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NEWS AND UPDATES
08/06/18

Search Engine, Shopping Cart & Website

Are now back online as of 3pm eastern today!

We are sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused!

New and hopefully the last round of tweaks to the new search engine and shopping cart will occur this week. So if oyu have any suggestions to improve how the search engine and shopping cart work should be emailed to me at contactus@blueridgehobbies.com

July Sales

Despite that lack of product availability, July sales where almost dead even compared to 2017 sales.
So, I guess that is a good thing!

Factory Closing

Another factory closing has occurred in China at the end of July effecting Altas (Engine & Rolling Stock Only), Bowser, Intermountain, Fox Valley, Bluford Shops, Wheels of Time, Trainworx and Micro-Trains.

The closing of Affa in Hong Kong was not expected we are told.

We have received a large amount of Bowser and LGB Loco's and they will be shipping to customers over the next couple of days. All other back orders have been pushed back yet again. Watch the website for the latest updates on product availability.

We are told that this is small 'bump in the road' so please be patient.

According to Walthers, they have no issues as product is made across the world for their different lines. Atlas track should have no issues as well. Lionel track and train sets are arriving for the holiday season.

So, we do not expect any major issues at this time.

Current Sales Now Running Online At BRH

Deal of the Day - All in stock Walthers Mainline on sale until Monday 6am
TO ORDER


What A Deal - All in stock Peco items on sale until Thursday 6am
TO ORDER


Deal of the Week - All in stock Walthers SceneMaster on sale until Saturday 6am
TO ORDER


Walters Weekly Sale New Items Have Been Added
TO ORDER

Upcoming Preorder Deadlines

August 13: Rapido Trains Preorders
August 17: Bowser Preorders
August 31: Intermountain Preorders
August 31: Trainworx Preorders
August 31: Walthers Preorders


Build Scenery and HO Vehicle Sales with New Busch Products

Plenty of new HO and N scenery products and vehicles have arrived from Busch. These new products are great. New items include HO structure kits and vehicles, N Scale farm vehicles and more.

Check out the latest Busch arrivals and order now!


New Kalmbach DVDs and Railroad Map Make Great Railroad Gifts

We know it may seem early for the holiday season and Christmas In July is over,  but you will  love getting gifts all year long. So treat yourself today! The latest arrivals from Kalmbach are packed with information modelers and fans can use anytime. Three new DVDs offer viewers tips on layout building and airbrushing, as well as a historical look at narrow gauge freight operations. New how-to books, calendars and a railroad wall map are great additions to your hobby!

Check out the latest Kalmbach arrivals and order now!



Affordably Priced Oxford Diecast HO & N Vehicles Are Fast Sellers So Yours Today!

Featuring die-cast metal bodies, window glazing, interior seats and good decoration Oxford Diecast vehicles are perfect for adding interest to streets on HO and N Scale layouts. New models, including a sweet HO Chevy Impala convertible and an N Scale MGB sports car have just arrived!

Don't miss out on this new group of Oxford vehicles!


NEWS AND UPDATES
08/05/18

Search Engine & Shopping Cart

Do to an error when updating the website Saturday night at 11pm,  the search engine and shopping cart had to be taken offline. Around 8am Sunday morning the entire website was taken off line to fix the error(s).

We are sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused!

NEWS AND UPDATES
07/28/18

New Search Engine And Shopping Cart

Is up and running!

The old search engine and shopping cart that we have used for the past 13 years is gone. So, right now
you will not be able to track the status of an order. Sorry!

We are still making adjustments to the search engine and shopping and this well continue as we find little 'bugs' in the formatting.

Website

I am making minor adjustments to the website as well as time permits. The overall intent is to make the entire website faster and easier to navigate.

Retail Store Update

With the website and search/engine basically completed I can get back to focusing on the retail store reset and restock. This takes time as the priority are the internet orders and customers in the store front.

A lot of product has arrived and I am adding it all to the shelves as quickly as possible.

Miniature World of Trains

The reboot of the Miniature World of Trains project is moving along at this point. While I still can not give specifics on the location and the project yet, what I can tell you is this.  The new 501c3 paperwork is in process, the Letter Of Intent and offer has been made for the land. The owner of the land may donate it but we are still planning on purchasing it. We have the basic layout of the buildings for the display and retail / restaurant areas from the General Contractor. The retail / restaurant and ticketing area (RRT) will feature a minimum 60ft tower that will make it the tallest structure in the area! Also, we have met with and are still meeting with several banks regarding the overall funding of Phase I of the project which is at $6, 700,000 at this point. Phase I of the Miniature World of Trains  will have never before seen technology used to help create "Our World In Miniature"!

Work has already begun at the property in preparation for the start of construction of the project to start in the first quarter of 2019 with parts of PHASE I of the Miniature World of Trains
 to start construction offsite to help speed up the process. This will include the 2019 Christmas Model Train Display as well!

Get the most update date information by visiting the website at:
www.MiniatureWorldOfTrains.com


Upcoming Pre Orders

July 31: Intermountain Preorders
July 31: Micro-Trains Preorders
August 13: Rapido Trains Preorders
August 17: Bowser Preorders
August 31: Intermountain Preorders
August 31: Trainworx Preorders
August 31: Walthe

In-Stock and Selling Fast: Five New WalthersMainline HO Freight Cars


You will  love WalthersMainline freight cars and the latest arrivals are no exceptions. Five new cars are now shipping: 72' Centerbeam Flatcar w/Opera Windows, 59' Cylindrical Hoppers, 50' AAR Mechanical Refrigerator Cars, 53' GSC Piggyback-Service Flatcars and 54' PS2-CD 4427 Low-Side Covered Hoppers. All of these models are experiencing strong sales and many road names/road numbers are sold out or in short supply. You will love these cars because they have good detailing that stands up to use on operating layouts. Check them all out and order now 
before they're gone!

New Walthers SceneMaster(TM) HO Arrivals


 Recently, the popularity of 
these items was made apparent when the new Quiet Crossing Lane 
Markers (949-4168) and Construction Lane Markers (949-4169) sets, like several other SceneMaster detail sets, sold out immediately. We still have some in the retail store! Pre orders are shipping now and more will be here in a 
few weeks, so make sure to get your orders in NOW or stop by the retail store  Also, keep checking your Preorder Program announcements and order these new products to avoid missing out on! 
Additionally, eight new figure sets are now in stock and ready to 
ship. Don't miss out - order these now!

Delivery Updates for WalthersMainline and Cornerstone


As we work to bring you the best models possible, in a timely fashion, we will keep informed when we have product updates and are some examples

We've been advised that some WalthersMainline and Cornerstone kits will be arriving later than previously 

announced. While we're disappointed, we are monitoring thesituation and will keep you  up to date.

Here are  following on backorder of these delivery changes:


WalthersMainline GE ES44AC Evolution Series GEVO locomotives, 
#910-20163~74 ESU Sound & DCC and #910-10163~74 Standard DC, 
previously announced for July are now expected in September 2018.

WalthersMainline EMD SD60M diesels with 3-Piece Windshield, 
including #910-20301~12 with ESU Sound & DCC and #910-10301~12 
Standard DC versions are moving from July to September 2018.

WalthersMainline 39' Trinity 3281 2-Bay Covered Hopper, #910-
7500~24 previously announced for June arrival have moved to a 
September 2018 Delivery.

WalthersMainline 60' High Cube Plate F Boxcar, #910-2900~21 
expected in June are now an October 2018 delivery.

WalthersMainline 60' Pullman-Standard Flatcar, #910-5300~12 
expected in June are now an October 2018 delivery.

Cornerstone Brickworks Series, all four kits #933-4100~03 
expected in July are now slated for a September 2018 Delivery.

Delivery Update for WalthersMainline NSC 53' Well Cars

Although we'd hoped to ship them earlier, we're sorry to announce that Walthers states that the samples of the Single (#910-5069~78) and 3-Unit versions (#910-55069~78) of the HO Scale WalthersMainline NSC 53' Well 
Cars just didn't meet their quality standards. As a result, they have restarted production and expect to deliver these cars in mid-2019.


New Herpa HO Arrivals Include North American & International Vehicles

Recent arrivals from HO vehicle maker Herpa. New models include new Peterbilt and Kenworth semi 
tractors, UPS Sprinter delivery vans and a variety of budget-priced cars that are great for filling up parking lots and more. We know you are continually looking for cars and trucks so order them today before they sell out!

New Road numbers for Kato N Scale Favorites


Kato EMD SD70MACs are tried and true models that N Scale modelers love. Smooth running with a heavy metal chassis, dual flywheels, great detailing, road name-appropriate headlight placement and fine decoration are features modelers look for in their diesels and the standard DC Kato SD70MAC delivers. New 
arrivals include two road numbers each in BNSF and Alaska Railroad. They're in-stock, so get them hauling freight on your layouts now!

Current Sales Now Running Online At BRH

Deal of the Day - All in stock Kato items on sale until Monday 6am
TO ORDER


What A Deal - All in stock Preiser items on sale until Thursday 6am
TO ORDER


Deal of the Week - All in stock LGB on sale until next Saturday 6am
TO ORDER


Walters Weekly Sale ends Thursday at 6am
TO ORDER


NEWS AND UPDATES
07/15/18

New Search Engine And Shopping

The new search engine and shopping cart are about ready to go live. Hopefully by Monday 07/16/18!
We have to load all of the images available for all 130,000 products and make some updates to the BRH site as well.

Thanks to all of you that we asked to help test the new search and cart it was greatly appreciated.

The new system is bond to have some bugs  that we will have to work through, so be patient. For a short period the old search and cart will still be live and available to use. But within the next 30 days or so, the old cart will go away!

Miniature World of Trains

This past week I had meetings with two of the corporations that will working with us on the projects special effects. Some of the effects have never before been seen in North America on a model railroad. As we get further along we can announce the corporate special partners.

Though delayed, I will have the first draft of the  'shell' building plans for the preferred location this Monday
I will share that with you all as time permits

I still need volunteer help to move the project forward. Though this time around I will be hiring some world renowned museum display builders, help is still needed,  so please go to www.miniatureworldoftrains.com website and join the volunteers from around the world!

Christmas In July

Don't forget the Santa is on vacation just a mere 6 months before Christmas so has decided to put the entire
in stock database on sale to make room for new arrivals coming in for the Christmas Holiday.

Check out the sale by clicking on Santa above!

Upcoming Pre Order Deadlines

July 24: Atlas Preorders
July 31: Intermountain Preorders
August 31: Walthers Preorders

Order Walthers 2019 Reference Book now!

A must-have for your libraries or workbenches, the Walthers 2019 HO, N & Z Reference Book brings you  all the
great content you demand. The 2019 Reference Book is packed with hundreds of pages of product information and photos, plus plenty of inspiration in the Magic of Model Railroading gallery photos. Last years sold out in December so reserve yours now to ensure delivery as soon as they're available in late September.

Item Number is 913-0219p
MSRP $17.98
BRH PRICE $15.98

New HO Arrivals from Brekina Include Fast-Selling Jeeps

The latest arrivals from Brekina include the new Jeep Universal is the open-top Jeep we've
seen in use since the 1950s and the Jeep Wagoneer is the popular SUV from the late 1960s - both are must-haves for diesel-era layouts. Other arrivals include new VW vans and several international models. These are highly detailed,
layout-ready vehicles. All are in short supply, so don't miss out!


New Faller HO & N Kits Now Shipping

Easy-to-build Faller kits are perfect for those of you looking for detailed buildings for your. Models come molded in
appropriate colors and many include German signs. Most are easily Americanized simply by changing signs  Check out the selection and order now -these usually sell out fast!


NEWS AND UPDATES
07/06/18

June Sales

I know I have reporting that there is a lack of product to sell to you all, but despite that, BRH had another great sales month. In fact, the best June since 2014!

2018 vs 2014 up 9% and 2018 vs 2017 up  31.6%. So, again the trend is good. Retail store sales are up as well and there are lot's of new customers wandering in as well!

New Customers Up 26% and Returning Customers Up 220% year over year.

Vacation and Meeting Schedules

I know I have been out several times in May and June on a combination of both personal and business related trips that slowed down the shipping of orders a bit, so my apologies.  For the rest of July until mid October no down time is scheduled so the retail store and shipping should be running on the normal schedule and the retail store will open per the schedule for Wednesday through Friday until November when I extend the store hours and days BRH is open.

Retail Restock And Changes

I am still resetting and restocking the retail store. The new N scale section is coming along but will take some time to completely complete. So N scalers, please be patient. 

The priority however are the shippable online orders and the in store customers but the whole procedure is coming along nicely.

New Search Engine And Shopping Cart

Work on the new search engine an shopping cart are coming along but are behind about two weeks at this point.

Hopefully by the middle of next week we can begin testing with the Track Crew Members first.

Miniature World of Trains

Each day the reopening of the Miniature World of Trainsis getting closer and closer.
I will have the preliminary building plans next week and on Monday I have a meeting with the technical team that will be helping in the designing some of the new, never before seen effects for the new MWOT. They are over the top and you all will have never experienced what is coming!

While we still can not officially release the location of the project, currently the land where we intend to build the new 30,000sf Phase I of MWOT is being cleared for construction. This is the view of the 125 vehicle parking lot area for the $3.500,000 Phase I.

As more information can be shared, I will pass it along!

Visit www.miniatureworldoftrains.com for daily updates


I will need help building the project and I will be initially looking for volunteers
from around the world to help move this along. Join the volunteer team at:
http://www.miniatureworldoftrains.com/Volunteer.htm

Miniature World Of Trains™ Trade name And Ownership

It has come to my attention that there are entities within the model railroad community that are using the business name Miniature World of Trains™ and MWOT™ on the internet. These names are trademark names and website owned by Frank Ruby and registered on 04/22/2010 for the purposes of creating a model railroad
museum / attraction. 

Any unauthorized use of these names or any variation of these names is strictly prohibited without my written consent.

For those of you fraudulently using these names or any variation of these name currently, you must cease and desist the use of this names immediately.

I am giving you fair warning in a open forum to allow you the opportunity to end the use of these names immediately without further action against you or your organization!  

Pre Order Due Dates

July 13: Bowser Preorders
July 24: Atlas Preorders
July 31: Intermountain Preorders
August 31: Walthers Preorders

Order Walthers 2019 Reference Book now!

A must-have for your customers' library or workbench, the Walthers 2019 HO, N & Z Reference Book brings modelers all the great content they demand. The 2019 Reference Book is packed with hundreds of pages of product information and photos, plus plenty of inspiration in the Magic of Model Railroading gallery photos,
a free sign sheet for their layouts and great content for new modelers as well as seasoned pros. Reserve yours now to ensure delivery as soon as they're available in late September!

MSRP $17.98 BRH PRICE $15.98
Item number is
913-219P

New N Scale Hoppers from Bluford Shops Offer Modelers Variety

New road names for four of Bluford Shops' N Scale hopper styles are now rolling through the warehouse. Two-bay hoppers include the USRA 30'6", Offset and Eight-panel varieties and the three- bay car is a 70-Ton 14-Panel Hopper. All Bluford Shops hoppers  have features including loads, applied brake details, end air hoses, body-mounted magnetic knuckle couplers and Fox Valley Models metal wheels. Cars feature accurate detailing including ACI labels where appropriate and come in as many as six road numbers per road name. Get these fast-selling hoppers on your layouts now!

Build Sales with Two New Titles/Selling Tools from Kalmbach

Kalmbach how-to hooks are great tools for every modeler and the latest titles are no exception. Produce Traffic &
Trains by noted author and former Model Railroader Magazine associate editor , Jeff Wilson, discusses the trains, equipment and history of moving produce by rail. From the 1890s through the 1960s, all types of fruits and vegetables were transported by rail to markets across the U.S. Use this book to generate kit,
vehicle and refrigerator car sales. Wiring Projects for your Model Railroad takes the mystery out of wiring accessories and devices on model railroads. This book is great for modelers of all skill levels.
With the fall modeling and school project season only a couple of
months away order now to have these books on hand for summertime reading!

THANKS FOR THE SUPPORT!


 


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