New large scale products from the April 2018 issue of Garden Railways magazine

LGB Fire Extinguishing Water Car
Piko 2-10-2 steam locomotive

Engines & rolling stock

LGB (Märklin) has released a German Fire Extinguishing Water Car (#L42591). This four-axle stake car has a brakeman’s platform and separately applied tank, stakes, and end walls. The paint scheme and lettering are prototypical for a DR fire-extinguishing water car for the meter-gauge network in the Harz area in Era IV. The car is realistically weathered and has metal wheelsets. Price: $169.99. Website: has released its EggHaulers, designed to go behind your Eggliners. The simple four-piece kit can be painted as you wish or it can just be assembled in five minutes and be ready to run. The car is available in red, green, yellow, or blue. Visit the website for complete information:

Piko America, 4610 Alvarado Canyon Rd., Suite 5, San Diego CA 92120 has announced several new products. These include a Union Pacific flatcar with lumber load (#38757),  a D&RGW ore car (#38881), a DR IV tender snow plow (#37821), and a DR IV-V BR95 2-10-2 steam locomotive (shown). The engine has directional lighting and is DCC ready. Piko’s 2018 catalog is also now available. For complete information, visit the company’s website at
CCM Multi-Terrain Loader
CCM Backhoe Loader

Accessories & details

Classic Construction Models, 6590 SW Fallbrook Place, Beaverton OR 97008 has announced two new vehicles in 1:24 scale. The die-cast Cat 287D Multi-Terrain Loader includes an engine-access door that opens to reveal the Cat C3.3B engine, and a tilt cab that hinges to reveal multiple service-access points as well as system hydraulics. The model sits on soft rubber tracks. Price: $299.95. Also available is a die-cast Cat 416F2 Backhoe Loader with a 24" digging bucket and a 1.31-cubic-yard MP loader bucket. The boom, stick, loader, and both buckets can be put through a full range of motion, as can the outriggers. Features include realistic hydraulic lines, windshield wipers, mirrors, lights, and opening cab doors. The model also features both steering and oscillation of the front axle, a rotating seat, pilot-operated joy sticks, instrumentation, and warning labels. Price: $419.95. Website:
Murder to Scale book


Free 2017 Garden Railways annual index. Visit and click on “Annual index” under “Our magazine.” For a paper version, send a large SASE to Garden Railways index, PO Box 1612, Waukesha WI 53187-1612.

Murder to Scale
is a fun “whodunit” set in the world of model railroading, written as a personal project by Debra Schiff, the Communications Manager at Bachmann Trains. The story concerns the murder of a model railroader setting up a Christmas display in a local church basement. Could the murderer be another model railroader? Hard copies are available through Amazon and other online outlets; a Kindle e-book is also available


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