First Train to SilvertonWith the beginning of May comes Opening Day for the Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad (D&SNGRR) resuming service to Silverton.
For the ‘kick off’ of the summer season, they annually hold a big party at the depot with free hot dogs, live music from the Bar D Wranglers, and access to a few of the first-class cars for scouting out the best seats. We always try to go down to the depot for a fun lunchtime activity.
This year, Narrow Gauge Day was held on May 3 to kick off the summer season of the D&SNGRR. For train tickets and information, visit www.durangotrain.com
These models use the TSU-AT1000 for EMD 645 Turbo (P.N. 828041) and our 16mm x 35mm small oval speaker (P.N. 810113).
Blackstone Models Announces New Frameless Tank Cars!We are excited to announce a new run of Frameless Tank Cars in the UTLX ‘GRAMPS’ paint scheme. We are offering three new road numbers, available either factory weathered or non-weathered. These are not expected to last long, so be sure to contact your favorite hobby shop quickly for these popular HOn3 cars. These cars are going to be shipping out to our dealers in mid-July.
B340656 UTLX #55339 ‘GRAMPS’ MSRP 67.95
B340657 UTLX #55297 ‘GRAMPS’ MSRP 67.95
B340658 UTLX #55341 ‘GRAMPS’ MSRP 67.95
B340656W UTLX #55339 ‘GRAMPS’ Weathered MSRP 75.95
B340657W UTLX #55297 ‘GRAMPS’ Weathered MSRP 75.95
B340658W UTLX #55341 ‘GRAMPS’ Weathered MSRP 75.95
Blackstone Models C-19 Shipment UpdateWe have received word that the non-weathered versions of our C-19s have left the factory overseas and are expected to arrive in Durango in early June. Due to a manufacturing flaw in the paint for the weathering, they did not pass our inspections, and therefore have to be completely rebuilt. These are expected to arrive 60-90 days after the arrival of the non-weathered versions. We apologize for any inconveniences.
New YouTube ChannelIn an effort to help showcase the features of our Tsunami products, we have started a new YouTube channel. Our first video stars our newest sound file, the NRE GenSet. Be sure to subscribe to our channel as we are working on new videos to add.
Tech Tip: Chuff Type, Conventional Rod vs. Simple Articulated“More power!” is what Tim Taylor famously said on the TV show “Home Improvement.” With that in mind, it inevitably translates into our modeling – we all love big steam. Whether a 4-8-4 or a 4-8-8-4 Big Boy, the Tsunami has the chuff pattern to match your favorite model! All of our Tsunami steam decoders have the ability to simulate the articulated 8-chuff per revolution of a simple articulated locomotive. This is controlled in CV 112.
For more information about this feature, see the Steam User’s Guide and refer to page 44.