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The February/March NEWSLETTER 2019

New from Kalmbach Publications

Detailing and Upgrading Steam Locomotives

The late steam and steam-to-diesel transition era remain very popular with model railroaders. This book offers modelers a single reference guide for upgrading, detailing, modifying, and maintaining their steam locomotive models.
Covered topics include:
* An overview of steam locos: types, history, and how they work.
* Upgrading and repowering older plastic and brass models.
* Adding DCC and sound; weathering; and modifying details to reflect various prototypes.

Author: From Model Railroader Magazine Size: 8.25 x 10.75 Pages: 96 Color photos: 200

£ 19.00

Railroading & The Automobile Industry
By Jeff Wilson

Learn about how the automobile industry and trains have worked together with this book from Jeff Wilson.
This book gives you information about
Rail and auto traffic history.
Open and enclosed auto racks.
Auto parts boxcars and how they carried thousands of auto parts.
Assembly plants.
Automobile train switching.
Plus other operations.
Author: Jeff Wilson Size: 8.25 x 10.75 Pages: 96

£ 19.00

Great Model Railroads 2019

Each year Great Model Railroads brings you some of the best layouts you’ll ever see – and this year is no exception. Inside this special issue you’ll find our favorite new layouts in a variety of scales, locations, sizes, and eras. Plus, the 100-page edition is chock-full of how-to advice and operating tips for model railroaders of all skill levels!
This issue offers loads of inspiration with layouts depicting:
Gritty railroading in the concrete jungle on the Los Angeles Junction.
Busy freight and passenger operations at Canadian Pacific’s Montreal Terminal.
Midwest action on the Burlington Northern in the 1980s.
Heavy coal-hauling in West Virginia on Norfolk Southern in N scale.
And much more!

£ 9.00

Model Railroad Planning 2019

This year’s issue features more small and mid-size layouts along with doable how-to projects.
Featured stories include:
* Ac compact HO layout depicting the Delaware & Hudson in the Alco Century era greets guests at a New York state B&B.
* An HO tribute to the Akron, Canton & Youngstown, which provided a bridge route from the East to Midwest.
* A superbly crafted multi-deck layout in O scale of the Louisville & Nashville during the steam era.
* An L-shape N and HO switching railroad showcases the Southern Pacific in Oregon.
* And much more!

£ 9.00


DCC Projects & Applications Vol. 3

Digital Command Control (DCC) has greatly increased in popularity in recent years. Yet, most modelers need help navigating this tricky technology. DCC Projects & Applications, Volume 3 provides step-by-step instructions and how-to tips to show modelers how to set up, maintain, and operate DCC systems. This includes everything from layout wiring to decoder installation to light and sound effects. It also features information on the latest software, technology and upgraded manufacturer items.
Author: Mike Polsgrove with Cody Grivno Size: 8 1/4 x 10 3/4 Pages: 88 Color photos: 200

£ 18.00


The Golden Spike Route Today
By Trains

The Golden Spike Route today covers the 1776-mile route of the first transcontinental railroad with a contemporary look. Join us as we trek along the Union Pacific main line between Omaha, Neb., and Sacramento. Along the way, we’ll visit famous Sherman Hill, Wasatch Grade, and Donner summit. You’ll visit places that are off limits to anyone except for railroad employees like Bailey Yard; Curvo, Utah; and the 1000-mile tree.

* Running time 75 mins * Color * HiFi Stereo Sound * WIDESCREEN DVD

Regular price 22.00
NEW RELEASE OFFER UNTIL 29th March 2019- 21

EMDs in Minnesota’s Iron Ore Country
By C. Vision Productions

In this show, we will cover CN’s former DM&IR ore lines in northeastern Minnesota, along with a sampling of Northshore Mining and BNSF operations in the area. What draws fans to Minnesota’s north woods and the shores of Lake Superior isn’t just the beautiful country or the interesting iron ore operations, it’s the motive power used to pull trains through this unique region. EMD is king here, and we document these fine machines as they thunder across CN’s Missabe, Minntac, Iron Range, and Two Harbors Subdivisions. We also follow Northshore Mining’s mainline between Silver Bay and Babbitt, Minnesota, exploring some remote areas of Minnesota’s Arrowhead. You’ll see NSM’s older SD40-3s, as well as leased SD90MACs hauling raw taconite ore and tailings trains across the railroad. BNSF’s Kelly Lake and Grand Rapids locals are also briefly covered, powered by pairs of SD40-2s
With GE power slowly being equipped with straight air for ore service on the former Missabe, we made it our goal to bring you the best of EMD-powered trains in the Northland before it was too late. Many SD40 and SD40-2 variants are seen in operation, along with a brief look at Missabe SD38 and SD38-2 locomotives. Rebuilt SD45T-2 tunnel motors in CN, B&LE, and DM&IR paint steal the show!
We cover the area in all four seasons, adding to the variety of the program. Sit back and relax as we take you on an exciting tour from Lake Superior to the Iron Range, in C. Vision’s “EMDs in Minnesota’s Iron Ore Country”.



* Running time 2 hours 30 mins * Color * HiFi Stereo Sound * WIDESCREEN DVD

Regular price 23.00
NEW RELEASE OFFER UNTIL 29th March 2019- 22


Rio Grande Narrow Gauge in the 1950’s
By C. Vision Productions

Mountains and narrow gauge railroads are two things that worked well together years ago. One of the more notable of those narrow gauge railroads belonged to the Rio Grande. In this video, C. Vision presents the Rio Grande Narrow Gauge in the 1950’s from the films of George Niles.

On his journeys to Colorado, George captured a variety of standard gauge action, including the Santa Fe, Colorado & Southern and standard gauge Rio Grande scenes.

In Durango, our narrow gauge journey begins. Here we see the spectacular trains and scenery of the line from Durango to Silverton from both trackside and on board.

Next, we view a pair of “Cumbres Turns” with K-36 #483 and K-37 #490 in charge. These trains ran to and from Chama, New Mexico and Cumbres, Colorado.

Then it’s off to Salida, Colorado for our last segment. This is where we begin to see some great scenes of the Monarch Turn from Salida to the CF&I Limestone Quarry. Locations on this line include Maysville and the Garfield Switch Back.

This video includes a big portion of the Rio Grande narrow gauge fleet. 2-8-2’s in the K-27, K-28, K-36 and K-37 class are shown along with US Army diesel 4700N, that was tested by the Rio Grand in 1954.

Combine awesome Rocky Mountain scenery with classic narrow gauge railroading...and you have an incredible combination of railroading so unique...you have to see it to believe it! Don’t miss The Rio Grande Narrow Gauge in the 1950’s.

©2015 C. Vision Productions

* Run Time: 82 Minutes* Color * Silent films with narration and music * music on/off feature

Regular price 21.00
SPECIAL OFFER 29th March 2019 - 16

By Highball Productions

A five day photo charter on the Cumbres & Toltec with superb weather on all five days. Awesome stack talk from hard working K-36’s fighting the grade on a perfectly still pre dawn morning, pre dawn and sunrise glint shots at Lava tank, super sunrise silhouttes at Hangman’s trestle come together to make this one program steam fans won’t want to miss!

* Running time 2 hours 7 mins * Color * No annoying narration to distract from the stack talk. Dolby 2.0 audio.

Regular price 21.00
SPECIAL OFFER 29th March 2019 - 16

By Highball Productions

Chama Steam’s Fall Madness photo special on the Cumbres & Toltec with C-18 #315 and recently restored K-27 “Mudhen” #463. Double headers, mid train helper, stirring run by’s, in cab footage and some great stack talk


* Run Time: 1 hour 45 minutes plus previews * Color * Features narration on/off

Regular price 21.00
SPECIAL OFFER 29th March 2019 - 16


Kalmbach Publications

Brian Solomon’s Railway Guide to Europe

Are you ready for adventure? Brian Solomon’s Railway Guide to Europe is your go-to travel resource for seeing Europe by rail.
Written by a top rail expert, the 416-page “insider” guide takes you to scenic railfan destinations across 21 countries.
Ref. 01304

Regular price 22.00



Available FEBRUARY 1st, 2019

Wabash Power In Color
By Stephen M. Timkor

Diesel power is covered in full from a single, small General Electric switcher, to the monster FM Train Masters. Includes an in-depth look at the Canadian F’s, and the second-generation orders from Alco, EMD, and GE—including units ordered by the Wabash but delivered as Norfolk & Western.

Ref. 1669

£ 50.00


Northwestern Pacific In Color
By Scott Inman and Ed Mackinson

This perennial railfan favorite combined fascinating operations with gorgeous scenery. Our coverage extends from the late steam era to the years following its spinoff by Southern Pacific.

Ref. 1668

£ 50.00


Chessie System In Color Volume 2: B&O West End
By Brad McClelland

In Chessie System in Color V2 will cover the westend of the B&O in Southern Indiana and Ohio. Each chapter follow B&O’s lines out of Cincinnati and several secondary lines in this region during the colorful years between 1977 and 1988.

Ref 1667

£ 50.00

Available JANUARY 5th, 2019

Auto Rack Color Guide Volume 2
By Jim Kinkaid and Jim Eager

Morning Sun continues its in-depth look at auto racks, illustrating those used by Louisville and Nashville to the Warwick Railroad. Included are rare color photos of some seldom seen racks and cars. .

Ref. 1666

£ 50.00

Trackside around Ontario’s Cottage Country
By Bram Bailey

Bram Bailey takes you on a railfan trip through the tourist area north and east of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. You will see first and early second generation diesel units on the Canadian National, Ontario Northland, Via Rail, Algoma Central, Canadian Pacific and the electrics of International Nickel spanning the years 1964 until 2017 with an emphasis on the 1968-1990 time frame.

Ref. 1665

£ 50.00

Norfolk & Western Power In Color Vol 1
By Stephen M. Timkor

The N&W’s miniscule switcher fleet grew with the 1964 expansion, which included the Nickel Plate Road, the Wabash, and other railroads. Join us with a look at N&W’s switchers and slugs, the E’s and F’s acquired through the 1964 growth, and the electrics of the former Virginian Railway.

Ref. 1664

£ 50.00


Order your books today!
SPV will order books from Morning Sun at the end of every month so get your orders in and we will charge and send only once we have them in - not before!
Please note, we can get any of Morning Sun books in, just let us know which titles you would like.

Our Web site www.spv.co.uk

Our web site went down in December and wasn’t working again until mid January! As you can imagine, this was an absolute nightmare for us at SPV. December should be our busiest time of the year but due to our site not working and not allowing you to order on it, it left us frustrated and probably stopped you from ordering Christmas presents etc. Because of this I will be extending any introductory prices or bargains throughout the period of this newsletter.
We have now improved and updated our web site but you may need to refresh the pages when loading as previous ones may still be cached on your computer. This can be done by clicking refresh or pressing the key ‘F5’. Please also see listed “Limited Special Offers” of Pentrex, Greg Scholl and some Morning Sun books when you scroll down from the HOME page.
We do hope you all had a great Christmas and New Year and hope for the very best in 2019.

With special thanks to Johnathon at Graphicz Ltd www.graphicz.co.uk for all his help getting our web site up and running again.


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