The PLA is one of the groups responsible for restoration, maintenance and operation of a number of historic railroad locomotives and rolling stock that operate at Niles Canyon railroad museum. They are in the home stretch of restoration and return to operation work on the last remaining Southern Pacific Krauss Maffei diesel hydraulic. We are big fans of all things KM and would love for our KM project to move forward unfortunately we don’t yet have enough reservations to move it in to production. If you are at all interested in seeing these models built please reserve one through you local dealer.
Here is a note posted on the PLA web site hoping to drum up a few more reservations.
Union Terminal Imports, maker of hand built, fully-finished and operating collectible brass railroad models, is offering a special commemorative HO scale model of the Krauss-Maffei ML 4000 C’C’ diesel-hydraulic “Series Unit” locomotive. The makers are working closely with the SP 9010 team to ensure absolute accuracy and fine detailing, and are offering to PLA members a special SP 9010 model in a fine wooden presentation box. A number of PLA members have already reserved one or more of these unique models.
As of this date, Union Terminal hasn’t received the minimum order necessary to guarantee production. The models are not inexpensive, and exact price can’t be determined until the factory can determine how many they will build. For reference, you can estimate that they will cost more than a comparable brass HO scale U.S.-prototype diesel locomotive, due to the fine detail planned and the small collectible quantities.
The program is on hold, but not yet cancelled. If you’ve already placed your reservation with Union Terminal or your brass dealer, it’s still on the books. But if you haven’t yet heard about this program and would like a fine brass model of SP 9010 and other KM roster cousins, now is a good time to visit the Union Terminal website or your hobby dealer and place an order.
Sorry for the delay in updating the E unit status. Our builder Boo Rim is working through the models going over final quality control. They (and we) want to ensure the models are as close to perfect as possible. Dealers should expect pick up notices shortly. Thanks again for your patience.
The second batch of E units have arrived. They consist of the KCS and Seaboard E3s-E6s. We hope to see the E7’s – E9’s near the end of this month (March).
thanks for your patience
We have received the CRI&P, ATSF and Mopac E3s-E6s. Your dealer will get invoiced today and they will ship as soon as payment is received. The others will be following soon.
The E units have experienced a minor delay in Korea and the E3s – E6s are expected at the end of December with the E7s-E9s due late January. Sorry for delay and thanks very much for your patience.
This project is long sold out but we have a few models available due to a canceled reservation. Please see your dealer if there are any you missed reserving. There is 1 each of most of the KCS units a few BN a few SP.
We hope you have a Happy Holiday season and a Merry Christmas.
We expect pick up notices to be going to dealers for the E3s-E7s in the next couple weeks. Models should arrive from Korea near the end of October. E8s-E9s should be here before the end of the year. Thanks for your patience.
We would like to apologize for the delays on the E unit project. Our Korean builder has had some production issues. Not with the models specifically but with his internal process and personnel. He now has it sorted out. We are hopeful the first batch E3s-E7s will be here in the next couple months. They have been built and are in the paint shop. The E8s and 9s will be a couple months after these. Thanks again for your patience.
Chuck and Ed