This page contains information about businesses opening, closing, or changing ownership. These are businesses that make products of use to S-scale modelers. 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.
John Agnew, owner of Railmaster Exports, is announcing a special sale to celebrate 50 years in business.
They will offer a 10% discount, or free airmail postage (if order total is over US$100), whichever is greater, and will accept two credit card payments 4 weeks apart on all S-scale diesel locomotive kits. This also applies to their large range of S-scale autos, figures, animals, etc.
For steam locomotive kits, they are offering 10% off plus free postage (if order total is over US$100).
SALE ENDS July 21, 2017 (new, extended deadline).
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.
Rusty Stumps Scale Models announced that they have upgraded and installed a vastly-improved 3D SLA (stereolithography) printer. This one uses liquid resin and a laser to harden it layer by layer. Layer thicknesses as thin as .025" can be achieved with this machine. From now on the company will start producing kits with parts generated by this machine, or of castings made of masters produced by this machine.
At about the 9:40 minute mark of the video, Ryan Kunkle mentions the Lionel AF autorack car, and the wood-sided billboard reefer.
Mike Wolf briefly mentioned the S-scale F3 at about the 7:20 minute mark in the linked-to video. He had a CNJ unit sitting on the table.
Jeff Wilson, owner of Hoquat Hobbies, has re-activated his web site, mostly to sell some of his remaining inventory. These include custom runs of S-Helper Service cars. Also available are some MTH reefers.
The store officially closed on September 11, 2016. However, Kevin Ruble has bought the company and moved it to Lakewood, Colorado, about 5 miles west of the old location. The official grand opening was on February 25, 2017, and reportedly very well received.
The owner of Sidetracks.net (online S-scale retail store), Tom Henderson, has had to undergo emergency surgery. Complications from surgery have delayed his expected recovery time. He is home now, and starting his recovery process. He will be unable to fulfill new orders, so online ordering has been temporarily removed from the web site. Any outstanding orders, including MTH pre-orders, will be shipped a.s.a.p., as soon as local help has been hired to package and ship the items. Your patience and understanding in this situation is deeply appreciated. Let's all wish Tom a successful and speedy recovery!
Kevin and Nadean EuDaly, owners of White River Productions, announce the acquisition of the Narrow Gauge & Short Line Gazette magazine from Benchmark Publications. Benchmark Publications' owners are now in their mid-80s and wanted to oversee the successful transaction of ownership. Bob Brown will continue to edit the magazine, so there will be little change. Other products owned by Benchmark Publications will transfer to Hayden Consulting.
After being gone for most of the summer, John Agnew and RailMaster Exports in New Zealand is back! Their web site has a different address and the site looks a bit different, but all the great kits are still there and in production.
At about the 7:40 mark of the video (click on web site link to take you right to that point), Lionel demonstrates the 4-8-4 Northern that is being manufactured right now and should be available by the end of the year. (by the way, MTH had no S content at the York meet).
Bill Morris reports that NE Prototypes carries reproduction parts for Kinsman passenger cars and composite two-bay hoppers. They are a Kaslo distributor, and may still have some Kaslo kits in stock. The company manufacturers wooden reefer kits for 36', 38', 40', and 42' lengths. These can be had with steel center sills (fish belly or straight), and truss-rod-braced floors. Kits do not include couplers or trucks. These are similar to the Kinsman and "S"cenery Unlimited models offered years ago. They also carry silk-screened sides. Contact the company for a product listing. No web site. Money order, checks, and PayPal accepted.
Interviewed by Ken Patterson at the Illinois RPM, Jeff Adam, owner of Motrak Models mentioned that he bought the structure kit product line of Bollinger Edgerly Scale Trains (B.E.S.T.), and that he plans to bring those kits out in S-scale as well.
Amy and Daniel Dawdy (owners of The S Scale Resource online magazine) have decided to purchase the O Scale Show. This show is held each year in Indianapolis, Indiana. Because of their purchase, they have decided to rename the show to "Indianapolis O Scale & S Scale Midwest Show" and have included S-scale. Note that this is intended as a "scale" only show, much like the O & S West in California each year.
June 16, 2016: Fred Rouse has decided, after 17 years, to sell S Scale Loco & Supply, as stated on his web site. The new owner has not yet been identified. We wish Fred much luck with his "retirement", and we expect updates of his layout's construction. Update: in late September 2016 the web site (http://www.sscaleloco.com/) seems to have been taken down.
The company formerly known as "Imagine That! Laser Art" has changed its name to "ITLA Scale Models". They also redesigned their web site. In the process they appear to have dropped almost all of their S-scale structure kits (two remain: "Fire Escape" and "Structural Tower Support").
Larry Morton, of Tomalco Track, announces that the company is now a dealer for the Cascade Rail Supply product line of roadbed material. They have a small supply in stock, but they are building up their inventory. By ordering roadbed from Tomalco Track you will be saving on shipping costs.
The company is in the process of moving from North Carolina to California. Dave's Twacks & Twains bought the remaining parts of the S-Helper Service inventory when that company was closed. There is no word on when they will be open again for business.
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