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page revised Thursday, September 27, 2007 at 11:31 AM

Year 2005: MDK K-Line® Porter steam switchers

The Western Depot had K-Line® paint some of their brand new Porter 0-4-0 tank engines in western railroad schemes exclusively for us. As a bonus, our Porters all have red cab roofs. The Porters K-Line® released themselves are all just basic black. These little steam switchers were commonly used for yard work, industrial switching, and railroad construction and maintenance.



K2631-10 Westside Lumber Company Porter 0-4-0T
K2631-11 Western Pacific Porter 0-4-0T
K2631-12 Southern Pacific Porter 0-4-0T

All Porters are in stock now.

Year 2005: MDK K-Line® Maintenance of Way cars

The Western Depot had K-Line® make some sets of Maintenance of Way cars to go along K-Line’s Porter and Plymouth switchers. These are decorated for Right Of Way so that they can be used for any railroad. The cars are the smaller Classic size cars so that they will not look oversize next to the small switcher locomotives.

K-515904A Right of Way MOW 4-pac contains:
boxcar, hopper, flatcar with rails, and flatcar with cabin and crane

The 4-pac is in stock.

Year 2005: MDK K-Line® 15" Heavyweight 6-packs

The Western Depot had K-Line® make some sets of their 15" heavyweight cars especially for us. The Capitol Limited was B&O’s flagship passenger train with an emphasis on comfort and service.

K-4810A Baltimore & Ohio “Capitol Limited” 15" heavyweight 6-pack contains:
baggage car #662
coach #3512
dining car #1020
“Camp Bragg” Pullman sleeper
“Clover Bay” Pullman sleeper
“Mountain Creek” observation

The Baltimore and Ohio set is in stock.

Year 2004: MDK K-Line® Western Pacific items

The Western Depot had K-Line® produce a variety of limited run items decorated for the Western Pacific: a Plymouth switcher, a 6-pack of ore cars, two 4-packs of scale size freight cars and two 4-packs of reefers.

The Plymouth switcher is an extremely popular model from K-Line® and we expect our run of WP units to sell out quickly since only 350 units were made. The ore cars are the perfect size to match the Plymouth and are a limited run of only 300 sets.

WP Plymouth and ore cars

The Western Pacific scale size freight car 4-packs each contain a Tidewater Southern boxcar, a Sacramento Northern boxcar (Sacramento Northern and Tidewater Southern were both owned by the Western Pacific), a Western Pacific / Pacific Fruit Express wood-sided reefer, and a Western Pacific bay window caboose. Each 4-pack has totally different road numbers on all of the cars. Only 150 of each 4-pack were made.

WP scale freight car 4-pack

In addition to the reefers included in our freight car 4-packs we are also had two 4-packs of the scale size Western Pacific / Pacific Fruit Express wood-sided reefers made. Every reefer will have a different road number making a total of ten road numbers available if you buy both reefer packs and both freight car packs. Only 100 of each reefer 4-pack were made.

WP PFE reefer 4-pack

For those running O scale two-rail track we had K-Line produce a very limited run of the scale size WP cars with 2–rail trucks and couplers already installed. Both WP PFE reefer sets will be available in 2–rail as will the two WP cabooses. Only 25 sets each of the 2–rail reefers were made and only 48 each of the 2–rail cabooses.

K2630-19 Western Pacific Plymouth switcher
K672-2171A Western Pacific ore car 6-pack
K612-2172A Western Pacific scale size freight car 4-pack #1 contains:
K612-21721 Western Pacific bay window caboose #428
K761-80162 Tidewater Southern boxcar #501
K761-80171 Sacramento Northern boxcar #2324
K762-21711 Western Pacific / Pacific Fruit Express wood-sided reefer #52768
K612-2172B Western Pacific scale size freight car 4-pack #2 contains:
K612-21722 Western Pacific bay window caboose #433
K761-80163 Tidewater Southern boxcar #506
K761-80172 Sacramento Northern boxcar #2302
K762-21712 Western Pacific / Pacific Fruit Express wood-sided reefer #52775
K762-2172A Western Pacific / Pacific Fruit Express scale size wood-sided reefer 4-pack #1
contains road numbers 52301, 52338, 52362 and 52417
K762-2172B Western Pacific / Pacific Fruit Express scale size wood-sided reefer 4-pack #2
contains road numbers 52345, 52402, 52511 and 52569
KS612-21721 2-rail Western Pacific bay window caboose #428
KS612-21722 2-rail Western Pacific bay window caboose #433
KS762-2172A 2-rail Western Pacific / Pacific Fruit Express wood-sided reefer 4-pack #1
contains road numbers 52301, 52338, 52362 and 52417
KS762-2172B 2-rail Western Pacific / Pacific Fruit Express wood-sided reefer 4-pack #2
contains road numbers 52345, 52402, 52511 and 52569

All Western Pacific items are in stock now.

Year 2004: MDK K-Line® WestSide Lumber Company items

The Western Depot had K-Line® produce a variety of limited run items decorated for the WestSide Lumber Company. The WestSide Lumber Company is perhaps one of the best known and most popular logging operations that existed. The introduction of K-Line’s new class B two-truck Shay led us to request a special run of items decorated for this popular railroad.

The Shay is a brand new item from K-Line® and pre-production samples convinced us that this will be another excellent running locomotive. K-Line® even designed the locomotive so that the model is driven by the geared shaft on the side of the locomotive, just like the prototype was! Only 200 of these Shays were made in 3-rail and we are even had a VERY limited number (only 10) made in 2-rail. The 3-rail version includes Lionel RailSounds, TMCC, cruise control and electrocouplers. The 2-rail version is DC only without a DCC socket.

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What good would a logging railroad be without log cars to haul the load? With that in mind we had K-Line® produce two sets of log cars to go with our WSLC Shay. Each set has four different road numbers for a total of eight road numbers in all. Only 200 of the A set were made and only 100 of the B set.

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Logging operations were known for having many of the camp buildings on wheels so they could easily be transported from one location to another. With that in mind we are offering two different WestSide camp cars to go with the rest of the equipment we are had made, an “Office” and a “Company Store”. Only 100 of each camp car were made.

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K3499-0008CC WestSide Lumber Company Shay #8 with TMCC
K663-8027A WestSide Lumber Company skeleton log car 4-pack #1
contains road numbers 17427, 17524, 17555 and 17600
K663-8027B WestSide Lumber Company skeleton log car 4-pack #2
contains road numbers 17450, 17527, 17516 and 17654
K767-8101 WestSide Lumber Company camp car with smoke “Office” sold out
K767-8102 WestSide Lumber Company camp car with smoke “Company Store” sold out
KS3499-0008 2-rail WestSide Lumber Company Shay #8

All WestSide Lumber items are in stock now. The camp cars are sold out.

Year 2004: MDK K-Line® Baltimore & Ohio items

The Western Depot had K-Line® produce some limited run items decorated for the Baltimore & Ohio: B&O Plymouth switchers in two different color variations and a 6-pack of ore cars that will match either switcher. Production was limited to 300 of each Plymouth switcher and 400 sets of ore cars.

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K2630-21 Baltimore & Ohio gray with blue Plymouth Switcher
K2630-22 Baltimore & Ohio blue with gray Plymouth Switcher
K672-1091A Baltimore & Ohio ore car 6-pack

All Baltimore & Ohio items are in stock now.

Year 2003: MDK K-Line® Scale Size Wood-Sided Reefers

Due to the popularity of our original run of PFE reefers The Western Depot had K–Line® produce another run of Pacific Fruit Express reefers, this time as a 4-pack with all new road numbers. This brings the total road numbers we had made to thirteen. Only 100 of the 4-packs were made and they are completely sold out. (photo below)

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K762-2122A Pacific Fruit Express scale size wood-sided reefer 4-pack sold out

Year 2002: MDK K-Line® Scale Size Wood-Sided Reefers

The Western Depot had K-Line® produce a run of Pacific Fruit Express reefers. These were available in three packs with three different road numbers each for a total of nine road numbers. Only 350 of each set were made and all of these sets are now completely sold out.

Year 2000: MDK K-Line® Scale Size Cabooses
designed and produced exclusively for The Western Depot.

The Western Depot contracted with K–Line® for a special limited run of wide vision and bay window style cabooses. The new K–Line® cabooses are simply the best in the industry and feature furnished interiors, overhead StreamLighting®, operating smoke unit with on-off switch, stamped metal chassis, metal ladders, brake wheels and handrails. The chassis underside is detailed and a brass radio antenna, metal safety chains, opening doors and stainless steel walkways and platforms make this the most highly detailed caboose model on the market today!

These models have been meticulously researched to provide our customers with a great looking model that is faithful to the prototype. Special attention to details is reflected in the painted steps and end railings which is not done on all normal production offerings.

The models come in four different railroad markings, two variations of the Union Pacific with correct safety slogans (production drawings and photo below),
UP "Romance" Caboose drawing

UP "Safety" Caboose drawing

UP Caboose photo
three numbers of the Southern Pacific with correctly painted orange ends and bay window sides (photo below, only numbers differ on SP cabooses),

SP Caboose photo
and two numbers each of Santa Fe and Burlington Northern (photos below).

ATSF Caboose photo
BN Caboose photo

Operated from the mid 1950’s through the 1980’s, this is the perfect caboose to bring up the markers on your scale size GP38, Cab Forward, UP Gas Turbine, Big Boy, Challenger, F3, SD40-2, SW8/9, GP9 or even the SD90MAC!

The cabooses are available as follows and each number is limited to less than 800 pieces:

K613-2111 Union Pacific #25496 “There’s No Romance in Taking A Chance”
K613-2112 Union Pacific #25497 “Safety The Living End”
K612-2031 Southern Pacific #1650 Tuscan Red/Orange/White
K612-2032 Southern Pacific #1670 Tuscan Red/Orange/White
K612-2033 Southern Pacific #1690 Tuscan Red/Orange/White
K613-1051 Santa Fe Caboose #999700 sold out
K613-1052 Santa Fe Caboose #999701 sold out
K613-1151 Burlington Northern Caboose #10558
K613-1152 Burlington Northern Caboose #10559

Cabooses are in stock now. Santa Fe cabooses are gone.

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