What is Virtual Modeling? Paraphrasing from the Steam Era Freight Cars web
site, Virtual Modeling is intended to be a temporary, loose affiliation
of modelers building the "same" kits and connected by the Internet.
These groups will form to tackle similar projects. The group will be
able to communicate via an email list to discuss topics related to the
kit-building effort at hand. And, while the AMB caboose kit is a great
kit to begin with, almost anything may be considered if enough modelers
are interested in helping each other. The group could "converse"
through one of the existing IT groups, or if preferred, a new group
could be created to just handle IT Virtual Modeling projects.
Go to the Virtual
Products of Interest
Modeling – Proto:87
LASERkit by American Model Builders
LaserCut Structures in N, HO, S, and O
LASERKIT® XPRESS Kits
LASERKIT® GOLD Series
HO Scale Lineside Structures® 708
Based on the Engine House located in Springfield, Illinois at East Belt
Wye. This model will be at home on most any layout from the
Electric era through the Diesel era!
Model Builders - Stealth Traction Line
The Stealth Traction Line began with the pursuit of
personal modeling interests which resulted in the creation of limited
appeal specialty items to customize the Model Railroad Warehouse
Alco‑GE Steeple Cab switcher and items specific to the Illinois
Terminal that have been made available to fellow modelers with shared
From the HO Scale Model Railroad Warehouse
Alco-GE Steeple Cab Kit
To this... with conversion parts from the
AMB Stealth Traction Line
But, think ITS/ITC Class A
and Decals Available
The ITS/ITC maintained a fleet of wooden cabooses that
would serve the railroad not only in the electric age, but also into
the early 1960's. To improve to quality of service, a select few
cupola cabooses were converted to bay window cabooses, by use of a
pre-fab bay window. American Model Builders of St. Louis
announces the release of the HO Scale LASERKIT®
870 for the ITC 900 Series bay window caboose. This is a high
quality kit with all the detail you've come to expect from AMB that is
prototypically correct, and comes with cast design, GSC style bay
windows and leaf spring "inserts' to convert Tichy arch bar freight
trucks to the caboose style trucks used on the prototype. One of
the features of this model is the enclosed ladder construction kit
which when assembled is an exact model to the prototype ladder!!
LASERKIT® # 870 is now available
at a MSRP of $44.95. Custom made decals by Rail Graphics are
available separately from this kit for $2.75 per set.
Please add $5.00 for S&H, via USPS Priority Mail -
Continental US Delivery Only. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
for shipping rates outside the US 48.
During WW II, the IT would promote the war effort by promotion of the
"Buy War Bonds" campaign. Now comes a custom made "BUY WAR BONDS" HO
decal nose herald for Class "D" #74, photos of which may be found on
John's website page: www.rgspemkt.com/IT-Kit870Caboose
MSRP is $4.95 per set. Please add $1.00 for S&H.
American Model Builders accepts Visa/MasterCard, PayPal,
Checks, or Money Orders to:
American Model Builders
1420 Hanley Industrial Court
St. Louis, MO 63144
See Ordering Information at: www.rgspemkt.com/ORDERING2.
Orders may also be placed by email and PayPal, see the
above website ordering page for further information.
Additional Illinois Terminal "Electric Years" decals are
now in the works and 2004 will be the year that resin cast Illinois
Terminal passenger cars kits will be released!! For additional
details and updates visit: www.rgspemkt.com
or e-mail John at RGSPEMKT@aol.com.
HO Scale LASERKIT®
HO Scale LASERKIT®
870 - End View
HO Scale LASERKIT®
870 - Platform Detail View
Prototype View of ITC 903
ITS/ITC (Alco‑GE) Class A Steeple Cab
Select Interurban from the Main Menu to
go to the Steeple Cab page. The are other items of interest
listed on this page as well including possible Class B and
Class C "kits".
Sketch of Alco-GE Steeple Cab exclusively
available from Model Railroad Warehouse and their dealers.
Items specific to Proto:87 and "finer scale" modeling.
Take a minute to check out the possibilities!
Take a look at the new Precision Strassenbahn System™
illustrated to the right!
"The PSS™ System is designed specifically for Proto:87
operation, but in many situations can also be used for HO, HOm, P4 and
even OO. It will also operate with either 2-rail, or overhead, DC or
Precision Strassenbahn System™
Closeup of Precision Strassenbahn™ Rail
View of Precision Strassenbahn System™ with
a MDC ITS box car and PE Blimp
HO Scale AAR Type E Couplers – not Kadee compatible
Compatible Shank Sergent Coupler
Narrow Shank Sergent Coupler with
prototypical Accurail® PROTO HO scale size draft gear box
View of assembled and weathered Sergent
Coupler. See Pete Brown's web
site for further detail.
In March 1930, the recently merged Illinois Terminal
Company took delivery of 100 ARA design double sheathed, double door
automobile box cars and numbered them into the 51500 to 51599
series. The cars were rebuilt in 1941. Fifty cars had one
of their doors blanked off permanently and were renumbered to the 8200
series. The remaining fifty cars retained their double doors and were
renumbered to the 8300 series.
Note that Sunshine's information that these cars were
acquired used from the Southern Railway is incorrect. So, that
makes Sunshine's model good for an additional 10 years. And, with their
renumbering, these signature cars served the Illinois Terminal and
National Pool from March 1930 until the early 1970s
For further prototype information, see the Fall 2004
issue of The FLYER. A copy of the information
sheet from Sunshine Models is available at the link below:
Terminal Double Sheathed Box Car Kit
(Large File - 1.43 MB)
Be prepared for a long wait. The currently
reported backlog as of April 2004 is up to 6 months if it is not in
stock. However, your patience will be rewarded with a fine model.
Or, a detailed flyer is available with a self-addressed,
stamped envelope or cars may be ordered directly from:
P.O. Box 4997
Springfield, MO 65808-4997
Missouri residents add 6.6% sales tax. Shipping is $4
for up to five kits. Note that Sunshine does not have a web site or
email, and does not list their phone number.
ACF Builder's photo of ITC 51500-51599
series Auto box car built March 1930
Model, by Bill Welch, of Southern ARA Auto
box car nearly identical to ITC ARA Auto box car by Sunshine.
Photo by Ted Culotta and courtesy of the Steam Era Freight Cars
ITC Auto box car following 1941
rebuilding. Fifty cars renumbered to 8300 series kept their
double doors. Fifty cars renumbered to 8200 series had one door blanked
off making them single door cars.