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.
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 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. Update: there is a rumor that Dave's Twacks & Twains plans to open again in October 2017.
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.
Ye Olde Huff 'n Puff is temporarily closed. Owner Gene Metzgar is seriously ill and in the hospital right now. Let's all wish him the best of luck and a speedy recovery.
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).
Monster Model Works will be moving from California to Colorado before the end of 2017.
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. They also have a current offer going of 50 of their S-scale figures for $75.
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.
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.
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