A good month for S Scale…

May was a good month for S Scale… especially for me:) River Raisin Models officially announced they’ll be going through with their SP switcher project AND adding 3 different M6 2-6-0’s to the mix. If you’ve ever wanted a really nice S Scale brass steam locomotive at a great price, NOW IS YOUR CHANCE. Also this month, MTH Trains allowed their vendors to start pre-ordering from the Showcase Line they took over from S Helper Service. I was kind of disappointed the SW-9 didn’t make it into the first run, but really happy about the F3, especially since they’re doing it in Santa Fe War Bonnet. I ordered a pair of powered A-units and an unpowered B. They have some new reefers too, so I ordered 6 – including 2 new beer reefers. The reefers are supposed to deliver in December and the locomotives after the 1st of next year… I can hardly wait:) Also this month I got a laser cut kit for 4 outbuildings from Keeler, CA on the SP narrow gauge. Also saw on Facebook (yes, they have an S Scale group) that M2 has a new set of 50’s era work trucks in 1/64. Yes, it’s been a pretty good month for the Ideal Scale:)

With all the good things coming out on the scale side, S is looking better and better all the time for me. I wish I could say the same thing for toy trains… I just don’t feel too hopeful that S Scale will ever make much of a comeback which is a shame IM(not so)HO. Toy trains serve a very useful purpose, and despite what some self proclaimed experts think, they’re just as much fun to run as scale models. Even the O Gaugers are starting to get “uppity” towards the guys who still like toy trains, but at least there’s so much stuff in the pipeline that “toys” will still be available for a long time, even if they stopped making all of it tomorrow. Guess that’s a roundabout way of saying I bought some more O Gauge stuff since I swore it off not long ago.

River Raisin’s Southern Pacific S12 and more…

River Raisin Models Southern Pacific S12It looks like at least one of River Raisin Models’ latest announced projects – the Southern Pacific S12/S14 – is a go. I put in my deposit on an S12 last year and for awhile it looked like there wouldn’t be enough reservations for the project to go forward. I guess they finally got enough reservations though, because according to their web site it IS going to be imported. That’s great news if you’re an SP fan, but it gets even better. Besides the S12 and S14, they’re also going to import the Southern Pacific M4 Mogul (2-6-0) in 3 different road numbers with 5 total variations. Besides the SP models, they’re also offering this locomotive painted but unlettered with a coal tender which is great news for non-SP modelers who need some small steam locomotives on their layout.

So far this year is shaping up to be a pretty good year for S Scale. Lionel seems committed to expanding their American Flyer offerings, MTH is bringing back the S Helper Line, and now a new brass locomotive (Southern Pacific to boot!) from River Raisin. Oh, and I found the Conoco Dolores Oil Depot on eBay – should be here next week:) Happy S Scaling…

No matter what you want…

Dolores Conoco Plant - S ScaleIf it was ever made, it’s going to eventually show up on eBay. I’ve been wanting the Dolores Conoco Plant from Raggs to Riches ever since I first saw it about 3 years ago. Unfortunately I screwed around and din’t buy one, and the kit was discontinued. After a few weeks of frantic internet searches, posting Want Ads in online S Scale forums, and making umpteen phone calls to every vendor in the country who “might” have one stashed away they’d forgotten about I resigned myself to the fact I was probably never going to own this kit. So Friday afternoon I’m looking on ebay for a Tyco 4-6-0 and… there’s a Ragg’s Dolores Conoco oil plant. I almost dod the Buy-It-Now option but I didn’t really want to pay $275, so I just watch and put in a bid about a minute before the auction ended – and got the kit for $208 (plus shipping). So I’m a happy camper again:) Now I have to keep watching for an Ouray engine house kit in S Scale.

More Myopia in S Scale – and another rant…

S Scale Brookside Dairy reeferPeople never cease to amaze me. Just this week, someone finally figured out exactly how S Scale can grow!!! The only thing that needs to happen is all the manufacturers need to agree on a standard that basically mandates Kadee (or similar) couplers and scale wheel flanges. Everything will be wonderful and we can “run…

Edelweiss Beer Reefer

Got another Billboard Reefer for my beer train. This one is painted for Edelweiss Beer and is another reefer from S Helper Service. It’s a nice looking paint scheme but I was disappointed with the quality of the paint job. It’s not as bad as some but it’s also definitely not up to S Helper’s usually very high standards. It looks like a manufacturing issue and not a problem from the eBay vendor. Since I want one and it’s out of production I’m keeping it for now, but I hope I can find a better one someday. Of course, maybe the entire run of this particular car had bad paint… anyway I now have 7 Billboard Reefers for my beer train and about 4 more to get. I think they’ll look great behind my River Raisin MT-5. Now I just need to find room for a layout to run it on…