On the heels of the National Train Show, Athearn announced their own line of NS Heritage locomotive models. In order to get to market in a timely manner, they are using a loco model that is similar to the actual ones used by NS for the Heritage series and Athearn plans to offer the "real" model later next year. Hopefully, the Heritage units will roam the rails for quite some time and interest in them will still be high when the actual models come out. In the meantime, based on the artwork that Athearn provided at the announcement, the stand-in locos will look just as sharp as their prototype brothers.
I was rummaging around on a friend's facebook page and came across this interesting photo of the North Baltimore Intermodal Yard under construction. Jonathon is a pilot and I'm guessing that he took the photo himself. The picture wasn't hi-res, so it is difficult to see much detail but the cranes are in place so I'm guessing that the photo was taken sometime around August of 2010. It is hard to believe that the yard has been in operation for over a year already.
Finally, The folks at MTH Trains have announced a series of wooden reefers, one of which is of particular interest to me. You can learn more about the cars at the MTH website located at http://www.mthtrains.com/content/80-94027