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.
Andersen Model Kits' web site is gone and for sale, so it leads one to the conclusion that the company itself has stopped operating. This was a mom-n-pop (literally) operation that produced some fine adobe-style building kits in S-scale. There is a story involving the couple on the Half Moon Bay Patch newspaper.
After 20 years of producing kits, including several S-scale ones, the owner has decided to call it quits and spend time building his own layout.
Due to the passing of the owner's wife, the company is on indefinite hiatus. The company produces the Electrical Transmission Tower, and Cantilevered Signal Bridges etched-brass kits.
Tractor Fab no longer sells direct, so to order their parts and kits, contact Bossen Implement.
Stephen Gardiner's fourth-best-selling 3D-printed design item is the S-scale Canadian National Fairmont Speeder Car.
Trout Creek Engineering/BK Enterprises had some problems with their previous web site's domain, so they have changed it to be
(note the missing "m" at the end). The site has been refreshed, but there are no products listed yet.
Black Bear Scale Models is closing. The owner, Rich Dickeson, recently passed away. His widow continued to fill orders, but on June 29th decided to stop the business. If a suitable company can be found, the business is for sale. The company is primarily known for making jigs with which you can build trestle bents for your bridges, including for S-scale.
A new company has formed called "The San Juan Model Company", which is a merger of the following companies and their product lines:
- Grandt Line Products
- San Juan Car Co.
- San Juan Decals
- American Limited Models
- The Leadville Shops.
The "Grandt Line" name has officially been retired. A new product catalog is planned to be released this Fall. A new web site is also under development. The new company is owned by Doug Junda and Bob Stears, and will be based in Denver, Colorado. They are currently in the process of physically moving the equipment, tooling, and inventory from the various locations to their new location. They ask everyone to please be patient. It is their intent to keep all products in the various companies' product lines.
Monster Model Works' owner, Jimmy Simmons, has decided to return to the corporate world and so effective June 17, 2018 the company will be closed. Update: he is confident that he has identified one or more companies or individuals who want to take over his business, so the product line should be continuing. However, he mentioned that when he made the announcement, he received a large number of orders, so he is processing those orders first, before talking with potential new owners.
For the past few months Toys'R'Us has been liquidating their stores' inventory due to their bankruptcy. If your local store is still open, you may be able to pick up a nice deal on some diecast models or scenery items. Basically, the company had a tremendous amount of debt, despite making around $11 billion annually. It was reported that about 97% of their profits went into servicing their debts. A private-equity company bought them out, laid off a large number of people, and redesigned a number of the stores to make them more appealing and competitive. However, the private-equity company only added to the overall debt load, until Toys'R'Us collapsed.
This company manufactured a running stand that allowed you to run your locomotive on a stationary stand.
Train & Trooper announce their new web site, which lists what products they carry, and also lists a number of active S-scale projects that they are pursuing right now. They have a number of their older Sn2 engines listed for sale on the site!
Precision Scale Company, based in Montana, announced that its owner, Mark Mogensen, has decided to retire. PSC manufactured lots of small brass detailing parts, mostly geared toward the narrow-gauge modeler in S-scale. Division Point has agreed to buy out a portion of the company.
At the O/S West train show, Doug Junda, co-owner of The Leadville Shops, announced that they purchased Grandt Line and San Juan Decals. Both companies have a great product line, and both need to be saved, so this is great news. The company has not yet updated their web site, but the link shows a reliable source for the information.
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.
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, 2018.
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).
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