News: Company Announcements

This page lists announcements related to company-level information, such as new companies that have been formed, existing companies that are closing-up shop, ownership transfers of companies, or any other such information.

October 04, 2020

Discounts at Dave's - Dave's Twacks & Twains

Dave's Twacks & Twains offers a 10% discount on orders when you indicate that you are an NASG member, involved in a particular S-scale club, or are or have been in the military! Visit their web site for a listing of S-Helper Service parts that they have in stock such as 18-wheeler trailers (unlettered), building materials loads, electronics parts, mechanical parts, switcher bodies (NW2, SW9, SW1), detailing parts, etc.

September 04, 2020

Trolley Items - Jason's Brass Poles

The owner, Brian Weisman, has sent us a document listing his trolley-modeling-related items for sale. The company does not have a web site. Follow the link for a listing of products, and additional contact information. Note that most products are HO- or O-scale, but a creative modeler should be able to adapt them for S-scale. Also, it won't hurt to ask Brian if he can produce an item you want specifically in S-scale. Manufacturers are often motivated by demand, so if you are modeling trolleys in S-scale, consider asking him.
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September 03, 2020

Lehigh Valley Models Has a Web Site! - Lehigh Valley Models

Phil Kerr, owner of Lehigh Valley Models, has announced that he has created a web site for this product line. Prior to this, the former Frank Titman product line was only available through mail-order or at local train shows. Please note that as of this writing, each kit is listed at $1, which, I am sure, is a side-effect of a new web site that isn't quite finished yet. Please contact the company for the real price of a particular kit.
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August 26, 2020

Catalog - CatzPaw Innovations, LLC

CatzPaw Innovations, LLC has been revising how they operate, because they have found that having their items printed by Shapeways was getting more expensive, and Shapeways' quality has not been consistent. The company has purchased several resin printers and are now moving most of their production back in-house. Their S-scale product line continues to grow, so they have made available an S-scale-only catalog (see this link for the PDF file --->)
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Since they make products in various scales, they have provided us with a price list for the S-scale only products. (see this link for the PDF file --->)
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August 26, 2020

Updates - Port Lines Hobby Supply

Port Lines Hobby Supply announces that they have these new products in stock:
- the PA8961 early cast metal box car brake wheels with the larger hole for the pin. Listed under "BOXCARS" parts on their web site.
- Greenberg's 2021 AF Price Guide; ($16 MSRP); $12.95
- Greenberg's 2021 Lionel Price Guide; $23 MSRP; $18.95
- reproduction 14.5" red & white passenger car boxes; $5
- the SHS/MTH connector which joins the turnout cable to the extension cable.
- reproduction plated axles for pre-war cars and tenders both 1-7/8" and 2" lengths.
- actuator wires to operate the 592, 592A, and 600 Crossing Gates (these are not for the 591; those are still in the design stage).

They also announced that GarGraves has increased their prices for track.

Tru-Color Paints has announced plans to begin offering their paint line in 4-1/2oz aerosol cans, retailing for under $10.

Motrak Models has released a new laser-cut model of the Alton Bay, NH Fire House circa 1894.

August 15, 2020

Status Update - Dave's Twacks & Twains

Dave's Twacks & Twains is still on track for opening late-September, early-October. They have most tools and storage racks set up. If you visit their web site, you can sign up to get e-mails from them, starting at around that time, every two weeks or so for updates to their inventory.
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August 12, 2020

Closing eBay Store - Wiseman Model Services

Keith Wiseman announced that due to the continuously increasing costs of doing business on eBay, he has closed his eBay store. You can continue to purchase items directly from the company's web site, or through his new store on eBid.net.

August 05, 2020

Temporarily Closed - Railmaster Exports

Railmaster Exports will be closed from August 11, 2020 until the end of September as its owner is undergoing surgery.

August 01, 2020

MTH Auction

Cabin Fever Auction has been commissioned to auction off MTH Electric Trains' items to liquidate all content of MTH's 124,000sqft warehouse in Columbia, MD. There is no specific mention of S-scale products, so there is no guarantee that there will be anything there of interest to S-scale modelers. The auction house mentions that the items will include those from MTH's showroom, workrooms, library, archives, and storage rooms, totaling approximately 8 tractor trailer truckloads. There will be a series of auctions, with the first one being on September 26, 2020, with in-person preview available on the 25th by appointment only at 1860 Weavertown Rd. Douglassville, PA 18518.
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July 25, 2020

Updates - MTH Electric Trains

As you may know, MTH's CEO is retiring and closing the company. Whether or not the company's product lines will be taken over has not been announced. They are planning on closing in May 2021, so items in the latest MTH S-scale catalog are going to be produced. However, they have announced that the following items will not be manufactured (either due to lack of demand, or due to them not being able to get them delivered by May, 2021):
- 20051-1, 20052-1: CSX NW2
- 20029-1, 20030-1: EMD DEMONSTRATOR SW8
- 20065-1, 20066-1: Southern F7 powered A-unit.
- 20067-1: Southern F7 powered B-unit.
- 20066-4: Southern F7 non-powered A-unit.
- 20065-3: Southern F7 non-powered B-unit.

Due to the corona virus reactions and lockdowns, delivery dates stated on MTH's web site are no longer valid. The current estimates are as follows (which may continue to be delayed):
September, 2020: fishbelly hoppers.
October, 2020: SW8 locomotives.
November, 2020: NW2 locomotives.
December, 2020: F7 locomotives.

July 25, 2020

Updates - Port Lines Hobby Supply

Port Lines Hobby Supply now has the following parts back in stock:
- gray, non-polarized transformer cords.
- AF #591-592-600 Crossing Gate arms.
- improved bulbs for "Sam the Semaphore".
- cast box car brake wheels with correct large mounting hole.
- re-stock of all their LED bulbs.
- re-stock of the entire Arttista S-scale figures line.
- #751 Log Loader solenoid coil rod & plunger.
- crane crank wheels with handle.
- 1.5" rod and collar for the side of the tin #606-906 cranes.
- box car metal brake wheels with the large hole for pin.
- the SHS/MTH connector which joins the turnout cable to the extension cable.

Port Lines Hobby Supply has received the following Lionel items:
- BAR sound box cars.
- TP&W sound box cars.
- WM three-bay hoppers.
- UP three-bay hoppers.
- Polar Express milk container flat car.
- Rutland box cars.
- GN box cars.
- GB&W box cars.
- Renkins container flat cars.
- Bordens container flat cars.
- Sealtest container flat cars.
- Florida Juice container flat cars.
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July 21, 2020

Update - Rusty Stumps Scale Models

Walt announced in his newsletter and on his web site that the company is open again. They took a bit of a break when they announced that they closed late last year. Walt mentioned that the reason for re-opening the company is that they are looking for something to do. The previous product line of S-scale 3D-printed and resin casts are available again. He did ask to be patient with their shipping. Rusty Stumps offers a large collection of detailing parts for buildings (including HVAC piping systems) for both interiors and exteriors, and a lot of general scenery detailing parts.
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June 29, 2020

Monster Model Works Is Now Larkspur LaserArt - Larkspur LaserArt

Monster Model Works went on hiatus when the owner found a fulltime job. However, he appears to be back again. They have a new web site with a new name. So far, they have one S-scale structure listed.
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June 16, 2020

Testors Discontinues Some Paints

Testors has indicated that they are discontinuing their Pactra, Aztek, and Model Master brands of paint due to continuing decline of demand for those brands.
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June 13, 2020

Status Update - Dave's Twacks & Twains

Clayton Buckage, owner of Dave's Twacks & Twains, explains his long absence in an e-mail. During his last move (Spring 2019) he was seriously injured and required hospitalization for most of the year since. The sudden event caused him to be unable to communicate his situation, and he apologized for that in his e-mail. He is now resuming his business at his new location, and he has returned to his full-time job, although he is limiting his Dave's Twacks & Twains activities to the weekends only. He expects to be fully operational with the business by around October 2020. His new contact information is as follows:

mailing address: 685 Bartlett Court, Brentwood, CA 94513
telephone: (925) 679-4887 (calls returned on weekends only)
info@davestnt.com for general inquires.
orders@davestnt.com for placing orders.
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June 08, 2020

Mike Wolf of MTH Retiring in 2021 - MTH Electric Trains

Mike Wolf announced that he will retire and close MTH Electric Trains at the end of May, 2021. At this moment there are no plans for selling the company, its property rights, or an any announcement of a successor.
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May 25, 2020

Mattel's HotWheels Record Year

Odds are pretty good that if you are into trains, you are also into cars. While Mattel's HotWheels brand is flagged as 1:64 scale, the individual models may vary in actual scale-correctness. Nonetheless, they are a major force in the model automobile market. The link is to a recent video where they are announcing their 1:64 Jaguar F-type model, which is slated to be released in about a year's time. The Mattel executive being interviewed mentions that 2019 was a record year for them, selling 500 million individual models during that year! There has got to be room for some bleed-over into S-scale model railroad modeling!...
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May 19, 2020

SceniKing Is Back

The company closed several years ago. They produce photo-realistic backdrops. They are back, and they have a page dedicated to O- and S-scale backdrops.
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May 19, 2020

Updates - Port Lines Hobby Supply

Doug Peck announced that he will not be attending any more train shows as a vendor, this includes the York, PA show. The good news is that you can contact Doug via his web site, e-mail, or phone more, and place your order at any time. HOWEVER, please see the Port Lines web site's home page for Doug's backlog of processing orders. Apparently he's been getting lots of orders from those of us stuck at home!
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May 11, 2020

CatzPaw - CatzPaw Innovations, LLC

CatzPaw Innovations, LLC announces that Shapeways has increased their prices starting on April 15, 2020, so Catzpaw is in the process of transitioning back to using their own in-house 3D-printer away from Shapeways. Please note that individual items listed on the NASG web site may still be referencing their Shapeways page. If so, please try to locate their product via their CatzPaw page. The NASG web site will be updated over time.

May 09, 2020

South Dock Models

South Dock Models is a New Zealand-based Sn42 (Sn3.5) kit manufacturer, producing kits for New Zealand Railways modelers. Kits are also available via North Yard's web site. Both companies are owned by Rodger and Christina Cullen.
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April 29, 2020

Sidetracks Opens Its Doors Again - Sidetracks

Sidetracks is an online-only retailer of a large inventory of S products. Sidetracks' owner Tom Henderson is still dealing with significant health issues, but things seemed to have stabilized. Several years ago when Tom underwent some medical work, he offered to sell the company's inventory, but no deals were made. So, Tom is happy to announce that his web site is open for individual sales again. Tom will not be adding new products to his inventory. The objective is to do a gradual sell-down of his entire inventory. So, if you see something you like, don't wait too long! Please note that many items not previously listed on the web site are now offered for sale, so if you have visited his site before, be sure to pay it another visit. Due to COVID-19 and Tom's serious health issue, please be patient with shipping your orders.
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March 29, 2020

Concept Models is Selling Their S-scale Product Line - Concept Models

Concept Models is owned by a gentleman who is into his 80s. He is wanting to sell the S-scale product line. The company makes interesting modernday tank cars and other specialty cars. The kits are fairly basic, with the modeler expected to provide details. The plus-side to that approach is that the kits are affordable. If you are interested in this business, or wanting to add to your existing product line, follow the link.
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March 05, 2020

Chooch Enterprises Closing Soon

In the March/April 2020 The O Scale Resource magazine, Chooch Enterprises owner, Mike O'Connell, announced that the company will be shutting down as he plans to retire. The company's product line is fully stocked as of now, and the web site will remain open until all inventory has been sold. So, if you have been wanting one of their unique products for your layout, now is the time.
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February 10, 2020

"New" Decal Printer - K4 Decals

Since decals in S-scale can always be a challenge, Mark Charles pointed us to "K4 Decals", who lists many road names, and can print them in S-scale.
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January 29, 2020

San Juan Model Co. Status Update - San Juan Model Co.

Doug Junda posted that they have hired someone to help with the office phones. The company is working on the former Grandt Line products' web site to allow for direct ordering. The former Grandt Line products are being restocked. They have moved all of the former Rail Graphics machinery and they are now set up to do custom decals. Orders are being filled as soon as possible, but delays are still possible.

January 09, 2020

Rio Grande Models Closing Down - Rio Grande Models

Rio Grande Models showed a large "CLOSED" image on their web site, leading to all sorts of speculation. They clarified what happened on their Facebook page:

"Some of you may have noticed the large "CLOSED" sign on the RGM website. The website will be closing in 2020, but Rio Grande Models is still operating for now and will eventually be winding down as it is in its current form. Due to the amount of orders coming in, we're limiting fulfillment to what we have on hand, or, kits we can assemble with the components on hand. This might result in some orders that are less than you requested, but you will only be asked for payment on what we can ship."
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January 08, 2020

Updates - Port Lines Hobby Supply

The Lionel pre-orders for tank cars, engines, the PRR wreck train, and Polar Express items were shipped out in December 2019.

Port Lines Hobby Supply bought Scenery Unlimited's remaining inventory, and molds for SU's resin kits, which they hope to bring back into production.

The 10" Yellow & Blue A.F. boxes have been produced again, and Port Lines has them in stock.

Port Lines has new Twin Whistle structure kits in stock: "Country Roads Grocery Store" and "White Tower, Deco Style".
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December 15, 2019

Wiseman Model Services Revised Web Site - Wiseman Model Services

Wiseman Model Services announced that they have released a revision of their web site.
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December 13, 2019

TCA 2019 Fall York Show Announcements - Lionel

At about the 8:30 mark of the video, Randy Kunkle started covering the S-scale product line, showing one of the U36c locomotives, which are available at hobby shops now.

In general news, the new catalog will come out on January 20, 2020. Also, the company appears to be doing very well with another good year of sales.
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December 13, 2019

TCA 2019 Fall York Show Announcements - MTH Electric Trains

Andy Edleman made mention of their long-awaited S-scale catalog that they released (starting at about the 4:30 mark of the video). He showed an early version of the peaked-end hopper that S-Helper Service was working on at the time of that company's sale (shown in the center of the video snapshot shown here).

In general news, Andy mentioned that MTH produces, on average, 1,500 new products each year. MTH will be celebrating their 40th anniversary in 2020.
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November 24, 2019

Info About Des Plaines Hobbies and S-scale

With the untimely passing of Ron Sebastian, people have been wondering about what will happen to the S-scale projects that Ron had in the works. Matt Gaudynski, married to Ron's daughter, and owner of Fox Valley Models (manufacturer of N- and HO-scale products, as well as some S-scale products), took to the S-scale discussion group and offered a bit of insight. The good news is that both Des Plaines Hobbies and their involvement in the S-scale projects will continue. He did mention that the store and the manufacturing arm of Des Plaines Hobbies are two separate activities. In addition to S-scale, they are also manufacturing HO- and O-scale products. Matt specifically indicated that the SD45 project for S-scale is still active and moving forward, however, it is not ready for production yet. They actually have several S-scale projects in the works, some we may already know about, and some we don't yet. As a side note, although Matt manufactures mostly N- and HO-scale products, he himself is building a large S-scale layout at home.

November 03, 2019

NWSL's Web Site - NWSL

NorthWest Short Line has launched their new web site. They do have categories set up for S-scale items, but currently the web inventory doesn't list any products. We presume that is because they simply haven't gotten around to fully populating their web site's database.
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