New 40' Well Cars from Walthers Mainline

Modernize your HO Scale intermodal fleet in minutes with WaltherMainline Thrall Rebuilt 40' Well Cars! As the 53' container quickly became the standard for domestic shipping, older well cars built to carry 48' boxes soon fell out of favor with railroads. Most were only a few years old, so starting in 2003 Thrall began a rebuilding program that shortened the wells to the standard 40' on both single and five-unit cars. Today they can be seen carrying 20' and 40' containers in the well, with 40' and 53' units on top. Fully assembled and ready for service, the models feature:

  • 100- and 70-ton roller bearing trucks
  • Correct 36" and 33" turned metal wheelsets
  • Heavy die-cast metal frame for superb performance empty or loaded
  • Finely molded 3-D brake rods with chains, brake piping and weld lines on body
  • Separate deck-mounted brake detail with piping, IBC storage boxes and realistic walkways
  • Proto MAX(TM) metal knuckle couplers

CLICK HERE for Wathers Mainline 40' Well Cars

New Road Decal Sets from Jackson Railcar

Make your model roads easier and more accurate with the Public Works Series from Jackson Railcar.

We have taken the time to ensure that all of our graphics are exactly to DOT standards according to the US Department of Transportation Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices.

These easy to apply vinyl decals will bring realism to any street scene.

Road Set include one sheet each of;

Grade Crossings (6 Grade Crossings)
Intersection Set (2 Crosswalks, 4 “STOP”, 4 “ONLY”, and numerous traffic arrows)
White Road Stripes ( 3,364 Scale Feet of Stripe, plus 36 Center line stripes cut to Scale Length)
Yellow Road Stripes ( 3,364 Scale Feet of Stripe, plus 36 Center line stripes cut to Scale Length)

Click here to see all Jackson Railcar decal options

In-Store Clinics

Weathering Rolling Stock and Locomotives

Watch guest clinician Shane Mason, Assistant Editor of Model Railroad News, and learn about weathering.

A Modelers Life's Kelly Questions with Midwest Model Railroad's Stephen Atwell

Join Lionel Strang and Ron Marsh in A Modelers Life's Kelly Question Episode with Stephen Atwell, owner of Midwest Model Railroad.
Click Here for a link to all the shows on A Modelers Life Podcast

All modelers have a life but what do we know of it. This podcast is as much about the people in the hobby of model railroading as it is about the hobby itself.
Having always been a fan of the long form conversational interview and having met so many interesting people in the hobby over the years we decided it would be fun to share their back stories with everyone else.
So come along with me, Lionel Strang and a strong cast of supporting characters as we discover how life intertwines with this great hobby of ours and helps to strengthen the fabric of who we are as individuals.

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Welcome to Midwest Model Railroad

In 2011 Midwest Model Railroad started with the idea of making this hobby more accessible to everyone. Since day one we have strived to keep our operating cost to a bare minimum and pass on those savings to you, the hobby’s best customers. As of 2019 we are succeeding in offering some of the best prices anywhere in the hobby.

Some great side effects of this goal has been the creation of real time inventory on our website and a turn around time of just one day between purchase and shipping.  Also, being centrally located in Kansas City, MO means orders to to any corner of the United States arrive with in just a few days.