News and New Release Information!

October 29, 2014
Magazines White River Productions

With production under way of the two former Carstens titles, Railfan & Railroad and Railroad Model Craftsman, White River Productions has announced plans concerning consolidations and content arrangement for the WRP magazine fleet. On the prototype side, the four current magazines — Passenger Train Journal, Railroads Illustrated, TRP Magazine, and Railfan & Railroad — will be consolidated into three publications. On the modeling side, Model Railroad News and Railroad Model Craftsman will continue fulfilling their respective missions for the modeling world.
You may read White River's press release with further details here: White River Productions Announces Magazine Consolidation Plan

October 28, 2014
HO-scale Walthers Cornerstone

Walthers Cornerstone series now offers a new HO-scale structure kit designed for big or small layouts with its space-saving design. Authentic tipple for steam or diesel eras will be included in Walthers new Diamond Coal Corporation release (#933-4046). The structure will be typical of coal loaders across North America with conveyor and will have supports for above or below-ground operations with separate slack bin and will be able to serve two loading tracks, finely detailed corrugated metal construction, separate windows, walkway, and stairs will also be part of the building. The kit will be molded in two colors and will include printed signs, plus full instructions. Walthers’ new HO-scale Diamond Coal Corporation kit arrives in August and has a footprint of 19-3/8 inches long by 13-3/16 inches wide and 7-1/2 inches tall. The kit retails for $49.98. The company’s SceneMaster line offers a collection of Mining Workers (#949-6036; MSRP: $17.98) to add realism to this new kit. For more information, you may visit:


September 10, 2014
HO-scale Lake Junction Models

A recent fire destroyed building, equipment, and inventory of Lake Junction Models. Bill Hoss, owner of Lake Junction Models, reports the company is currently working to replace damaged equipment and supplies. Lake Junction Models plans to be back in production in a new facility in the near future. Owner Hoss states, “Customers awaiting delivery of orders will receive them when production resumes.” A current company estimate for returning items to stock and filling orders is that it will be October or November before this will be possible.
Lake Junction Models offers a line of HO-scale structures, passenger cars, cabooses, and detail parts. The company also provides custom services for special projects requiring the use of CAD design and laser-cutting services. The company is located in the St. Louis, Missouri area. You may view Lake Junction Models’ product line on its website: