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The Full Listing

The page lists companies that make and sell electronics used for powering your track, maintaining your locomotives, passenger cars, and caboose, and for layout construction. 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. There are a total of 34 entries listed on this page.

American Models

(last reviewed on 05/04/2023)

NASG Charles Sandersfeld Memorial Award

Advertises in the NASG's Dispatch

Contact

Business Type:

Manufacturer

Address:

11770 Green Oak Industrial Dr

City:

Whitmore Lake

State:

Michigan

Zip Code:

48189

Web Site:

visit

Phone:

(734) 449-1100

Owner(s):

Karen Bashista

Founder(s):

Ron Bashista

Products

Catalog: view

Electronics: transformers, sound boards, parts, wire

Locomotives: steam, diesel, electric (shells separately available), parts, smoke fluid

Rolling Stock: freight, passenger cars, cabooses, parts, trucks, wheelsets, couplers, loads, drumheads

Scenery: figures, fences

Structures: sells Plasticville kits

Track Components: code 148 flextrack, sectional track, turnouts, crossings, rail joiners, bumper, uncoupler, roadbed

Train Sets: passenger, freight

Vehicles: semi trailers; military tanks

Notes

This company manufactures just about anything you need to build a complete S-scale layout. If you are just starting out, or if you are looking to expand your layout, be sure to visit this company's web site, and you might also want to order their catalog.

History

Ron started the company in 1981, with their first advertisements appearing in 1982 showing their first product, the FP7 diesel locomotive. S-Helper Service, created to support the manufacture of new S-scale products, started collaborating with American Models in 1989. This ended in 1995. The future looked bright when American Models announced in 2017 that they had acquired a new and larger manufacturing facility. Unfortunately, Ron passed away on December 4, 2021. Ron's wife, Karen, announced that the company will continue to operate with the same personnel.

Azatrax

(last reviewed on 05/27/2023)

Contact

Business Type:

Manufacturer

Address:

P.O. Box 1241

City:

Berthoud

State:

Colorado

Zip Code:

80513

Web Site:

visit

Facebook:

visit

Products

Electronics: track detection circuits, automated-layout controls, relays, Arduino, power supplies, infrared detectors

Track Components: Circuitron Tortoise

Trackside: NJ International crossing gates, crossbucks, block signals

CatzPaw Innovations, LLC

(last reviewed on 04/17/2024)

Contact

Business Type:

Manufacturer

Address:

1255 Coan Drive

City:

Locust Grove

State:

Georgia

Zip Code:

30248

Postal Code:

(770) 847-0076

Web Site:

visit

e-mail:

send

Founder(s):

Sherri Johnson and Yolanda Hayes

YouTube Channel:

view

Products

3D-printed products

Boats: row boat, kayaks

Electronics: InvisaTrax Transport System

Rolling Stock: Snowplow

Scenery: hundreds of figures, animals, 11 web pages of detailing parts!

Structures: tents, booths

Trackside: Cantenary Towers

Vehicles: Santa Claus sleigh, 1940s Tucker, truck bed, 1970s utility truck, carriage, buggy

Notes

The company introduced their InvisaTrax system in April 2024. The American-made system allows for animations of all types to be fully hidden under scenery, to animate items such as automobiles, bicycle riders, swimmers, boats, airplanes, etc.

History

The two ladies who own the company started by making only S-scale products, as that is their primary interest. However, as other modelers discovered their product line, they started requesting that they'd make them available in their scales, too. A brief article about the two ladies can be found here.

Crazy Model Trains

(last reviewed on 09/17/2023)

Contact

Business Type:

Brick-n-Mortar Retailer

Address:

950 Brocksmith ST SE

City:

Palm Bay

State:

Florida

Zip Code:

32909

Web Site:

visit

Facebook:

visit

Phone:

(240) 367-6067

Products

S Products Page: view

Electronics: DC, DCC, wire, transformers, speakers, electronic parts

Locomotives: Lionel, Kadee couplers, smoke fluid

Miscellaneous: paints, tools

Rolling Stock: Lionel, Kadee couplers

Scratchbuilding: K&S Metals, Evergreen Styrene, Plastruct, JTT Scenery sheets

Track Components: Lionel

Dallee Electronics, Inc

(last reviewed on 09/24/2023)

Contact

Business Type:

Manufacturer

Address:

246 West Main Street

City:

Leola

State:

Pennsylvania

Zip Code:

17540

Web Site:

visit

e-mail:

send

Phone:

(717) 661-7041

Founder(s):

Dallas Gutacker

Products

Electronics: sound boards, speakers, reversing units, timers, FREDs, LED lighting, circuit breakers, relays, back-n-forth, electronic components

Locomotives: sound systems, reversing units, smoke fluids

Rolling Stock: windows silhouettes for A.C. Gilbert passenger cars

Track Components: turntable indexer (part #1700)

History

The company was started in 1976.

Digitrax

(last reviewed on 10/28/2023)

Contact

Business Type:

Manufacturer

Address:

2443 Transmitter Rd

City:

Panama City

State:

Florida

Zip Code:

32404-3157

Web Site:

visit

Phone:

(850) 872 9890

Fax:

(850) 872 9557

Products

S Products Page: view

Electronics: DCC systems, decoders

Locomotives: decoder recommendations for specific engines

Notes

The S-specific web site link above shows all the recommended Digitrax decoders for various S-scale locomotives.

Dwarvin

(last reviewed on 11/09/2023)

Contact

Business Type:

Manufacturer

Web Site:

visit

Facebook:

visit

Phone:

(866) 285-5840

YouTube Channel:

view

Products

Electronics: infrared detection circuits, crossing bell

Structures: swan-neck lamps, rafter lamps

History

On March 1, 2023 Dwarvin Enterprises Ltd. was purchased by Trainz.com, Inc. Going forward products will be manufactured by, and fulfilled through, Trainz.com.

George's Trains

(last reviewed on 03/06/2024)

Contact

Business Type:

Brick-n-Mortar Retailer

Address:

550 Alden Road, Unit #101 & #102

City:

Markham

Province:

Ontario

Postal Code:

L3R 6A8

Country:

Canada

Web Site:

visit

Facebook:

visit

Phone:

(877) 887-2467

Founder(s):

George Olieux

Products

S Products Page: view

Electronics: original American Flyer transformers

Locomotives: original American Flyer

Rolling Stock: original American Flyer

Track Components: original American Flyer

Notes

Click on "Featured" on their web site, and then click on "Scale S" on the right. This is a full-service, model railroading-only store.

History

Started in 1962, when George bought Bob's Toy Trains for which he was doing a lot of repair work at the time. Today, the business is run by George's sons, Richard and John. The store moved to its present location in 2007.

Lights 4 Models

(last reviewed on 05/25/2023)

Contact

Business Type:

Manufacturer & Retailer

City:

Dublin

State:

Ohio

Web Site:

visit

Phone:

(614) 296-8691

Founder(s):

John Gafney

Products

Airplanes: airport approach lights

Boats: buoy lights

Electronics: parts, shrink tubing

Locomotives: electronics parts

Rolling Stock: FRED, EOT lights

Scenery: sound modules, Miller Engineering animated signs

Structures: LED interior, exterior lights, tower warning lights, sound modules (e.g. church, outhouse)

Track Components: track cleaning pads

Trackside: EZ Line

Vehicles: LED lights, flashers

Lionel

(last reviewed on 03/04/2023)

Contact

Business Type:

Manufacturer

Web Site:

visit

Products

Catalog: view

American Flyer accessories

Electronics: transformers, TMCC, Legacy, etc.

Locomotives: steam, diesel, smoke fluid

Rolling Stock: freight, passenger, MOW, caboose, trucks, wheelsets, couplers

Scenery: figures

Structures: Piggy-back unloader

Track Components: track system, turnouts, railjoiners

Trackside: telephone poles

Train Sets: passenger, freight

Notes

One of the main manufacturers of S-scale products. Lionel owns the "American Flyer" name and produces S-scale products under that name.

History

In 2006 Lionel announced that it had officially taken over the assets of K-Line, including inventory, intellectual property, tooling, and trademarks, after it won its trademark lawsuit against K-Line. Lionel made a deal with Sanda Kan, K-Line's principal manufacturer and creditor, who in turn worked out a deal with K-Line's bankers. Lionel from then on controlled and operated the K-Line brand and has the right to completely own it in the future. The 0-4-0 switcher and the end-cab switcher that K-Line had previously announced for S-scale were abandoned. That year they announced the products will be sold under the brand name "K-Line by Lionel" and will appear in packaging that is different from Lionel's standard boxes.

LogicRail Tech

(last reviewed on 03/04/2023)

Contact

Business Type:

Manufacturer

Address:

21175 Tomball Parkway, Suite 287

City:

Houston

State:

Texas

Zip Code:

77070

Web Site:

visit

Phone:

(281) 251-5813

Products

Electronics: Fusee Pro/M works on S-scale track, signaling circuits, fast clocks, CTC panel components

Mainline Hobby Supply, Inc

(last reviewed on 03/06/2023)

Contact

Business Type:

Brick-n-Mortar Retailer

Address:

15066 Buchanan Trl E

City:

Blue Ridge Summit

State:

Pennsylvania

Zip Code:

17214

Web Site:

visit

e-mail:

send

Phone:

(717) 794-2860

Products

S Products Page: view

American Flyer accessories

Electronics: DCC, parts

Miscellaneous: tools, various paint brands; airbrushing supplies

Rolling Stock: Lionel, MTH

Scenery: Arttista figures

Scratchbuilding: wood sheet goods, strips

Track Components: Lionel, GarGraves

Model Rectified Corp (MRC)

(last reviewed on 03/08/2023)

Contact

Business Type:

Manufacturer

Address:

360 Main Street, Suite 2

City:

Matawan

State:

New Jersey

Zip Code:

07747

Web Site:

visit

e-mail:

send

Phone:

(732) 225-2100

Products

Electronics: train control systems

Notes

It is nice that a manufacturer acknowledges the existence of S!

Model Smiths

(last reviewed on 04/27/2024)

Contact

Business Type:

Manufacturer

Web Site:

visit

e-mail:

send

Products

3D-printed products

Electronics: street lights, light-driver circuit boards

Scenery: construction detailing sets, street lights

History

The company was started in 2015.

N. J. International

(last reviewed on 05/04/2024)

Contact

Business Type:

Manufacturer

Address:

P.O. Box 15341

City:

Clearwater

State:

Florida

Zip Code:

33766

Web Site:

visit

Secondary Site:

visit

e-mail:

send

Phone:

(516) 922-0010

Products

Electronics: various circuits

Track Components: switch stands

Trackside: crossbucks, semaphores, signals, warning signs

Notes

In April/May 2024, they seemed to have created a new web site, which no longer lists their S-scale products. It may be temporary, as it appears the company is going through some changes. If you are interested in one of their previously-produced S-scale items, contact them to see if they can still make them. The alternative web site they still have appears to list S-scale items, still.

History

The company was started in Hicksville, New York in 1971.

New Zealand Finescale

(last reviewed on 07/12/2024)

Contact

Business Type:

Manufacturer

City:

Christchurch

Country:

New Zealand

Web Site:

visit

e-mail:

send

Founder(s):

Lawrence, Jill, and Haydn Boul

Products

3D-printed products

Electronics: pre-wired locomotive LED, speaker, DCC adapter board

Locomotives: NZR locomotive kits, coreless motors, detailing parts, backheads, wheels, NZR couplers, numberboards, piston rods

Miscellaneous: micro reamers, taps, metric drill bits, screws

Rolling Stock: gondola and hopper car kits, detailing parts, NZR couplers, passenger car trucks

Scenery: figures, horses, vegetation, mining cart, cream cans, milk cans, pulleys and cranks

Structures: NZR Station Latrine, many detailing parts, station poster boards, ladders

Track Components: yard ground throw, fishplates

Trackside: semaphores, kits for animating them, signal box kit, ground throws

Vehicles: horse-drawn carriage, 1936 Austin Ruby, windshield wipers

Notes

The company specializes in 3D-printed, etched-brass kits and details, and metal cast parts. They are focused on the New Zealand Railway prototype, i.e. Sn42, but many items can be used by other modelers. Their figures are very nicely details and to-scale.

Ngineering

(last reviewed on 03/08/2023)

Contact

Business Type:

Manufacturer

State:

Washington

Web Site:

visit

Products

Electronics: LEDs, lighting kit, parts, sound modules

Scenery: sound modules

Structures: gooseneck light kit, sound modules

Notes

Although they don't carry S-scale-specific products, they do mention S-scale on their web site, and several of their products can be used regardless of modeling scale.

Nicolas Smith Trains

(last reviewed on 03/08/2023)

Contact

Business Type:

Brick-n-Mortar Retailer

Address:

2343 West Chester Pike

City:

Broomall

State:

Pennsylvania

Zip Code:

19008

Web Site:

visit

Phone:

(610) 353-8585

Products

American Flyer accessories

Electronics: DCC, Lionel transformers, Dallee

Locomotives: Lionel, MTH, smoke fluid, Kadee coupler height gauge

Rolling Stock: Lionel, MTH, Kadee coupler height gauge

Track Components: Lionel, GarGraves, Caboose Industries, Blue Point

Train Sets: Lionel

Papa Ben's Train Place

(last reviewed on 02/24/2024)

Contact

Business Type:

Brick-n-Mortar Retailer

Address:

4007 Bellaire Blvd, Suite E

City:

Houston

State:

Texas

Zip Code:

77025

Web Site:

visit

e-mail:

send

Facebook:

visit

Phone:

(713) 523-5600

Owner(s):

Allyn Pearlman

Founder(s):

Ben Pearlman

Products

S Products Page: view

American Flyer accessories

Electronics: DCC, components

Locomotives: original American Flyer; Lionel, MTH dealer, smoke fluid

Miscellaneous: reference materials, tools

Rolling Stock: original American Flyer, Lionel

Scenery: various brands

Scratchbuilding: most common materials

Track Components: ballast

Pikesville Models

(last reviewed on 03/09/2023)

Advertises in the NASG's Dispatch

Contact

Business Type:

Manufacturer & Retailer

Address:

3315 Timberfield Lane

City:

Baltimore

State:

Maryland

Web Site:

visit

e-mail:

send

Phone:

(443) 834-2871

Founder(s):

Dave Blum

Products

American Flyer accessories

Electronics: Lionel transformers

Locomotives: original A.F., American Models, S-Helper Service, MTH, Lionel, smoke fluid

Rolling Stock: original American Flyer, American Models, S-Helper Service, Pacific Rail Shops, S Scale America, Lionel, their own product line

Track Components: original American Flyer, Tru-Scale, Lionel, MTH

Train Sets: original A.F., American Models, Lionel

Vehicles: various brands

Notes

This company is one of the main S-scale retailers.

Precision Design Co

(last reviewed on 02/18/2024)

Contact

Business Type:

Manufacturer

Web Site:

visit

e-mail:

send

Facebook:

visit

Phone:

(204) 324-4807

Founder(s):

Bill Brillinger

Products

Decals: custom S/Sn3 decals

Electronics: Dealer for RailPro by Ring Engineering

Precision Vintage Classics

(last reviewed on 01/09/2024)

Contact

Business Type:

Manufacturer & Retailer

Address:

9938 257th Street CT E

City:

Graham

State:

Washington

Zip Code:

98338

Web Site:

visit

e-mail:

send

Phone:

(253) 875-1684

Founder(s):

Paul Vaughn

Products

Electronics: DCC brands

Locomotives: narrow-gauge detailing parts, Sn3 coupler-height gauge, driver wheels and axles, brass steam engine detailing parts (Sn3)

Miscellaneous: tools

Rolling Stock: narrow-gauge freight car kits, Tomalco Sn3 Parts, Sn3, Sn2, Sn42 trucks & wheelsets, Sn3 coupler-height gauge, box car ends, brake system parts

Track Components: uncouplers, manual switch machine, owns Tomalco Sn3 Track

Notes

The company is a dealer for Evan Designs, ESU, Decoder Buddy, QSI, and Tam Valley.

History

The company bought Berlyn Locomotive Works' Sn3 product line in 2009. They also bought the Tomalco parts (only; not the track) product line.

R.F. Giardina Co. Inc.

(last reviewed on 03/11/2023)

Contact

Business Type:

Online Retailer

Address:

P.O. 562

City:

Oyster Bay

State:

New York

Zip Code:

11771

Web Site:

visit

Facebook:

visit

Products

Catalog: view

Electronics: original American Flyer transformers, circuit breakers

Locomotives: original American Flyer, smoke fluid

Miscellaneous: A.F. repair, manuals, research materials

Rolling Stock: original American Flyer

Track Components: original American Flyer, Lionel

Rumbling Rails Engineering

(last reviewed on 01/02/2024)

NASG member

Contact

Business Type:

Manufacturer

Web Site:

visit

e-mail:

send

Facebook:

visit

Founder(s):

Robert Carter

YouTube Channel:

view

Products

Electronics: scenery sound modules

S-CAB

(last reviewed on 03/13/2023)

Contact

Business Type:

Manufacturer

Web Site:

visit

Products

Electronics: radio-frequency-based, battery-powered, DCC-compatible system

Soundtraxx

(last reviewed on 12/20/2023)

Contact

Business Type:

Manufacturer

Address:

141 Burnett Drive

City:

Durango

State:

Colorado

Zip Code:

81301

Web Site:

visit

e-mail:

send

Facebook:

visit

Twitter:

visit

Phone:

(970) 259-0690

YouTube Channel:

view

Products

Electronics: DCC decoders

Notes

All of their DCC decoders are made in the USA.

History

The company was started in 1989 in Pocasset, Massachusetts under the name "ThrottleUp!". They released their first sound system in 1991. In 1994, the company moved to Broomfield, Colorado. SoundTraxx became the main company name in 1998, when they announced their first DCC sound decoder, and moved to Durango, CO. They announced their Tsunami decoder in 2005, and the Blunami decoder in 2022.

Steel Mill Modelers Supply

(last reviewed on 04/15/2023)

Contact

Business Type:

Manufacturer

Web Site:

visit

Founder(s):

Kevin Tully

Products

3D-printed products

Electronics: LED lights in HO-scale fixtures that may be of use in S

Miscellaneous: DVDs (shown as a book on the computer) related to the steel industry

Rolling Stock: loads

Scenery: fire hydrant

Scratchbuilding: many detailing parts, H-column footers, pipe bent (hold/routing pipes through facilities), exterior vents, piping systems and components, roof trusses, corrugated fiberglass panels

Structures: parts for modeling a steel mill and other industrial complexes, most of which are available in S-scale

Trackside: telephone box

T & K Hobby

(last reviewed on 03/14/2023)

Contact

Business Type:

Brick-n-Mortar Retailer

Address:

500 Hall Street

City:

Bridgeport

State:

Ohio

Web Site:

visit

Phone:

(740) 633-6607

Products

American Flyer accessories

Decals: alphabet sets, Solvaset

Electronics: wire

Layout Scenery: scenic backgrounds (not S-specific)

Locomotives: Lionel, smoke fluid

Miscellaneous: weathering powders

Rolling Stock: Lionel

Track Components: Lionel, GarGraves track screws, track cleaning block, Bright Boy, Circuitron Tortoise switch machine

Trackside: backgrounds, Lionel telephone poles

History

Started in 1976.

Tony's Train Exchange

(last reviewed on 03/15/2023)

Contact

Business Type:

Online Retailer

Address:

57 River Rd

City:

Essex Junction

State:

Vermont

Zip Code:

05452

Web Site:

visit

e-mail:

send

Phone:

(800) 978-3472

Products

S Products Page: view

Electronics: DCC circuits, systems

Rolling Stock: track-cleaning car

Train Repair Parts

(last reviewed on 03/18/2023)

Contact

Business Type:

Service Company

City:

Middletown

State:

Connecticut

Web Site:

visit

Phone:

(860) 324-7462

Products

S Products Page: view

Decals: American Flyer replacements

Electronics: A.C. Gilbert transformers restored

Locomotives: American Flyer repair parts

Rolling Stock: American Flyer repair parts

Track Components: American Flyer replacement parts

Notes

Train Repair Parts is the home of the original A.C. Gilbert Factory Parts Department and one of the most extensive Lionel parts departments.

History

This company has been in business since 1940.

Trains & More, LLC

(last reviewed on 03/15/2023)

Advertises in the NASG's Dispatch

Contact

Business Type:

Online Retailer

Address:

P.O. Box 1751

City:

Manchester

State:

Connecticut

Zip Code:

06045-1751

Web Site:

visit

e-mail:

send

Products

American Flyer accessories

Electronics: original American Flyer transformers, circuit breakers

Layout Scenery: original AF bridge

Locomotives: American Flyer

Rolling Stock: American Flyer, Lionel

Structures: American Flyer

Track Components: American Flyer

Trainworld

(last reviewed on 03/15/2023)

Contact

Business Type:

Online Retailer

Web Site:

visit

Products

S Products Page: view

American Flyer accessories

Electronics: DCC brands

Layout Scenery: Lionel bridges

Locomotives: Lionel, Kadee couplers

Rolling Stock: Lionel, wheelsets, Kadee couplers

Track Components: MTH, Lionel

Train Sets: Lionel passenger, freight

Walthers

(last reviewed on 03/16/2023)

Contact

Business Type:

Manufacturer & Retailer

Web Site:

visit

Phone:

800-4-TRAINS

Owner(s):

Stacey Walthers-Naffah

Founder(s):

Bill Walthers

Products

Decals: various brands

Electronics: various systems

Layout Scenery: various brands

Locomotives: various brands

Miscellaneous: reference materials

Rolling Stock: various brands

Scenery: figures, animals, fences, detailing parts

Scratchbuilding: various brands

Structures: various brands

History

The company was founded in 1932. In 1958, Bill retired and his son Bruce took over. In 1984 Bruce's son Phil took over. Phil was the one who got Walthers into the manufacturing business. The company's web site was launched in 1994. Phil retired in 2018 and his oldest daughter, Stacey Walthers-Naffah, took over the reigns of the company.

Willy Monaghan

(last reviewed on 07/15/2024)

Contact

Business Type:

Shapeways Store

Owner(s):

William Monagahn

Products

3D-printed products

Electronics: speaker enclosure, mounting fixture for Hex Frog Juicer

Locomotives: old-time steam cab, domes, speaker enclosure

Rolling Stock: Civil War-era passenger, freight cars, caboose, Fox trucks, caboose steps

Scratchbuilding: ladder

Track Components: Ramapo switch stand, targets

Trackside: semaphores

Notes

Since Shapeways declared bankruptcy, and since this company only sold through Shapeways, they have effectively closed-up shop.

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