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. In general, announcements will stay on this page for up to one year. Click on the "Web Site" link to the left of the announcement to visit the web page. Some photos can also be clicked to take you directly to the web page where that product is listed.
On April 20th at the York Spring show, Dave Olson, Lionel's Director of Engineering, announced that their Electric Railroad Upgrade kits will no longer be sold after May 2018. The reason is simply that the components used are of an older vintage, and some parts may no longer be available in the near future. Update: Scott Mann, of 3rd Rail, will be taking over the distribution of ERR products. His company has been using the products for over 10 years, so it is a natural fit.
Doug Peck announced that his company's repair services are suspended for the summer.
Rail Scale Models and Rusty Stumps announces that the latter has sold the laser-cut detail components product line to the former. This allows Rusty Stumps to focus on their core efforts, and allows Rail Scale Models to continue to produce the wonderful parts. For the S-scale modeler, Rail Scale Models has already updated their web site with all the products. They carry wall parts, roof parts, doors and windows, fencing, stairs, skids, crates, jigs, and many other items. Rail Scale Models is owned by Steve Milley and is based in North Carolina.
Steve Blackburn announced that his company's repair services are suspended for the summer, from May 18 through August 10, 2018.
Scenery Unlimited is the U.S. distributor for this Japanese brand of track, producing standard- and narrow-gauge track components for S-scale. The sudden announcement of Shinohara's retirement has left Scenery Unlimited only with the stock on hand to sell until it is all exhausted. If you are in need of this track, now is the time to place your order.
Railmaster Exports will be closed during the month of May, until June 6th, 2018.
Rusty Stumps has sold their Laser Cut Detail products line (at this point in time they are not allowed to reveal the new company's name, but a link to their web site will be offered on the Rusty Stumps web site in the future). Rusty Stumps is not going out of business, but rather refocusing their efforts. They will continue to focus on their structure kits, and increasing their 3D-printed and cast-resin detailing product lines.
The company Train & Trooper was a brick-n-mortar hobby shop that produced Sn2 cars and locomotives. They closed up shop around 10 years ago. At the Midwest Narrow Gauge Show in March 2018, Train & Trooper announced their return. At the show they had for sale a large quantity of Aspen Modeling Company's S-scale figures. Currently, their plan is to develop a 2-6-2 (Prairie) Sn2 locomotive. They are open to suggestions, so contact them via the e-mail link on the left.
Still in the early stages, but it appears that Rick Steele, owner of LaBelle Woodworking, based in Cheyenne, WY, has purchased the Ye Olde Huff 'n Puff product line. This covers the HO-, S-, and O-scale products. He said that he fully intends to produce the S-scale box cars, reefers, and express cars Ye Olde Huff 'n Puff had previously produced, unless there is absolutely no demand for them (he is new to S-scale). Contact information and further updates may be coming soon (their web site hasn't been updated with this information yet). Also, Bill Pyper, the Dispatch editor, is trying to get a more complete article on the purchase and the product line. All-in-all it is good news.
To many great surprises, Grandt Line announces their closure on their web site after more than 60 years in business. The company will close in June, so if you want to order any of their S-scale parts, now is the time do so. Let's all hope that another company takes over their product line!
Portland Locomotive Works has revamped their web site, showing new projects, information about the Midwest Narrow Gauge Show that they sponsor, and an integrated shopping cart.
LITCo, Light Iron Turnout, Co., founded by Gary Kohler (of Portland Locomotive Works), has been bought out by Berrett Hill, The On30 Guy, and The Peterboro Railroad. The partnership will continue under the same name. They have a new web site. The company produces Sn2 turnouts.
American Models is rolling out a new version of their web site.
William Flatt, manufacturer of parts for S-scale trolley and interurban modelers, is downsizing. In the process many of his personal S-scale items are up for sale. He has also decided to no longer continue to manufacture his parts product line. There is talk of a U.S. company possibly taking over the product line (it sure would be a shame to loose them - ed).
Tom Henderson, owner of the online retail site, Sidetracks, is offering his business for sale. Please see the company's home page for more details.
The company has completed its move from North Carolina to California. Dave's Twacks & Twains bought the remaining parts of the S-Helper Service inventory when that company was closed. You can contact owner Clay Buckage at email@example.com
At about the 14:40 mark of the video Lionel, the company covered the GP7 (by the way, MTH had no S content at the York meet).
American Models is building a new factory shop, as shared on Facebook. If your web browser supports it, right-click on the photo to see a larger version of the photo.
The S Gaugian magazine celebrates 55 years of publishing S-scale content. Congratulations to Don Heimburger and his staff for this accomplishment! The latest issue features Bob Werre's layout on the front cover.
San Juan Car Co. president, Bob Staat, announced that his company has purchased San Juan Decals from Dan Peterson's widow, Donna Peterson. San Juan Car Co. produces narrow-gauge car kits, so the need for decals is there, and so it is a good fit. They will continue to offer the decals in Nn3, HOn3, Sn3, On3, and Fn3. They are also able to create custom decals, if you have a need for that. Update: www.sanjuandecals.com will continue to be used for decals, and the company has taken over ownership of the web site (although updates still need to be made to the content).
John Agnew confirmed that Railmaster Hobbies, in California, no longer carries the Railmaster Exports product line. If you are interested in any of the Railmaster Exports product line, contact John. Their web site continues to improve with more photos and better descriptions.
The NMRA announced that they are starting two new member benefits. The "NMRA Turntable" is a monthly e-mail listing of interesting web sites. It will be e-mailed around the middle of each month. This might be a great way to get S-scale layouts promoted! They also introduced the NMRA Model Railroad Directory.
Duane Henry announced that they have sold Tomar Industries to P.F. & S. Railway Supply, Inc. in Pasco, Washington. The Tomar Industries web site has been shut down. P.F. & S. Railway Supply is a brick-n-mortar model railroad hobby store started in 1987. They have no web site, but they do have a basic Facebook page. For S-scale modelers, Tomar produced the Hayes wheelstops (a personal favorite of your webmaster).
The "S Gauge Wisconsin, Inc." club has formed in Madison, Wisconsin.
Right-O'-Way is primarily an O-scale track products company. However, when it comes to rail, or rail components, modeling scale doesn't matter, so this news applies to those S-scale modelers who enjoy handlaying track using parts such as pre-made frogs. Jay Criswell, owner of Right-O'-Way, has taken over the Red Cliffs Miniatures product line from Jim Harper. This product line includes the Proto48 turnout castings of code 100 and code 83 #6, #7, and #9 frogs along with points and guard rails (not yet listed on their web site at the time of this posting). These can be used in S-scale. Right-O'-Way has also recently taken over parts of Protocraft from Norm Buckhart, and the American Switch and Signal product line from John Pautz.
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