It seems that I forgot to ask several suppliers if they had anything new in the pipeline or available today. Here is second posting to cover what has been overlooked by me.
Smoky Mountain Model Works has released their Southern Railway low-sided gondola kit in 1/4″ scale. It features a one-piece urethane body like his previous AAR flatcar. The masters were designed in 3D and printed using a high resolution resin printer. The body is loaded with details on the top, bottom and ends. The inside of the gondola is fully detailed.
The prototype was long-lasting and could bridge into a the diesel era. It is available with two styles of lettering for the early black cars shown below and the red later scheme.
The kit can be ordered complete except for trucks. It weighs in at about 10.5 ounces with metal trucks attached. It does have a weight cast in the body. This probably will be ok on the layout byut weight can easily be added. Visit SMMW website to get particulars on price and ordering.
Right O’Way received their first shipment of P48 track with steel rail. This is 125 rail available from the company. Jay Criswell is testing the market on this to see if there is significant interest in the steel version. The price is $135 for a bundle of 19 pieces which make 51.5′ of right of way. You can also puchase a piece for $8 each. The track is 32.5″ long which different from the usual 36″ length of flextrack.
Modern Era O scale has a new car in the works for summer 2020 release. It is Thrall gondola. Like all of their kits it will feature a urethane castings and detail parts. This model will come with a one-piece body. No price or date for release yet.
KV Models has released some very interesting etched stainless steel parts for the Atlas O SW-8/9 diesel. The parts are well thought out and very nicely etched. You need to check out their website or look for them on eBay.
These parts will elevate the Atlas unit to more refined shedding some of the ugly parts done for the three-rail market.
Hopefully these new items will interest you.