com/mrvp/how-to/track

New Product Announcements – 2017 National Train Show

Milwaukee, WI., Wm. K. Walthers, Inc. is pleased to announce several new products in HO and multi-scale during the 2017 National Train Show in Orlando, FL.

ML-8

WalthersMainline® Plymouth ML-8
HO Scale
910-20007 Series ESU DCC Control-Only $149.98 each
910-10007 Series Standard DC $99.98 each
November 2017 delivery for all models

Roadnames available: BN, Bicentennial, Painted, Unlettered with decals: Green, Red, Orange, Black,
Yellow with Stripes

• NEW – now available with ESU Control-Only Decoder for DCC layouts
• Prototypes in service 1920s to the present with several now in museums
• Used as shop switchers by railroads & all types of industries
• Control decoder (no sound) with built-in capacitor to maintain performance during brief power interruptions over switches and dirty track
• Three-point suspension for positive track contact
• Highly detailed, heavy die cast metal underframe & hood
• Etched metal, see-through radiator guard
• Separate metal handrails
• Painted, Unlettered locos include decals with Cornerstone industry logos, numbers & more
• Fully-assembled, ready to enjoy – perfect loco for small layouts
• Powerful WalthersMainline drive with:
– Five-pole skew-wound motor
– Prototypical low speed gearing
– Helical-cut gears for quiet operation
– All-wheel drive and electrical pickup
– Machined brass flywheel
– Constant and directional LED lights
• RP-25 metal wheels
• Proto MAX™ metal knuckle couplers

Reefer


WalthersMainline® 50′ Exterior-Post Mechanical Reefer
HO Scale
910-3750 Series
$27.98 Each
November 2017 delivery

Roadnames available: Santa Fe Refrigerated Despatch, Canadian Pacific, Burlington Refrigerator Express,
Erie Lackawanna, Milwaukee Road, Pacific Fruit Express – late w/UP & SP logos, Undecorated

• All-new tooling
• Based on CB&Q Haveloc Shops-built prototypes – similar cars in service 1960s to early 2000s
• Must-have car for serving cold storage facilities & grocery wholesalers
• Used to move all types of temperature-sensitive food products
• Matches prototype dimensions
• Diagonal panel roof w/separately applied exhaust stack
• Authentic plug doors
• Detailed refrigerator inlet & outlet grilles
• Late improved Dreadnaught ends
• See-through running board
• Highly detailed underbody w/fuel tanks & brake gear
• 70-ton roller bearing trucks
• Correct 33″ turned metal wheelsets
• Proto MAX™ metal knuckle couplers

Hopper

WalthersMainline® 39′ Trinity 3281 Covered Hopper
HO Scale
910-7500 Series
$27.98 Each
December 2017 delivery

Roadnames available: Union Pacific – CMO, CSX Transportation, General American, Norfolk Southern, Trinity Industries Leasing, First Union Rail – WSOX, Undecorated

• Completely new car from rails to roof!
• Based on later production prototypes in service from 1990s to the present with 7 side panels (2 narrow, 5 large)
• Used for dense, heavy loads including cement & frac sand
• Run alone & in unit train service
• Separately applied brake gear, discharge gates, inlet hatches & end ladder cages
• See-through running board
• Correct 36″ turned metal wheelsets
• Proto MAX™ metal knuckle couplers

Well Car

WalthersMainline® Thrall Rebuilt 40′ Well Car
HO Scale
910-5601 Series
$29.98 Each
February 2018 delivery

Roadnames available: TTX 53000-series with two logo variations; DTTX 745000-series

• All-new model!
• Based on shortened Thrall 48′ well cars in service from 2003 to the present
• Holds 20′ & 40′ containers in well & 40′ to 53′ top-loaded
• Heavy die-cast metal frame for superb performance empty or loaded
• Finely molded 3-D brake rods with chains, brake piping & weld lines on body
• Separate deck-mounted brake detail with piping, IBC storage boxes & realistic walkways
• 70-ton roller bearing trucks
• Correct 33″ turned metal wheelsets
• Proto MAX™ metal knuckle couplers

Spreader

WalthersProto® Jordan Spreader
HO Scale
920-110100 Series
$89.98 Each
February 2018 delivery

Roadnames available: Santa Fe, BNSF, Canadian Pacific, Pennsylvania, Southern Pacific, Union Pacific, Maintenance-of-Way (gray), Painted Yellow – Unlettered, Undecorated – Kit

• Totally new model from rails to roof!
• Based on Model 2-200 Spreader-Ditcher-Snowplow used by dozens of railroads
• Prototypes in service 1920s to the present
• Fully assembled, railroad ready – undecorated kit also available
• Perfect companion to WalthersProto Russell Plows (sold separately)
• Factory-installed grab irons
• Complete underbody w/brake gear & piping
• Thin profile stirrups
• Cab window “glass”
• Railroad-specific details:
Horizontal or vertical air reservoir
Original or one of three later headlight styles as appropriate
70-ton roller bearing or Bettendorf trucks as appropriate
Single-chime air horn
• Positionable wings & moldboards can be raised & lowered
• Built tough with durable metal hinges & other details
• Ultra-smooth rolling metal axles & 33″ wheelsets
• Proto MAX™ metal knuckle couplers

Control System

Walthers Layout Control System
Z, N, HO, S, and O Scales
Components priced from $9.98 – $24.98
February 2018 delivery

Switch Unit
942-101 $24.98Dual Color LED Fascia Turnout Controller w/Drill Template
942-121 $9.98

Dual Color LED Accessory Controller w/Drill Template
942-123 Yellow, Green $9.98

2-Amp 12V Filtered DC Power Supply
942-110 $19.98

Distribution Block
942-111 $11.98Dual Color LED Fascia Crossover Controller w/Drill Template
942-122 $16.98

Control System Turnout Drill Set
942-140 $11.98


• Low-cost solution for easy turnout control in Z, N, HO, S, and O Scales!
• Expandable at any time — grows with your layout
• Use with DCC- or DC-powered layouts – includes built-in DCC accessory decoder
• Plug & play RC servo-style wiring with connectors – no cutting or soldering needed!
• User-friendly instructions with illustrations & drilling templates simplify installation & operation
• Mix & match components to customize your system using:
Servo-based slow-motion Switch Unit
Power Distribution Block
LED panel indicator/control pushbutton switches
Add-on system cabling (Connecting Cable 942-112 pkg(5) $9.98 Extension Cable 942-113 pkg(5) $9.98)
3-Piece Drill Set
2 Amp Power Supply

Walthers at NMRA 2017 Orlando

We’re on our way to Orlando, Florida for the 2017 NMRA convention and National Train Show! Walthers will be making several huge announcements at a clinic Thursday night, August 3rd at 7:30p.m. EDT. If you’re at the convention, please stop by! We’d love to see you there.

All our new product announcements will be shown in our National Train Show booth starting Friday morning and throughout the weekend. If you’re at the show, please stop by and see us at our booth located at Exhibit Hall A, Booth Number 601.

If you’re not able to attend the convention or the show, no problem, we’ve got you covered! Friday, August 4th we’ll be broadcasting a Facebook Live stream on our Facebook page. This stream will give you a chance to see our National Train Show booth as if you were there.

Then, after all the excitement of the show is over, check back here in our blog for a recap of all the new Walthers new product announcements we’re making at the show. Monday, August 7th we’ll post photos, videos and all the product info you need to get up to speed on these exciting new products.

Post show update

We had a great time meeting so many of you at the National Train Show this past weekend, and a big thanks to everyone who came by to see what’s new from Walthers! Just in case you missed us, more photos and information are a click away at the tabs below and you can reserve any of these models right now at walthers.com or with your participating dealer.

C&O George Washington

Fast facts about the C&O George Washington – coming soon in HO from WalthersProto®

For folks lucky enough to ride C&O’s George Washington in the streamline era, getting there really was half the fun! A relaxed atmosphere unique among name trains and long-standing traditions of superb service made every rider feel welcome. With the arrival of brand-new lightweight cars in 1950, George, as he was known to his many friends began some of the best and busiest years of his long career.

Following the introduction of Walthers newest name train, the C&O George Washington, we’d like to share with you some interesting facts we learned during the development of this train. The George has a rather topsy-turvy story, and here are some of the highlights:

The George Washington was the C&O’s flagship for almost 40 years, and along the way it established a reputation for service that was second to none. Taking full advantage of growing public excitement over George Washington’s 200th birthday celebrations planned for 1932, C&O began laying the groundwork for its new train in 1931. While the C&O served several cities associated with Washington in his lifetime, the PR department proclaimed him the railroad’s first president (via his connection to an early canal company with later ties to the railroad) and launched a major campaign rebranding itself as “George Washington’s Railroad.”

Introduced on April 30, 1932, the mostly new consist was America’s second train to feature air conditioning – Baltimore & Ohio’s Capitol Limited beat it by a week. Popular from the start, it quickly rose to become the line’s flagship, overshadowing the Fast Flying Virginian (FFV) and was soon known simply as the George. Befitting its status, it carried train numbers one and two in public and employee timetables.

Overnight service was offered between Washington, DC and Cincinnati, Ohio, with stops at key southern cities. Connecting service was also provided to the famous Greenbrier and Homestead Hotel resorts in West Virginia; with no major highways and only a small hobby airport nearby George was the best way to get there well into the jet age.

Plans to streamline all C&O trains began in 1946 with a massive order for 284 lightweight cars from Pullman-Standard. Postwar economic factors led to cutbacks, but C&O accepted most of the 52-seat coaches (80 ordered, 59 retained) and 10-6 sleepers (75 ordered, 56 retained) that became the road’s signature streamlined equipment. As a result of the sales, similar cars were found on the IC, DRGW, and B&O and eventually on other railroads as well.

Assigned to George and other trains after deliveries began in 1950, these unique C&O coaches and sleepers had custom-designed interiors inspired by wartime rider surveys. Coaches featured a curved glass center partition to break-up the “bowling alley” floor plan found in standard cars, which also resulted in blank panels on the exterior. Where most 10-6 sleepers were built with the expensive bedrooms on one end, the C&O City series put all of them in the center, well away from the noise and vibration of the wheels. Outside, these sleepers were unusual in that they carried both names and numbers.

After they were cut from the Pullman order as a further cost-cutting move, C&O simply repainted heavyweight mail, baggage and dining cars to match the new yellow, blue and stainless steel lightweights and continued to use some right to the end in 1971. George operated with heavyweight diners until 1960 when three Budd mid-train Lunch Counter-Dining-Observation cars (built for George’s intended daytime companion, the Chessie, which never entered service) were assigned. These were replaced in 1962 by rebuilt mid-train Pullman Diner-Dormitories, which remained George’s standard food service cars through 1971 and are part of our HO model of the train.

E8A units were delivered in two orders from 1950-1953; no B units were purchased. The first 10 arrived painted similarly to new F7s entering freight service, but management felt this didn’t go well with its new passenger scheme. All 10 were repainted very shortly after delivery (photos are rare) and the next 20 arrived in proper passenger colors. These would remain standard passenger power through 1971.

One of the most operations-oriented trains for modelers, George was probably the hardest working passenger train in America by the late 1950s. Numerous cars and entire sections were set off and picked up along its route, operating as separate trains to serve Louisville, Detroit and Newport News, as well as Chicago via the NYC and New York City via the PRR. George eventually took over the duties of the FFV and Sportsman and on some portions of the run, 16 cars were standard. A third E unit (all were rebuilt with nose-mounted MU equipment) was added to move the heavier train through the mountains, and to power one of the sections. If you want to model a passenger train that features online switching and consist changes, the George is the train for you.

As the C&O and B&O joined forces in the early 1960s, passenger services were consolidated. No effort was made to keep cars on their home rails, and George began sporting a mix of equipment. As a result, sections of the train now ran as far west as Chicago and St. Louis.

One the eve of Amtrak, George had the honor of being the last C&O passenger train in service. Much of its scenic route is still served today by Amtrak’s Cardinal.

There’s still time to make this great new train part of your operations or collections! Reserve yours today at https://www.walthers.com/products/name-trains/george-washington

Founder’s Day

May 10th is pretty important in railroad history, most notably as the day America’s transcontinental railroad was completed. But as a modeler, you might know it was also a pretty important beginning for our favorite hobby. Not only was May 10th Bill Walthers’ birthday, but May also marks the start of what became today’s Wm. K. Walthers, Inc.

Born in 1893, Bill’s Milwaukee hometown was a hotbed of railroading, and the seeds of his life-long fascination with trains took root an early age. Inspired by real railroads and studying electronics, he began experimenting with ways to make the toy trains of the era look and run better. He effectively turned his home layout into a laboratory. Through the pages of The Modelmaker (forerunner of today’s Model Railroader), Bill shared his passion and his ideas. Soon after these articles ran, letters would arrive from folks asking questions. Many inquired if he would mind purchasing and sending the needed parts they couldn’t find at home!

Like a lot of folks in that Depression year of 1932, Bill found himself out of work, but took a chance and turned his hobby into a small business. While we’re not quite sure if he set up shop on the 10th, we do know he ran the very first Walthers ad that May, offering ways to “Improve Your Toy Railroad” with a catalog offering various track and other components, and the self-published Signal and Control Manual. Bill reported he made $500 in the first year, and his new business was soon up and running.

As we mark our 85th year, we’re just as dedicated to helping you find the products, information and supplies that bring your model railroad to life, from first train set to super-detailed scale replica. Looking back, we’re honored and humbled to have been part of so many happy times as the love of the hobby has been passed from one generation to the next, and our sincere thanks for choosing Walthers yesterday, today and tomorrow! Looking forward, we have some pretty exciting new product announcements coming in the weeks ahead! Meanwhile, join us in celebrating Founder’s Day with great deals on select Cornerstone kits – check them out in the May issue of Walthers Flyer available now at participating dealers or online at walthers.com/monthly-flyer.

Welcome to Walthers Blog: The Junction

The Junction Between Railroading, Modeling, and Creating a Great Layout

All aboard!

Photo: Bob Gallegos

All great railroad journeys begin with those two words. We at Walthers would like to welcome you to the beginning of a great model railroad journey here at The Junction!

As you can imagine there are many model railroaders, model builders, railfans and crafters that work here. Many of our interests overlap and we like to share our ideas. This blog sits at the junction of these varied hobby interests.

In The Junction you’ll see posts by modelers and enthusiasts here at Walthers. Blog entries will highlight what’s new, what’s cool, what’s fun and more. How-to articles, tips, techniques, train operations, detailing, quick projects and more will all be part of the mix. Plus, there will be some posts just for fun – after all, that’s why we’re in the hobby!

Speaking of fun, we all have an idea of what our ideal layout would look like. As hobbyists we’re looking to have fun while we learn to build and operate better, or more realistic models.
For example, you’ve no doubt seen product photos in very realistic diorama or layout settings at walthers.com. Ever wonder how some of those scenes are put together? In this blog we’ll occasionally give you insights, tips and tricks on how to use a variety of models and materials to make layout scenes like those above.

In other posts we may write about a specific train, locomotive, car or structure, its use and other models that complement it. Maybe we’ll talk about how to use different modeling materials, or perhaps how to detail layout scenes from prototype photos.

One thing’s for sure, it’s all an unfinished layout right now and we’ll be detailing it as The Junction moves forward. We plan to make new blog entries at least once per month, so make sure to check walthers.com regularly for updates!

Welcome aboard and enjoy the ride!