This page contains information about businesses opening, closing, or changing ownership. These are businesses that make products of use to S-scale modelers. 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.
The store officially closed on September 11, 2016. However, Kevin Ruble has bought the company and is moving the company to a new retail location in the Denver metro area. Some online ordering is possible. Update: the official grand opening is on February 25, 2017. See their web site for more details.
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.
The company formerly known as "Imagine That! Laser Art" has changed its name to "ITLA Scale Models". They also redesigned their web site. In the process they appear to have dropped almost all of their S-scale structure kits (two remain: "Fire Escape" and "Structural Tower Support").
Larry Morton, of Tomalco Track, announces that the company is now a dealer for the Cascade Rail Supply product line of roadbed material. They have a small supply in stock, but they are building up their inventory. By ordering roadbed from Tomalco Track you will be saving on shipping costs.
Paul Vaughn, owner of Precision Vintage Classics, and the new owner of the Tomalco Parts product line, announces his new web site. The site is still under development, so check back regularly for product availability.
Lionel's presentation at the Spring 2016 TCA at York, PA, starting at the 2-minute mark (yes AF got first billing!), talked about the new FlyerChief Northern that should be available by the end of the year.
Mike Wolfe's presentation of MTH's announcements at the Spring 2016 TCA at York, PA includes him mentioning that the F3 units are right now being built in China (see the 20-minute mark). The F3 and the O-scale 44-tonner are both using the same electronics. Estimate is July for the F3.
The electronics parts portion of Berkshire Junction Model Railroad Supplies company is now for sale. They manufacture many electronic items, including the S-scale crossbucks with working LEDs. The famous EZ Line wire will continue to be carried by Berkshire Junction.
The company is in the process of moving from North Carolina to California. The latest news is that they probably won't open the business again until Fall of 2016.
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