NEW Affordable EMD SD70ACe diesels coming soon from Walthers Mainline

April 5, 2015

Walthers Mainline is introducing a new model to appeal to the model railroader on a budget. These new SD70Ace HO Scale models will be available at White Rose Hobbies for only $99.99 for DC models and $159.99 for models with SoundTraxx Sound and DCC. They are expected to be in the shop June/July 2015. Pre-Orders should be in by April 30th to ensure that you get the one you want. Email ( us to get on the list. You can also contact us on our Facebook Page, don’t forget to like us when your there to see more product updates and other product information.


The Walthers ACe’s will be available in 4 road numbers, 2 DC and 2 DCC for each of the following road names in the initial release:

Burlington Northern Santa Fe – BNSF
Kansas City Southern – KCS
Canadian National – CN
Norfolk Southern – NS
Union Pacific – UP

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2010 Locomotive of the year? Athearn Genesis SD70ACe now has a release date!

January 21, 2010

The long awaited SD70Ace model from Athearn’s Genesis line is expected to be delivered to White Rose Hobbies this September. Available with or without SoundTraxx Tsunami sound, Athearn’s SD70ACe locomotive is a must-have for serious model-railroading enthusiasts.

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In order to meet the stricter diesel locomotive emissions standards imposed by the EPA Tier II regulations, EMD modified the SD70MAC and created the SD70ACe. The SD70ACe is powered by a 16 cylinder, 710G3C-T2 diesel engine, producing 4,300 horsepower. The engine drives an alternator producing AC current that is rectified to DC current and then “chopped” back into AC to power the traction motors. The engine and electrical system are similar to the SD70MAC, but updated with newer technology. Much of the external design is based on the SD90 series locomotives. Some of these features include the full height nose door and rectangular windshields, the large flared radiators with two fans, and the positioning of the dynamic brake equipment at the rear of the long hood. In addition, the inverters were moved from inside the long hood to a box on the walkway behind the cab. Four demonstrator locomotives were built in 2003, followed by 20 pre-production units for CSX in 2004. Full production started in 2005 and through 2009, 820 SD70ACe’s have been built for the US and Mexico. Nine more were exported to Venezuela and 46 built for BHP Billiton’s iron ore operation in Pilbara, Australia. In addition 10 units from BNSF’s 2008 order were diverted to BHP. Union Pacific painted six units in paint schemes commemorating the six railroads that were merged into UP in the 1980’s and 1990’s and renumbered them for the year of the mergers.

The first run will include the following roadnames: Union Pacific/Missouri Pacific Heritage, BNSF, KCS, and Union Pacific.

Intermountain SD40-2W now in HO Scale!

November 10, 2009

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The Canadian National Railway acquired 123 of the SD40-2W locomotives, numbered 5241-5363.  The InterMountain Railway Co. is announcing the HO scale model, manufactured with the 4-window safety cab, the snow shields over the air inlets and the distinctive stairwells and handrails, just as announced previously in N scale. Both scales feature laser sharp painting and lettering, etched metal details and wire grab irons  Non-Sound models will have a factory installed DCC decoder capable of operating on analog DC or DCC.  Sound models will have a factory installed SoundTraxx® Tsunami® DCC decoder. It will have operable ditchlights and is equipped with Kadee ® couplers.

NEW! Tsunami TSU-KT1000 Sound Decoder for KATO locos!

August 21, 2009

Plug and Play Digital Sound Decoder for KATO HO Diesels
The TSU-KT1000 Digital Sound Decoder is here and ready to provide you with the best Digital Sound for your KATO HO diesel models. This specially designed decoder allows even the most timid to easily install pure 16-bit digital sound in KATO HO diesel models. Nothing is sacrificed; all the features that you’ve come to expect from any SoundTraxx Tsunami Digital Sound Decoder are included. These Digital Sound Decoders are designed to replace the light board that comes in recent production KATO HO Diesel engines. Since Tsunami comes with 16 airhorns appropriate to the prototype, no special software or programmer is necessary to achieve the absolute best sound available!

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New HO Scale Arrival, Stewart Executive Line F Units!

June 25, 2009


With stunning detail and smooth running performance it is hard to go wrong with the new F units from Stewart! They feature many brass detail parts as well as Soundtraxx DCC + Tsunami Sound! They are availible in Alaska Railroad, Western Maryland, Western Pacific, and Bangor & Aroostook.

691-23315 Western Maryland F Unit

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Superb Detail!

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