Reasons to Buy From Blue Ridge Hobbies®
Blue Ridge Hobbies®
lowest overall retail prices
equipment and supplies at one convenient location.
Blue Ridge Hobbies® provides service, selection and
support to model railroaders worldwide.
Our base discount is an automatic 25% off most
suggested retail pricing
with some items deeply
discounted up to 85% off.
NO GIMMICKS! Just low
SHOP AROUND AND COMPARE ---
You will find that our regular prices
are lower then most other online and
locations around the world.
With many specially priced
items lower than others sale prices!
Shipping at actual cost and secure online shopping.
With virtually no overhead compared to a traditional hobby store or
we can offer you the
lowest prices available.
We offer, what we
believe to be, the one of the largest online
model railroading products
to choose from
in the world.
With the lowest overall pricing
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Fast, courteous online service with
excellent customer support.
Blue Ridge Hobbies®
redefining the online model railroad store!
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on the latest
in specials and manufacturer updates.
Blue Ridge Hobbies®
Blue Ridge Hobbies®
is family-owned business specializing in model
railroading products from U.S.
and International manufacturers.
The owners have over 50 years of customer
service experience and have been involved in model railroading since the 1960's.
That's over 56 years of model railroading experience!
We pride ourselves with competitive prices and excellent customer service.
Follow the links to see for yourself.
We offer 2 ways to order, including our secure shopping cart system or order by
Best of all, your overall purchase will cost you less with Blue Ridge Hobbies® .
Located in Greenville, South Carolina near the Blue Ridge Mountains, 90 minutes
Atlanta, Georgia and Charlotte, North Carolina. Just off Interstate 85.
We carry exactly what model railroad products you may be seeking.
Shipping and handling cost is the actual cost. We do not add extra fees
(other than insurance) which is required on most orders.
Blue Ridge Hobbies®
The decision to build an online store is made and immediately the website is
with limited information and products. GoDaddy.com is chosen as the ISP
Tentative "live" opening date October 1, 2005. Walthers becomes the
while the store front, brick and mortar location under goes
Cart32 is picked as our shopping cart software provider.
June 2005: Progress on the website was moving along at brisk
pace when on June 7,
the internet connection was lost. The internet access
Charter Communications, could not seem to locate the problem and
came to a complete standstill.
The construction of our retail
location moved along,
with the storefront to be accessible for interior
completion by August 1, 2005.
When Blue Ridge Hobbies® was to take possession of
the retail space.
July 2005: After over 30 days without internet access, we are
but creating the website
when again on July 22 the internet access was lost
again! This time for 2 weeks.
Construction on the retail space is delayed due to
weather from mid June.
August 2005: Website page creation continues and the "featured
pages are targeted for completion by September
September 2005: 2 weeks offer before the target opening date,
unanticipated price increases occur and all manufacturer pricing needed
updated. Online opening day pushed back 30 days to November 1.
October 2005: By October 15, "featured manufacturers" pages are
completed with master
product lists for all. Work begins on secondary
manufacturers pages. Construction
delays on retail location. Decision is made to
obtain an 800 number prior to retail store
due to construction delays. First
small ad for Model Railroader magazine submitted
for the January 2006 issue
(December 2005 news stand date).
November 2005: Another Atlanta
Trainshow in Marietta at the Cobb Center November 19 and 20.
At this show we
offered product for sale from Peco, Lifelike, Miniatronics, Walthers,
Engineering and Rix. We gave away 2 train sets.
As of 5p November 300 manufacturer's pricing pages (ALL SCALES only at this
time) added for shopping.
The next 50+ pages will be added as fast time will
The Atlanta Greenberg Train Show went
We spoke to well over 500 people over the 2 day show.
Adding nearly the
same amount of names to our email list.
Manufacturer's with single pages should be added by 11/08/05.
Pre Grand Opening Sale and website testing starts November 1 thru 23
Additional web pages being processed to bring total ALL SCALES links
up to 300 by November 23.
December 2005: Our first ad in
Model Railroader is delivered and business doubles over night! The
made not to take over the retail space do to construction delays.
Over 98% of the 100,000 products we offer are now available on line! We are now
making them easier to access.
This should be completed by the end of the year.
ISP was down again 12/1 thru 12/12. See the News page
for more details.
Ice storm strikes Greenville, SC and Blue Ridge Hobbies® is closed for 2 days
without Power, Phones or Internet
from the 15, 16 and 17th. Power is restored
mid day on the 17th. Order filling is delayed by 2 days. See the
News page for more details.
Our first retail store opens and is a huge success!
October 2009: Our second
retail store open across the street from our original location. We increased
store size from 1,200sf to 5,000sf!
The Miniature World of Trains non profit concept is developed by Frank Ruby just
as model railroad product availability becomes a problem.
December 31, 2011:
BRH completes it's must successful year reaching close to one million dollars in
sales despite the lack of product availability. Staffing
reaches 6 people to help with the every growing customer base.
September 2012: BRH
decides to downsize the retail store as product availability continues to be an
issue. Retail location is moved back across the street and
BRH takes over 2,400sf and sub leases 900sf to the Miniature World of Trains.
BRH changes from sole proprietorship to LLC. Horizon Hobbies parent
company of Athearn / Roundhouse and McHenry refuses to accept change requiring
BRH to sign a personal guarantee. The decision is made not to sign
the guarantee on principle and the lack of dealer customer service issues that
started during the Christmas season 2011 and drop these lines from what
Miniature World of Trains non profit moves to its first location in
downtown Greenville. BRH begins to liquidate its inventory to prepare for the
move into MWOT space ASAP.
BRH closes down 1,200sf of 2,400sf of retail space as retail store foot traffic
dwindles due to lack of stock availability. Online sales dwindle
as well without enough stock to sell. When BRH started 140,000 items where
in the database with about 90,000 items available for purchase each day.
Currently the database of products available remains the same but only about
45,000 are available for sale.
Miniature World of Trains non profit closes its downtown location and moves to a
new 18,000sf location. BRH prepares for the move to this location.
Miniature World of Trains non profit closes for good. BRH prepares to
restock current retail store with the staples of the hobby. Track, scenery
and rolling stock due to product availability issues and space available to
stock the store. The decision was made to only stock HO scale items in the store
due to space limitations at this time. N scale will be eliminated from store
inventory due to lack of sales and O scale will be eliminated over time with
the bulk of sales only happening during the Christmas season. Redevelopment of
Miniature World of Trains(TM)
as an LLC begins.
Sales up 125% over 2015 same time. Strong retail store sales as well. Product
availability is getting better!
Development of the MWOT LLC presented by Blue Ridge Hobbies LLC begins to jell.
Sales are again strong up 28% year to year!
Currently our online store provides more product and lower
then most local hobby shops and online business.
We ensure the best quality, collection, and service, and will continue to
advance to serve enthusiasts
around the globe. We have great buying power in the
U.S. and Internationally, making it easier for
us to give you better prices and
help you find rare collectibles, discontinued items, or anything that you can't
find from other dealers or stores.
Our mail-order department will ship anywhere in the world.
We accept VISA, MasterCard and Discover. And in some cases, checks
We do not sell second-hand merchandise as new.
We are looking forward to serving you.
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