The author describes the reality of a brick-n-mortar store owner in the 1990s of stocking model railroading items, and S-scale products specifically.
The author describes the owner's history and the what is available at the store in downtown Overland Park, Kansas. Includes several photos of the store and its owner.
The author interviews Anita Walter, owner of this model trains-only store in Atascadero, California. The store stocks S-scale products, consignment items, Lionel, Kadee, and scratchbuilding materials. She has a mailing list for those who model in S-scale.
As part of the O Scale National convention near Chicago, and Mike Calvert of Gilmaur Models in the United Kingdom being there, Des Plaines Hobbies held an open house to give S-scale modelers who attended a chance to see the U18b pilot model in person. Photos are included with the article.
The store primarily carries HO- and O-scale, but has recently added about 10 feet of shelf space for S-scale products, such as MTH, Lionel, GarGraves, Artistta, and more.
The author shares how a hobby shop got him into the hobby of model railroading.
The author reflects on where he has been buying his S-scale products (at S-specific train shows).
After a brief history of railway traffic in Syracuse, New York, the author learns from the owner that the store carries all current S-scale products and catalogs, as well as many other items. Includes several photos.
The idea of a local club putting together an S-scale starter set from lightly-used and commonly-available American Flyer components has spread to several clubs, and this article covers the success these clubs have had with the idea over the past couple of years. It also covers how tasks are divided among club members to build these sets. A complete listing of how to review the purchased equipment to prepare for including in the sets, is included in this article.
A bit of info about this full-service model railroad store in Utah. They stock Lionel American Flyer products. (related web page)
After a brief introduction of the owners, the article covers that S-scale is quite visible within the mostly-HO-scale store. Covers the services they offer, and which product lines they have purchased over the years. Includes several photos of the store.
Covers the history of the Toy Trains Unlimited store in Hanover, PA. They repair A.F., and carry Lionel, MTH, K-Line, and parts. Includes photos of the store (the web site listed in the article was shut down in 2018 due to lack of interest).
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