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Modeling The Mighty

PRR in S Scale Today

 

The following was published in the May 2006 monthly online publication The Keystone Modeler. It is free to receive and is produced by and with the PRR T&HS.

The Keystone Modeler

 

If you are curious or interested in modeling the PRR in S Scale click here:

The PRR in S Scale Today PDF

 

6-1-08 Update

I produced a 38 MB 97 slide PowerPoint Presentation that was shown at the PRR T&HS Phila Chapter meeting on June 7, 2008. It is very similar to the following but with many photos. You have my permission to use it in the promotion of modeling the PRR and S Scale to other Model Railroaders.

You can download the presentation  here:

You have to have PowerPoint to view the presentation. If you do not have it you can download the PowerPoint viewer for free here:

 

 

 

When I switched to S Scale from HO in 1987, the scale was at the beginning of a rebirth, with some nicely detailed generic plastic models available. Since that time, the growth and availability of new products and rolling stock has been nothing short of amazing. My interest in the PRR has evolved and grown along with the growth of S Scale. The Mighty Pennsy accounts for a large portion of the S Scale market. I will show you that you can plan and build a viable PRR layout with the products that are currently available. While there is not the total diversity of rolling stock that HO has, most major class pieces have been made, with more on the way. S Scale is approximately 33% larger then HO, (1:64th or 3/16” = 1”) for those “aging HO eyes.” Unlike O Scale “standard gauge”, which actually scales out to be 5 feet wide, S Scale has the correct standard gauge track width. Furthermore, Bills Train shop http://www.btsrr.com is producing the East Broad Top in Sn3 in its entirety if you want to add a prototypical narrow gauge line.

 

The following is a current listing of accurately detailed models that have been or are being produced for PRR Prototypes, or can be easily made into reasonably accurate PRR models with some minor details added. While the detail level of the stock S Scale models is good to outstanding, my modeling for the past 10 years has been changing something to make it unique or superdetailing to make the model mine. All of the models shown are mine. With that said most of the models shown here are not stock out of the box, but that is what Model Railroading is all about anyway. I have at least one of most of the models listed here, but if they are not shown they are not painted yet.

 

Brass Rolling Stock

 

Steam Locomotives

Omnicon

K4     As Built

L1     As Built

M1    As Built

M1a  As Built

I1      Modernized

 

River Raisin Models

J1      Cast Frame Version

 

 

Diesel Locomotives

 

Alco Models

Alco

RS2

RS3

RSD4/5

 

Greenbrier Railroad Models

EMD
GP30

 

Oriental Models

EMD
SW1

SW7

SW9

 

Overland Models

Alco

S1

S2

S4

FA2

FB2

 

EMD

E7 A & B

E8A

F3 A & B

F7 A & B

F9 A & B

 

River Raisin Models

Alco

RS11


Baldwin

RF16 Freight Sharks

 

EMD

SD9

 

G E

44 Tonner

 

Freight Cars

 

Southwind Models

F30

F34

GLca

GLcb

H21a

H22

H25

H31b

H31c

N6 Center, offset, & Lines West Cupolas

N8

Y4 Scale Test Car

 

River Raisin Models

GLd (USRA)

H30

H30a

H32

X32

X33a

 

Overland Models

N5

N5b with antennas

N5c with and without antennas

Airslide Hopper 1965 version

 

 

Pennsy S Models

X29   Many versions were produced

G26 & G26a – Limited quantities were produced and sold. Most cars were returned to the builder due to quality control issues. This project has concluded.

 

Passenger Cars

 

Southwind Models

R50b

B60   With 2 different roof styles

P70r

12-1 Pullman

13 DB Pullman

 

 

 

 

Plastic, Urethane & White Metal Models

 

Steam Locomotives

 

American Models (Plastic)

K4     (Streamlined)

 

Rex Models by Putt Trains (White Metal)

B6

 

Diesel & Electric Locomotives

 

American Models (Plastic)

Alco

FA2

FB2

PA1

PB1

RS3

 

Baldwin

S12

GG1

 

EMD

FP7a

GP9

E8

GP35

 

Fairbanks Morse

Trainmaster

 

Omnicon

Baldwin

RF16 Freight Sharks (Urethane)

 

 

S Helper Service (Plastic) – See SHS Info below

SW1

SW9

NW2

F7a

F7b

 

Freight Cars

Bills Train Shop

F39   (Plastic & Pewter)

H21 (Urethane flat panel kit)

May be out of stock

 

Des Plaines Hobbies (Plastic)

H39

G24  

X29  2 versions so far released summer 2013

 

Kaslo Shops (Urethane)

N5c

 

Funaro & Camerlengo (Urethane)

GRa

FM

 

S Helper Service (Plastic)

F41

GLd

GLf

X26c

 

 

                                                           

 

Passenger Cars

American Models (Plastic)

12-1 Pullman

13-3 Pullman

 

Bills Train Shop

P54  (Urethane flat panel kit)

May be out of stock

 

 

 

Track

Shinohara

Code 100 flextrack

Code 100 #6 & 8 turnouts

 

S Helper Service – See SHS Info below

Code 139 flextrack built to PRR Mainline standards

The best flex track in S Scale.

 

Tomalco

Code 70/83/100 flextrack, turnouts, crossings and track accessories

 

Fast Tracks

Turnout and frog building fixtures and jigs for code 83 to 139. Laser cut turnout tie kits.

 

 

This is where I could have continued the listing by including the many other plastic R-T-R and kit form cars that are available. However, the focus for this article is accurate PRR prototypes. Even the most discriminating modeler in any scale has to fill in the rolling stock collection with more generic models.

 

Considering that 80% of the above models were not available when I switched to S Scale in 1987, I truly believe that S Scale will only continue to grow at a faster rate than it has previously. What attracted me is that it was a minority scale. I can be a little obsessive. There was not the pressure of wanting everything that I might have had in HO. You can get everything if you want. However, even if you did that, you would still have a sizable collection and investment.

 

S Scale brass holds its value. The Omnicon L1 was almost tripled in value. The average production of any item is approximately 100 pieces.  However, within the 100 pieces, you could have 3 or 4 versions. In a few cases, I have 3 of 18 pieces produced, making it a very limited and rare model. Building your collection can be part of the fun. But like in HO with pieces made by Key and Challenger Models, you cannot expect to go to a show or convention to get a certain piece as they probably will not immediately available. It is best to get the piece when it is first released, again as with other scales as well.

 

You can also call up the owner of a company at home to make modeling or project suggestions. It very well could get made. I know that to be true, because I have done it. Try that with any of the major manufacturers in other scales! S Scale is a close knit community of people and friends that enjoy the common bond of modeling in the scale between HO and O Scale. In most cases, you will be buying most new pieces buying directly from the company who made the item.

 

In conclusion, S Scale today is not your old American Flyer. It is also not the Scratchbuilders scale that it was years ago. Perhaps you would consider a change to S Scale as well. The following is contact information for all the companies that were mentioned in the article. Note that I have included the owners or partners names, so you will know who you should contact. They may become your friends too. I would also recommend that you visit the National Association of S Scalers www.nasg.org for a link to most of the known manufacturers of S Scale products. I welcome any questions about changing scales or modeling the Mighty Pennsy in S Scale at bill@lanestrains.com  or 856-848-5133

 

 

 

American Models
10087 Colonial Industrial Drive
South Lyon, Michigan 48178
Phone 248-437-6800

Fax: 248-437-9454

www.americanmodels.com
info@americanmodels.com

Ron Bashista

 

 

B.T.S

P O Box 856

Elkins, WV 26241

Phone: 304-637-4510

Fax: 304-637-4506

http://www.btsrr.com

bill@btsrr.com

Billy & Diane Wade

 

Des Plaines Hobbies

1468 Lee Street

Des Plaines, IL 60018

Phone: 847-297-2118

Fax: 847-297-4976

http://www.desplaineshobbies.com

dphobbies@earthlink.net

Ron Sebastian

 

Greenbrier Railroad Models

http://www.btsrr.com/btsgrm01.htm

Contact B.T.S.

 

Heimberger House

Exclusive distributors of Shinohara S Scale track
7236 W. Madison Street
Forest Park, IL 60130

Phone (708) 366-1973

Fax (708) 366-1973

http://www.heimburgerhouse.com/index.htm

info@heimburgerhouse.com

 

Fast Tracks

Quadica Developments Inc.
47 6th Concession Rd.
Brantford, Ontario N3T 5L7
Canada

Phone : (888) 252-3895
Fax : (519) 449-2399

http://www.handlaidtrack.com
service@fast-tracks.net

 

Funaro & Camerlengo

10 Funaro Court

Honesdale, PA 18431

(570)-224-4989

http://www.fandckits.com/Index.html

fandc@ezaccess.net

Steve Funaro

 

Jackson Standard

http://jacksonstandard.com

Manufacturing should begin late 2014

The first project is a PRR car in many scales.

Brian Jackson

Bill Lane

 

Kaslo Shops Distributing

2516 Quartz Place

Coquitlam BC Canada V3E  3K9

http://www.kasloshops.com/index.html

info@kasloshops.com

John Witmore

 

Overland Models

3808 W. Kilgore Ave
Muncie IN 47304
Phone (765)-289-4257

Fax 765-289-6013

www.overlandmodels.com
info@overlandmodels.com

Brian Marsh

 

Pennsy S Models

6 Stevens Court

Lafayette Hill Pa 19444

Phone 610-941-9183

Fax 610-941-9184

http://www.pennsysmodels.com

info@pennsysmodels.com

Bill Lane

Dan Mastrobuono

 

Company is inactive at this time. No one has had contact in years.

Putt Trains

P.O. Box 463
Orwell, OH 44076-0463

Phone (440) 437-8660

http://www.putttrains.com/index.html  
puttrain@fairpoint.net

Terry Putt

 

River Raisin Models
6160 Upper Straits Blvd.
West Bloomfield, MI 48324

Phone: (248) 366-9621
Fax: (248) 366-9621

http://riverraisinmodels.com

info@riverraisinmodels.com

Dan Navarre

 

S Helper Service (Now Closed)

The SHS line was purchased by MTH.

Here is a link to the 2013 S Catalog

Products started to arrive and be for sale in the spring of 2014

 

 

Southwind Models (Now Closed)

824 W. Russell Drive

Plant City FL 33564-3175

Phone 813-752-1636

jpadget4@tampabay.rr.com

Jettie Padgett

 

Tomalco Track

289 Orchard Circle,

Hendersonville, NC  28739

828-694-3858

Email LLmorton@mchsi.com

Larry & Lyn Morton

 

No longer in business

Alco Models

Omnicon Models

Oriental Models

S Helper Service

Southwind Models

 

Updated 7-13-14

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