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Alco HH 660
(HO)

Added July 2016


Technical illustration from Atlas

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Atlas will be producing their Alco HH-600/660 locomotive model in a GB&W 1945 black paint scheme. The model is part of the silver / gold lines and has separately applied details, directional lighting, a five-pole motor with dual flywheels, and an NMRA 8-pin DCC plug (silver) or DCC control with a Sound Select Sound-Decoder (gold).

Product info:
Atlas Model Railroad Co., 378 Florence Avenue, Hillside, NJ 07205
Web: http://www.atlasrr.com/
E-mail: csdept@atlasrr.com
Phone: (800) 872-2521
Catalog: 10 002 510 (Green Bay & Western 101 (Silver Line)); 10 002 520 (Green Bay & Western 101 (Gold Line))
Retail: $159.95 / $269.95

Prototype info:
GBW #101 was delivered in 1938. It had this paint scheme from 1945 until it was repainted in a red and gray scheme in 1948. However, the stripe along the top of the locomotive should be green, not red.

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Woodchip Hoppers
(Z)

Added May 2016


Image from Zgauge.com.

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Full Throttle is producing a 2-pack of offset-side woodchip hoppers. The yellow hoppers come in two road numbers, #406 and #409.

Product info:
Full Throttle, 128 Burma Island Road, Leesburg, Fl. 34788-2914
Web: http://sbiii.com/fulthrtl/
E-mail: dewaa128@aol.com
Phone: (352) 589-0303
Catalog: FT-3406 (33' 2-Bay Offset-Side Woodchip Hoppers)
Retail: $56.00

Prototype info:
The GB&W had yellow offset side hoppers with top extensions, but they were not used to carry woodchips. The extensions were used to give more capacity to the hoppers to carry coal from the C. Reiss Coal Company in Green Bay to on-line customers, mainly paper mills.

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Route Tee Shirt

Added December 2015


Mohawk Design's shirt.

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Mohawk Design Mohawk Design has a red shirt with a GREEN BAY ROUTE herald and a stylized route of the railroad on the front. The Keya shirt is available in sizes from small to 3XL.

Product info:
Mohawk Design, 203 Woodhaven Dr., Lexington, NC 27295
Web: http://www.mohawk-design.com/
Phone: (336) 207-5975
Catalog: - (Green Bay Route Shirt)
Retail: $20.00

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Large Gauge WRX Reefer
(G)

Added October 2015


Image from USA Trains

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USA Trains has a new WRX wood reefer. The model is up to USA Trains' usual standards, including operating doors and ice hatches, and four road numbers.

Product info:
USA Trains, P.O. Box 100, 662 Cross Street, Malden, MA 02148
Web: http://www.usatrains.com/
E-mail: info@usatrains.com
Phone: (781) 322-6084
Catalog: R16493A (Green Bay & Western #9100); R16493B (Green Bay & Western #9101); R16493C (Green Bay & Western #9103); R16493D (Green Bay & Western #9104)
Retail: $109.95

Prototype info:
The gray car has the arched GREEN BAY & WESTERN serif lettering which was applied to the prototype cars when they were built in 1929. They carried this lettering through the 1930s.

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Limited Run Reefer
(HO)

Added October 2015


Image from Accurail

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Accurail will be selling a limited run Western Refrigerator lines wood refrigerator car kit at Trainfest in Milwaukee, November 14-15, 2015. The cars are in a "transition" lettering scheme used in the late 1930s and early 1940s. Available in three road numbers.

Product info:
Accurail, Inc., PO Box 278, Elburn, IL 60119
Web: http://www.accurail.com/
E-mail: accurail@accurail.com
Phone: (630) 365-1173
Retail: $17.00

Prototype info:
Some WRX reefers carried this unique scheme in the late 1930s and early 1940s. It is a transition between the arched GREEN BAY AND WESTERN LINES serif lettering used on the cars when they were fist delivered and the sans serif WESTERN REFRIGERATOR LINE lettering used on the cars in the 1940s through the 1960s.

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GREEN BAY ROUTE Decals
(HO)

Added October 2015


Image from Circus City Decals and Graphics

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Circus City Decals & Graphics has GREEN BAY ROUTE heralds and reporting marks. The heralds come in two sizes, 10mm and 8mm wide (34" and 28" in HO scale).

Product info:
Circus City Decals & Graphics
Web: http://www.circusdecals.com/
E-mail: mwelke_2005@hotmail.com
Catalog: GBW201 (Green Bay & Western GBW Decals)
Retail: $12.99 plus shipping costs

Prototype info:
Introduced in the 1930s, these heralds were used on locomotives, freight cars, and structures right until the end of the railroad in 1993.

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O-27 Boxcar
(O)

Added August 2015


Green Bay and Western Boxcar

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Menards is producing their O gauge 40' boxcar in a Green Bay & Western lettering scheme. The model features operating sliding doors and has an injected molded plastic body and metal trucks and couplers. It can operate on O-27 curves. Each car carries a unique road number.

Product info:
Menard, Inc., 5101 Menard Dr, Eau Claire, WI 54703
Web: https://www.menards.com/
Catalog: 2792635 (Green Bay and Western O Gauge Die-Cast Boxcar)
Retail: $19.99 plus shipping costs The boxcar can be shipped to any address for a price or shipped to a local Menard's store for free.

Prototype info:
The model is not a close match to any GBW prototype, although the gray sides and boxcar red ends and roof resembles the paint scheme used on Western Refrigerator Lines reefers.

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40' Wood Reefer
(HO)

Added July 2015


Image from Athearn Trains

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Athearn is producing their HO 40' wood reefer in a Western Refrigerator Lines paint scheme in three road numbers. The ready-to-run model in Athearn's Roundhouse line. Expected: June 2016

Product info:
Athearn Inc., 1600 Forbes Way, Suite 120, Long Beach, CA 90810
Web: http://www.athearn.com/
E-mail: athearn@athearn.com
Phone: (310) 631-3400
Catalog: RND85613 (HO 40' Wood Reefer, GB&W #9091); RND85614 (HO 40' Wood Reefer, GB&W #9136); RND85615 (HO 40' Wood Reefer, GB&W #9248)
Retail: $23.98

Prototype info:
WRX had approximately 400 of these wood reefers on their roster in the 1950s. The lettering scheme on the Athearn/Roundhouse model was introduced in the late 1930s, and some cars kept this lettering into the 1960s.

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WRX Reefer Decals
(O)

Added July 2015


Image from Protocraft

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Protocraft has two decal sets for O scale Western Refrigerator Lines wood refrigerator cars. One set is for reefers in the 1929-1950s as-delivered scheme, and another set is for reefers in the 1940s-1960s scheme.

Product info:
Protocraft, Post Office Box 21, Vineburg, CA 95487-0021
Web: http://www.protocraft.com/
E-mail: norm@protocraft.com
Phone: 707-935-7011
Catalog: WRX-1 (Western Refrigerator Line � 1929-1950s scheme); WRX-2 (Western Refrigerator Line � 1950s-1960s scheme)
Retail: $7.50

Prototype info:
Western Refrigerator Lines received 500 wood reefers from AC&F in 1929 in the original paint scheme with serif font and arched GREEN BAY AND WESTERN lettering. Starting in the late 1930s, these cars were relettered in a simpler sans serif scheme with GB&W LINES lettering, with the road numbers distributed among 9000-9999. Protocraft's web site describes these cars as painted with yellow sides; however all photo evidence shows these cars to have gray sides. The lettering and colors on the decal set appears to be correct for the cars, however.

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Embroidered jackets

Added June 2015


Image from Daylight Sales

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Daylight Sales has jackets with an embroidered Green Bay Route logo on the front. They are available either mid-weight or 3-in-1 with a zip out lining and removable hood, sizes adult small through 6XL. Mid-weight jackets are $79.99 - $89.99, and 3-in-1 jackets are $104.99 - $114.99, depending upon size.

Product info:
Daylight Sales, LLC, 4917 Dudley Blvd., Bldg 358, McClellan, CA 95652
Web: http://www.daylightsales.com/
E-mail: daylightsales@gmail.com
Phone: (888) 557-9899
Catalog: jacket117 (Green Bay Route Jackets with Front Logo)

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40' PS-1 boxcar with 6' door
(N)

Added May 2015

Atlas is producing its 40' PS-1 boxcar in a GBW paint scheme with two road numbers. The model is in Atlas' Master line. It has separately applied ladders, brake wheels, and tack boards; and body-mounted couplers. It uses new tooling introduced a few years ago and first produced with 6' wide doors last fall. The model represents a GBW 700-899 series boxcar, acquired in 1950 and on the roster through 1974. Expected: 4th Quarter 2015

Product info:
Atlas Model Railroad Co., 378 Florence Avenue, Hillside, NJ 07205
Web: http://www.atlasrr.com/
E-mail: csdept@atlasrr.com
Phone: (800) 872-2521
Catalog: 50 002 349 (PS-1 40' boxcar with 6' door - GBW 704); 50 002 350 (PS-1 40' boxcar with 6' door - GBW 867)
Retail: $28.95

Prototype info:
The model's paint scheme is correct for the late 1950s through the 1960s, with brown car ends, white dots along the side sill, and small lettering next to the door which said 'THIS CAR MUST NOT BE LOADED WITH ANY COMMODITY THAT WILL RENDER IT UNFIT FOR FLOUR OR PAPER LOADING.' The shop date on the side of the model is 'NOR 12-63.' Most of these boxcars were repainted yellow with black lettering by the early 1960s although some of these cars kept this brown paint scheme until the early 1970s. By then they had low ladders on the sides and the roofwalks had been removed from the cars.

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50' yellow boxcar
(N)

Added May 2015


Image from Atlas

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Atlas is producing a 50' boxcar in a yellow GBW paint scheme with two road numbers. The model is in Atlas' Trainman line and based on the company's older tooling with molded on details. The model represents a GBW 4100-4193 series boxcar, acquired in 1974 and on the GBW roster through 1984. Expected: 4th Quarter 2015

Product info:
Atlas Model Railroad Co., 378 Florence Avenue, Hillside, NJ 07205
Web: http://www.atlasrr.com/
E-mail: csdept@atlasrr.com
Phone: (800) 872-2521
Catalog: 50 002 358 (50' Single Door Box Car - GBW 4140); 50 002 359 (50' Single Door Box Car - GBW 4143)
Retail: $21.95

Prototype info:
The prototypes had 8' wide doors while the Atlas model has a 9' wide door. The model's paint scheme is correct for the entire service life of the prototype. The shop date on the side of the model is 'CFC 3-74.

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'Chiseled-Side' Hopper
(HO)

Added March 2015


GBW #418 (1972)

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Resin Car Works will be producing a HO scale resin kit for a 'chiseled side' twin hopper. Preproduction models show cast-on ladder rungs and grab irons.  Resin Car Works has indicated that they will not be producing any KGB&W or GB&W decals for this kit.

Product info:
Resin Car Works, P.O. Box 42. Byron, IL 61010
Web: http://www.resincarworks.com/
E-mail: rcw2@resincarworks.com

Prototype info:
KGB&W hoppers #401-420 were built in 1949 and remained on the railroad until 1988. Originally painted oxide red, they were repainted yellow with blacker lettering around 1970 when the KGB&W was absorbed into the GB&W. Two of these hoppers were converted into covered hopper for engine sand service. The 'chiseled side' twin hopper was very similar to the 1935 AAR standard twin hopper, with minor detail variations. Most notable are the seven equally - spaced reinforcing gussets along to top of each side of the car, double rows of rivets along the 1st, 3rd, 5th and 7th ribs, and end bays which were more sharply angled than on the more common AAR 1935 standard design - hence the term ''chiseled side.' Besides the 20 KGB&W hoppers, the Illinois Central had 12,000 hoppers of this design and the Escanaba & Lake Superior Railroad had some also.

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1960s PS-1 boxcar
(HO)

Added January 2015

Kadee is rerunning their ready-to-run Pullman-Standard PS-1 40' boxcar in a 1967 GB&W paint scheme. The model is boxcar red with white lettering and a red and white GREEN BAY ROUTE herald. The road number is #738; previous runs of this model have included #708, 754, 758, 799 in the 1950 ad-delivered paint scheme and #806 is a late 1950s scheme. Preorders are due March 2015.

Product info:
Kadee Quality Products
Web: http://www.kadee.com/
Catalog: 4126 (40' PS-1 Box Car - GBW #738)
Retail: $35.95

Prototype info:
Two hundred 40-foot welded-steel boxcars in the 700-899 series came from Pullman-Standard Car Mfg. Co. in late 1950. The Kadee paint scheme is based on how the cars looked after they were repainted with larger GREEN BAY AND WESTERN lettering in the 1960s with white dots along the car sill and FLOUR OR PAPER LOADING lettering next to the door; most of these cars were painted yellow with black lettering around 1970.

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40' Red Boxcar
(HO)

Added November 2014


Prototype photo of GBW 1731 (Bob Welke photo)

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InterMountain will be producing an HO ready-to-run model of a 40' PS-1 red GBW boxcar with six different road numbers. The model has the correct 7' wide door and 'HOME OF THE PACKERS' football logo on the car sides. It comes with metals wheel sets and Kadee couplers. Expected: Summer 2015

Product info:
InterMountain Railway Co., P.O. Box 839, Longmont, Colorado 80502-0839
Web: http://www.intermountain-railway.com/
E-mail: intermountain@intermountain-railway.com
Phone: (800) 472-2530
Catalog: 45486 (40' PS-1 Boxcar Green Bay & Western red w/ football)
Retail: 34.95

Prototype info:
The GBW acquired 200 40' boxcars from Pullman-Standard in 1950. In the early 1960s some of the 800-899 series cars were painted bright red with a 'Home of the Packers' logo. The cars were repainted yellow by 1970.

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