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athearn gp9b

Athearn has announced a new run of EMD GP9 diesel locomotives, along with a new GP9B slug. The Pennsy classified these units as EFS17m. 

Full details are not yet available. It is known that the GP9 will be available in Pennsy livery as road numbers 7184 and 7203. The GP9B will be offered as numbers 7178 and 7197. Models will be available as DC or DCC/Sound.

MSRP is $289.98.

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tangent x58

Tangent Scale Models has announced its latest freight car replica, the Pennsylvania Railroad (PRR) X58 Class Box Car.

Between 1964 and 1966, the Pennsylvania Railroad built a large fleet of new multiple-purpose boxcars. Constructed as class “X58,” PRR rapidly produced 2,565 cars, plus another 100 for Lehigh Valley. PRR outfitted the interiors of some cars with “loader” appliances and/or insulation which resulted in PRR designating 4 sub-classes: X58, X58A, X58B, and X58C. Being highly-useful boxcars, X58 boxcars were rampant nationwide roamers during their service life. Because of the quality and utility of this large fleet, many X58s lasted beyond the Conrail era, with some being repainted into NS, however most cars were retired in the mid-2000s.

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Bowser 41143

Bowser has announced a new run of GLa hoppers in HO scale in their "Executive Line".

Models feature one piece plastic molded body, under frame, brake wheel, air tank, brake cylinder, triple valve, free rolling trucks with metal wheels and knuckle couplers.

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The Chicago Terminal Chapter of the PRRT&HS will hold its first meeting of the new year on Saturday, January 24 between 2:00 PM and 5:00 PM at the Pullman Visitor’s Center, 11141 S. Cottage Grove Avenue, Chicago Illinois

George Pierson will present "The PRR Middle Division in Juniata County, PA, 1847-2012."  This program will take an in-depth look at this 30-mile stretch of the famous PRR Middle Division in central Pennsylvania. The presentation will cover how the PRR developed from its earliest days into the famous four-track Broad Way of Commerce.  Every significant structure in this 30-mile stretch will be covered.  Port Royal, Mifflin, and the coal wharf at Denholm will receive special attention, including a number of rare photos, many of which have not been seen before. Over this stretch, the PRR once connected with three different narrow gauge pikes.  A fuller version of this material is being prepared for an upcoming issue of the Pennsylvania Railroad Technical & Historical Society’s KEYSTONE magazine.

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I've just rolled out a new feature on Keystone Crossings that encourages discussion.

A Joomla (my content management system) extension called Kunena provides a forum component, which replaces our previous forum component, EasyDiscuss.

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