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If you’ve been a fan of our traditionally themed Halloween cars over the past 10 years, then this locomotive is the perfect way to build your very own Halloween train. With its spooky sounds and synchronized puffing smoke, this 4-6-2 streamlined Crusader makes a great header to your Halloween car collection — no matter whether you’ve got every car in the series or are just starting out.

The Crusader’s unique colors and streamlined styling will make a welcome addition to any O Gauge fan’s layout or collection. Featuring die-cast metal boiler, tender and chassis construction, the Crusader sports all the standard features O Gaugers have come to expect in a RailKing steam locomotive including metal drive wheels, gears and rods, remotely controlled Proto-Coupler, synchronized puffing ProtoSmoke and a precision flywheel-equipped motor with M.T.H.’s industry-leading speed control. If you’re looking for a locomotive to complement your holiday décor, and powerful enough to pull all of our traditional Halloween cars, it doesn’t get any better than this. Turn down the lights and run your own Halloween Special!

The Halloween Crusader is available for order now through any M.T.H. Authorized Retailer or directly from the M.T.H. Website.

To see the entire 2018 Halloween Lineup, click HERE.

RailKing One Gauge G Scale Dash-8 Diesel Engines Now In-Stock

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September 26, 2018 - In the late 1980s, as General Electric and General Motors’ Electro-Motive Division engaged in heated competition (that continues today) for market share in the high horsepower category, GE announced its Dash 8 line of diesel locomotives.

Although the first demonstrator version had only 3,200 hp, most of the Dash 8s had 4,000 hp when delivered and were therefore designated Dash 8-40. Because GE builds its diesel locomotives in five modules, it was able to customize its Dash 8s for each buyer to an unusual degree.

Some railroads ordered their Dash 8s with conventional cabs, while others opted for the wider North American or comfort cabs, identified by a "W" in the engine name. Some Dash 8s have 4-wheel trucks — denoted with a "B" — while a Dash 8-40C has 6-wheel trucks. This variety meant that these diesels, which were designed for fast freight duty, also found a home in Amtrak passenger service. Despite their many differences, all Dash 8s share microprocessor control. The microprocessor, a small computer, regulates rpm, fuel injection volume, generator excitation, and many other operational features to make the Dash 8s run more efficiently than any diesels before them.

You can see the locomotives in action on video by clicking HERE.

Click HERE to learn more about these latest releases.

These limited production locomotives can be ordered for immediate delivery through any M.T.H. Authorized Retailer or directly from the M.T.H. Online Store.

2018 Freight Car Design Contest Winners Announced

October 10, 2018 - M.T.H. Electric Trains has revealed the winners of the 2018 Freight Car Deco Design Contest featured in the 2018 Volume 2 Catalog.

Last April we invited you to dig into your files, archives or library — or your desk drawer — and send us the prototype paint schemes you’ve always wanted to see on a Premier or RailKing freight car. We received 122 entries, more than for any previous M.T.H. contest. In total, four winners caught our eye as cars we’d definitely like to own.

Look for these cars in upcoming M.T.H. catalogs. And while they didn’t win, a number of other entries may also appear as future RailKing and Premier offerings. Each of our winners will receive $100 in M.T.H. rolling stock of their choice, as well as their winning entry when it is produced. Non-winners will also receive a model of their car if it appears in a catalog within the next three years.

CLICK HERE to see all four winning entries!

2018 HO Scale GP38-2 Diesel With Proto-Sound 3.0 Now In-Stock

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October 3, 2018 - Produced from 1972 to 1986, the GP38-2 helped inaugurate Electro-Motive’s "Dash-2" series of locomotives and became one of EMD’s all-time best sellers. With over 2200 engines sold throughout North America, rare was the railroad that did not roster these reliable, second-generation EMD workhorses.

Building on the success of the GP38 introduced in 1966, the Dash-2 model looked almost identical on the outside but incorporated a host of internal upgrades that lowered exhaust emissions and improved reliability, ease of maintenance, and tractive effort. Most significant was the replacement of the maze of hard-wired circuits, switches, interlocks, and relays — which had characterized first-generation diesels and had been the source of many of their service issues — with modular, solid-state electronics. Other improvements toughened the pistons, rings, and bearings of the 2000-horsepower, non-turbocharged model 645 prime mover.

The result was an engine so hard working and dependable that it became as common on American railroads as the F-unit was in the 1950s and ‘60s. Trains magazine recognized this in 1982 by designating B&O GP38 #3802 (a pre-Dash-2 model) as the All American Diesel; the engine resides today in the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Museum, repainted in its 1982 Chessie System colors. Many GP38-2s have soldiered on for more than three decades and remain in service today on short lines and regional railroads.

New for 2018, this accurately modeled GP38-2 joins our economically priced Ready2Rail lineup in four prototypical paint schemes. While Ready2Rail locomotives have fewer added-on details than standard M.T.H. motive power, Proto-Sound 3.0 versions feature the same versatile electronics and prototypical sounds found in every Proto-Sound 3.0 engine. In command mode, you can operate this second-generation stalwart with any other DCC- or M.T.H. DCS-equipped models. With the DCS system, you can create a lashup with just a few keystrokes, combining one or more GP38-2s with other Proto-Sound 3.0 first-, second-, or third-generation diesels — and run them all from a single throttle just like the prototype.

Click HERE To Learn More About These exciting new releases.

These limited production locomotives can be ordered for immediate delivery through any M.T.H. Authorized Retailer or directly from the M.T.H. Online Store.

York TCA Meet Seminar Schedule - October 2018

October 10, 2018 - M.T.H. Electric Trains will be including seminars covering the DCS Digital Command System for WiFi control as part of our exhibit at the Fall York TCA Meet in York, Pennsylvania during this October's event.

The seminars will be held in the conference room of the Orange Hall (located down the right hallway when entering from the lobby doors). There will be seating for approximately 30 people for each seminar. Each session will last approximately one hour including a Q and A session with the seminar presenter. If you are interested in attending any of these FREE sessions, you must sign up for them by clicking on the links below.


Seminar 1: An Introduction To The DCS Digital Command System - Hosted by Barry Broskowitz

Seminar 2: Transitioning To The DCS WiFi System - Hosted by Jason Wenzel

Seminar 3: Advanced DCS Features & Functions Using DCS WiFi - Hosted by Barry Broskowitz

You can find more information about joining the TCA or registering for York by visiting

Order The Fall 2018 Special TCA York Car Before They Sell Out

October 10, 2018 - M.T.H. Electric Trains has announced its 32nd TCA York Show collector box car to be sold at the TCA York Show in York, Pennsylvania on October 18, 19, and 20, 2018.

Like the previous 31 cars sold in the York Car series, the latest edition will again be a Premier Line model and the 30th in our "Catalog Series" - this time featuring the cover of our 2019 Volume 1 Premier & RailKing Catalog which will be released in October 2018.

As in the past, a very limited number of these cars will be produced and will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis for $40.00. MTHRRC Members attending the York show can purchase the car for $35.00. The car can be purchased at the M.T.H. booth in the Orange Hall.

Interested, MTHRRC and non-MTHRRC Members can speed up the time spent waiting to pickup your car by pre-ordering it from the M.T.H. Sales Department. NOTE If ordering the car in advance, you MUST attend the York show and personally pick up your car. Cars will NOT BE SHIPPED to show attendees who fail to pick them up at York.

Orders can be placed by calling 410-381-2580 and connecting to the Sales Department.

It's Easy To Add WiFi To Your DCS Layout

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Click HERE To Learn More About DCS and WiFi Control

2019 Volume 1 O Gauge Catalog York TCA Meet Pickup

October 10, 2018 - M.T.H. mailing list subscribers, M.T.H. Railroaders Club members (MTHRRC) and any others attending the 2018 Fall TCA York Meet in York, Pennsylvania can avoid the wait for the U.S. Postal Service by picking up the 2019 Volume 1 Premier & RailKing catalog and a selection of other M.T.H. previously printed materials beginning Thursday, October 18th at 12:00 noon.

To simplify the pickup process for any of our catalogs at the show, we've included an online form that readers can print out and fill out prior to coming to the show. Bring the completed form and we will be able to process you faster through our catalog pickup line.


Special MTHRRC Offer: No. 163 Freight Accessory Set Now In-Stock

2018-19 Lionel Corporation Tinplate Catalog Released Online

M.T.H. Electric Trains has published its final Lionel Corporation Tinplate catalog to the M.T.H. website.

The catalog can be viewed online by clicking the following link:

2018-19 Lionel Corporation Tinplate Catalog

The catalog will not be printed and is only available as an interactive flipbook on the M.T.H. website.

Items featured in the catalog can be ordered through any M.T.H. Authorized Retailer.

Hurry Before They're Gone, Just Five Or Fewer Of These Items Remain In Stock

October 10, 2018 - Each week, M.T.H. releases product lists spotlighting quantities of Five Or Fewer items that are remaining in our on-hand inventory. In many cases, these items will NOT be re-run in the future and these lists could be your last chance for ordering them before they're GONE FOR GOOD. Don't miss out on these items! Click on the appropriate product line link below and then any item number in the corresponding list to purchase that item from the M.T.H. Online Store or order directly from your local M.T.H. Authorized Retailer.

RailKing One Gauge

M.T.H. HO Scale

Lionel Corporation Tinplate

Premier O Scale 2-Rail

Premier O Scale 3-Rail

RailKing O Gauge

M.T.H. S Gauge

Tinplate Traditions

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