The internet was abuzz of activity with the viral dress that was either yellow and white or blue and black depending on what kind of lighting you were viewing it with. This sparked up a memory of the MTH O-Gauge 2013 Volume 1 catalog in which the Premier Nickel Plate Road ALCO PA, nicknamed “Bluebirds,” was offered. It was difficult to tell if the locomotives were blue and white or blue and silver depending on how you looked at it. Years ago MTH had produced the same engine in the Premier Line equipped with Proto-Sound 1.0 and colored blue and white. Most of our NKP customer base was split between wanting white or silver engines and many were unfamiliar with the real locomotive’s history.
You see when the Nickel Plate Road received its first PA it was painted blue and nickel silver to match the new streamlined coaches built by Pullman Standard. Unfortunately the nickel silver paint on the engines could not hold up to wear, tare, and rust. Different kinds of metallic silver paint were tried but there was to be no improvement. In less then two years all of the PA’s were repainted blue and white which held up until the end of their service lives.
After several weeks of research, discussion and talks with MTH, Stockyard Express was able to confirm that the cataloged engines were to be blue and silver. While many loyal NKP fans were okay with this decision a small number still wanted white engines. We ended up striking a deal with MTH and 16 new blue and white ALCO PA’s were produced just for us at the same time as the blue and silver engines. All sold out within days of their delivery.
It should also be noted that our Exclusive “City of” sleepers were created and designed at the same time as the locomotives. Currently we are anticipating the arrival of the last part of an authentic Nickel Plate Road passenger train and that would be a Heavyweight Madison-style Railway Post Office car or RPO for short.
Premier Y3 2-8-8-2 Mallet prices have been reduced! Available in Norfolk & Western, Santa Fe, Rio Grande, and Baltimore & Ohio these engines offer all the power and strength of an Articulated Mallet but are much smaller than a Big Boy or Challenger! All are equipped with Proto-Sound 3.0, DCS, and if you are lucky enough to have or find an MTH N&W Auxiliary Water Tender they have a wire to connect with one! Also we have found that while they are labeled for an O-72 curve they can traverse an O-60 curve. However, they will not go through an O-60 switch.
Premier Line Y3 2-8-8-2 Mallets $1499.95/$1399.95
Call us, email us or visit us before they are gone!
Baltimore & Ohio Y3
Norfolk & Western and Santa Fe Y3s
Rio Grande Y3
Next up we have two videos to show you of engines from the RailKing Imperial Line. The first is of Nickel Plate Road 765 and the second is of Norfolk & Western J #611. Both engines are shown hauling the Norfolk Southern Executive Passenger Cars which are also from the RailKing Line. As of this time we are running low on all of these items as they are quite popular for several reasons.
Nickel Plate Road 765 is currently the largest operating steam locomotive east of the Mississippi River and is currently the largest engine participating in Norfolk Southern’s 21st Century Steam Program. The 765 was no stranger to Northeast Ohio during its employment on the Nickel Plate Road and hauled both freight and passenger trains during its time.
Norfolk & Western 611 will soon supersede NKP 765 as the largest operating steam locomotive east of the Mississippi River. The Queen of Steam is presently being restored to operating condition at the North Carolina Railroad Museum’s Spencer Roundhouse. It will likely be part of the 21st Century Steam Program this summer!
The Norfolk Southern Executive Train or more commonly referred to as the Office Car Special is used by NS to both promote and inspect the railroad. It is usually hauled by the Executive F-Units, which you can order in the 2015 Volume 1 Catalog, but the cars are now a common sight with many other preserved passenger cars on 21st Century Steam Excursions.
RailKing Nickel Plate Road 765 $409.95
RailKing Norfolk & Western J 611 $419.95
Remember than with any MTH engine that you buy from us you receive 12 months free parts and labor from our Service Center!
Ever since its debut in the Premier Line the GE Evolution Hybrid diesel-electric locomotive has been a popular item. First appearing in the RailKing line up in the 2013 catalog Stockyard Express is happy to report that this version is just as good as popular as the Premier version. So much so that after the initial release MTH had to remake it! MTH later announced an uncataloged caboose to match the engine which is now available.
30-20268-1 GE Evolution Hybrid ES44ACe Imperial Diesel Engine With Proto-Sound 3.0 $349.95
30-77262 GE Evolution Caboose $59.95
Both the engine and caboose are now available to purchase as a set at Stockyard Express for $379.95!
In anticipation of the soon to arrive MTH Premier Line Y3 2-8-8-2 Mallets we pulled our N&W Y3 #2014 out of the archives from the year 2002. It is currently hauling a string of coal hoppers around the Stockyard Express Central Railroad. The new Y3 Mallets will likely arrive next week.
For those of you familiar with all of our videos. You may have noticed that all the videos on our website are on Adam’s personal YouTube channel. While this has been quite effective for the past few years we are excited to announce that Stockyard Express will now have its very own YouTube channel! If you are have a YouTube channel of your own please subscribe to us. Click the link here to check it out and keep your eyes peeled for the first videos.
The latest Stockyard Express Exclusive Product has arrived! The Union Pacific “Route of the Centennial” PS-2 CD hoppers have been shipped and received from Weaver Models. As we have said before these hoppers were originally produced in the late 90s with Weaver in 12 car sets. We are now happy to bring you two new 6 cars sets or you may purchase them individually. Call us, email us or visit us today before they are all gone!
Yellow or Black Union Pacific “Route of the Centennial” PS-2 CD Hopper 6-Car Set $300
Single Yellow or Black Union Pacific “Route of the Centennial” PS-2 CD Hopper $51.95
See them in action in the video above behind the Big Boy or take a closer look below in the photos!
UP “Route of the Centennial” Hopper $51.95
Black “Route of the Centennial” PS-2 CD Hopper $51.95
Also new are PS-2 CD Hoppers for The Andersons which is a well-known and diversified grain shipping company based in Maumee, Ohio!
It’s the post-Christmas Season at Stockyard Express and we hope everyone who received a new train set under the tree is having fun. This video features the 30-4231-1 Norfolk Southern SD70ACe Deluxe Freight Set with several add on cars from the RailKing product line. The set includes the engine, gondola, tank car and caboose. The searchlight car, covered hopper, boxcar, coal hopper and ore car are all add-on cars.
For those of you who might just be considering getting into O-Gauge railroading do not only have the Norfolk Southern set but we also have this set in CSX, BNSF, and Union Pacific, along with steam sets and an Amtrak set. Each comes with everything you need to get started in the wonderful world of model railroading. Check out our selection online or visit our store today!
We have installed some signals on the Stockyard Express Central Railroad. In this video you will see a DZ-1040 Semaphore Lower Quadrant signal from Z-Stuff and a 30-11009 O Scale Cantilevered Signal Bridge from MTH which is being activated by the DZ-1070 Sensor. All are currently available along with many other signals at Stockyard Express.
The Lionel Vision Line Union Pacific Big Boy 4014 has arrived! We are currently sold out and the one you see on the layout belongs to the store. Feel free to come in and witness this amazing locomotive.
Stockyard Express is happy to announce yet another Stockyard Exclusive product this time from Weaver Models. We are excited to reintroduce the Union Pacific “Route of the Centennial” PS-2 CD grain hoppers which was one of our earliest custom products that we made back in the 1990’s. Originally available in 12 numbers, Weaver has decided to make 6 brand new numbers in the original yellow scheme and 6 more in a new reversed black paint scheme.
The cars feature die cast trucks and couplers and are priced at $47.95 but will be on sale for $45.00!
Pictured below are the original hoppers on our layout. Click for a larger image in a new tab.
The Weaver Models item number for the yellow Union Pacific “Route of the Centennial” PS-2 CD grain hopper is U3748. Contact us today to order yours and put your name down for the black ones while you are at it!