Update #43–January 9, 2021
Happy New Year to all and let’s look forward to a better and healthier year in 2021!
We have received a large number of new products such as Kato’s New York Central 20th Century Train and Bachmann’s New York Central J3A Hudson. More new products are on the way, including: Micro-Trains, Kato’s Union Pacific SD70ACe “Powering Our People”; Atlas Diesels, and the Kato European “Paris/Brussels/Amsterdam” 10-car Super Train.
Although we recently updated the locomotives and passenger car listings, we are providing this brief overview given the high volume of product turnover the past two months. For further information, please check the specific product listings.
N Scale Pasenger Car Outlook for Kato, Micro-Trains, and Rapido
There were large sales over the Christmas Season and here is what remains:
Kato California Zephyr 11-car set–SOLD OUT
Kato Union Pacific “City of Los Angeles” 11-car set–2 sets
Kato New York Central 20th Century 9-car and 4-car sets–4 of each
Kato Southern Pacific Daylight 10-car set–4 sets
Kato Milwaukee Hiawatha 9-car set–3 sets
Kato Japanese “Seven Starts to Kyushu” 8-car train–1 set
Kato Japanese “Mizukaze” 10-car set–4 sets
Kato German ITC 12-car train, dual powered with DCC–1 set
Micro-Trains Penn Central 5-car heavyweight set–SOLD OUT
Micro-Trains Denver & Rio Grande 5-car heavyweight set–4 sets going and going fastt
Micro-Trains Santa Fe 12-car Fast Mail Express Train–2 sets
Micro-Trains Illinois Central 5-car heavyweight set–3 sets
Rapido Amtrak Cars– about 10 left
Rapido Osgood Bradley–2 Southern Pacific Lark 4-Car Sets; 1 Cotton Belt Daylight 4-car set; 2 Canadian National 4-car sets
BN Executive Scheme 4-car sets–2 or 3 left
Kato Diesel Passsenger Locomotives Low Stock: Santa Fe F7s & PAs; Denver & Rio Grande PAs; New York Central E7s; Union Pacifc E8/9s; Western Pacific F3s
Kato Steam Locomotives:
Union Pacific FEF3 Freight w/ith Sound/DCC–2 left (Sound Version Sold Out)
Southern Pacific Daylight sold out
BNSF Black Special Steam loco–1 left in DCC
Kato Modern Freight Locomotives: CSX SD70ACe and ES44s; Norfolk Southern SD70ACes & SD70s flat radiator; Union Pacific SD70M
Fox Valley Models: Very low on many roads, please refer to updated list or call
Broadway Limited Diesels : 1 Santa Fe PA A-Unit; 2-3 PRR E7/8s; 2 PRR Switchers; 1 Baldwin Centipedes w/Sound in PRR & Seaboard
Broadway Limited Steam–2-3 PRR Mountains (4-8-2) and 7 or 8 PRR T1s (4-4-4-4-) first run
Kato Unitrak/Unitram and New Horosihma Tram!
The Hiroshma Trams are back in stock. Kato redesigned this model with an upgraded drive system that results in more realistic low speed operation. These are terrific models and we offer an excellent sales of $40 per unit.
We also have an excellent selection of Unitrak, Unitram Track, and a few Unitram starter sets
Finnaly, just a note to advise that we can provide pictures for most if not all items. Just request it, particularly as it relates to foreign train sets, starter sets, as well as N Scale and HO brass models.
Update #42–November 3, 2020
This will be a very busy month starting with the arrival of the Kato New York Central “20Th Century Limited.” This is the next in line of Kato famous railroad passenger name trains from the 1940-1950s. The set includes the following components which are also separately available: (1) New York Central dual powered E7 AA diesel set; (2) 9-car basic passenger car consist; and (3) a 4-car add-on set. Models will be available first in the analog version, followed later this month with DCC and Lok Sound/DCC versions. Sales have been very brisk so please contact us ASAP! You should be aware that due to cost, we are ordering only the LOK Sound/DCC units for which there are reservations. There will be no extra sound-equipped models available.
Kato USA is issuing the SD70Ms with the flat radiators in Norfolk Southern and Union Pacific, as well as a resupply of many Unitrak items. We will also be receiving a small number of Kato Japanese prototype models this month, including: the Shinkansen Nozomi 700 sets in the 8-car powered and unpowered versions, as well as the Series 323 Osaka Loop 4-Car base and 4-car add-on sets. We also have back in stock the EM13 decoders to convert your models to DCC, and the FL12 lighting kits for the front and back end of the foreign train consists. In late November, look for the Hanover/Hiroshima trams and the long awaited Thales Paris, Brussels, and Antwerp (PBA) 10-car high speed train. Finally, just a brief menton that we have at this time a good selection of freight cars sets, including tank cars and the cargo lime trains. Please order now because they go out of stock very quickly.
N Scale Passenger Cars Outlook
We are getting very low on the following units:
Kato Union Pacific City of “Los Angeles” 11-Car Set;
Kato Milwaukkee Road “Hiawatha” 9-car set;
Kato California Zephyr 11-car set;
Micro-Trains Penn Central Heavyweight 5-car set;
Micro-Trains Northern Pacific Heavyweight 5-car set;
Micro-Trains Illinois Central Heavyweight 5-cat set;
Micro-Trains Santa Fe 12-Car Fast Mail Express Train;
Micro-Trains Heavyweight Maintenance of Way 5-car set;
Broadway Limited Pennsyvania P70 4-Car Set without air conditioning; and,
Atlas Trainman Heavyweight 5-Car Sets in Chesapeake & Ohio and Jersey Central.
Broadway Limited N Scale Steam Locomotives
We are down to 2 or 3 sound-equipped Broadway Limited Pennsylvania Railroad M1As (4-8-2). There are also between 5-7 units of the orgnal run of the sound-equipped Pensylvania T1s (4-4-4-4) remaining in stock. The USRA Light and Heavy Mikadoes are sold out.
The monthly releases have been selling out very quickly but we still have some weathered and grafitted cars, as well as runner packs. Later this month we should be receiving the following runner packs: Pacific Fruit Express/Western Pacific 40′ Double Sheathed Reefer 4-Packs; Union Pacific (Yellow) 40′ Box Car 4-Packs; CSX weatherd 3-car tie loader sets; and the new TTX Version 1 60′ Excess Height Double Door Box Cars.
We are workng on adding pictures to help assist you in viewing items. There will be 1 photo of an item. You will be able to request additional pictures and well as videos of the items running. This is a long process as there are thousands of SKUs on our site. The first photos will be pictures of N Scaler starter sets and N Scale brass models.
Until next month Happy Thanksgving to All and stay safe!
Update #41–October 10, 2020
We are now into fall season and there is much news to report.
New entrants into N Scale model railroading now have a wide variety of high quality starter sets to choose from. Our “train-in-the-box” starter sets offer locomotives, freight or passenger cars, Kato Unitrak, and power supply. We now offer the following Kato starter sets:
Amtrak P42, 3 pasenger cars, track and power supply;
Amtrak Siemens ACS64, 4 passenger cars, track and power supply;
CB&Q “Silver Streak” Zephyr with E5 diesel, 5 passenger cars, track and power supply;
Swiss “Glacier on Tour” Express with Loco, 2 passenger cars, track and power supply;
Japanese “Dr. Yellow” 3-Car Powered Set, Track and Power Supply.
Japanese Shinkansin Nozomi 700 4-Car powered set, track, and power supply; and,
Japanese D51 Steam locomotive, 2 passenger cars, track and power supply.
For those modelers who would like longer trains, we offer add-on” passenger car sets.
Kato: The Kato F7 A-Units and B-Units in the red & silver and yellow & silver bonnets just arrived. They will be followed-up this week with the rerun of the ES44ACs in CSX and Canadian National (2 road numbers per road name). The MAXI-IV 3-car twinstack sets are back in stock in: CSX; UMAX, and Pacer Stacktrain. We anticipate receiving the Kato New York Central 20Th Century Sets around the second week of November. Interest has been very strong and we have a few sets left for advance reservation. In December we should receive the Norfolk Southern and Union Pacific SD70Ms with flared radiators. For trolley fans, look for the Hiroshima/Hanover Tram in late November, early December. The “Amsterdam-Brussels-Paris” TGV set also should arrive in December.
Micro-Trains: Micro-Trains has issued their October releases, including weathered cars, and they are going fast. We currently have: Norfolk Southern 4-pack of open hoppers; the C&O weathered 2-pack of 50′ box cars; as well as many other 2-packs and individual Railbox 50′ Cars. The Pacific Fruit Express Western Pacific steam era reefer 4-pack and the first issue of the TTX 3-pack of 60′ two-door high side boxcars should arrive later this month
N Scale Brass: Brass sales remain strong an we added the following new models: Hallmark Models factory painted 4-8-2, 2-10-2, and 4-6-2; Fairbanks Morse Trainmaster, Baldwin VO-1000 and Baldwin S-12 Switcher. You can buy brass in confidence because we accurately describe items and can provide at your request photos as well as a video of each model running.
HO Brass: A few new models including: a very rare mint unpainted Key Imports Delaware & Hudson Challenger (4-6-6-4); Oriental Models Pro-Painted Northern Pacific A4 & A5 4-8-4 Northerns; Pacific Fast Mail Facotry Painted Tenshodo Great Northern P2 Mountain (4-8-2) and R2 Articulated (2-8-8-2); and Northwest Shortline new unpainted Milwaukee Road S2 4-8-4 Northern.
Just a few final notes. Beginning with N Scale Brass, we are working on process to insert photos of much of our our inventory. We will expand the photos in the future. In the meantime, request a photo or video of an item. Finally, for those who are local, we offer the option to stop buy to pick-up your purchases.
Update #40–September 21, 2020
Just received another group of outstanding Key N Scale Brass Stem Locomotives. Most models are like new and have been test run. We have videos of each loco running as well as pictures. Here they are and please check our brass page for more details:
Key (Samhongsa) Series 120 Southern Pacific AC-6 Cab Forward 4-8-8-2 #4126
Key (Samhongsa) Series 124 Southern Pacific AC-10 Cab Forward 4-8-8-2 #4205
Key (Samhongsa) Series 124 Southern Pacific AC-12 Cab Froward 4-8-8-2 #4275; and
Key (Nakamura-Japan) Southern Pacific AC-12 Cab Forward 4-8-8-2 #4294
O Scale Models: The following 2-RAIL O Scale brass models have just been added to the Brass Section:
Sunset Models Canadian National (4-8-4) #6227
Sunset Models Canadian Pacific K1A (4-8-4) #3101–VERY RARE!
Sunset Models New York Central J3 Empire State Express (4-6-4), New
Sunset Models Pennsylvania M1A (4-8-2) 6715, New
Sunset Models Pennsylvania M1B (4-8-2) 6756 New
Sunset Models Southern Pacific 4-10-2 with Gray Boiler, Excellent Plus
Update #39–September 20, 2020
Summer is over and we head into the fall/winter season.
New Kato Arrivals: We just received Kato F7 Santa Fe A-units and B-Units in the red & silver and yellow & silver bonnet schemes. We offer analog, DCC-equipped units, and very limited small number of units with sound (one F7 AB War Bonnet set) at this time. We also have MAX-IV 3-car twinstacks in CSX, UMAX, and Pacer Stackman. Later this month we will received a rerun of the ES44ACs in Canadian National and CSX. The New York Central 20Th Century Passenger Train and matching E7 A-Units is on schedule to be released in November. Finally, we expect to begin receiving trams in November, beginning with the Hiroshima-Hanover car.
Low Stock of Kato Items: We are starting to run low on F3 units in Chicago & North Western, Chicago, Burlington & Quincy, and Western Pacific, as well as Santa Fe F7 Bluebonnet and Cigar Band units. Analog versions of some road names are sold out. Additionally, SD70ACes are nearly sold out in CSX, Erie, Kansas City Southern, Penn Central and New York Central.
We recently received a shipment of N Scale Unitrak and Starter sets. More, Kato European and Japanese prototype models are due in the next week.
N Scale Brass: This is a reminder that we still have a few GHB factory painted and upgraded Pennsylvania L1 2-8-2 Mikadoes in stock. The models originally had a price tag of $750. We offer the factory upgraded units which run well for a very competitive price of $350. The model comes in the original and modern versions with several different road numbers. This model is a must for you Pennsylvania railroad fans!
Update #38–August 26, 2020
Here is an update on new developments.
N Scale Brass: New arrivals include: Oriental Factory Painted UP Challenger 4-6-6-4 with DCC; Key Factory Painted Union Pacific; 2-8-0; and Key Pro-Paint Southern Pacific Lines MT4 4-8-2 Mountain with Green Boiler. We continue to receive more Mint-to-Like-New Unusual Brass Models so please keep checking the web site listing.
HO Scale Brass: Overland Factory Painted Chesapeake & Ohio L2a Hudson #312; Key Delaware & Hudson Challenger (4-6-6-4) Unpainted; Pacific Fast Mail Great Northern Factory Painted Crowns P2 Mountain 4-8-2 (1975) and R2 Articulated 2-8-8-2 (1974); Challenger Factory Painted Union Pacific “Train of Tomorrow” E7 A-Unit and 4 Dome Cars (very rare); and Oriental Pro-Painted Northern Pacific A4 (Gray) and A5 (Black) Northerns.
N Scale Kato USA American Prototype Models: The Canadian National Transcontinental 7-car set and matching F7 locos arrived and is selling out fast. We expect to receive the Santa Fe F7 Red and Yellow Bonnets as well as more MAXI IV Stack 3-car sets next week. There is a good selection of DCC and analog versions of the Union Pacific FEF3s passenger and freight locos, as well as a few LOK Sound versions of freight locomotive #838.
Low Stock of Kato and Micro-Trains Passenger Car Sets: We are down to less than five each of the following sets: California Zephyr 11-car set; Milwaukee Road 9-car set; Santa Fe Super Chief 8-car set; Southern Pacific Daylight 10-car set; and Union Pacific 11-car City Of Los Angeles and 7-car Excursions sets. We also have less than 3 of the following Micro-Trains Heavyweight passenger car sets: AT&SF Baggage Express Set; Illinois Central 5-car set; Northern Pacific 5-Car Set; Penn Central 5-car set; and 1 Maintenance of Way 5-car heavyweight set.
N Scale Kato Foreign Prototype Models: We received a large number of freight car sets including the Lime Cargo and Tank Cars sets. A number of diesels have are back in stock as well as the D51 2-8-2 steam loco. The Swiss Glacier Express just came back into stock, including: Locomotives; Starter Sets; and Passenger car sets. Finally, we expect to receive a large shipment of foreign trains next week so watch our listings.
Bachmann Steam Locomotives: We just received the Norfolk & Western Class J #611 steam loco with sound and DCC. The New York Central J3 Hudson should arrive in late November-early December. Reservations have been strong.
We wish everyone a Happy Labor Day and look forward to the fall. Until then, stay safe!
Update #37–August 4, 2020
We trust that you are having a good summer and remain safe from COVID-19. We continue to be busy are receiving new arrivals and a few collections.
New arrivals from Kato include: Canadian National 7-Car Transcontinental Set, Canadian National F7 AB and powered F7 A locomotives, and MP36PH Chicago Metra Gallery Bi-Level Commuter Train. The set is comprised of a MP36PH Chicago Metra locomotive, as well as three Gallery Bi-Level Cars–two Coaches and one Cab-Coach. For fans of foreign trains, the TGV Duplex Reseau 10-car train just arrived, as well as Swiss Glacier Express Starter Sets, add-on Coaches, and the Gourmino Restaurant Car. We also received a large restock of Japanese freight cars and car sets, include, oil tank trains, Habuki Lime train, open autoracks, and containers. Please see the section of “European and Japanese Trains” for a listing of these items and the new Japanese Passenger Train sets.
The N scale brass section continues to grow with the addition of a Key Union Pacific Big Boy #4000, Key Southern Pacific and Union Pacific 2-8-0s, a Key Southern Pacific Mikado, and a Pecos River Santa Fe 4-6-2. All models are factory painted, come with their orignal boxes, and run well. We expect to receive more N Scale Brass in Western Roads very soon.
Micro-Trains’ weathered cars continue to arrive. New runner packs include weathered SF, CP/SOO, BN, and NASA 3-Car Set. A few Santa Fe 50′ Orange Reefer Reefes and SP tank car sets remain. There are two Santa Fe Fast Mail Express Train Sets still in stock.
Our next Update will include HO and O Scale Brass models and freight car. Stay tuned.
Update #36–July 7, 2020
Given the frequency and volume of new arrivals, we have decided to use the “Update Section” to include a section alerting you to recent arrivals. For more information on these arrivals, you can check our inventory listings or contact us.
Kato has released SD70ACes in Norfolk Southern in three road numbers. The list price for the analog version is $135 per unit; our sales price $95. The DCC-equipped units list for $215 pr unit; our sales price is $145. The LOK Sound/DCC units list for $315; our price is $255 per unit. The Kato MAXI IV 3-car twinstack sets TTX with 53′ CSX containers list for $125 per set; our sales price is $90 per set. Here is a partial, listing of new arrivals of Kato-built Japanese and European Models: Series 789-100 “Kamui/Suzuran 5-Car set analog set sells for $165; the #3045 EH200 Electric Locomotive is $90; the Swiss Glacier Park Starter set is $199 with loco, 2 cars, track, and power pack; and the German ITC 12-Car Express DCC-equipped is $550. We also have back in stock the Glacier Express 4-Car Add-On sets as well as the restaurant car Gourminio
The new Micro-Trains releases include: the Santa F 12-car Fast Mail Set for $240. There are a a few of the graffiteed weathered SOO/Canadian Pacific and weathered Burlington Northern 2-Packs. Our nest update will include a listing of the July cars, new runners packs, and weathered cars.
Update #35–June 25, 2020
There are new items arriving within the week, including: Micro-Trains weathered and graffitied freight cars, as well as the Santa Fe Heavyweight 12-Car Fast Mail Set; Atlas Bay Window Cabooses; Kato MAXI IV TTX Twinstack sets with CSX 53′ Containers; Kato Canadian National F7 AB sets and separate matching F7 A-Units; the CN Transcontinental 7-Car passenger car sets; more Unitrack including Unitram track; Japanese passenger trains, diesels, and freight cars. Also, back in stock are the Kato 3-Car powered Commuter Coach Sets in Blue, Emerald and Orange. These are a bargain at $45- per set! Look for more Japanese freight cars, including tank car sets, in the very near future. Meanwhile the Kato-built Swiss Glacier Express sets are back in stock. We have: Glacier Express Starter Sets with track & power pack; 3-Unit Basic Sets consisting of a loco and two coaches; 4-car add-on coach sets, and the restaurant car Gourmino. Several French Lyria 10-car sets are in stock, as well as one German ITC 12-Car set (2 powered units) with DCC.
As we publish this update, I would like to inform you that we are unlikely to attend any summer trains shows due to the risk posed by the Coronavirus. The number of cases continues to rise in over 25 states and we think it prudent to avoid contact and maintain safe distance until there has been more progress. However, we remain available via the internet or telephone to take your orders. Best to all!
Update #34–June 17, 2020
Activity is picking back-up as we receive new supplies of product which, in turn, are shipped to our customers.
The website has been updated. Next week, we will add additional brass models in N, HO, and O scale, as well as N and O Scale freight cars. Speaking of brass, we are having a sales on selected N Scale models so please check out this section.
Just received the June 2020 Micro-Trains new releases. The Kato Canadian National F7s and matching passenger car sets will arrive in several weeks. We also anticipate receiving the MAXI IV Twinstacks in TTX scheme with CSX Containers.
The following represent several suggestions for you to maximize use of our website. We have only a small amount of photos but can provide pictures at any time. This only requires that you contact me and request photos. Second, there are times we sell out of an items or are short shipped by the manufacturer. We only request that you ask us to locate the item for you and it will go on our “Want List.” We are constantly receiving collections or purchasing new inventory from various suppliers. Just let us know what you would like to acquire. We will do out best to locate the item(s).
Finally, a word regarding shows. We are holding back from attending shows until the Corona Virus Cases decline and there is the development of a vaccine. Speaking personally and having done over 600 large shows over the past 30 years, I remain very committed to maintaining my health and that of my family, as well as not endangering YOU, OUR CUSTOMERS! At the same time, we will continue to provide our customers will timely service.
Accordingly, we are expanding our online presence and will make every effort to accommodate local customers seeking to pick-up items. This will take time but with your support we will move forward! Until the next time–THANKS!
Update #33–June 7, 2020
The web site is now updated and we appreciate your patience during this difficult time. New arrivals include: Kato SD70ACEs Norfolk Southern (3#s); many Japanese foreign trains and freight cars; Micro-Trains monthly releases; and an updating of our N Scale brass listings. Please note that we are holding a sale on many of the N Scale brass models. Ths is an opportunity to save on N Scale brass, particularly our remaining Pennsylvania models. Finally, A large shipment of Kato Unitrak just arrived so we are able to supply big orders.
Mode train shows remain on hold because of the Corona Virus. However, we are open for business, filling your orders, and shipping throughout the country, as well as foreign customers.
Look for more listings of N, HO< and O Scale brass very soon. Also, Kato will release in N Scale this fall a small Hanover-Hiroshima Trolley for you traction fans. This model will be equipped with a new motor that will allow this model to operate at low, prototypical speeds.
Update #32–May 21, 2020
After much hard work, the website has been updated to reflect new inventory, as well as the removal of items sold during the first quarter of this year. We are completing the update of the European and Japanese models. Look for the arrival of a very large shipment of these models within the next two weeks.
Looking ahead, we will be adding in June a number of new “out of production” rare N Scale items, as well as more Micro-Trains, new DCC-equipped locomotives, and a large number of brass models in N, HO, and O Scale. There will also be a large restock of Kato N Scale Unitrak.
We appreciate your patience during these challenging times. Happy Memorial Day and please stay safe from the pandemic!
Update #31–May 1, 2020
Just a brief note to let you know that we updated the entire N Scale sections of Kato, Atlas , Fox Valley and Broadway diesel and steam locomotives. We also updated the HO Brass section. Next candidates to be completed in the next two weeks include: Japanese and European foreign trains, passenger cars, N Scale Brass (temporarily down), and Micro-Trains runner packs. Also, watch for more rare N Scale items within the next 30 days. New products just updated over weekend include: Kato N Scale passenger cars; N Scale Unitrak; Wheels of Time freight cars; and HO Hybrid and plastic locos.
Everyone–stay home and safe!
Update #30–April 25, 2020
All–Much has happened since our March Update. Notwithstanding the Corona Virus, we remain open “7/24” and available to supply your model railroading interests. Although the COVID-19 has resulted in a temporary closing of model train shows, we remain open to meet your requirement via this web cite or cell phone. We continue shipping via the U.S. Postal Service’s Priority Mail.
The halt in train shows is being addressed through expansion of our web site offerings.. The N Scale Locomotive Section is being updated and over 50% complete. New arrivals such as Micro-Trains are being added. We should complete the N Scale Locomotive, Brass, and Foreign Trains sections within the next week.
New arrivals include: Kato SD70 ACes with nose headlight in BNSF (3#s) and Norfolk Southern (3#s); Kato Foreign Train models such as the German ITC 12-Car Set with Sound and DCC, DR Yellow and the 10-Car Mizukaze Set, nd new releases from MicroTrains. Many of our N Scale foreign trains sets will be offered equipped with DCC and lights.
We will provide more frequent updates and thanks for all your support during this critical and challenging time!!
Update #29–March 19, 2020
All–Just wanted you to know that we are open,filling orders, and shipping via the U.S. Postal Service.
Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) we have either cancelled shows or they have been cancelled (e.g., Chicago March O Scale Meet and May Great Scale Show in Timonium). Consequently, we are updating out list and filling orders and shipping via U.S. Postal Service. We will also provide more frequent of updates of this section of our web site.
New arrivals within the next several weeks include: Kato SD70Ace BNSF Nose Headlight Analog (arrived): Micro-Trains March weathered and grafiteed cars as well as monthly releases; Micro-Trans Runner Packs B&O 8-car hopper set and SP tanker car set; Kato SD70ACe BNSF DCC due to arrive shortly; Kato SD70ACe Norfolk Southern Analog; Kato Japanese Models and 12-Car German ICE Set with Sound & DCC; long waited Atlas GP30s PRR with LOK Sound; more Unitrak.
We also have available for sale the DCC versions of the Kato 10-Car Mizukaze and 10-Car Chuo Anniversary sets.
Meanwhile, we are currently beginning the process of updating our listings on the web site. We appreciate your patience and understanding during this critical time. Please stay healthy. Best! Bernie
Update #28–February 5, 2020
All: Just a brief message to let you know that we will be setting up the weekend of February 8-9 at the World’s Greatest Hobby Train Show at the Dulles Expo Center in Chantilly, Virginia–about 20 miles south of Washington, D.C.
Since our last update, we have sold many items, and there have been the addition of a large number of products, including: Kato-built European and Japanese foreign trains; new Micro-Trains cars and runner packs; Atlas SD60Es Norfolk Southern “First Responder”, as well as Kato’s Pennsylvania Railroad Broadway Limited Passenger Trains Sets and PRR 5-Stripe GG1 Electrics in Brunswick Green and Tuscan.
Look forward to seeing you this weekend. Look for and update of our list within the next few weeks. Best to All!
Update #27–January 8, 2020
Happy New Year to all! As we begin the second decade of the 21st Century, model railroading continues to be a fantasttic hobby combining craftsmanship, friendship, technology and most of all Fun,
This weekend finds us at the Greenberg Train Show at the Greater Phildelphia Expo Center in Oaks, Pennsylvania–January 11-12.
January and February will be very busy as we attend a large number of shows in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic. In addition to this weekends Oaks Show, look for us at the following shows:
January 25-26, 2020: Amherst Railway Society Springfield Train Show in Springfield, Massachusetts. We will be in our usual location in the Better Living Building Section 17;
February 1-2, 2020: Great Scale Model Train Show at the Fairgrounds in Timonium, Maryland. We are located in our usual spot at the front of the Center Hall;
February 8-9, 2020: Word’s Greatest Hobby Train Show at the Chantilly, Virginia Expo Center; and
February 29-March 1, 2020: Greenberg Train Show at the New Jersey Expo Center in Edison, New Jersey.
We plan to put on sale many new products at the forthcoming shows, including: Atlas Norfolk Southern SD60Es in the Black and First Responders Schemes; Kato’s Chicago & Northwestern “#400” 6-Car Set in analog and DCC; many new Kato-built models of Japanese and European foreign passenger and freight trains, some DCC-equipped; new Micro-Trains single cars and runner packs; a collection of many N Scale B&O and Pennsylvania passenger cars; as well as a large and price competitive collection of highly collectible N Scale brass models.
Looking forward to seeing everyone at the shows. If you cannot make the shows, please contact via e-mail or phone.
Best to all!
Update #26–November 19, 2019
National Capital Trains is now on Twitter! Watch for out tweets on a wide variety of Model Railroading events. Our Twitter address is: @NatCapTrains We will also be moving to Facebook by year’s end.
Just a reminder that this weekend–November 23-24–we will be the Brass Expo and Custom Craftsman Show 2019 at the Wyndham Lancaster Resort Hotel in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. We are bringing many N Scale Brass Models–over 50–in many roads, as well as HO and O Scale Brass and Brass Hybrids. Watch your favorite N Scale Brass run on our large operating display.
Our next update wlll focus on new N Scale releases, including the new Kato Chicago & North Western Bi-Level “400” Train Set, foreign trains, Micro-Trains, as well as a few surprises.
Look forward to seeing you at the Brass Show in Lancaster or the Greenberg Train Shows in Edison, New Jersey or Chantilly, Virginia.
ADDENDUM: Just received November Weathered Cars: ACF Hopper; PFE 51′ 3-Pack; and Western Maryland 2-Pack Consisting of 50′ Troop Sleeper & 50′ Troop Kitchen Car. Also received two runner packs: Union Pacific Tie Loader 3-Pack and Department of Defense COFC Flat Car 3-Pack #2.
Update #25–November 5, 2019
Train season is now underway and there are many new developments.
The SD60E Norfolk Southern units have arrived, including the the Black & White, “9/11”, and “First Responder Units.” These units feature terrific detail, outstanding paintwork, and the new LOK 5 sound decoders. We are running low on some, particularly the analog versions where only 5 units remain. We also have a few SD60smodels left in the Blue & White EMD Demonstrator colors.
We still have a few sets of the Atlas Trainman 60′ heavyweight cars in: Boston & Maine, Chesapeake & Ohio, Denver & Rio Grande, and New Haven. A few single cars remain in B&M and Denver & Rio Grande. Grand Trunk Western and New York Central are sold out!
Kato US Prototype
We just received a final shipment of SD70ACes and ES44ACs in CSX colors. Units available include two road numbers in analog or DCC. The Norfolk Southern SD70ACes and BNSF SD70ACes in the high nose headlight version should be available in January. Turning to train sets, the Chicago & North Western E8 and matching Green and Yellow high level cars should arrive at the beginning of December. Look for the rerun of the Pennsylvania Railroad’s “Broadway Limited” passenger car sets, as well as 5-Stripe GG1s in Brunswick green and Tuscan.
Kato European & Japanese Prototype
Many new models now in stock. Steam locomotive models include the D51 2-8-2 and the C11 2-6-4. The highly popular Kokuden 3-car powered commuter sets are back in stock in: green, orange, yellow, blue, and teal. For $45 a, 3-car powered set that goes around 7″ radius is a bargain! Freight power includes two versions of the popular EF200 Electrics. The #35-4000 Series 5-car Yamaguchi passenger sets arrived. They pair up nicely with the D51 2-8-2 stream locomotive models. Finally, there are still a few 8-Car sets of the fabulous model of the “Seven Stars To Kyushu” train set.
Pocket trains just arrived. This month we offer a German Pocket Train with two passenger coaches pulled by a small 0-4-0 locomotive. These models operate flawlessly and can negotitate 5″ radius curves. Again, in N Scale you can run quality in a VERY VERY Small Space!
Unitrak, including Unitram Trackage
Most track items now available, including all “V” and “M” Series Track Sets. We also have a few single track curved bridges, as well as the turntable and related accessories.
All current items in stock. There is a nice selection of weathered and grafiteed cars, multi-car runner packs, as well as the new monthly releases. We will be soon offering 8-to-10 car heavyweight passenger car sets in Northern Pacific, Southern Pacific, and Union Pacific. Look in the future for a few sets of Micro-Trains Baltimore & Ohio and Pennsylvania sets as well.
Look for us later this month at;
–The Brass Expo and Custom Craftsman Model 2019 Show in Lancaster, Pennsylvania on November 23-24 (see below); and
–The Greenberg Train & Toy Show at the Raritan Expo Center in Edison, New Jersey on November 30-December 1 (see below).
Until then, we wish all a Happy Thanksgiving!
Update #24–October 17, 2019
We are now celebrating our 30th year in business!
Thanks to all our customers as well as the many manufacturers & distributors who supported us throughout the years.
To celebrate our 30th anniversary, we will hold our first “Customer Appreciation” at the October 26-27, 2019 Great Scale Train Show at the Timonium, Maryland Fairgrounds. There will be some great bargains!
Look for us at the following Train Shows during October, November & December 2019:
October 26-27, 2019: The Great Scale Model Train Show at he Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium, Maryland, just outside Baltimore.
November 23-24, 2019: Brass Expo & Custom Craftsman Models 2019 Show at the Wyndham Lancaster Resort Hotel in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. We will bring the largest selection of N Scale brass models, as well as HO and O Scale Brass, including Narrow Gauge.
November 30-December 1, 2019: The Greenberg Train and Toy Show at the Raritan Expo Center in Edison, New Jersey
December 14-15, 2019: The Greenberg Train and Toy Show at the Dulles Expo Center in Chantilly, Virginia (just outside Washington, DC).
Update #23–September 12, 2019
Summer is over and now it is time to get back to trains. We will be posting shortly updates on new products, including: models of foreign trains; PRR P70 Coaches, Micro-Trains, as well as Kato American prototype models.
Out fall show schedule follows:
September 21-22, 2019: The O & S Scale Midwest Train Show at the Wyndham Indianapolis West Hotel in Indianapolis, Indiana. We will be briingng a large selection of O Scale, as well as O & S Scale Narrow Gauge.
October 5-6, 2019: The Great Berea Train Show at the Cuyahoga County Fairground in Berea, Ohio. The Fairgrounds are located on Bagley road approximately 1-2 miles from the Cleveland Johns Hopkins Airport.
October 26-27, 2019: The Great Scale Model Train Show at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium, Maryland just outside of Baltimore.
Update #22–July 7, 2019
All–This message covers developments since the May Update and discusses a number of announcements of new products to be released during the remainder of 2019 and throughout 2020. Before discussing new products, we look forward to seeing you at the following train shows in August:
August 10-11, 2019: The Greenberg Train and Toy Show at the Raritan Expo Center in Edison, New Jersey.
August 17-18, 2019: The Greenberg Train and Toy Show at the Dulles Expo Center in Chantilly, Virginia (just outside of Washington, DC)
The Trainman 60′ Heavyweight passenger cars are available but going fast. We still have a few 5-Packs as well as individual cars in Boston & Maine, Central of New Jersey, and Denver & Rio Grande. We also just located a few of the scarce Chesapeake & Ohio 5-packs.
Blackstone Models (HOn3)
Only a few items remain. There are approximately 3 or 4 C19 Diamond Stack 2-8-0s painted in the Russian Iron Boiler scheme but unlettered. All models are new and come with DCC and Tsunami Sound. A second run of Rio Grande 30′ stock cars should arrive later this summer. Several 4-Packs of Micro-Trains HOn3 log cars remain but do not delay.
There is still a good selection of vintage Baltimore & Ohio and Pennsylvania models from Hallmark Models, Key Imports, Overland Models, and Oriental. We anticipate receiving a number of Key Southern Pacific models later this summer.
Broadway Limited Imports
Modelers can expect a number of new releases throughout the remainder of 2019. The first release will be models of modern cryogenic tank cars. USRA Mikado (2-8-2) Steam Loco models will follow closely in many road names, and with DCC & Sound. Later this year there will be models of SD70ACes with DCC & Sound. Broadway has just announced models of the Pennsylvania Railroad’s P70 Coaches in 4-Car Sets and single cars. Models will be available with or without the air conditioning fans. Reserve now as these will be a sellout item!
The N Sale Cryogenic Tank Cars will arrive next week. This is a limited production run and we have only a few of each number remaining. Order now to avoid being sold out!
Kato European and Japanese Prototype Models
The 7-car and 5-car (add-on) German Inter-City Express (ICE) just arrived and are going fast. The add-on set contains a power car so the modeler can double head this train with additional power. The models are also DCC friendly. We still have a few of the outstanding models of the “Seven Starts to Kyushu” Train set. In our opinion, this set ranks up there with the best trains Kato Japan has released. The Doctor Yellow 7-Car trains and the two unit JRF EH500 are back in stock. We are now accepting advance reservations for the Series 87 “Twilight Express Mizukaze 1–Unit Set” which is due in January 2020. This set will be the third in the series of high quality Kato Japanese Luxury Train Sets–the fist two being the Shicka Shima followed by the “Seven Starts to Kyushu”. Quantities are very limited so reserve now. Other new release during 2019 will include: the Series 787 “Around Kyushu”; the Series 701-1000 Sendai Color Sets; the Series 233 Chuo-Line 130th Anniversary Edition 10-Car Set; the Eizan 900 “Aomomiji Kiara” Maple Green Special Edition; the D51 Steam Locomotive Starter Set; 4-Car Sets of Old Passenger Cars (Brown); Freight Containers; and the Series E353 “Azusa/Kaiji” Basic and Add-On sets. Please see our updated Foreign Trains Section for more information on current stock.
Kato USA American Prototype Models
Reruns: Kato just released a rerun of the ES44ACs in Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF), Canadian National, and Union Pacific. The BNSF versions are also available with DCC. Models of ALCO’s PA Diesels are also available in: Santa Fe Gold Bonnet (A-Units only), as well as Santa Red & Silver powered A-Units and B-Units. DCC-equipped versions are available. These models will be followed by the SD70ACe painted for “George Bush 41”.
New Releases: Kato just released models of the Amtrak Viewliner II Baggage Phase III Heritage Cars in two numbers. This model has entirely new tooling and represents a welcome addition for modelers of Amtrak operations. In the fall, there will be a Chicago & North Western E8 A-Unit pulling a 5-Car Bi-Level “400” Train. These new Bi-Level,cars will be painted in C&NW yellow and green to match the E8 units. The “new” cars include: a 4-window Coach-Buffet; a 4-window Coach; a Coach-Parlor Car, and a Bi-Level Cab-Coach. There will also be a very limited run of kits of matching Coaches, Coach-Buffets, and Cab-Coaches. Reserve now because the C&NW trains sets and car kits are highly desirable. Ready-to-run Coaches, and Cab-Coaches will also be offered in the silver Chicago Metra scheme.
Kato & Woodland Scenics Subterrain T-Trak Module Kits Now In Stock: The big news is that Kato and Woodland have teamed-up to produce and distribute T-Trak module kits that make it easier for modelers to enter into layout and scenery building. These kits are made from lightweight, sculptable foam with wooden reinforcements. Each kits consists of a Woodland Scenics shaper sheet, scultping plaster, tools, glue, and Kato Unitrak. There are two modular sections. The straight kit (K28885) is 12’x12′ and includes straight sections of the double concrete track. The corner module kit (K28886) is 12’x14″ and consists of curved and easements sections of double concrete track with the 11-12″ radius (#20-183 and #20-184). Kato and Woodland designed these kits to T-Track standards which allow you to snap together multiple modules to existing T-Trak modules. You can read more about T-Trak modular standards at http://www.t-trak.org. The list price is $49 per kit; Our sales price is $39 per kit.
Current releases are in stock, including the individual cars, Runner-Packs of freight and passenger cars, and weathered and grafeteed freight cars.
Rapido American and Canadian Prototype Models
Rapido just announced a large number of N Scale projects that will be released beginning later this year and continuing throughout 2020. The scope of the projects is very impressive and will enable U.S. and Canadian modelers to expand their rosters of classic and modern diesels and passenger equipment. The first project up consists models of the Amtrak Horizon passenger cars. The releases include coaches and dinettes with full underbody detail, GSI G70 trucks with turned-metal wheelsets, full interior detail, accurate paint and lettering, tinted windows, metal side grab irons, and constant interior lighting in DC and DCC (turn on or off with your Rapido Lighter). The versions of the Horizon cars will include Phase III Narrow Stripes, Phase III Wide Stripes, Phase IV, Phase VI, and Amtrak California.
Rapido plans to follow-up with a Northeastern Commuter Classic–models of the Comet passenger cars. They will offer cab cars and coaches in AMT Montreal, CDOT Connecticut, MBTA Boston, MNCR New York, NJT Jersey. Septa Philadelphia. The cars will feature all the details found on Rapido passenger cars such as fully detailed and lighted interiors and complete prototype accuracy.
Following-up on the Horizon and Comet cars will be a run of the highly sought after models of the Bombardier LRC Coach. The cars will be offered in the Coach, VIA 1, and Business Class Versions. These models will go well with the F40PH-2D models Rapido will release during 2020.
Via F40PH-2Ds, to pull the Bombardier LRC Coaches, will be offered. They will include silent (analog) versions as well as a version with that works in DC/DCC and Sound. The paint schemes include: Original Scheme )(Gray & Yellow), Canada Scheme, and Via Rail Canada.
While we focus almost exclusively on N Scale, it is worthwhile to mention Rapido’s first offering of a steam locomotive in HO Scale. The first release in the “Icons of Canadian Steam” series in HO scale is the Royal Hudson. In our humble opinion, Rapido has raised the bar with an outstanding model that runs flawlessly and features outstanding pain and detail. We have a few left in the 1938 Royal Train Blue & Silver and the British Columbia Maroon and Gray colors. This models is truly outstanding!
Rapido N Scale Canadian Trains & FP9 Passenger Diesels:
During 2020, Rapido will release its first “Name Train” in N Scale–the Canadian. There will be two separate 10-Car Sets of the 1955-57 Canadian in the Maroon & Gray with Block Lettering. In addition, there will be 10-Car sets offered in VIA Rail Canada and CP Action Red. Rapido will also offer a 3-Car Set of add-on coaches in the Manor Chateau series, as well as separate vista dome cars. The Canadian will be pulled by FP-9 A-Units in analog or DCC/Sound versions. They plan to release FP9s in other Canadian paint schemes such as Canadian National (1954 Green & Yellow Scheme and later Stripes), VIA Rail, Algoma Central, and CP Action Red. These will be enormously popular models and in extremely short supply.
Wheels of Time (WOT) Addendum–July 12, 2019
The second run of Pacific Car & Foundry 50′ XLI Insulated Box Cars will arrive next week. The cars will be offered with the appropriate doors–Landis or Youngstown–based on the prototype. Road names include: AT&SF Shock Red; Burlington Northern Green w/Large Logo; Conrail ex-Penn Central MDT Heritage, brown paint; CSX ex-MP, gray paint; D&RG-Union Pacific, brown D&RGW w/UP Shield; DRGW ex-Golden West Service, blue DRGW; and Texas & Pacific w/MP Lines Buzz Saw Logo, brown. The Chinese manufacturer increased the price it charged Wheels of Time which accounts for a $35 List Price. Our price will be $27. Please note that we still have a few cars left from the first run at a much lower price.
Update #21–May 26, 2019
All–Just a brief note as we enter the summer.
The summer season allows us to catch-up on projects, revise inventory, and update listings. Accordingly, we will be closed for our Annual Inventory Week beginning May 27 and reopening on or about June 6.
If you have questions, please e-mail and we will get back to you as soon as we can. This has been a very busy season and thanks for all your support!
Looking ahead, we will be listing new model trains, including: more collections of vintage and pristine N Scale models; additional N Scale brass in Western Roads such as Southern Pacific; and a variety brass and high quality plastic items in HO and O Scale. Happy Memorial Day!
Update #20–April 11, 2019
All–Time for an update on current developments.
Although the show season is over, we continue to remain very busy. Just received from Kato USA the Santa F7 A-Units and B-Units; the “Super Chief” 8-car passenger car set plus 4-Car add-on set; and the “El Capitan” 10-car set plus 2-car add-on set. The Atlas Trainman Heavyweight passenger cars just arrived in Central of New Jersey, Boston & Maine, and Rio Grande, both 5-car sets as well as individual cars. There are also a few Chesapeake & Ohio 5-car sets left. Finally, there are a small number of Rapido Osgood Bradley Cars remaining in Delaware & Hudson, Southern Pacific Sunset and Two-Tone Gray Scheme, Cotton Belt Daylight, and Canadian National. Lehigh Valley and New Haven are sold out!
We still have a few of the March and April 2019 Micro-Trains releases, including three numbers of the TTX Fuselage 2-Packs. Very few of the Atlas 20,00 gallon Pemex Tank Cars (3#s) remain.
For you foreign train operators and collectors, please see our listing of Kato Japanese and European trains. The models of the European ICE will be here this summer. Just a few of the fabulous “Seven Stars to Kyushu Luxury Train” remain.
We will keep you posted on new developments.
Update #19–February 23, 2019
All–Just wanted to say that it was great to see old customers and friends, as well meet new people at the recent Amherst (Springfield) and Great Scale Train Shows.
We have been very busy making changes to this website and updating our product listings. First, the web site changes. We have updated as well as added separate pages for N Scale Diesels–Kato, Fox Valley, Broadway Limited & Atlas. We also added in-page linkages to make it easier to browse the Kato listings. We consolidated the N Scale brass sections into a separate entry broken into diesels, steam, passenger car, and caboose sections. There are 30 new listings of Key Imports, KMT (Kumata) and rare Hallmark Baltimore & Ohio (B&O) and Pennsylvania (Pensy) items. The brass listing contains approximately 45-50 items with more Eastern as well as Western Brass to be added soon. Again, if you see an items that interests you, please requests photos.
For you passenger train collectors and operators, the passenger car section has been expanded and will soon include in-page links to make it easier to search. We just listed new release of the Rapido Osgood Bradley cars in: Canadian National, Delaware & Hudson, New Haven, Seaboard, Southern Pacific Two-Tone Gray and SP Sunset colors. Look for a listing of a large number of new or like new B&O and Pensy cars from Bachmann, Centralia Car Shops, Rapido, and Micro-Trains.
Turning to foreign trains, you can view the latest releases of Kato European and Japanese models in the newly-created section on foreign trains. The highly awaited Kato “Seven Stars To Kyushu 8-Car Train” is due in early March. The European (German) ICE train and the Japanese revised Super Komachi Shinkansin Bullet Trains are due this summer.
The N Scale freight car section is being updated and will include in-page links to make it easier to search for items. Watch for many new entries very soon!
Turning to HOn3, there are a small number of new Blackstone Tsunami-equipped models remaining–1 K27 and 5 or 6 C19s. All freight cars are sold but there is still some PECO Flex Track and Switches in stock. The second run of the Blackstone D&RGW 30′ refrigerator cars should arrive this spring.
The HO Brass section as well as the O Scale section will be updated after we complete the N Scale freight cars.
Rather than take more time away from you browsing our site, just want to thank you again for your business and support. YOU–OUR CUSTOMERS–ARE OUR MOST VALUABLE AND TREASURED RESOURCE!
Look for us at the March 9-10, 2019, Greenberg Train Show at the Raritan Expo Center in Edison, New Jersey. Best to All! Bernie
Update #18–January 21, 2019
All–We look forward to seeing you at the Amherst (Springfield), Mass.) Railroad Show this weekend. We are located in the Better Living Center Building Section 17. The operating display will feature 6 N Scale trains (mostly DCC & Sound) plus a tram operation run simultaneously.
There will be several surprises; including a large N Scale Pennsylvania Collection of passenger cars and some diesels; a big N Scale Brass Collection of Pennsylvania, Baltimore & Ohio, and Southern Pacific items; many DCC-equipped Kato and Fox Valley Models diesels; as well as new freight cars; and, of course Unitrak! For our customers that model foreign prototype trains, there will be a good selection of Japanese and some European N Scale train sets.
There will also be some surprises for HO customers, including brass models, Broadway Hybrids, some Kato diesels, and over one dozen new Blackstone HOn3 locomotives.
Looking forward to seeing everyone!
Update #17–January 4, 2019
Just a brief note to inform you that we will be displaying and selling at the World’s Greatest Hobby Show (WGH) in Oaks, Pennsylvania (outside of Philadelphia) on Saturday-Sunday, January 12-13, 2019. WGH is an outstanding show for railroad fans of all ages. There will be many manufacturers, outstanding modular layouts, clinics, as well as amusements for the youngsters. We are bringing the large display (6 operating trains), as well as our smaller layout that features operating trams going around 12″-14″ circles of N Scale track. Looking forward to seeing everyone!
Update #16 — December 29, 2018
All–Thanks for your support in making 2018 a terrific year! We look to provide more new and rare items at highly attractive prices, as well as an update to the web site in 2019.
As 2018 draws to a close we have updated our N Scale Inventory of locomotive, passenger cars, and freight cars. We still have a good selection of Fox Valley Models diesel locomotives, H30 hoppers in Penn Central and Norfolk & Western, and B&O Wagon Top Cabooses, as well Wheels of Time freight and passenger cars.
New arrivals include more Kato SD70ACEs in “The Spirit” and Traditional Yellow schemes in analog and DCC. We managed to locate more “brand new” BLMA CEFX 5660′ Trinity Hoppers and some older Micro-Trains freight cars. There is also have a good selection of Kato-built Japanese and European trains ranging from large streamlined trains sets to small mountain railroad sets that run on 6″-7″ radius curved track. We will soon be adding a listing of Kato centrams and starter sets with trams.
In January, we will list a large selection of N Scale Key Imports and Hallmark Pennsylvania and Baltimore & Ohio brass, including PRR Decapods, Mountains, and diesels. There will also be a large number of new and test run only Micro-Trains, Centralia Car Shops, and Rapido heavyweight and streamlined passenger cars.
Turning to HOn3, only a handful of Blackstone K27s and C19s remain, mostly 1 or 2 of each model. The freight cars are sold out and we are running low on Peco flex track and switches. If interested, please contact ASAP!
We wish all a Happy, Healthy, and Prosperous 2019 and look forward to seeing you at the Amherst Society Railroad Show in Springfield, Massachusetts on January 26-27.
Update #15 — December 4, 2018
Great to see many of you, as well as meet new customers at the recent Greenberg Train Show in Edison, New Jersey!
Many new arrivals, including a large number of Kato-built Japanese and European models. The arrivals include: Dr. Yellow powered and unpowered inspection car sets; “681” Series Shirasagi 6-Car Express; EF65 Freight Diesel in Blue; the Ishikawa “521” Series 2-Car sets in purple or violet; the Hakone Tozan Mountain Railway 4-Car set; various freight cars; and the Swiss 4-Car add-on sets for the Rhatische Bahn Railway.
This week we expect to receive DCC-equipped versions of the Kato SD70ACe Union Pacific “The Spirit.” There will also be 3#s of the analog version of the Union Pacific SD70ACe Nose Headlight Version in yellow. We also expect to receive the new Karo power packs, as well as more Kato Trams (Black, White, and Silver), and Virginia Railway Express sets.
Look forward to seeing you at the Greenberg Train and Toy Show at the Chantilly, Virginia Expo Center on December 15-16.
Update #14 — November 17, 2018
Just a brief update on developments. We completed updating a large section of our website including: N locomotives plastic and brass; N Scale Kato & Micro-Trains passenger car sets; N Scale Unitrack; Japanese and European N foreign train offerings; as well as HO brass and plastic and Balckstone Hon3. We are working on listing the remaining individual N passenger cars as well as adding new brass and plastic consignment items, followed by freight cars.
The update revealed that we are running very low on Kato SD70ACes, all Norfolk Southern diesels, Broadway E and F Units, as well as Fox Valley GEVOS. Regarding Fox Valley, we are done to 1 or 2 of each unit.
For our Hon3 customers, we are well below 20 models of K27s and C19s. The factory is virtually sold out of these Tsunami sound-equipped models. Once these are gone, there will be no more!
New items continue to arrive almost daily. We still have a few Kato Union Pacific SD70ACes “The Spirit” in analog. DCC-equiped units will arrive shortly. The first shipment of Broadway Limited Pennsylvania T1 (4-4-4-4) Duplexes with DCC & Sound has arrived and is selling out fast. Order now to avoid being disappointed!
Looking forward to seeing you at the Greenberg Train Show at the Raritan Center in Edison, New Jersey on November 24-25. Happy Thanksgiving to all!
Update #13 — November 5, 2018
Welcome! There are many developments to discuss. First, the analog version of the Kato Union Pacific SD70ACe “The Spirit” have arrived. DCC-equipped versions will arrive in two weeks. These units are selling out fast so do not delay!
The long awaited Broadway Limited Imports N Scale version of the Pennsylvania Railroad’s T1 Duplex (4-4-4-4) equipped with DCC and Sound should arrive late this week. Demand for these models is among the highest we have seen for N Scale steam locomotives. We are nearly fully reserved but there are a handful not spoken for. If interested, lease contact us ASAP!
A large N Scale brass collection consisting of Pennsylvania and Baltimore and Ohio prototype models just arrived. We are testing and cataloging these units and they should be online within the next week. There are approximately 30 units, including: Key Imports PRR T1s, Decapods, Mountains, Texas J1 2-10-4s, as well as other models. For the B&O fans, there are factory and custom painted 4-8-2s, 2-10-2s, 4-6-2s, as well as the Cincinnattian locos and passenger cars.
We are in the process of updating our listings so look for more Kato, Micro-Trains passenger cars, freight cars, large runner packs, as well as a few surprises, including more Fox Valley Models Baltimore & Ohio Wagon Top Cabeese. There are also a number of Fox Valley GEVOs and older, scarce Kato SD70ACes.
Look for us at the following train shows November through early February:
November 24-25, 2018: The Greenberg Train Show at the Raritan Expo Center in Edison, New Jersey.
December 15-16, 2018: The Greenberg Train Show at the Chantilly Expo Center in Chantilly, Virginia.
January 26-27, 2019: Amherst Railway Society Train Show. Eastern States Exposition, 1305 Memorial Avenue, West Springfield, Massachusetts. We will be located in the Better Living Center Building, Area 17. Please join us to celebrate our 10th anniversary show at Springfield!
February 2-3, 2019: Great Scale Model Train Show, Maryland State Fairgrounds, Cow Palace, Center Hall, Timonium, Maryland.
Update #12 — October 1, 2018
Fall is here, the children and grand children are back in school, and it is time to to get back to model trains.
Many new items have arrived, including: Kato Union Pacific E8/9s in analog and DCC; the 11-Car UP City of Los Angeles passenger trains; the new “Operation North Pole” Christmas train set consisting of a beautifully painted and lettered F40PH and 5 holiday cars; and new Gunderson MAXI-IV Twinstacks TTX with New and Old Logos (Canadian National containers and EMP in Green).
Also have received many new MicroTrains and some Broadway sound and DCC-equipped Pennsylvania Railroad models–F3s; F7s; E7s; and E8s. Broadway HO includes the brass hybrid Chesapeake & Ohio J3A (4-8-4) with DCC. Sound & Smoke. Fantastic model and selling out rapidly! The N Scale PRR T1 Duplex is now due in early November.
Turning to narrow gauge, we have seen increased interest in Blackstone models. The C19s have sold out but we still have a handful of K27s remaining. Given the price of brass models and the increasing cost of new releases from China, these sound-equipped K27s represent excellent value as well as the highest operating qualities. If you are in Hon3, do not delay because once gone there will be no more! As of my posting this update, there are approximately 17 models remaining.
Just a heads up to you Pennsylvania fans as we expect to receive by the end of this month the first installment of a large collection including many Key and Precision Scale brass models, Kato and Broadway locos, passenger car sets, and many Micro-Trains freight cars. Many of these items are either new or have only been run briefly. Stay tuned!
We will be at the Great Berea Train Show this weekend and look forward to seeing you there. Until next month best to all!
Update #11 — September 4, 2018
It was great to see our customers and meet many more new faces at the August Edison and Chantilly Train Shows, as well as the recent 50th O scale National Convention!
The new model train season is now beginning. The hobby is alive and well. The models imported, particularly N Scale, are of the highest quality and variety ever seen.
Just a brief note on photos. The web site contains a handful of photos, but there are hyperlinks to most manufacturers. If there is an item you are interested in purchasing, particularly some of out brass offerings, please request photos which we will gladly send to your e-mail address. We can respond to most requests within 24 hours, if not sooner.
We are currently updating the web site to include new releases: Kato Union Pacific “City of Los Angeles” 11-Car Set; Kato E9 A-Units and B-Units with Nose Heralds available in analog or DCC; soon the Broadway Limited Pennsylvania T1 Duplex (4-4-4-4) w/Sound and DCC; as well as many new Micro-Trains releases. There will be some brass items from collections recently acquired.
Between now and the end of 2018, look for us at the following train shows:
October 6-7, 2018: The Great Berea Train Show at the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds which is located just south of the Cleveland Hopkins Airport. The NMRA Division IV sponsors this outstanding show.
October 27-28, 2018: The Great Scale Model Train Show, Maryland Fairgrounds, Cow Palace, Timonium, Maryland.
November 24-25, 2018: The Greenberg Train Show at the Raritan Expo Center in Edison, New Jersey. We are located in Row BB, Tables 1-8. Look for our operating display of 6 N Scale Trains as well as Trams!
December 15-16, 2018: The Greenberg Train Show at the Chantilly Expo Center in Chantilly, Virginia.
Update #10 — August 8, 2018
Busy month as we prepare for shows in Edison, New Jersey, Chantilly, Virginia, and Rockville, Maryland.
Just a few words on the recent closure of a large Chinese manufacturer and supplier of trains to the U.S. market. Business cycles, land values, labor costs, and related issues, whether in China or another country, drive companies to make decisions regarding business operations. Some companies go out of business while new entrants enter the market to take their places.
The affected American companies are doing everything within their power to seek new suppliers and there should be a new business equilibrium in the near future. Often as doors close, others open with new suppliers, products, and technologies. We remain optimistic and urge our customers to be patient. Enough said!
Just received Kato SD70MACs Alaska and BNSF in analog and DCC versions. Models selling out rapidly, particularly Alaska version. The analog version of the Union Pacific E8/9 A-Units (w/Nose Herald) and B-Units just arrived. The Micro-Trains, including Cotton Belt Daylight and Rio Grande passenger car heavyweight sets, are here. The Kato reissue of the 11-car “City of Los Angeles” passenger set is due in September. Fall will also bring the Broadway N Scale Pennsylvania T1 Duplex with DCC and Sound.
Looking forward to seeing you at the shows! Please “Like Us” and “Follow Us” on Facebook and Twitter!
Update #9 July 19, 2018
Kato USA: The analog version of the Kato Alaska SD70MACs (Nose Headlight Version) just arrived. The Burlington Northern Santa Fe version is due in several days. DCC-equipped models set to arrive sometime in August. These very popular models are selling out quickly. The SD70ACE Union Pacific “The Spirit”, as well as E9s and the “City of Los Angeles” passenger car sets also due in August-September. We also will be listing shortly reservations for a large number of Kato Japanese prototype models.
Broadway Limited Imports: There are just a few Broadway Limited Imports Pennsylvania Railroad E7/8 and F-3/7 sets remaining. The arrival date for the Broadway N Scale Pennsylvania T1 Duplex (6 separate numbers) has been moved back to mid-September. The HO Chesapeake & Ohio J3A Greenbriar with smoke, sound and DCC arrives in September. Reserve now as just a few are remaining.
Atlas: The Norfolk Southern SD60Es w/Lok Sound arrive in the late fall. The run includes the very colorful and popular “9/11” and “First Responder” Logos. Another run of the popular 60′ heavyweight passenger car sets due this fall. Road names include: Denver & Rio Grande; Central of New Jersey; Boston & Maine; New York Central; and Grand Trunk Western. Models will be available in 5-car sets or as individual cars with multiple road numbers.
Micro-Trains: The July run is here. We have a few Cotton Belt Daylight 5-car sets left, as well as several sets of the very popular PFE reefer 16-packs weathered only. Rio Grande heavyweight 5-packs due shortly as well as more weathered freight cars. The repaints of the Union Pacific two tone heavyweight observation cars just arrived. Please check freight car listing for new many Micro-Trains cars and runner packs.
Rapido: This company just announced a new N Scale diesel locomotive–a model of the General Electric Dash 8-40CM in four major liveries. The liveries will include: two Canadian National (CN) paint schemes, British Columbia Railroad, and the Quebec North Shore & Labrador. Rapido will offer prototype correct versions of the CN and BCR units.
We will be attending three shows in August, including:
August 11-12, 2018: Greenberg Train Show at the Raritan Center in Edison, New Jersey.
August 18-19, 2018: Greenberg Train Show at the Chantilly Expo Center in Chantilly, Virginia
August 23-26, 2018: O Scale 50th National Convention at the Hilton Hotel in Rockville, Maryland
Update #8b June 20, 2018
The latest run of Broadway E-Units and F-Units equipped with Paragon 3 Sound arrived about a week ago. We are nearly sold out save for 1-2 sets of Pennsylvania F3s, F7s, E7s, and one number of the E8 A-Unit. There are also 1 or 2 Southern Pacific Golden State ABB sets remaining. The June Micro-Trains have arrived and include a Union Pacific two-tone gray paired window coach, Southern Pacific husky 70′ well cars, and other items. We should receive the Micro-Trains Cotton Belt Daylight Heavyweight 5-Car Sets, Burlington Northern 4-Packs, Ringling Ad Cars #5 & #6, as well as weathered cars ( Railbox, KCS Butterfly & MOPAC) within a week. The Kato SD70MACs in Alaska and BNSF are due in 2-3 weeks.
Update #8 June 4, 2018
Summer is finally here! We open the summer this weekend at the Great Scale Train Show at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium, Maryland. Look for us in the Exhibition Hall. Here are some of the new products that we will have at the show: more Fox Valley B&O Wagon Top cabooses; the May and June 2018 Micro-Trains releases; Kato TGV Reseau 10-car high speed passenger train; Broadway Limited’s sound-equipped F3s; a collection of C&NW and Milwaukee freight cars; Kato’s automated crossing gates; and much more.
Update #7 May 14, 2018
On June 9-10, 2018 we will be at the Great Scale Train Show at the Maryland State Fairgrounds, in Timonium, Maryland. Please note that the Great Scale Train Show’s summer show is a smaller show and will be in the Exhibition Hall rather than the Cow Palace. We traditionally have a smaller presence at this show, so if you are looking for certain items, please contact us in advance of the show.
Update #6 May 13, 2018
Just a brief note to let you know that we completed updating the N Scale freight car listings.
In the next 30 days, we plan to add more products including: (1) more N Scale brass items; (2) additional freight cars such as autoracks and 3-car sets of Red Caboose Coil Cars; (3) more passenger cars; (4) a section on “Special Sale Items”; and (5) a section for you to make Advance Reservations.
Update #5 May 10, 2018
Just completed updating the N Scale passenger car section. We still have a few Centralia Car Shops Pullman Standard 52′ Coaches in: C&NW; Nickel Plate; and Southern Pacific Sunset Limited. The remainder of the year features some great passenger car equipment such as Kato’s new run of the 11-Car Union Pacific “City of Los Angeles” set, as well as matching Union Pacific E9 units with the nose decals.
Turning to heavyweight trains, Micro-Trains will release this summer 5-Car Heavyweight sets in the SP-Cotton Belt Daylight Scheme and Rio Grande in the gold and 4-stripe scheme.
InterMountain has announced for Fall delivery Centralia Car Shops 13 Double Bedroom Sleepers in many popular schemes, including Pennsylvania “Fleet of Modernism” (4 #s); Pennsylvania Tuscan 3-Stipe (4 names); Southern Pacific Sunset (4 #s); Southern Pacific Lark as delivered (4 #s); a re-release of the later Southern Pacific Lark in the dark gray scheme (4 new #s); New York 20th Century Limited (4 names); New York Central Postwar 1946 (4 names); Ferrocarriles Nacionales de Mexico (4 names); Ringling Bros. and Barnum Bailey (4#s); and Long Island (3 names).
Update #4 May 8, 2018
Just a brief note to inform you that we have completed updating the N Scale locomotives section. It now includes the new Kato Amtrak F40PH Early and P42 Phase V Late releases in analog and digital; more F3 A and B-Units Western Pacific, as well as PA A and B-Units Rio Grande (both analog and digital) to pull your California Zephyr passenger car trains; and the new TGV Reseau 10-Car French modern passenger train set.
Tomorrow, we begin updating the passenger and freight cars, including the May 2018 Micro-Trains releases which arrived today.
For you traction fans, we are now offering a special on the Kato Unitram. We are selling a tram (green or white) and a loop of Unitram track in the correct American roadway scheme. Our special price will be $250- for the Tram and the Unitram track set. This represents a savings of approximately $125- over the price of the tram and track set when available for separate sale. Please order now as quantities are very limited.
Update #3 May 3, 2018
We are very appreciative of your continued strong response to our web site. Since the opening of the site last October we have experienced a very large turnover of items, and are in the process of updating the site. So far, we have updated the HOn3 Blackstone items; HO/HoN3 brass models; N scale Unitrak; Kato Amtrak items, including passenger cars; and foreign N Scale models such as Eurostar and the new TGV Reseau 10-car set. We will be updating within the next week: the N Scale locomotives; the Micro-Trains runner packs; and possibly N Scale passenger and freight cars.
Meanwhile here is a brief rundown of new arrivals, as well as future releases by manufacturer:
Atlas: Trainman heavyweight passenger cars almost sold out. Only a few C&O and Santa Fe single cars remain. Coming late summer-early fall is a special run of Norfolk Southern SD60s.
Broadway Limited Imports: Just a handful of ES44ACs and AC6000s remain. Due in a few weeks are the EMD E6/7/8 A-Unit and B-Unit diesels with sound and DCC. Broadway will follow-up later this year with the Pennsylvania Railroad T1 Duplex 4-4-4-4 steam locomotive, as well as F3 and F7 diesels in many road names. We have seen the test model of the T1 and it is outstanding!
Fox Valley Models: Fox will releasing this summer a large number of the highly colorful and popular “CSX/Chessie” GEVOS in the following schemes: Clinchfield; RF&P; Chesapeake & Ohio; Monon; New Haven McGinnis; Atlantic Coast Line; Louisville & Nashville; Seaboard; and Seaboard Family Lines. Do not miss the opportunity to acquire the outstanding FOX GEVO in the famous 1950s paint schemes. Fox will follow-up with reruns of earlier GEVO models in: Florida East Coast; Burlington Northern Santa Fe Swoosh (BNSF); Citirail; GE Evolution Hybrid; CSX Safety Train; Iowa Interstate in Red; and Chessie System. Fox also makes outstanding freight cars such as the B&O Wagon top box cars and cabeese, as well as the 3000′ and 4700′ covered hoppers.
InterMountain: A handful of Centralia Car Shops passenger cars left in Southern Pacific Sunset Limited, Nickel Plate, and C&NW. New cars due in September in Pennsylvania “Fleet of Modernism”, Pennsylvania Tuscan 3-Stripe; Southern Pacific Lark early and late paint schemes, Southern Pacific Sunset Limited, and New York Central “Twentieth Century” and post-1946 scheme.
Kato: We just received the following: Amtrak EMD F40PH Phase III (3 #s) in analog and DCC; Amtrak P42 Late Phase V (2 #s) in analog and DCC; Denver & Rio Grande Alco PA A-Units (2#s) and B-Unit (1#) in analog and DCC; Western Pacific F3 A-Units (2#s) and B-Unit (1#) in analog and DCC; Amtrak Phase III and Phase V autorack sets; and reload of Amtrak Phase III and IV 4-car passenger car sets. New releases due in the next months are SD70MACs in Alaska Railroad and BNSF; EMD SD70ACe “the Spirit’ and Union Pacific Nose Headlight locos; EMD Union Pacific “Nose Hera;d” E9 A-Unit and B-Unit engines; a new release of the Union Pacific 11-car “City of Los Angeles” passenger train; and Gunderson Maxi-IV TTX 5-car set in Old and New Logos. The only new foreign set is the just arrived TGV 10-car Reseau set. Very few left as of this update.
Micro-Trains: The May 2018 releases arrive late next week. They include: Union Pacific two-tone gray Mail Baggage; Pennsylvania double door 50′ box car; Canadian National caboose; Heinz Car #9; Baltimore & Ohio covered hopper; Allied (Orange) 48′ containers (2#s); Northern Pacific 36′ box car; Western Pacific 40′ special boxcar; and Railbox graffiti “Easter” 50′ box car. The Rio Grande and Southern Pacific woodchip runner packs are sold out. Mid-month brings the Pacific Fruit Express 16-packs (individual numbers) reefers in the unweathered and weathered schemes, as well as SP cabeese. We also located a number of new, “out-of-production” runner packs that we will be posting over the weekend.
Rapido: Get your reservations in now for the very popular Osgood Bradley passenger cars due soon.
O Scale: Watch for a major update soon. We also look forward to meeting you at the O Scale 50th National Convention in Rockvile, Maryland. The convention will take place at the Rockville Hilton between August 23-26th.
Meanwhile, look for us at the following train shows:
August 11-12, 2018: Greenberg Train at Raritan Center in Edison, New Jersey.
August 18-19, 2018: Greenberg Train Show at Chantilly Expo Center in Chantilly, Virginia.
August 23-26, 2018: O Scale 50th National Convention at the Hilton Hotel in Rockville, Maryland.
October 6-7, 2018. Carnival of Model Railroading at the Fairgrounds in Berea, Ohio. Located outside of Cleveland, Ohio and near the Cleveland Hopkins Airport.
Update #2 March 1, 2018
Welcome! Thank you for your response to our web site. Recent shows in Massachusetts, New Jersey, and Virginia, as well as responses to our web site, demonstrate the vitality of our hobby and the growing appeal of N Scale. We are in the process of updating our inventory and adding many new and hard-to-find items.
Meanwhile, we will be at the following train shows:
March 10-11, 2018: World’s Greatest Hobby, New Jersey Expo Center, Edison, New Jersey, Booth #219.
March 17-18, 2018: Railfest 2018, Lakeland Community College, Kirtland, Ohio. Note: Located just north of Cleveland, this is the largest model train show in Ohio.
April 14-15, 2018: Great Scale Model Train Show, Maryland State Fairgrounds, Cow Palace, Timonium, Maryland.
Update #1 October 24, 2017
Our first update covers new products, as well as provides a listing of the shows we be attending in November, December, January, and February.
New products continue to arrive with the opening of the train season. Kato USA is releasing models of the CB&Q E5 A-Units with the red & black nose stripes. Models are available in analog and DCC versions. The beginning of November should mark the arrival of the Milwaukee Road Olympian Hiawatha FP-7s and matching 9-car passenger car sets. The DCC-equipped units should arrive later in November. We also received the new run of Fox Valley Models GEVOS in the CSX Heritage road names, including: Chessie System (CSXT), CSX, Conrail, Georgia Railroad, Nashville, Chattanooga & Tennessee, New York Central, Pittsburgh & Lake Erie, Seaboard, Seaboard System, and Western Maryland. We have also custom installed Train Controls System (TCS) DCC in many of these units.
We continue to expand our offerings in DCC in response to your request for electronic capabilities in your model train products. Traditionally, we ordered one or two DCC units to go along with twelve analog units. Today, out sales are far more tilted to DCC. Our custom installations of TCS DCC have been well received with sales of hundreds of units.
From time-to-time we will have special sales on select items. Currently, we are having a special sales on 4-packs of the N Scale Rapido GARX Meat Reefers. There is also a special sale on Kato HO Unitrak and certain Blackstone HOn3 models.
If you have not met us, we look forward to meeting you at one of the following train shows:
November 4-5, 2017: Great Model Train Fair, New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse, New York.
November 25-26, 2017: Greenberg Train Show, New Jersey Expo Center, Edison, New Jersey.
December 16-17, 2017: Greenberg Train Show, Dulles Expo Center, Chantilly, Virginia.
January 27-28, 2018: Amherst Railway Society Train Show, Eastern States Exposition Grounds, Springfield, Massachusetts, Better Living Center Building, Area 17.
February 3-4, 2018: Great Scale Model Train Show, Maryland State Fairgrounds, Cow Palace, Timonium, Maryland.
Now Available: the Kato N Scale passenger Hiawatha train: