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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:

September 5, 2014
HOn3-scale Blackstone Models

Blackstone Models has re-released a limited number of HOn3 D&RG C-19 No. 345 locomotives with the “movie scheme” decoration.
This ready-to-run replica is based on the prototype in her vibrant bumblebee-paint scheme as she appeared in the 1951 Western movie classic, "Denver & Rio Grande." Although her Hollywood career was short-lived, No. 345’s performance was a smashing success -- she met her fate in a spectacular crash scene on the silver screen.
In addition to its unique decoration and “movie version” herald, this “stunt engine” model features a road pilot, fluted domes, box headlight, flared-side tender, wood-panel cab sides, two 11” single-stage compressors, and a diamond stack. As with all Blackstone Models locomotives, this model is ready-to-run with factory-installed couplers and free-rolling trucks. It also includes a custom dual-mode SoundTraxx Tsunami Digital Sound Decoder.
Prior to her final curtain call, No. 345 traversed the narrow gauge rails across Colorado, from Marshall Pass to serving on the South Park Division of the Colorado & Southern Railway. She also worked out of Montrose and was eventually assigned to switcher service in Durango, where she was selected for her Hollywood debut. Number 345 also played various roles since her first appearance in 1881 as D&RG Class 70 No. 401. In 1889, she was converted to standard gauge and reclassified as Class 74 No. 803. A year later, the narrow gauge called for her return, and she was again rebuilt as D&RG Class 74 No. 405. After years of continued service, she was renumbered as 345 in 1924 and designated as a C-19.
The movie scheme D&RG C-19 No. 345 (#B310208-S) models are available now from authorized retailers at an MSRP of $499.95.
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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