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As you've probably noticed, MTH (Mike's Train House) trains make up the majority of my collection. Ever since I was introduced to MTH's DCS control system I've been a die-hard fan of their stuff. For being a mass producer of trains, MTH consistently puts out a quality product and they are very technologically innovative and clever. I also think that their DCS control system is a superior product and their engines always run like a dream. The main reason I like them so much, however, is because MTH makes more modern era engines, rolling stock and accessories than anybody else out there. Most train makers tend to focus on steam or early diesel era trains and may offer a few modern era items here and there. MTH, on the other hand, offers page after page of modern engines and rolling stock in every catalog they put out.

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MTH Engines (69 items)

20-20001-2 BNSF 3GS21B Genset Switcher #1228 w/Proto-Sound 2.0

From my 2009 vol. 2 catalog order, this is MTH's take on the new genset switchers. While it's not nearly as cool as Lionel's genset, it's still a very nice engine. I ordered a few of these in the 2-rail configuration, which comes with fixed pilots, and then I converted them for 3-rail operation. Note the scale couplers! Released in 2011, added to my set in July of 2011.

20-20002-2 CSX 3GS21B Genset Switcher #1305 w/Proto-Sound 2.0

Just like #1304, but a different road number. Added to my set in July of 2011.

20-20002-2.jpg CSX 3GS21B Genset Switcher #1304 w/Proto-Sound 2.0

From my 2009 vol. 2 catalog order. Very nice engines. Released in 2011, added to my collection in July of 2011.

20-20013-1E Union Pacific AC4400CW Diesel Engine #5774 w/Proto-Sound 2.0

This is the engine that leads the 20-20013 NASA Solid Rocket Motor Transport Set. From MTH's 2010 Vol. 1 catalog. Great Set!

20-20035-1 Amtrak Turbotrain Passenger Set w/PS3

MTH cataloged this in 2010 and it finally shipped in early 2013, but it was worth the wait. Fantastic set with great detailing and sound. I also purchased the add-on car, so the picture here shows the set with the additional car. Made in 2012, added to my collection in March of 2013.

20-20080-1 Maine Central (Pan AM) GP-40 Diesel Engine w/Proto-Sound 2.0

I've taken a liking to Pan AM livery, so I picked up this from MTH's 2010 Vol. 1 catalog. Made in 2010, added to my set in May of 2011.

20-20099-1 Montana Rail Link #378 SD45 Low Hood Diesel w/ProtoSound 2.0

I like anything Montana Rail Link, so I had to snatch this up from MTH's 2010 Volume 2 catalog. Very nicely done and great sounds. Made in 2010, added to my set in February of 2011.



20-20167-1 Union Pacific Veranda Turbine Freight Set w/PS 3.0

A beautiful set which contains the Veranda turbine, 4 box cars and a caboose. Made in 2011, added to my set in November of 2013.

20-20195-1 Soo Line 2500 HP Transfer Diesel Engine w/PS3

I ordered this from MTH's 2012 catalog because it's an unusual ugly looking thing....which I always like. Looks and sounds great. This was also my first ever SOO Line item. Made in 2012, added to my collection in March of 2013.

20-20241-1 NASA 3GS21B Genset Switcher

I've got a small collection of NASA related rolling stock, so I picked up this switcher to pull it all. Made in 2012, added to my collection in November of 2013.

20-20263-1 Southern NS Heritage ES44

The Southern Railway ES44 that's part of Norfolk Southern's heritage fleet. Great engine! Made in 2013, added to my collection in December of 2013.

20-20344-1 E-6 ABA Diesel Engine Set With Proto-Sound 3.0

A beautiful diesel set. Great sounds! Made in 2014, added to my set in August of 2015.

20-20526-1 Montana Rail Link SD70ACe #4407 w/PS3

These are wonderful models. Made in 2015, added to my collection in December of the same year.

20-20527-1 Montana Rail Link SD70ACe #4401 w/PS3

I love anything MRL. Made in 2015, added to my collection in December of the same year.

20-20535-1 Ohio Central GP-40 Diesel Engine #3235 w/PS3

I ordered this for one reason, the awesome paint scheme. Looks great! Made in 2015, added to my collection in May of 2016.

20-2267-1 Norfolk & Southern #9010 Dash-9 Diesel Engine w/Proto-Sound 2.0

The was the first DCS engine I bought. I was introduced to DCS and purchased this engine at Legacy Station, a great train store just outside of Atlanta. You can check out video of this train in action right here. This is a 2000 model, added to my set in July of 2005. For sentimental reasons, this engine is almost always on the layout.

20-2501-1 Union Pacific #1121 Alco S-2 Switcher Diesel Engine w/Proto-Sound 2.0

Since Union Pacific is one of my favorite roads, I thought it appropriate to have a UP switcher in the yard. This is nice heavy piece and is my favorite switcher in my fleet at this time. It looks so nice and the sound effects on it are really well done. Check out video of this engine in action on right here. This is a 2004 model, added to my set in December of 2005.

20-2534-3 Union Pacific #2037 GP38-2 Diesel Engine (Non-Powered)

The unpowered partner to the UP GP38-2 above.

20-2573-1 CSX #8765 SD60M Diesel Engine w/Proto-Sound 2.0

This purchase was originally for a BNSF SD40-2. However, when I got the SD40-2 home, it didn't work very well at slow speeds (very jerky). I took it back to the store and, to my surprise, found that a replacement had the same issue. That had me wondering if perhaps the SD40-2 model from MTH has some sort of defect in it, so I decided to choose another engine. This is a 2005 model that was adding to my fleet in December 2005.

20-2620-1 BNSF SD70ACe Diesel Engine w/Proto-Sound 2.0

The first engine to come in from my 2006 catalog order. These new SD70ACe's are amazing looking. This engine gave me my first look at the new brake cylinder detailing they've added to the trucks of their new diesels. The paint scheme is perfect! It was worth the wait. You can check out a video of this engine in action right here. This is a 2006 model, added to my set in December of the same year.

20-2620-3 BNSF SD70ACe Diesel Engine (Non-Powered)

Just like the one above, but non-powered. This is a 2006 model, added to my set in December of the same year.

20-2623-1 Norfolk Southern SD70M-2 Diesel Engine w/Proto-Sound 2.0

Amazing details make these SD70's so awesome. You can check out a video of this engine in action right here. This is a 2005 model, added to my set in July of 2007.

20-2644-1 Norfolk Southern Dash-8 40C Narrow Nose Diesel Engine w/Proto-Sound 2.0

This 2006 vol. 1 catalog order finally arrived in October of 2008. I'd say it was worth the wait. Very nicely done. The standout feature on this engine is the sound set. It sounds unlike any other engine I have and the start-up and shut-down sounds are first rate. Well done, MTH. You can view a video of this engine in action right here.

20-2693-1 Union Pacific SD40-2T Tunnel Motor #2843

This engine represents my first full weathering job on one of my engines. I was having trouble finding the nerve to weather any of my engines until an accident led me to weather this piece. Not long after I got this engine, I accidentally spilled a small amount of super glue on one side. With a permanent scar on the side of the engine, I was naturally quite frustrated at first but then turned that frustration into opportunity and told myself "well, the engine is no longer is perfect condition anyway so I might as well weather the thing". Not only did the weathering hide the super glue damage, but it gave the engine a very realistic and well worn look that I'm quite proud of now. Railroads usually keep their engines in decent shape, so I avoided any rust weathering and stuck to using only dirt and grime weathering, which is exactly what would cover an engine in active service. Now that I've gotten over the fear of weathering an engine, I'm sure this won't be the last engine that gets a nice coat of grime! Aside from the weathering, I really like this engine. The unusual hood vents on the back make this engine stand out. My only criticism is that the engine does not have the ditch lights that the prototype has. This is a 2006 model, added to my set in March of 2008.

20-2693-1 Union Pacific SD40-2T Tunnel Motor #2834

Just like the tunnel motor above, but a different road number. I weathered this engine to match the one above, but with slightly less dirt and grime. I now have these 2 running around in lash-up configuration on the layout. Great engines! This is a 2006 MTH model, added to my set in March of 2008.

20-2704-1 Southern GP-9 Diesel Engine w/Proto-Sound 2.0

Part of my 2006 Vol. 2 catalog order. This beautiful engine is a bit out of place with most of my modern engines, but I couldn't resist picking one up. You can still see GP-9's on the roads every now and then, so thre's still a place for it on my layout. This is a 2006 model, added to my set in October of 2007.

20-2704-3 Southern GP-9 Diesel Engine (Non-Powered)

Just like the one above, but non-powered. This is a 2006 model, added to my set in October of 2007.

20-2711-1 Conrail SD70Mac Diesel Engine w/Proto-Sound 2.0

One of the last pieces of my 2006 catalog order to come in. I really like to paint job on this piece. Looks and sounds incredible! I especially like the idling sound. It's sorta hypnotic. You can check out a video of this engine in action right here. This is a 2006 model, added to my set in April of 2007.

20-2711-3 Conrail SD70Mac Diesel Engine (Non-Powered)

The non-powered version of the SD70Mac above. This is a 2006 model, added to my set in April of 2007.

20-2769-1 Chicago Northwestern SD70ACe Diesel Heritage Set w/Proto-Sound 2.0

The 7th and final Heritage Set to be added to my collection, this is just as well done and amazing to look at as the others below. Made in 2007, added to my set in October of 2008.

20-2770-1 Denver Rio Grande Western SD70ACe Diesel Heritage Set w/Proto-Sound 2.0

The outstanding paint job on this engine makes it a real beauty. It's got a fantastic sound set as well. You can check out video of this engine in action right here. This engine was made in 2007 and added to my collection in October of 2007.

20-2771-1 Missouri Pacific SD70ACe Diesel Heritage Set w/Proto-Sound 2.0

When I first saw the picture of this set in the MTH catalog, I wasn't that impressed. The blue color seemed a bit unattractive. Months later, however, I was able to see a prototype at an Atlanta train show and I was very impressed with its appearance. So naturally, I picked one up in my quest to eventually get all the Heritage engines. Check out video of this engine in action right here. Made in 2007, added to my set in July 2007.

20-2772-1 M-K-T "The Katy" SD70ACe Diesel Heritage Set w/Proto-Sound 2.0

This is probably my favorite of the 7 Heritage sets that MTH made for 2007. The bold red and the star on the front are just plain cool. The sound effects are equally as cool. You can check out a video of this engine in action right here. Made in 2007, added to my set in July 2007.

20-2773-1 Southern Pacific SD70ACe Diesel Heritage Set w/Proto-Sound 2.0

The paint scheme on this set is very striking. This ws the 6th out of the 7 Heritage Series engines to be added to my set. The final addition will be the CNW Heritage Set. Made in 2007, added to my set in May of 2008.

20-2774-1 Union Pacific SD70ACe Diesel Heritage Set w/Proto-Sound 2.0

The first of the UP heritage set from the 2007 vol. 1 catalog to arrive! There are 7 sets in all, the others being Western Pacific, MKT, Chicago & Northwestern, Southern Pacific, MoPac and DRGW. The engine, the boxcar and the caboose are all perfect! The sound effects on this engine are fantastic, particuarly the start up sounds and the horn. I can't wait for the other versions to arrive! I've got close-ups of the boxcar and caboose down the rolling stock section of this page. Made in 2007, added to my set in June of 2007

20-2775-1 Western Pacific SD70ACe Diesel Heritage Set w/Proto-Sound 2.0

Perfect, perfect, perfect. The whole heritage series is a home run in my opinion. Made in 2007, added to my set in October of the same year.

20-2789-1 CP Rail AC4400CW #9545 Diesel Engine w/Proto-Sound 2.0

Sister engine to the one above. Very nice sounds and the bold red color looks really nice. This is a 2007 engine, added to my set in June of 2008.

20-2822-1 BNSF ES44AC #7785 Diesel Engine w/Proto-Sound 2.0

Part of my 2008 Vol. 1 order. I was pleased to discover that this ES44 has subtle differences, both in the body and the sound set, from the Canadian National ES44 above. It's always nice when train makers take the extra step to make slight modifications for each road name. Made in 2008, added to my collection in June of 2009

20-2822-1 BNSF ES44AC #7780 Diesel Engine w/Proto-Sound 2.0

Just like the engine above, but with a different road number. Made in 2008, added to my collection in August of 2009.

20-2827-1 Montana Rail Link SD70ACe #4308 Diesel Engine w/Proto-Sound 2.0

From my 2007 vol. 2 catalog order. These Montana Rail Link engines are so beautiful. I'm so glad a ordered these. In addition to being quite nice to look at, I like the fact that MRL is a pretty obscure roadname in O-gauge railroading which makes these engines more unique and special. The sound sets for these engines is incredible. Made in 2007, added to my collection in April of 2008.

20-2827-1 Montana Rail Link SD70ACe #4304 Diesel Engine w/Proto-Sound 2.0

Just like the MRL SD70ACe above, but a different road number. Made in 2007, added to my set in April 2008.

20-2827-3 Montana Rail Link SD70ACe #4304 Diesel Engine (Non-Powered)

The unpowered counterpart to the 2 MRL SD70's above. Made in 2007, added to my set in April 2008.

20-2834-1 Norfolk Southern AC6000 #7450 Diesel Engine w/Proto-Sound 2.0

Part of my 2008 Vol. 1 order, this is a beautiful engine. The start up sounds are wonderful. Made in 2008, added to my set in November of the same year. You can check out video of this engine in action right here.

20-2911-1 Union Pacfic SD40-2 #3593 Diesel Engine w/Proto-Sound 2.0

I was excited to get this engine, but when I opened it up it was a bit of a let down because of the awful color that used to paint it. Instead of it being a tan/brown camouflage, it's more of a pink/down camouflage. I can only assume that the colors were screwed up at the factory. This pinkish engine is almost laughable. It runs well, however, and the sounds et is also very good. If only it weren't pink. Built in 2008, added to my set in December of 2008.

20-2919-1 Canadian National SD70M-2 #8825 w/Proto-Sound 2.0

Just like the SD70 above, but a different road number. This is a 2008 MTH item, added to my collection in November of 2009.

20-2947-1 Conrail Dash 8-40C Narrow Nose #6026 w/Proto-Sound 2.0

From the 2009 vol. 2 catalog, a very nice looking engine. I've heavily weathered the engine since I bought it. Built in 2009, added to my set in August 2010.

20-2980-1 Union Pacific DDA40X Diesel Engine #6936 w/ Proto-Sound 2.0

From MTH's 2009 Dealer Appreciation Program, this engine is a monster and is by far the largest engine in my roster. Made in 2009, added to my collection in January of 2010.

20-2983-1 CSX ES44DC Diesel Engine #5210 w/Proto-Sound 2.0

From my 2009 Vol. 2 order, these are beautiful engines. It's been a while since I bought a CSX engine. I definately like the new paint scheme as opposed to the grey/blue/yellow scheme. Made in 2009, added to my collection in January of 2009.

20-2983-1 CSX ES44DC Diesel Engine #5219 w/Proto-Sound 2.0

Just like the ES44 above, but a different road number. Made in 2009, added to my collection in January of 2009.

20-2986-1 GE Evolution Hybrid Set

This set contains the GEVO ES44 Hybrid diesel plus the RPO research car. Great set and a great deal too! Under $500 for the whole thing! Built in 2012, added to my collection in December of 2012.

20-3376-1 MTH 20-3376-1 New York Central 4-8-2 L-4b Mohawk Steam Engine w/Proto-Sound 2.0

My first real steam engine! Ordered from MTH's 2009 Vol. 1 catalog. This engine looks and sounds awesome! Great detailing as well. Made in 2009, added to my set in December of 2009. Click Here to see this engine in action.

20-3379-1E Duluth Missabe & Iron Range 2-8-8-4 Yellowstone Steam Engine #225 w/Proto-Sound 2.0

Ordered from MTH's 2009 Vol. 1 catalog. This engine is a monster and is simply gorgeous. It cam as a set, with 6 DMIR ore cars. The ore cars can be seen here. Built in 2009, added to my set in August of 2010

20-3398-1 Royal Bavarian State Railway S 3/6 Express Steam Locomotive w/PS3

This engine is absolutely gorgeous. Built in 2011, added to my collection in May of 2012.

20-3405-1 Era II Class 241A Steam Engine

This was my first European steam engine from MTH. It's absolutely stunning. Some of the best detailing I've seen on an O-scale model. Made in 2011, added to my set in March of 2012.



20-3436-1 Santa Fe Blue Goose Passenger Set w/PS 3.0

This is an absolutely beautiful set. Not surprisingly, this is usually the favorite set of any women who come to see the layout. Made in 2011, added to my collection in July of 2012.

20-3451-1 Orient Express 2-3-1 Pacific Steam Engine

An absolutely gorgeous model of the famous Orient Express 2-3-1 Pacific Steam Engine. Made in 2012, added to my collection in January 2014

20-3503-1 Pennsylvania S-1 6-4-4-6 Streamlined Passenger Set

The legendary S1 locomotive, with 4 Pennsy passenger cars. Made in 2014, added to my collection in December of 2014.

20-3526-1 New York Central 20th Century Limited Streamlined Passenger Set

A beautiful set consisting of the Dreyfuss Hudson plus 4 NYC passenger cars. Made in 2014, added to my collection in May of 2015.



20-3536-1 Union Pacific FEF Northern Express Reefer Set

This is wonderful set consisting of the famous UP FEF Northern, 5 PFE reefers and bay window caboose. Quite stunning and great deal. Made in 2014, added to my collection in June of 2015

20-3575-1 Union Pacific 4-8-8-4 Big Boy #4014

This engine marks the first time MTH has installed a smoking whistle in any steam engine. It looks great! Made in 2015, added to my collection in December of 2015.

20-3611-1 Erie 2-8-8-8-2 Triplex Steam Engine #5015 w/PS3

What a lovely steam engine. Truly a work of art. Also, it was my first Erie locomotive. Made in 2015, added to my collection in April of 2016.



20-5644-1 Pennsylvania GG-1 Express Freight Train Set

This is a gorgeous set, and the price was great. $800 for everything you see...and that includes an engine with a die-cast metal shell, operating pantographs and a smoke unit. And you also get the 4 boxcars and caboose! Made in 2011, added to my collection in June of 2014.

20-80007B Norfolk Southern ABBA F-7 OCS Business Train DAP Set

These engines are part of a large set that MTH offered for their 2007 Dealer Appreciation Program. The 2 A Units and 1 B unit are model 20-80007B and the extra B unit is 20-80007C. The set also came with 10 passenger cars. I searched for this set for 3 years before Legacy Station found it for me in 2010. An amazingly beautiful set. Built in 2007, added to my collection in October of 2010. Click here to see this set in action.

30-1433-1 Silver Bullet Train Set w/Proto-Sound 2.0

I usually try to stay with more prototypical stuff, but I just couldn't resist when I saw this train in the 2007 Vol. 1 MTH catalog. The set itself is amazing looking and the sounds are incredible. The opening doors on the box cars with the smoke/cold effect are reall neat too. MTH deserves to make a lot of money off this set. They really put some thought into it. You can see a close up of the box cars down below in the rolling stock section of this page. You can check out a video of this engine in action right here. This is a 2007 model, added to my set in November of 2007.

30-2261-3 CSX #1116 SW-1500 Switcher Diesel Engine (Non-Powered)

This 2002 model is a little hard to find, so I was quick to snatch up the non-powered unit when I found it at a store in Ohio. I'm sure I'll add the powered unit eventually. I was inspired to get this piece after seeing these for real at the Inman yard here in Atlanta. Check out the tinted cab windows! Added to my set in March of 2006.

30-2393-3 Norfolk Southern #2307 Switcher Diesel Engine (Non-Powered)

Just like the one above, but unpowered. I've added an MTH lighing kit to this unit.

30-2724-1 CSX SW1500 Switcher Diesel Engine

Part of my 2006 MTH catalog order, these switchers will make a fine addition to the yard. They are build to scale and are nicely detailed as well. I was inspired to buy these when I saw the exact same models (and almost the same cab numbers) at the Inman Yard near downtown Atlanta. Made in 2006, added to my set in February 2007.

30-2724-3 CSX SW1500 Switcher Diesel Engine (Non-Powered)

Just like the one above, but non-powered. Made in 2006, added to my set in February 2007.

30-2748-1 Norfolk Southern SW!500 Switcher Diesel Engine w/Proto-Sound 2.0

Inspired by the real life version I've seen in the NS yard downtown. A perfect little switcher. Made in 2007, added to my set in December 2007.

 

MTH Rolling Stock (233 items, sorted by item number)



20-20013A Union Pacific 47' Heavy Duty Flat Car w/Exit and Nose Cone

Part of MTH's 20-20013 NASA Solid Rocket Motor Transport Set. Made in 2010, added to my set in Ocotober of 2010.



20-20013B Union Pacific 47' Heavy Duty Flat Car w/Forward Segment

Part of MTH's 20-20013 NASA Solid Rocket Motor Transport Set. Made in 2010, added to my set in Ocotober of 2010.



20-20013C Union Pacific 47' Heavy Duty Flat Car w/Center Rocket Segment

Part of MTH's 20-20013 NASA Solid Rocket Motor Transport Set. Made in 2010, added to my set in Ocotober of 2010.



20-20013D Union Pacific 47' Heavy Duty Flat Car w/Center Rocket Segment

Part of MTH's 20-20013 NASA Solid Rocket Motor Transport Set. Made in 2010, added to my set in Ocotober of 2010.



20-20013E Union Pacific 47' Heavy Duty Flat Car w/Aft Rocket Segment

Part of MTH's 20-20013 NASA Solid Rocket Motor Transport Set. Made in 2010, added to my set in Ocotober of 2010.

20-20013F Southern 70' Streamlined Coach Passenger Car

Part of MTH's NASA Solid Rocket Motor Transport Set. Nice car. Made in 2010, added to my set in Ocotober of 2010.

20-2769A Chicago Northwestern Heritage Set 50' Hi-Cube Box Car

Made in 2007, added to my set in October 2008.

20-2769B Chicago Northwestern Heritage Set Extended Vision Caboose

Made in 2007, added to my set in October 2008

20-2770A Denver Rio Grande Western Heritage Set 50' Hi-Cube Box Car

Beautiful paint scheme. Made in 2007, added to my set in October 2007.

20-2770B Denver Rio Grande Western Heritage Set Extended Vision Caboose

The matching caboose for the DRGW heritage set. Made in 2007, added to my set in October 2007.

20-2771A Missouri Pacific Heritage Set 50' Hi-Cube Box Car

This car and the caboose below came with the Heritage MoPac engine shown above. Made in 2007, added to my set in July 2007.

20-2771B Heritage Set Extended Vision Caboose

The matching caboose for the MoPac heritage set. Made in 2007, added to my set in July 2007.

20-2772A M-K-T "The Katy" Heritage Set 50' Hi-Cube Box Car

I just love the sweet paint job on these Heritage sets. This car and the caboose below came with the Katy engine shown above. Made in 2007, added to my set in July 2007.

20-2772B M-K-T "The Katy" Heritage Set Extended Vision Caboose

The matching caboose for the MKT heritage set. Sweet! Made in 2007, added to my set in July 2007.

20-2773A Southern Pacific Heritage Set 50' Hi-Cube Box Car

Great paint job. This car and the one below go with the SP Heritage diesel engine up above. Made in 2007, added to my set in May of 2008.

20-2773B Southern Pacific Heritage Set Extended Vision Caboose

Made in 2007, added to my set in May of 2008.

20-2774A Union Pacific Heritage Set 50' Hi-Cube Box Car

As if the heritage series engines aren't enough, you get a box car and caboose as icing on the cake. Very nicely done. This hi-cube car is the same body as the TTX hi-cube set below. Made in 2007, added to my set in June 2007.

20-2774B Union Pacific Heritage Set Extended Vision Caboose

In addition to the box car above, this caboose also came with the UP heritage set. I'm not huge on cabooses, but this is a very nice piece regardless. What's awesome about this caboose is that the inside is detailed with crew figures and seats, so you don't have to look at a bunch of wires and bulbs. Made in 2007, added to my set in June 2007.

20-2775A Western Pacific Heritage Set 50' Hi-Cube Box Car

Made in 2007, added to my set in October 2007.

20-2775B Western Pacific Heritage Set Extended Vision Caboose

The matching caboose for the MoPac heritage set. Made in 2007, added to my set in October 2007.

20-3379A Duluth, Missabe & Iron Range Ore Car

One of 6 ore cars that came with the DMIR 2-8-8-4 Yellowstone Steam Engine. Made in 2009, added to my set in August of 2010.

20-3379C Duluth, Missabe & Iron Range Ore Car

One of 6 ore cars that came with the DMIR 2-8-8-4 Yellowstone Steam Engine. Made in 2009, added to my set in August of 2010.

20-3379D Duluth, Missabe & Iron Range Ore Car

One of 6 ore cars that came with the DMIR 2-8-8-4 Yellowstone Steam Engine. Made in 2009, added to my set in August of 2010.

20-3379E Duluth, Missabe & Iron Range Ore Car

One of 6 ore cars that came with the DMIR 2-8-8-4 Yellowstone Steam Engine. Made in 2009, added to my set in August of 2010.

20-3379F Duluth, Missabe & Iron Range Ore Car

One of 6 ore cars that came with the DMIR 2-8-8-4 Yellowstone Steam Engine. Made in 2009, added to my set in August of 2010.

20-4479B Duluth, Missabe & Iron Range Ore Car

One of 6 ore cars that came with the DMIR 2-8-8-4 Yellowstone Steam Engine. Made in 2009, added to my set in August of 2010.

20-65147 Union Pacific 70' "Promontory" Baggage Car (2009 Dealer Appreciation Program)

This was my first modern passenger set in my collection. From MTH's 2009 Dealer Appreciation Program, these cars are meant to be run with the UP DDA40X diesel engine above (which was also part of the 2009 DAP). The five cars that come with this set are: #5779 Promontory (baggage), #5473 Portland Ros (coach), #5480 Sunshine Special (coach), #5011 City of Denver (diner), #203 Idaho (observation). A very nice set. Added to my collection in March of 2010.

20-65147 Union Pacific 70' "Portland Rose" Coach Car (2009 Dealer Appreciation Program)

This was my first modern passenger set in my collection. From MTH's 2009 Dealer Appreciation Program, these cars are meant to be run with the UP DDA40X diesel engine above (which was also part of the 2009 DAP). The five cars that come with this set are: #5779 Promontory (baggage), #5473 Portland Ros (coach), #5480 Sunshine Special (coach), #5011 City of Denver (diner), #203 Idaho (observation). A very nice set. Added to my collection in March of 2010

20-65147 Union Pacific 70' "Sunshine Special" Coach Car (2009 Dealer Appreciation Program)

This was my first modern passenger set in my collection. From MTH's 2009 Dealer Appreciation Program, these cars are meant to be run with the UP DDA40X diesel engine above (which was also part of the 2009 DAP). The five cars that come with this set are: #5779 Promontory (baggage), #5473 Portland Ros (coach), #5480 Sunshine Special (coach), #5011 City of Denver (diner), #203 Idaho (observation). A very nice set. Added to my collection in March of 2010.

20-65147 Union Pacific 70' "City of Denver" Diner Car (2009 Dealer Appreciation Program)

This was my first modern passenger set in my collection. From MTH's 2009 Dealer Appreciation Program, these cars are meant to be run with the UP DDA40X diesel engine above (which was also part of the 2009 DAP). The five cars that come with this set are: #5779 Promontory (baggage), #5473 Portland Ros (coach), #5480 Sunshine Special (coach), #5011 City of Denver (diner), #203 Idaho (observation). A very nice set. Added to my collection in March of 2010.

20-65147 Union Pacific 70' "Idaho" Observation Car (2009 Dealer Appreciation Program)

This was my first modern passenger set in my collection. From MTH's 2009 Dealer Appreciation Program, these cars are meant to be run with the UP DDA40X diesel engine above (which was also part of the 2009 DAP). The five cars that come with this set are: #5779 Promontory (baggage), #5473 Portland Ros (coach), #5480 Sunshine Special (coach), #5011 City of Denver (diner), #203 Idaho (observation). A very nice set. Added to my collection in March of 2010.



20-90270 6-Car TTX 50' High Cube Box Car Set

This was part of my 2006 catalog order. I'd been waiting a long time for these and I gotta say it was 100% worth the wait. They are so incredible! I ordered both sets, so now I've got 12 of these bad boys! The paint scheme is crisp and the detailing is very well done. These are definitely up there on my favorites list. I took a couple extra pictures to show them off a bit. These were made by MTH in 2006, and added to my set in January of 2007. Car Numbers: 504112, 504115, 504119, 504120, 504122, 504126

20-90271 6-Car TTX 50' High Cube Box Car Set

This was part of my 2006 catalog order. I'd been waiting a long time for these and I gotta say it was 100% worth the wait. They are so incredible! I ordered both sets, so now I've got 12 of these bad boys! The paint scheme is crisp and the detailing is very well done. These are definitely up there on my favorites list. I took a couple extra pictures to show them off a bit. These were made by MTH in 2006, and added to my set in January of 2007. Car Numbers: 504112, 504115, 504119, 504120, 504122, 504126



20-90277 6-Car Burlington Northern 50' High Cube Box Car Set

More of MTH's High Cube boxcars, but with the Burlington Northern pain scheme. These high cube cars are awesome, so you can never have to many of them. I may eventually add the 20-90276 set, which would give me 12 of these. Made in 2006, added to my set in July 2007. Car Numbers: 376891, 376893, 376898, 376899, 376901, 376904



20-90321 6-Car Conrail Coalporter Hopper Car Set

This set was part of my 2006 vol. 2 order from MTH. These are intricately detailed and look so great with all 6 cars lined up. I'm now pretty much limiting my freight purchases to matched sets whenever possible, so this is a part of that strategy. These were made in 2006 and added to my set in March of 2007. Car Numbers: 507271, 507283, 507284, 507276, 507280, 507278

20-90334 Canadian National 6-Car 100 Ton Hopper Car Set

This set was first item from my MTH 2007 vol. 1 order to arrive. They are very nicely done and look so great with 6 of them lined up. This is a 2007 set, added to my collection in April 2007.

20-90365 CSX 5-car Twin Stack Container Set

I'm convinced that this set is MTH's answer to Atlas' amazing Gunderson Twin Stack sets. Considering that it's pretty damn near impossible to beat Atlas' Twin Stacks (or anything Atlas makes, for that matter), I think MTH did a very good job. The detailing is very well done. One area where the MTH version falls short is that most of the model is plastic whereas most of the Atlas model is die-cast metal. MTH's model, however, does offer a couple nice advantages over the Atlas version. First, I personally like the way MTH did the fasteners that couple each car together. They're much easier to work than the Atlas versions. Secondly, I like that the MTH version comes with the container loads. The Atlas model does not come with the containers. They have to bought seperately for $25 piece. Purists will probably argue that the Atlas car fasterners are more prototypical and that allowing you to buy the containers seperately allows for more customization, but I'm not a purist. I think MTH did a good all-around job with these and I'm happy to own them. This is a 2007 model, added to my set in August of 2008.

20-90408 Railbox 6-Car 50' Box Car Set

I think Weaver did a great job with their Railbox cars, so my hopes were not very high for MTH's version. I figured theirs would be sorta like Lionel's in that is was a little bigger than the Weaver models. To my surprise, these are actually more like the Weaver cars, so I'm very pleased. They look right at home riding alongside the Weaver Railbox cars that I already had. Made in 2008, added to my set in November of 2008.

20-90441 Norfolk Southern 6-Car 3-Bay Centerflow Hopper Car Set

Part of 2008 vol. 2 order. These are great contemporary cars that I've been eager to get. I got 2 sets of them, so that will make 12 of these beauties in all. These will look great being pulled by one of my NS diesels above. I have since weathered most of these hoppers. Made in 2008, added to my set in January of 2009.

20-90442 Norfolk Southern 6-Car 3-Bay Centerflow Hopper Car Set

Part of my 2008 vol. 2 order.Just like the 6-car set above, but with different road numbers. Made in 2008, added to my set in January of 2009.



20-90445 CSX 6-Car Coalporter Hopper Car Set

Part of 2008 vol. 2 order. Very nice, with rotating couplers to boot! Made in 2008, added to my set in May of 2009.

20-90517 CSX Coke Hopper #205033

Nicely done coke hoppers from MTH's 2010 Volume 1 catalog. This car is part a 4-car set. Made in 2010, added to my fleet in May 2010.

20-90517 CSX Coke Hopper #205045

Nicely done coke hoppers from MTH's 2010 Volume 1 catalog. This car is part a 4-car set. Made in 2010, added to my fleet in May 2010.

20-90517 CSX Coke Hopper #205010

Nicely done coke hoppers from MTH's 2010 Volume 1 catalog. This car is part a 4-car set. Made in 2010, added to my fleet in May 2010.

20-90517 CSX Coke Hopper #206185

This car is part a 4-car set. Made in 2010, added to my fleet in May 2010.

20-90518 CSX Coke Hopper #205018

Just like the CSX hoppers above, but with a different road number. Made in 2010, added to my set in May of 2010.

20-90518 CSX Coke Hopper #205033

MTH made a mistake and made the same road number twice. Oh well. Made in 2010, added to my set in May of 2010.

20-90518 CSX Coke Hopper #205021

Made in 2010, added to my set in May of 2010.

20-90518 CSX Coke Hopper #205048

Made in 2010, added to my set in May of 2010.

20-91249 Montana Rail Link Extended Vision Caboose

A nice companion to the MRL SD70ACe's that I have, this is a nicely done caboose. This is a 2008 model, added to my set in October of the same year.

20-91263 Chessie Steel Caboose (MTHRRC 2008)

MTH's 2008 club car. Nicely done. Made in 2008, added to my set in April of the same year.

20-91278 Pennsylvania N-8 Caboose

Made in 2008, added to my set in November of 2013.

20-91403.jpg Southern Bobber Caboose

Made in 2013, added to my set in November of 2013.

20-91405 Florida East Coast Bay Window Caboose #809

Got this to go with a few of my FEC engines. Made in 2013, added to my collection in August of 2014.

20-93254 Atlanta Braves Double Door 50' Box Car

Go Braves! This car was built in 2005 and added to my set in November 2006.

20-93302 Wisconsin & Southern (#503030) 50' Dbl. Door Plugged Boxcar

I ordered the indentical car below from MTH's 2006 catalog. I liked it so much that I later added this second car which is identical except for a different road number. Made in 2006, added to my set in June of 2009.

20-93302 Wisconsin & Southern (#503052) 50' Dbl. Door Plugged Boxcar

This car was in the first batch to come in from my 2006 MTH catalog order. It's quite a beautiful car! Built in 2006, added to my set in November of the same year.

20-93334 NASA 50' High Cube Box Car

I've developed an interest in NASA rolling stock for some reason, so I picked this up from The Train Loft. It's very nicely decorated and stands out in a crowd. Made in 2006, added to my set in December 2007.

20-93336 Conrail 50' Waffle Box Car #223110

I bought this car and the one below off of ebay. Although the seller has listed them as being in "like new" condition, when I received them I found that the roofs of both cars had recently been repainted silver instead of the white that the cars came with. I was a little upset that the seller misled me about them, but seeing as I was about the weather both of these cars, I didn't get too bent out of shape. They looks pretty nice now that they are fully weathered. Made in 2006, added to my set in April of 2008.

20-93336 Conrail 50' Waffle Box Car #223113

Just like the boxcar above, but with a different road number. Made in 2006, added to my set in April of 2008

20-93340 Chessie Box Car #23750

My wife got me this car for my 32nd birthday! I had thought about getting some Chessie stuff for some time, and a birthday present seemed like to perfect time to do it. Very nice car. This is a 2006 car, added to my set in January of 2008.

20-93360 Norfolk Southern 50' High Cube Box Car #473343

This high cube car and the one below were part of my 2007 Vol. 1 order. Like the other high cube cars that MTH is cranking out these days, these are really pretty pieces. Made in 2007, added to my collection in August of the same year.

20-93360 Norfolk Southern 50' High Cube Box Car #473346

Just like the hig cub car above, but a different road number. Made in 2007, added to my collection in August of the same year.

20-93403 Southern 50' Waffle Box Car #531154

From my 2008 Vol. 1 catalog order. I will probably end up patching these to NS eventually. Made in 2008, added to my set in March of 2009.

20-93403 Southern 50' Waffle Box Car #531159

Just like the Southern Box Car above, but a different road number. Made in 2008, added to my set in March of 2009.

20-93418 TCA Spring York 2008 40' Box Car

MTH's souvenir car from the Spring York 2008 train show. I didn't make it to York, but I picked this up from the MTH online club store for $25. Made in 2008 and added to my set in May of the same year.

20-93440.jpg Rayonier Canada 55' All Door Box Car

I picked this up at Eastside Trains in Kirkland, WA. Made in 2009, added to my set in July of 2011.

20-93454 Boston & Maine Pan Am 50' Box Car #3219

From my MTH 2009 Vol. 1 catalog order. This was a wish come true and I'd like to think I had a small hand in these cars being made. A couple years ago I emailed MTH and asked them if they would make some Pan Am box cars because they had not made any to date. They responded to my email and thanked me for my suggestion. I figured, "yeah, right" and forgot about it. Well, I guess I wasn't the only one who wanted these puppies because here they are. Thanks for listening, MTH! Made in 2009, added to my set in July of 2009.

20-93454 Boston & Maine Pan Am 50' Box Car #3297

Just like the car above, but with a different road number. Made in 2009, added to my set in July of 2009.

20-93455 Maine Central Pan Am 50' Box Car #32109

Just like the car above, but with a different road name and road number. Made in 2009, added to my set in July of 2009

20-93455 Maine Central Pan Am 50' Box Car #32126

Just like the car above, but with a different road name and road number. Made in 2009, added to my set in July of 2009.

20-93464 Coe Rail 50' High Cube Box Car #119764

The first items to arrive from my 2009 vol. 2 catalog order. Nicely done, just like all of MTH's High Cubes. I liked the fact that this was a striking green color and I also don' t have much Coe Rail stuff so that made it even more attractive. Made in 2009, added to my collection in September of 2009.

20-93464 Coe Rail 50' High Cube Box Car #119705

Just like the car above, but with a different road name and road number. Made in 2009, added to my set in September of 2009.

20-93492 TCA Spring York 2010 40' Box Car

MTH's limited edition Spring York 2010 car. Made in 2010, added to my fleet in May of 2010.

20-93503 Maine Central 50' Box Car #32049

From my 2010 vol. 2 catalog order. I take any Pan AM stuff I can get my hands on. Love the paint scheme. Made in 2010, added to my set in May of 2011.

20-93503 Maine Central 50' Box Car #32057

From my 2010 vol. 2 catalog order. Made in 2010, added to my set in May of 2011.

20-93517 Amtrak Phase III Mail Box Car

Made in 2011, added to my set in August of 2015.

20-93518 Amtrak Phase IV Mail Box Cars

Made in 2011, added to my set in August of 2015.

20-93524 New York Central 40' AAR Box Car (MTHRRC 2011)

MTH's 2011 premier line club car. Really neat looking. Made in 2011, added to my set in May of the same year.

20-93584 MTH 2013 club car. 50' Chessie Ps-1 Box Car w/Youngstown Door

This is the MTH 2013 MTHRRC club car. Made in 2013, added to my collection in October of 2013.

20-93624 Central of Georgia 50' Ps-1 Box Car w/Youngstown Standard Door

I like anything having to do with Georgia, so it's no surprise I picked this up. Nice paint job! Made in 2014, added to my set in January of 2015.

20-93669 2015 Fall York Train Meet Box Car

I normally order these every year, but since I went to the fall York train show for 2015, I picked it up in person. Made in 2015, added to my collection in October of the same year.

20-94058 Conrail 40' Reefer Car

I've since weathered this car. This is a 2003 model, added to my set in March of 2006.

20-94060 Milwaukee Road Operating Reefer Car

This was the very first M.T.H. freight car that I bought. It's amazing! When the car is activated, via a control track, the door slowly opens and a man uses a dolly to pick up a package of dry ice and unload it onto the ramp. As if that's not cool enough, it comes with a smoke unit built in. But the smoke unit is not for your typical "smoke". When activated, the smoke units put out its smoke to make it look as is vapor is coming off of the dry ice containers inside the car! Simply Incredible! I was already sold on M.T.H. locomotives and now I'm sold on his rolling stock.

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20-94078 Sealand 5-Car Twin Stack Container Set

I was satisfied with the CSX version that MH put out the year before, so I ordered these from the 2009 vol. 1 catalog. They are nicely done and the colors are bold and striking. Made in 2009, added to my collection in September of 2009.

20-94097 Tropicana Operating Reefer Car

Just like the Milwaukee Road operating reefer car above, but with Tropicana livery. Very cool, and inspired by some Tropicana reefers that I saw in the CSX intermodal yard. A 2005 model, added to my set in April 2006.

20-95007 Union Pacific Husky Stack Car

This is a 1998 made car that I picked up on ebay for about $30. This was the first real car that I weathered with an airbrush. I think I did a pretty good job in making it look nice and dirty. I'm sure I'll get better with time though.

20-95049 2-car Norfolk Southern Spine Car Set w/(2) 48' Containers

I picked these up at Paragon Trains in Piedmont, SC. We took a day-trip to South Carolina to pick up a set of hard to find NS switchers. It turned out that Paragon specializes in Southern and Norfolk Southern roads, so I was able to pick up some extra NS freight rolling stock while I was there...including this set. This is a 2005 model, added to my layout in Feb. 2006.

20-95053 BNSF Husky Stack Car

One of the 2 containers is weighted, giving the car a nice and heavy feel. It's a 2005 model, added to my set in April of 2006.

20-95059 Coe Rail Husky Stack Car

Made in 2006, added to my set in March 2007.

20-95061 CSX Husky Stack Car

Made in 2006, added to my set in March 2007.

20-95062 Maersk Husky Stack Car

Made in 2006, added to my set in March 2007.

20-95087 CSX 2-Car Spine Car Set

From my 2009 Vol. 2 catalog order. Visitors to my layout seem to like the modern CSX logo on the container cars a lot, and so do I. Made in 2009, added to my set in January 2010.

20-95147 Norfolk Southern 60' Flat Car w/(4) ScaleTrax

This is the 2015 MTH premier line club car. Looks great! Made in 2015, added to my collection in September of 2015.

20-96116 CSX #63855 8000 Gallon Tank Car

I've got a ton of tank cars, but this one stands out as being one of the prettiest, in my opinion. It looks very modern and realistic. I particularly like the detailed warning placards, which signal this car's attention to detail. This is a 2005 car, added to my layout in March of 2006.

20-96161 CSX Tank Car # 993364

Part of my 2007 Vol. 1 order. I was motivated to get these 2 fuel tender tankers after seeing their real life counterparts at the CSX Inman yard in downtown Atlanta. Very nicely built. Made in 2007, added to my set in August of the same year.

20-96161 CSX Tank Car #993368

Just like the tanker above, but with a different road number. Made in 2007, added to my set in August of the same year.

20-96165 Tropicana Funnel Flow Tank Car #828

From my 2007 vol. 2 catalog order. Nicely done cars. Added to my set in March of 2008.

20-96165 Tropicana Funnel Flow Tank Car #825

Just like the tanker above, but with a different road number. Added to my set in March of 2008.

20-96168 Denver Rio Grande Tank Car

Part of the Union Pacific Heritage Series, I couldn't resist picking this baby up. Made in 2007, added to my collection in December of the same year.

20-96174 BNSF Tank Car #880121

Nice tank cars. I've since weathered these. Made in 2008, added to my set in May of 2009.

20-96174 BNSF Tank Car #880116

Just like the tank car above, but a different road number. Made in 2008, added to my set in May of 2009.

20-96190 Vulcan 8000 Gallon Tank Car #1201

I ordered this car and the one below from the 2009 Vol. 2 catalog because liked the 70's style gold paint job. Made in 2009, added to my set in January of 2010.

20-96190 Vulcan 8000 Gallon Tank Car #1204

Just like the tank car above, but a different road number. Made in 2009, added to my set in January of 2010.

20-96197 Montana Rail Link Tank Car #10016

Made in 2010, added to my collection in July 2010.

20-96197 Montana Rail Link Tank Car #10017

I weathered this tank car. Made in 2010, added to my collection in July of 2010.

20-96202 BNSF 20K Gallon 4-Compartment Tank Car

Very attractive. From my 2010 Volume 2 catalog order. Made in 2010, added to my collection in May of 2011.

20-9701L Burlington Northern O Scale Coal Porter Hopper

I picked this up while attending my first ever train show over in Norcross, GA. I didn't think the train show was that great, but at least I got a nice car out of it. This car was made in 1997 and added to my set in November 2006.

20-97168 Southern #280257 Ps-2 Hopper

More stuff from my 2006 MTH catalog order. These little fellas are really done well and will make a nice addition to the layout. This photo was the first train picture I took in the basement of our new house! This is a 2006 model, added to my set in December of the same year

20-97168 Southern #280259 Ps-2 Hopper

Just like the car above, but a different car number. Made in 2006, added to my set in December of the same year.

20-97200 Waddell Coal 2-Bay Fish Belly Hopper Car w/Coal (MTHRRC 2007)

This is the 2007 MTH Rail Roading Club car issued to members. It's a bit out of place in my modern themed collection, but it's still very nice. The opening hatches on the bottom add a nice touch realism. This is a 2007 car, added to my set in August of the same year.

20-97242 AEPX Coalporter Hopper Car #4828

From my 2009 vol. 2 catalog order. Very nicely done. I've since weathered these hoppers.

20-97242 AEPX Coalporter Hopper Car #4866

From my 2009 vol. 2 catalog order. Just like the car above, but a different number.

20-97501 Southern Wood Chip Hopper Car

I got this on ebay for $16. When it arrived, one of the trucks was broken off from the car. I fixed that with some super-glue. I later weathered this car and I also glued sawdust to the wood load to give the car a more realistic look. This car was built in 1998 and added to my collection sometime in 2005.

20-97531 CSX 3-Bay Centerflow Hopper #256435

Like much of the stuff I've been getting lately, this car is meant to match some of the stuff I've seen in the CSX intermodal yard behind the loft apartment we used to live in. Built in 2004, added to my set in November of 2005.

20-97651 MKT 2-Bay Centerflow Hopper #15088

Part of the MTH's "Heritage Series", I figured these would go nicely with my MKT Heritage SD70ACe. Built in 2008, added to my set in October of 2008.

20-97651 MKT 2-Bay Centerflow Hopper #15084

Just like the one above, but a different road number. Built in 2008, added to my set in October of 2008.

20-97684 Coors Light 3-Bay Cylindrical Hopper #200935

From my 2009 Vol. 1 MTH order, I got these to go with my growing collection of Coors Light pieces. Very nice looking. Made in 2009, added to my set in September of 2009.

20-97684 Coors Light 3-Bay Cylindrical Hopper #200938

Exactly like the hopper above, but with a different road number. Made in 2009, added to my set in September of 2009.

20-97687 Canadian National 100 Ton Hopper (MTHRRC 2009 Club Car)

MTH's 2009 club car offering. Made in 2009, added to my set in April of 2009.

20-98081 CSX Gondola Car w/Cover #705233

From my MTH 2009 Vol. 1 catalog. After years of building my scale rail fleet, I realized that I didn't have a single gondola. I rectified that oversight with this order. These are very nicely done, and the cover is a nice addition. I've since weathered both of these gondolas and they look really nice. Made in 2009, added to my set in July of 2009.

20-98081 CSX Gondola Car w/Cover #705238

Just like the car above, but with a different road number. Made in 2009, added to my set in July of 2009.

20-98094 Union Pacific 55 Ton All Steel Drop Bottom Gondola Car (MTHRRC - 2010)

MTH's 2010 club car. Very nicely done with lots of detailing. Made in 2010, added to my set in April of 2010.

20-98205 Union Pacific Jordan Spreader

This is such an interesting looking car, I couldn't resist buying it. The roads use these, obviously, as snow plows in the winter. However, I've learned that they also have other uses in the warmer months of the year, such as maintaining drainage ditches and so forth. The photo of this car on MTH's website does NOT show the black & white striping on the front, but only solid yellow. I'm guessing that this is because MTH added the stripes after the catalogs had already gone out. Another odd thing is that the real life UP #903143 is noticeably different looking than this rendition. This is a 1998 model, added to my set in April of 2006.

20-98211 CSX Center Bean Flat Car w/Log Load

Very big and very nice looking. I picked this up on ebay during a search for CSX rolling stock. It's very well done! This is a 1998 model, added to my set in February of 2007.

20-98215 Union Pacific Die-Cast Test Car

MTH doesn't make all the MoW equipment I'd like them to make, but what they do make they always do a great job on. In real life, these scale test cars are used to calibrate the train scales. I found a picture of a few of these on Railroad Picture Archives and MTH replicated the UP version very well. If only MTH would make other MoW equipment like speeders and ballast tampers! I can see it now..."Union Pacific ballast tamper with Proto-Sound 2.0"...wow that would rule! This is a 1999 model, added to my set in March of 2006.

20-98257 #ETTX852332 CSX Corrugated Auto Carrier

Trying to emulate what I see on the rails around Atlanta, I picked this big fella up. These auto carriers are built well and nicely detailed. They aren't quite as detailed as the Atlas auto carriers, but I still love them. This is a 2001 model, added to my set in July of 2006.

20-98365 MTA #941422 Flat Car w/Yellow R-17 Subway Car

Quite a nice set. The subway car on top is a fully functioning car, making the whole deal pretty heavy. Built in 2003 and added to my collection in July of 2006.

20-98407 Union Pacific #701206 Corrugated Auto Carrier

These things are huge. They are 20 inches long and over 5 inches tall! I was inspired to buy these 2 carriers because the exact same Union Pacific carriers roll through the CSX yard behind my house all the time. True to their real-life counterparts, these cars are much bigger than any other cars on the track. In fact, the cars have signage all over themselves stating that they exceed normal car size! These cars are intricately detailed and a site to behold. This is a 2004 model, added to my set in November 2005.

20-98407 Union Pacific #701210 Corrugated Auto Carrier

Just like its twin above, but with a different car number for extra authenticity. Made in 2004, added to my layout in November 2005.

20-98430 Southern (#62925) Coil Car

I had really never heard of a coil car prior to a few weeks before I got this car. Evidently these cars carry large spools, or coils, or wire and/or metal to wherever they might be needed. This is nicely built car with a good weight and with little plastic coils of metal under the lid for a touch of added realism. I specifically chose this Southern version of the coil car to match other Southern cars that I'm adding to my collection. Purchased Nov. 2005.

20-98483 NASA 75' AutoTrain Auto Carrier

I found one of these at the Train Loft in North Carolina and thought it would go well with my small but growing collection of NASA related trains. Made in 2005, added to my set in November of 2008.

20-98511 TTX (#131002) 47' Heavy Duty Flat Car

This car and it's brother below were in the first batch to come in from my 2006 catalog order. They are amazing cars and I know that my intermodal containers will look great riding on them. Built in 2006, added to my collection in November of 2006.

20-98511 TTX (#131004) 47' Heavy Duty Flat Car

The companion to the car above. Built in 2006, added to my collection in November of 2006.

20-98540 NASA 47' TTX Heavy Duty Flat Car w/Cover

From the 2006 vol. 2 MTH catalog, this wasn't originally part of my order but I liked it so much that I picked it up once they shipped. I like it mainly because it's just unusual. I will probably add a few other NASA cars to my collection before too long. This is a 2006 model, added to my set in April 2007.

20-98575 TTX Center Beam Flat Car w/Lumber Load #84557

Part of my 2007 Vol. 1 catalog order, these are really nice looking cars, and quite long. Made in 2007, added to my set in March of 2009.

20-98575 TTX Center Beam Flat Car w/Lumber Load #84237

Just like the car above, but a different road number. Made in 2007, added to my set in March of 2009.

20-98577 Norfolk Southern Schnabel Flatcar

My wife gave this to me for Christmas 2007. This is one beast of a car, coming in at 23.5 inches in length. Wonderfully detailed and a pleasure to run. Made in 2007 and added to my set in December of 2007.

20-98579 47' TTX Heavy Duty Flat Car w/SW-1500 Locomotive

This was part of my 2007 vol. 1 MTH order and it finally shipped in February of 2008. This car was a great deal. Normally, an unpowered switcher engine alone costs around $130. With this set, you get a really nice flat car plus the unpowered switcher for the same $130! In addition to being a great deal, however, it's also a really nice looking car and quite an eye catcher. This is a 2007 model, added to my set in March of 2008.

20-98584 Union Pacific 60' Flat Car w/Trash Containers

From my 2007 vol. 1 catalog order. A nicely built car, and having a train car full of trash give a nice modern day touch to my set. Made in 2007, added to my set in April of 2008.

20-98603 TTX 60' Flat Car w/(2)M1A Abrams Tanks - 6 Car Set

From my 2007 vol. 2 catalog order. This is a badass set. It has a surprising amount of detail available, if you have the time. Not long after opening the boxes, I found that each car comes with 2 coupler cut bars (one for each side of the car) that can be glued into place. The cut bars are left off because they can only be added if you have curves wider than O-54 (which I do, of course). In addition to the cut bars, the cars also come with long chains and load adjusters. You have to cut the chains to the proper length, and then secure them over each tank by fastening them to the load adjusters, which in turn fasten to the floor of the cars. It was quite a bit of work, taking me about 4 or 5 hours to complete all 6 cars, but it was quite worth it as the result was some very realistic looking flat cars. Well done, MTH. Made in 2007, added to my set in April 2008.

20-98628 Kansas City Southern de Mexico Corrugated Auto Carrier #995039

MTH made 2 critical imrpovement to the corrugated auto carriers for 2008. First, the trucks were positioned further back to a more prototypical position. Secondly, the car now rides lower on the trucks. It's nice when subtle improvements like these are made. That's what makes MTH a quality product. Made in 2008, added to my set in May of 2009.

20-98628 Kansas City Southern de Mexico Corrugated Auto Carrier #995304

Just like the car above, but a different road number. Made in 2008, added to my set in May of 2009.

20-98661 Montana Rail Link Flat Car w/Bulkheads w/Covered Wood Load #61026

Part of my 2008 Vol. 2 catalog order. I've taken a real liking to MRL stuff, so I was happy to snag these. Quite attractive! Made in 2008, added to my set in March of 2009

20-98661 Montana Rail Link Flat Car w/Bulkheads w/Covered Wood Load #61023

Just like the car above, but a different road number. Made in 2008, added to my set in March of 2009.

20-98662 TTX Flat Car w/Bulkheads w/Covered Wood Load #804406

Part of my 2008 Vol. 2 catalog order. Anything TTX is always a good addition. Made in 2008, added to my set in March of 2009.

20-98662 TTX Flat Car w/Bulkheads w/Covered Wood Load #804125

Just like the car above, but a different road number. Made in 2008, added to my set in March of 2009.

20-98670 ISG Hot Metal Car w/Flickering Molten Load #151

Cool flickering molten load! Made in 2008, added to my set in May of 2009.

20-98728 Union Pacific 47' TTX Heavy Duty Flat Car w/Transformer #50034

Very nicely done. The little sprung hooks that hold the tranformer in place are probably the coolest thing abou these cars. Made in 2010, added to my collection in June 2010.

20-98728 Union Pacific 47' TTX Heavy Duty Flat Car w/Transformer #50035

Just like the car above, but with a different road number. Made in 2010, added to my collection in June 2010.

20-98874 Railgon Coil Car (MTHRRC 2012)

The 2012 MTH club car. Very nicely done, and quite attractive. Made in 2012, added to my set in September of 2012.

30-1433 A,B,C Coors Silver Bullet Reefers

This is one of the 3 reefers (A,B,C) that came with the Coors Silver Bullet set. Their doors can be opened and closed using the MTH DCS remote control. Each car has a smoke unit that simulates freezer fog when the doors are opened to reveal the carload of frosty brew. Yeah, it's pretty cool. Made in 2007, added to my set in November of the same year.

30-7147 Union Pacific Stock Car

My inspiration for buying this car was the postwar 6656 Cattle Car that came from my dad's postwar trains. The 6656 looked so lonely all by itself, so I decide to get another cattle car to keep in company! Like everything else MTH makes, this car is quite good looking and solidly built.

30-7147 30-7147 Union Pacific Stock Car (#2)

Exactly like the one above. I liked it so much, I got another one. I bought this one and the one above in October of 2005.

30-7312 Norfolk Southern Tank Car

Since NS is one of the primary roads I collect, pretty much anything with the Norfolk Southern logo on it is fair game. Like everything else MTH cranks out, this a nice and sturdy tank car. Purchased in November of 2005.

30-73124 Union Pacific 3-Dome Tank Car

This was the 4th MTH freight car that I bought and was one of the factors that made me begin to favor MTH over Lionel. I've grown quite fond of this car and I am thinking about getting 1 or 2 more of the same model. This is a 2004 car, added to my set in October 2005.

30-7338 CSX Modern Tank Car

When we were over in the big CSX Inman yard, west of downtown Atlanta, we saw tons of CSX Fuel Cars. I bought this one on ebay in an attempt to get something like it on my layout. It doesn't look exactly like the ones we saw, but it's a good start.

30-74022 CSX Box Car

Nicely built! Purchased November 2005.

30-74022 CSX Box Car

Exactly like the one above. I'm getting in to a habit of buying more than one of each car, when I find a car I like. I think it adds a measure of realism to a train. Purchased November 2005.

30-74073 Union Pacific Box Car

Another "Route of The Streamliners" car like the Atlas rendition that I have, except this one is the familiar yellow and red colors of Union Pacific. Got this on ebay for $27 in October of 2005.

30-74122 Union Pacific Rounded Roof Boxcar

Added to my collection in 2005.

30-7433 Union Pacific 50' Modern Single Door Box Car

This is a very nice looking boxcar that I got brand new off of ebay for around $20. Interestingly, MTH has reissued this car in this year's 2006 catalog as RailKing 30-74332. I like my version better, though, since it has silver trucks instead of the black ones that are on the 2006 model. Not to mention that the new car is $45 in the catalog, so I got this one for more than 50% less.

30-7464 Santa Fe Double Door 50' Box Car

This is a nice double-door version of a few other Santa Fe box cars I have. It's quite a handsome car with attractive detailing and color. I bought this in October of 2005.

30-7469 Union Pacific 50' Double Door Plugged Boxcar

This is a 2001 model, added to my set in March of 2006.

30-7524 Southern 4 Bay Hopper w/Coal Load

I see these things running around Atlanta all the time, so I figured I'd get a couple. Picked 'em up on ebay for $26 a piece in October of 2005. I really like the way this car looks!

30-7524 Southern 4 Bay Hopper w/Coal Load (#2)

A duplicate of the Southern hopper above. Yeah, both cars have the same number on them but I'm not that anal about stuff like that...at least not yet. If you don't know what I'm referring to, I'm talking about the actual numbers on the car. On these 2 cars, that number is "73464". The numbers on a train car are sorta like license plates on cars. A train enthusiast who is obsessed with realism would not want to have 2 like cars with the same number because in real life that wouldn't happen.

30-7525 Norfolk & Western Hopper Car w/Operating Coal Load

The coal load in this hopper is simply a prop that can't really be unloaded. When the car is activated, however, the coal load in the hopper magically gets lower and lower as if it's really being unloaded! watch quicktime movie

30-76074 CSX Flat Car w/Trailer

Bought November 2005.

30-78040 Coors Silver Bullet Operating Reefer

Part of my 2007 Vol. 1 catalog order, this is add-on reefer car for the Coors Light Silver Bullet train set (above). Made in 2007, added to my set in June of 2008.

30-78061 Coors Operating Reefer Car Tail

Part of my 2008 vol. 1 catalog order, this is the final tail car that can be added onto the Silver Bullet train. Looks great! Made in 2008, added to my set in November of the same year

30-79004 Union Pacific Fire Car

I haven't seen a lot of these around, so I snatched this up when I found it. It's just a neat little car, with all sorts of detail on it. It's got a little more plastic than I would like, but it's still a great car. This is a 1999 model, added to my set in March of 2006.

30-79032 Great Northern American Crane Car

This is a nice series that MTH has come out with. I couldn't resist picking one up when I saw this at a local train store here in Atlanta. Added to my collection in October 2005.

30-79045 Conrail Hopper Car w/Operating Coal Load

I got this while on a Conrail kick. It's a nice looking car and the animated coal load is pretty sweet. This is a 2003 car, added to my set in March of 2006

30-79056 Baltimore & Ohio Operating Box Car w/Signal Man

This was my second MTH rolling stock purchase. MTH's operating cars are so much smoother than Lionel's. The slow and fluid motion as the door opens and the man comes out with his lantern is just amazing. This is a 2004 release, added to my layout in September 2005.

watch quicktime video

30-79083 Norfolk Southern Operating Box Car w/Signalman

I picked this up at Paragon Trains in Piedmont, SC while going there to pick up a couple of NS switchers. This was part of a big Norfolk Southern kick I got on when I discovered the huge NS Inman yard here in Atlanta. This is a 2004 model, added to my layout in Feb. 2006.

30-79091 Alaska Operating Flat Car w/Logs

I picked this car up outside of Chicago while on a business trip. It's a 2005 model and I picked it up in November of the same year. This log dump car is much better looking than the Lionel counterpart, in my opinion.

30-7926 Conrail Searchlight Car

This car is very cool. It looks a lot like the old Lionel searchlight car, except that MTH has improved the light mechanism. It's basically outfitted with the same rotating motor found on MTH's remake of Lionel's 394 Rotary Beacon. When the track is energized, the light comes on and spins around continuously. When I first got this car, I was a little peeved that the car did not have a switch on the underside for turning the search light off when it's not in use. However, on closer inspection I found that the car does, in fact, have a switch that is appropriately placed on the little plastic generator on the top of the car! This is a 1999 model, added to my set in March of 2006.

30-7986 CSX American Crane Car

Just like the GN crane below, but with CSX livery.

30-8214 New Haven Die-Cast 4-Bay Hopper w/Coal Load

This big and heavy beauty really stands out with its bold orange color. It definitely will add some pep to the layout. Bought in October 2005.

RK-7406L Santa Fe Red & Black Semi-Scale Box Car

This car is basically identical to the 2 brown Lionel 6-19216 Santa Fe box cars I have, except it's a nice bold red color that really looks nice. Added October 2005.

 

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