Time to Model: Custom NS High Hood SD40-2s

We are proud to feature the marvelous custom modeling work of Arthur Bradley in this week’s Time to Model™ feature. In this article, you’ll learn how to take one of our Rivet Counter™ HO Scale Norfolk & Western “High Hood” SD40-2 locomotives and convert it…

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Time to Model: The Story of the G52X

Developed in the late 1980s by Bethlehem Steel Company’s (BSC, later Johnstown America, and finally FreightCar America), the Bethgon has become one of the most common cars for hauling coal. Originally called the “Coal Porter”, the name was changed to Bethgon when the family of…

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Time to Model: Quinn’s Customs

In this week’s Time to Model™ highlight, we’re taking a close look at Jason Quinn’s incredible modeling skills. Thanks to an uncle who purchased him and his brothers their first train set, Jason was introduced to the world of model railroading at the age of five….

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All About Airslides

Have you ever wondered what Airslide® Covered Hoppers are used for? For many of the younger railfans modelers in the hobby, their only experience with Airslide Covered Hoppers is on tank trains. Age and obsolescence thanks to larger cars and newer Pressure-Differential designs have slowly…

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Time to Model: ES44 Unique and Common Features

Our previous ES44 Time to Model article focused-on how the same feature can vary from railroad to railroad and even road number to road number. For example, the left and right side dynamic brakes each have three (3) different configurations for this first group of…

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Time to Model: ES44 Visual Comparison

All GE ES44 GEVO locomotives are not created equal. Here’s a visual comparison of more than 30 different features found on our first production run of Rivet Counter HO Scale ES44 locomotives. This is what helps make our model the definitive ES44 GEVO.

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Diving Into Conrail Blue – Olympic Trials SD40-2

An Article by Ian Smith Conrail’s one-hundred-sixty-seven SD40-2 locomotives, purchased from 1977 to 1979, would be among their most reliable power, and were always well-liked by crews. They could be found on manifest and unit trains, along with powering heavy wayfreights. By the early 1990s,…

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Graphic Designer position We are seeking a highly qualified Graphic Designer.  This full-time position is based in the beautiful mountains of southeast Tennessee and encompasses all aspects of graphic design including: Print and digital media design Managing our relationship with external marketing partners Working with…

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