USA Trains Information

EMD trainman Nov 19, 2010

  1. EMD trainman

    EMD trainman TrainBoard Member

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    Hi to the G Scale section,

    For those who may not know by now, I consider myself to be a USA Trains speciaiist in which I have alot of knowledge of different USA Trains products which includes regular runs, train show runs, special runs, custom runs, prototypes aand hobby shop runs. I have been also collecting USA Trains since the year 2000. Over the years of collectiong USA Trains I also have been collecting information such as catalogs, one page ads and pamphlets. There have been many people that I met along the way who were very helpful in adding to my collection of knowledge. Today I have a huge wealth of knowledge dedicated to USA Trains G scale trains to share with everyone who wants to research different trains that USA Trains made in the past.

    USA Trains started as Ro Trains back in 1987 and I have also collected a wealth of information on those trains. It was in late 1988 when Ro Trains and a hobby shop owned by Charles Ro combined to become one company USA Trains. There is a huge amount of pictures and information to share, so stay tuned.

    EMD Trainman
     
  2. EMD trainman

    EMD trainman TrainBoard Member

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    USA Trains PDF Files Uploaded

    Hi to the G scale section,

    I have uploaded the following USA Trains PDF Files. Here is the long list of USA Trains PDF Files available for your viewing pleasure.

    1) 1988 Ro Trains Catalog
    2) USA Trains 40ft Ultimate Series Reefer Cars List
    3) AirWire Drop In for USA Trains Flyer
    4) AirWire and Phoenix Sound joint venture with USA Trains
    5) USA Trains Beer Reefer Cars
    6) USA Christmas Trains
    7) Detailed USA Trains Info - Lengths & Measurements
    8) USA Trains EMD F3 locomotive list
    9) USA Trains EMD NW-2 locomotive list
    10) General Ro Trains & USA Trains Questions Answered
    11) List of Different Custom Run USA Trains
    12) USA Trains Military Trains List
    13) USA Trains Pepsi Series List
    14) R1400 series outside braced woodside box car list
    15) R1500 series outside braced woodside reefer list
    16) R1600 series woodside reefer car list
    17) R1700 series flat car type rolling stock list
    18) R1900 series woodside & simulated steel box car list
    19) USA Trains Special Hobby Shop runs
    20) Special USA Trains Big Boy 40ft reefers
    21) The History of USA Trains
    22) USA Trains "The Yellow Fleet"
    23) USA Trains List of Awards
    24) USA Trains different series explained
    25) USA Trains List of Ads
    26) USA Trains Matrix Charts
    27) USA Trains Prestige Series List
    28) USA Trains Price Guide
    29) USA Trains MOW Work Series

    The Above list of available PDF files which you will need Adobe to read them.

    Enjoy
    EMD Trainman
     
  3. EMD trainman

    EMD trainman TrainBoard Member

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    USA Trains Photo Albums Uploaded

    Hi To the G Scale People,

    I have uploaded the following USA Trains photo albums, here is the list of available USA Trains and Ro trains photo albums.

    1) 1988 Ro Trains Catalog
    2) 1990 USA Trains Catalog
    3) 1993 USA Trains Catalog
    4) 1987/88 USA Trains Catalog
    5) 1999 USA Trains Catalog
    6) 2002-2003 USA Trains Catalog
    7) 2003-2004 USA Trains New Releases Catalog
    8) 2004-2005 USA Trains Catalog
    9) 2006-2007 USA Trains Catalog
    10) USA Trains Bear Whiz Brewey Custom runs
    11) USA Trains Beer & Alcohol Related Rolling Stock
    12) Big Train Show Annual Rolling Stock
    13) USA Trains Black Widow Series
    14) USA Trains Custom & Misc Run USA Trains
    15) USA Trains Heritage Series Locomotives
    16) Las Angeles Garden Railway society
    17) USA Trains MOW 25 Ton Crane in Action
    18) National Garden Railroad Convetion
    19) USA Trains Prototype Rolling Stock
    20) R1400 series outside braced box cars
    21) R1600 series woodside reefer cars
    22) R16500 series 40ft reefer cars
    23) R16700 series 50ft reefer cars
    24) R1700 series flat related rolling stock
    25) R1900 series box cars
    26) R19200 series 40ft box cars


    The above photo albums are now available for your viewing pleaure and many more will be added in the future and will post updates as more are added

    Enjoy
    by:EMD Trainman
     
  4. EMD trainman

    EMD trainman TrainBoard Member

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    More USA Trains Photo Albums Uploaded

    Hi to the G Scale Section,

    I have uploaded more photo albums and here is the list of the added photo albums.

    1) R19300 50ft box cars
    2) USA Trains Hobby Store runs
    3) TCA Convetion series custom runs
    4) Tournament of Roses Series custom runs
    5) USA Trains Special "U" series custom rolling stock
    6) USA Trains Special "X" series custom rolling stock

    These are the latest photo albums downloaded that are available

    Enjoy
    EMD Trainman
     
  5. EMD trainman

    EMD trainman TrainBoard Member

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    USA Trains Info Update 1

    Hi to the G Scale section,

    I have added the 1990 USA Trains catalog as a PDF file to be available for download. I also plan on scanning the 2000 USA Trains New Releases Catalog and pposting pictures in a album and then eventually that album will be converted into a PDF file'

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  6. EMD trainman

    EMD trainman TrainBoard Member

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    Special Thanx

    Hi to the G Scale Section,

    I would like to thank the following Train Board members for thier support, help and encouragement for my USA Trains G Scale Registry

    Route 66 He was the first one I met who took my advice and went with USA Trains and made a wonderful overhead train layout. Route 66 also gave me the inspiration to start the USA Trains Registry on Train Board.

    Solase Who passed away on Train Board, it was Solase who got me started in documenting USA Trains products and he originally posted the USA Trains R1600 Woodside reefer list and we also exchanged USA Trains prototype trains, he won't be forgotten, not by me.

    GovB Came along and jumped in helping with the USA Trains Registry. Without GovB I don't think the USA Trains registry would have grown as big as it did on Train Board. I haven't seen GovB post here in a while and hope al is well.

    DragonFyreGt although he loves his Aristocraft trains, he still had encouraging things to say about my USA Trains post which helped me to drive on to make it bigger.

    Dahlebpe355 also has posted alot of information helping the USA Trains Registry to get bigger.

    krs we got off to a rocky start but now I know he meant well. It is thanx to krs who gave me the advice and encouragement to do what had to be done to make the USA Trains Registry grow

    FlashBlackman I thank him for the nice comments in which he stated that if you want to see how to set up a blog or website one should view my USA Trains registry.

    Thanx to All who also supported my USA Trains G Scale Registry

    Keep watch in my USA Trains Info post for updates

    Enjoy
    EMD Trainman
     
  7. EMD trainman

    EMD trainman TrainBoard Member

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    USA Trains R14000 Hopper Cars

    Hi to the G Scale Section,

    I have uploaded a photo album of USA Trains R14000 hopper cars. There you will find the USA Trains 70 ton hopper cars, wood chip service hopper cars, 55ft centerflow hopper car and the iron ore car. The album is available for your viewing pleasure.

    Enjoy
    EMD Trainman
     
  8. EMD trainman

    EMD trainman TrainBoard Member

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    Non USA Trains related PDF Files

    Hi to the G Scale Section,

    I have converted and uploaded the following Non USA Trains related subjects and are available as PDF files.

    Here is the available list of Non USA Trains subject PDF files

    1) G Scale Manufacturers Directory
    2) G Scale Trains Curve Diameter reference Chart
    3) Introduction to G Scale Trains
    4) LGB 2010 Items
    5) 2010 Large Scale News Archive

    The following below is a list of Non USA Trains related photo albums that are available for your viewing pleasure.

    1) The Trains of Walt Disney
    2) EMD Trainmans Trains For Sale
    3) EMD Trainmans G Scale Collection
    4) EMD Trainmans Layout Tour
    5) EMD Trainmans Scrap Book of Trains
    6) EMD Trainmans Trains in Action
    7) EMD Trainmans Track Cleaner Build Project
    8) Winchester & Western Wreck photos
    9) 2009 East Coast Large Scale Spring Train Show
    10) 2009 East Coast Large Scale Fall Train Show
    11) 2010 East Coast Large Scale Spring Train Show
    12) 2010 East Coast Large scale Fall Train Show
    13) USA Trains Chrismas Trains
    14) Conrail Days at Strasburg
    15) Epcot Center G scale Trains

    Enjoy
    EMD Trainman
     
  9. EMD trainman

    EMD trainman TrainBoard Member

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    R15000 USA Trains tank cars

    Hi to the G scale section,

    I have made a new photo album available called the R15000 USA Tank Cars which will feature all photos of every tank car USA Trains made. Right now I only posted the 10,000 Gallon tank cars and the 55ft Modern Tank Cars.

    Here is the short list

    1) R15000 - R15125 10,000 gallon tank cars
    2) R15150 - R15180 55ft modern tank cars

    I will post the 29ft beer can tank cars and the 42ft tank cars at a later date when "real" pictures are posted by USA Trains.

    Enjoy
    EMD Trainman
     
  10. EMD trainman

    EMD trainman TrainBoard Member

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    USA Trains R22000 NW-2 switcher

    Hi to the G Scale Section

    The EMD NW-2 switcher locomotive was the very first locomotive that
    USA Trains introduced into the large scale market. There was both a "cow" which was the cab version and matching "calf" which was the no cab version. Unfornately the NW-2 "calf" units have gone out of production years ago on many popular road names. I was lucky enough to buy my calf back in 2000 for my Rio Grande NW-2 "cow" and it was almost impossible to find at that point in time. Now with the introduction of the Alco S-4 switcher, I'm guessing that USA Trains will soon quit producing the EMD NW-2 switcher altogether.

    So I decided to upload a R22000 NW-2 switcher locomotive photo album which will be availble to those who want to view them and have most of the pictures of the
    NW-2 "cow" and "calf" units. Unfortunately alot of these pictures will be small.
    but should be good enough for reference.

    This is the oldest and longest production run locomotive from USA Trains and it
    would be a shame it they did dis-continue it, but values on the older units
    would go up. Getting power train parts for NW-2 locomotives will "never" be a
    issue as the "new" Alco S-4 has the exact same chassis, motor blocks and truck
    frames.

    EMD Trainman
     
  11. EMD trainman

    EMD trainman TrainBoard Member

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    1990 USA Trains Catalog

    Hit to the G Scale Section,

    The 1990 USA Trains photo album has now been converted to a PDF file and is available for your viewing pleasure thanx to a certain member for his help in the every efforts of improving the USA Trains Info post. You will need the latest Adobe reader to download and read the PDF files.

    EMD Trainman
     
  12. EMD trainman

    EMD trainman TrainBoard Member

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    Story of Mr Rogers Trolley

    Hi to the G Scale Section,

    I have completed my story of Mr Rogers trolley and converted it into a PDF file which is now available for your viewing pleasure. The story includes who made it and where it resides at today.

    EMD Trainman
     
  13. EMD trainman

    EMD trainman TrainBoard Member

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    USA Trains Info Update 2

    Hi to the G Scale Section,

    I have made the following updates to the USA Trains Info post.

    1) Downloaded pictures of the NW-2 starter sets in the NW-2 photo album
    2) Downloaded pictures of the 20 tonner Mighty Moe into a album and is now available
    3) Re-organized and added pictures to the USA Trains Chrismas photo album
    4) Downloaded pictures of the EMD GP-7 & GP-9 into a album and is now available

    Enjoy
    EMD Trainman
     
  14. EMD trainman

    EMD trainman TrainBoard Member

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    R22150 USA Trains 44 tonner

    Hi to the G Scale Section,

    The fourth locomotive that USA Trains introduced was the GE 44tonner switcher. This would be the first switcher that USA Trains used thier "Power Trac" system. Sales on the USA Trains GE 44 tonner slipped and today has now been long discontinued. I made a photo album of the 44 Tonner Switcher which features all of the road names that USA Trains made and is now available for your viewing pleasure. If someone wanted a 44 tonner today they would be a hard find. USA Trains also tried to market the 44 tonners in starter sets, but again they were not as popular as the NW-2 starter set.

    Enjoy the photo album
    Shawn
     
  15. EMD trainman

    EMD trainman TrainBoard Member

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    2000 USA Trains Catalog

    Hi to the G Scale section,

    I have uploaded pictures of the 2000 USA Trains "New Releases" and is now available for your viewing pleasure. This was a very short catalog which only featured new realses for the year 2000 and was only 8 pages long.

    Enjoy
    Shawn
     
  16. EMD trainman

    EMD trainman TrainBoard Member

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    USA Trains R22100 EMD GP-7 / GP-9

    USA Trains designed a new tool mold for it's 3rd
    locomotive introduction and this time it was for the EMD GP-7 and GP-9.
    Depending on the road name is whether the model GP-7 or GP-9 was used. The only
    difference between the USA Trains GP-7 and GP-9 was that the GP-9 had a "Dynamic
    Brake" on the locomotive and the GP-7 did not. Believe it or not you can convert
    one to the other very easily. The "Dynamic Brake" part of the GP-9 locomotive
    was just a simple seperate piece that just slid over top of the locomotive, this
    was so that two seperate molds were not needed to make both models, just a
    simple 1 piece extra part.

    The GP-9 was the "first" road locomotive that USA Trains made and
    was also the first to use the "Power Trac" drive system which feature
    traction tires instead of heavy weights like the NW-2 which did not have
    traction tires, but used weight. For the first time there would be many features
    and details that would seperate the USA Trains GP-9 quality from the rest of the
    G scale world such as the use of "real" road numbers, exact paint schemes for
    raod numbers, offering locomotives in multiple road numbers for "realistic"
    double heading, metal hand rails, see thru walk ways, red green directional
    marker lights, detailed cab interior with figure and the list goes on.

    The USA Trains GP-7 and GP-9 was a huge success story and broke many
    boundries of the G scale world of making a good quality train with fine details
    and parts, but for alot less than the cost of a brass model. When the GP-7 and
    GP-9 were orignially released, they only cost $129.00 to purchase them. The USA
    Trains also won the 1998 Model Railroaders Readers Choice Award in 1998 for the
    GP-7 and GP-9. For years the EMD GP-7 and GP-9 was a very popular seller, but
    like anything else that had a long run, alot of road names are being dropped and
    will not be re-issued.

    The USA Trains GP-7/GP-9 photo album is now available for your viewing pleasure

    Enjoy
    EMD Trainman
     
  17. EMD trainman

    EMD trainman TrainBoard Member

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    R22050 USA Trains 20 Tonner

    So what was USA Trains 2nd locomotive they introduced you ask? It was
    the 20 tonner switcher.

    Right after the introduction of the NW-2 in 1997, USA Trains worked on a little
    basic switcher which would use one power truck. This idea came up because USA
    Trains wanted to offer a basic starter train set that was cheaper than the NW-2
    starter set which featured a NW-2 locomotive, a American Series box car and a
    woodside caboose.

    Between 1997 and 1998 USA Trains introduced the 20 tonner locmotive which was
    "knick named" the "Mighty Moe" They also started to offer the "Mighty Moe"
    starter train sets. Todat the 20 tonner "Mighty Moe" is long gone and out of
    production as well as the "Mighty Moe" train sets are also no longer offered.
    The "Mighty Moe" could not pull alot but was great for someone to start out
    with. Also I believe this locomotive would have been great for someone to use in
    miniing operations or to move single cars around at a factory like with the
    Plymouth switchers used in real size railroads by factories. I don't think the
    full potential of the "Mighty Moe" was seen for the many applications that you
    could use it in and therefore discontinued.

    The Mighty Moe 20 tonner photo albums are now available for your viewing pleasure

    Enjoy
    EMD Trainman
     
  18. bntrainboy

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    Sorry,

    I am a newbie and I can't seem to be able to view the files you are referencing... Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks,

    bntrainboy
     
  19. Flash Blackman

    Flash Blackman Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    The signature format has been changed. I think that is why you don't see a link.

    You can search for EMD Trainman's photo albums as that is where the info may be located. I am sure EMD Trainman can give you more information when he is next on TrainBoard.
     
  20. BDH

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    Well, I see your point that the signature change may have lost the info...but, with all that work, the info should be in a "sticky" under the G section. I've done 2 searches, to no avail and shouldn't have to look that hard for good info. Also, he hasn't checked his posts for a month and a half so I think I'll PM him and see if we can get an edit on the post. I looked for a "community" tab and couldn't find one on this forum. I am active in several forums using similar software so it's not total unfamiliarity with just this forum.

    I wish I'd found this forum sooner. I has a wealth of knowledge.

    Bruce
     

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