News and New Release Information!

August 29, 2014
Magazines White River Productions

White River Productions has acquired Railroad Model Craftsman and Railfan & Railroad magazines, effective September 1, 2014. The asset purchase agreement between Carstens Publications and White River Productions was completed Thursday, August 28, 2014.
Carstens Publications’ final issues of the two titles are the June issues, and future issues will be produced by White River Productions. Staff assignments for the two publications have not yet been determined. Included in the agreement is the Books Division of Carstens Publications, which will continue under White River Productions. Not included is Flying Models magazine.
“We are excited to welcome these two Carstens titles to our family of White River Productions publications,” said Kevin EuDaly, president of White River Productions. “These magazines are an important part of railroad publications and White River Productions looks forward to continuing their legacies.”
You may read White River's press release with further details here: White River Productions Acquires Railroad Model Craftsman and Railfan & Railroad




August 28, 2014
HO-scale WalthersProto

Walthers popular HO-scale Superliner passenger cars join the manufacturer’s Proto series in a coming release. Prototypes will include both original Pullman-Standard Superliner I and Bombardier Superliner II body styles in five Amtrak schemes. The schemes selected include: Amtrak Phase III, IV, and IVb, plus Amtrak California and Surfliner. California and Surfliner decoration will be applied to Pullman-Standard Superliner I coach cars. Amtrak’s Phase III scheme will be issued on Pullman-Standard Superliner I coach, sleeper, diner, lounge, and coach-baggage cars. Amtrak’s Phase IV scheme will be presented on Bombardier Superliner II coach, sleeper, diner, lounge, and transition sleeper cars. Amtrak’s Phase IVb scheme will be released on Pullman-Standard Superliner I coach, sleeper, diner, and lounge, plus on Bombardier Superliner II coach, sleeper, lounge, and transition sleeper cars.
The new release of HO-scale WalthersProto Superliners will be fully assembled models decorated to replicate Amtrak colors and lettering with user applied decals for car numbers and names. Cars will feature real metal finish simulating the prototype’s stainless steel appearance with window gasket details, prototypically tinted windows, working diaphragms, correct truck sideframes per prototype, factory installed grab irons, full upper and lower interiors, correct 36-inch metal wheels, and Proto MAX knuckle couplers. WalthersProto Superliners will be offered without interior lighting for $79.98 or with factory installed interior lighting for $89.98. Delivery will begin in late August 2014 and continue through year’s end. For specific release dates, please visit Walthers website www.walthers.com