We have received the first two batches of PAs and are sending out pick up notices to dealers. The models turned out very nice. Thanks for your support.
The PA project has an innovative number board solution. There are very few photographs of the SP PAs running with engine numbers in the number boards. We wanted to ensure there was a way to accurately represent SP standard train numbers in the number boards. Included with each A unit is a selection of train numbers that align with most (if not all) of the possible train assignments a PA may have found itself on. Here is a photo of one of them assigned to the San Joaquin Daylight. We beleive this is a first for a brass model and seriously cool for the passenger train modeler.
Photo Courtesy Bob Zenk (UTI 5606-1)
We are announcing a new project that will follow up the SP PA and KM projects. We are going to produce a very limited run (approximately 100 total models) of Southern Pacific passenger service EMD GP9s. These models are being developed by the same team that did the PAs and the upcoming KM project and include world renowned SP 60’s motive power expert Bob Zenk. We will be offering them factory painted and lettered as well one unpainted version. This is a break from the current trend of all factory finished imports. We are doing this because of the limited size of the production run. We are only able to provide one road number and one basic (grey and scarlet) paint scheme per version for this project. The unpainted version is offered for those that want a model of the GP9 at the GGRM. In fact if there are enough reservations of the unpainted model we will be able to offer it in Black Widow as it is today. Please get your reservations in asap so we can see if this is a viable effort.
The UTI team
The SP PAs are just about finished and due to be shipped by air from South Korea to Northern California on September 29.
If you are one of those interested in our Illinois Central passenger train project, there is a significant amount of great information in the latest Passenger Train Annual from White River Productions.