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.

May 19, 2020

Port Lines Hobby Supply's Show Attendance

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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!

May 19, 2020

SceniKing Is Back

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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.

May 11, 2020


by 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

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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.

April 29, 2020

Sidetracks Opens Its Doors Again

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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.

March 29, 2020

Concept Models is Selling Their S-scale Product Line

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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.

March 05, 2020

Chooch Enterprises Closing Soon

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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.

February 10, 2020

"New" Decal Printer

by K4 Decals
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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.

February 09, 2020

Port Lines Hobby Supply Updates

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Port Lines Hobby Supply announces that they will be closed from February 28 through March 22, 2020. They will be set up at the April York show, next to MTH.

January 29, 2020

San Juan Model Co. Status Update

by 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

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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."

January 08, 2020

Port Lines Hobby Supply Updates

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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".

December 15, 2019

Wiseman Model Services Revised Web Site

by Wiseman Model Services
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Wiseman Model Services announced that they have released a revision of their web site.

December 13, 2019

TCA 2019 Fall York Show Announcements

by Lionel
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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.

by MTH Electric Trains
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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.

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

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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.

October 09, 2019

Port Lines Hobby Supply Updates

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Doug Peck, of Port Lines Hobby Supply, announces that they have the 90-degree smokestack insert for SIT boiler shells in stock. Their smoke wick threading tool is back in stock, and it has been improved.

They have in stock:
- Divco Milk Truck decals from N.E. Prototypes (Hood's Milk; Carnation Milk; Borden's Milk; White Bros. Milk; Brookside Milk; Sealtest Milk; Whiting's Milk)
- banta modelworks' "The Warehouse" kit.
- Lionel tank cars.
- Lionel autocarriers.
- Lionel coil-covered gondolas.
- Lionel U33c locomotives.
- book: "Gilbert American Flyer Factory Memos to All Service Station Technicians".
- book: "Gilbert American Flyer Steam Locomotives Photographic Directory".
- book: "Gilbert American Flyer Steam Locomotive Exploded Views and Parts Listings".
- book: "Gilbert American Flyer Diesel Locomotive Exploded Views and Parts Listings".
- book: "Gilbert American Flyer Locomotives Developed But Never Produced".
- book: "Gilbert's American Flyer Products Directory".

August 20, 2019

NorthWest Short Line is Staying Open!

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In March 2019, the owner of NorthWest Short Line announced that because of his wife's passing, he was no longer able to run the company, and that the company would permanently close its doors in August 2019. Last-minute orders flooded in, and the company will fulfill all of those orders, although they are currently back-logged.

However, they made this announcement just now:

"NorthWest Short Line is pleased to announce that the entire line has been acquired by an NWSL employee, effective September 3rd, 2019. All existing back-orders will be filled, and NWSL will be open to new orders as soon as the new web site is rolled out; the primary web site will carry forward as the primary contact point. The line is expected to carry forward largely unchanged although the company will no longer offer phone support. NWSL will be headquartered in Kila, Montana, located near Kalispell, and the new address is PO Box 219, Kila, MT 59920. e-mail contact is through the web site."

August 05, 2019

Rusty Stumps Scale Models Closing

As posted on their web site, Rusty Stumps Scale Models is closing on October 31, 2019. Hopefully their product line will be taken over by another company, because they have some nice S-scale detailing parts. The owners have been scaling back for some time now, and they already sold the structure kit product line in the past year or so. So, if you want any of the items they carry, now is the time. (update: their web site disappeared as of January 2020)

July 19, 2019

Port Lines Hobby Supply Updates

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Port Lines Hobby Supply announces that they are now producing 3D-printed replacement parts for AF equipment:
- Baldwin front platform and steps
- Baldwin rear cab panel.
- Franklin-Washington boiler front
- large gear for the Cow-On-Track.

The company is now accepting pre-orders for anything in the Lionel 2019 catalog #2.

The company has in stock the Twin Whistle Sign Company's new three-story NYC Fire Engine House #252, and a Hose Tower kit.

July 18, 2019

Portland Locomotive Works Potential Projects

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Portland Locomotive Works is considering a new project for Sn3. Owner Gary Kohler is proposing these ideas, but is open to others as well:
- the goose shed
- more MOW equipment
- three-car set for rotary OM
- kitchen car

If you are interested in any of these or have other ideas, contact Gary Kohler at or 330-719-0264.

June 17, 2019

Hollywood Foundry Closes

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Australian company Hollywood Foundry has decided to close up shop permanently. They used to make the BullAnt and other motor mechanisms.

June 11, 2019

Dave's Twacks & Twains is Moving (again)

Dave's Twacks & Twains is moving to another town in California, and expects a disruption of processing orders until September 2019.

June 09, 2019

Port Lines Hobby Supply Updates

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Doug Peck, of Port Lines Hobby Supply, states that he is still taking pre-orders for the American Models 4-6-2 locomotives with Vanderbilt tenders. American Models reported to him that they have encountered a production problem, which delayed the release of the new engines until sometime later this summer. They indicated that if you pre-order now, you can specify your preferred road number on your locomotive!

Port Lines has in stock the new LC springs. These were only used by Gilbert on the aluminum passenger cars, but they can be installed on any LCs to prevent them from uncoupling. They now also have the #751 Log Loader solenoid plungers in stock. Also, the red chimneys for the AF Baggage Smasher and Suburban Station are available again.

The company's single-axle quartering tool is back in stock.

The MTH straight tracks (10" and 15") are now in stock again.

The #5 Fox Valley Models turnouts are also back in stock.

The company has several new AF-related books in stock.

Doug requested that any custom repair work be mailed to the company after mid-August, as there are few, if any, people available to do the work until then.

May 30, 2019

Railmaster Exports Kits Status Update

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John Agnew, owner of Railmaster Exports, announced that he no longer has enough parts to sell the NW2 and SW7 switcher locomotive kits. Because their molds are getting old and they have been slow-sellers, he will not re-run them again. The other locomotive kits are still in stock.

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