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This page lists companies that manufacture and/or sell items you may need to build your own models. Note that not all electronics companies are listed here; only the ones that specifically carry S-scale products, or have indicated that they support S-scale modelers.

Bare Metal Foil

Contact Info: web site

Decals: bare-metal foils for automobiles

Miscellaneous: tools; mold-making and casting materials; decal film

Scratchbuilding: metal foil

Vehicles: metal foil

Bob The Train Guy

Contact Info: web site

Miscellaneous: tools

Scenery: fences, detailing parts, Tichy street signs, vegetation

Scratchbuilding: Evergreen Scale Models

Structures: AM Models, American Model Builders, Bar Mills, Branchline Laser Art, GC Laser kits; Tichy parts

Track Components: wheelstops, Bright Boy, Circuitron Tortoise

Trackside: Tichy signs, crossbucks

Brunel Hobbies

Contact Info: web site; Australia

Miscellaneous: display cases, tools, cradle to hold model while working on it

Scratchbuilding: corrugated metal shaping tool, handrail bending jig

Builders in Scale

Contact Info: web site; Mukilteo, Washington

Miscellaneous: drawings, tools, weathering materials

Scenery: snow, sand, mud, seaweed, fences, rocks

Scratchbuilding: metal siding/roofing

Structures: shingles

C. C. Crow

Contact Info: web site

Scratchbuilding: hydrocal brick walls

Structures: D&RGW roundhouse walls

Central Coast Trains

Contact Info: web site; Atascadero, California

Electronics: Soundtraxx

Locomotives: Lionel, Kadee couplers

Miscellaneous: Soundtraxx installation certified

Rolling Stock: Lionel, Kadee couplers

Scratchbuilding: Evergreen Styrene

Track Components: contact company for current inventory

Clover House

Contact Info: web site

Decals: freight car decals; dry transfers: alphabet, steam locomotives, passenger car, stripes, chalk marks, structures

Scratchbuilding: glass, wood strips

Track Components: PC ties, spikes, Sn3 track gauge, Gapmaster

Custom Model Creations LLC

Committed to S-scale

Contact Info: web site

Scenery: road-work signs & cones, chainsaw, fire-call box, construction trailer, jackstands

Scratchbuilding: cinder blocks

Structures: office furniture, refrigerator, security cameras, above-ground backyard pool

Vehicles: truck detailing parts (work truck beds), trailers, loads, snowmobile

Evergreen Scale Models

Committed to S-scale

Contact Info: web site

Scratchbuilding: styrene sheet goods, strips

Hunterline

Committed to S-scale

Contact Info: web site

Layout Scenery: tunnel liner, bridges, bridge piers kits

Miscellaneous: weathering mixes

Scenery: fences

Scratchbuilding: shakes (1800-1860)

JR Junction Train & Hobby

Contact Info: web site; e-mail; 2716 Erie Boulevard East, Syracuse, New York 13224 (315) 451-6551

Locomotives: Lionel, MTH, smoke fluid

Miscellaneous: authorized Lionel and MTH repair facility

Rolling Stock: MTH, Lionel

Scratchbuilding: various brands

Structures: Plasticville

Track Components: various brands

The store supports The Central New York S Gauge Association. They changed their web site in March 2019, and you now have to really dig to find what they have in stock; you can no longer look for things by scale.

K & S Engineering

Contact Info: web site

Scratchbuilding: metal supplies

Kappler Mill & Lumber Co

Committed to S-scale

Contact Info: web site

Scratchbuilding: wood sheet goods, strips

Track Components: wooden ties

Larkspur LaserArt

Committed to S-scale

Contact Info: web site

Scratchbuilding: brick sheets

Structures: hydrocal-based kits

Mainline Hobby Supply, Inc

Committed to S-scale

Contact Info: web site

Electronics: DCC, parts

Miscellaneous: tools, various paint brands; airbrushing supplies

Rolling Stock: Lionel

Scenery: Arttista figures

Scratchbuilding: wood sheet goods, strips

Midwest Products

Contact Info: web site

Scratchbuilding: wood sheet goods, strips

Mt. Albert Scale Lumber Co

Committed to S-scale

Contact Info: web site; Port Dover, Ontario

Scratchbuilding: wood sheet goods, strips

Northeastern Scale Lumber Company

Contact Info: web site

Scratchbuilding: wood sheet goods, strips

P-B-L

Committed to S-scale
Principals are S-scale modelers

Contact Info: web site

Decals: locomotives & cars decals

Layout Scenery: HO girder bridge for Sn3

Locomotives: standard-, narrow-gauge steam

Miscellaneous: Tools, Star Brand paints, Hotip resistance soldering equipment. Re-railer.

Rolling Stock: narrow-gauge freight cars, caboose kits, trucks, wheelsets, couplers, loads

Scenery: figures

Scratchbuilding: Evergreen Scale Models

Structures: narrow-gauge-related kits

Track Components: Sn3 code 70, 55 flextrack, turnouts, track gauges, Gapmaster, ties, rail joiners, spikes, Switchmaster switch machines

The main Sn3 manufacturer.

Plastruct

Contact Info: web site

Scratchbuilding: plastic sheet goods, strips

Rail Scale Models

Committed to S-scale

Contact Info: web site; 1140 Benson Road, Garner, North Carolina, 27529 (248) 421-6276

Scenery: fences, brick pier, detailing parts, Yucca plants

Scratchbuilding: plastic sheet goods

Structures: Tobacco Barn, walls, windows, doors, roofs, ladders, detailing parts

Railway Models

Contact Info: web site; PO Box 261, Bel Air, MD 21014

Scratchbuilding: plastic sheets

RSLaserKits

Committed to S-scale

Contact Info: web site

Rolling Stock: pickle car kit

Scenery: carries KMP Models kits

Scratchbuilding: doors, screendoors

Structures: laser-cut kits

Vehicles: horse-drawn farm wagon

Scenic Express

Contact Info: web site

Layout Scenery: scenic backgrounds (not S-specific)

Miscellaneous: tools

Scenery: grass, ground cover, trees, coal, rocks, fences, vegetation

Scratchbuilding: Plastruct

Track Components: ballast

Sierra Scale Models

Committed to S-scale

Contact Info: web site

Miscellaneous: weathering powders

Scenery: vegetation

Scratchbuilding: glass

Structures: cedar shingles

The San Juan Model Company

Committed to S-scale

Contact Info: web site; Denver, Colorado

Decals: Sn3

Rolling Stock: Sn3

Scratchbuilding: former Grandt Line products

Todd Architectural Models

Committed to S-scale

Contact Info: web site; Chatham, New Jersey

Scratchbuilding: large window panes (usable in S)

Structures: industrial, multi-story structure kits

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