Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Last Newsletter of 2009

As I write this newsletter it is hard to believe that in under a month 2009 will be another year gone by.  Time has really flown by this year, and it is hard to believe that 2010 is just around the corner.

I would like to take this time to wish everyone the very best of the holiday season with your family and friends.

Happy Holidays and all the best for the upcoming 2010.


Hours Reminder

As the ice cream came to a close, we returned back to our winter hours of operation.  If needing to contact us by phone during the week it is best to call my cell at 519-807-2345.  The store number (519) 364-1390 is still the best way to contact us during the weekend store hours. 

Our winter hours are as follows:

Saturday:  9:00am - 6:00pm (December 5th only we will be closing at 4:00pm)

Sunday:  10:00am - 5:00pm

As a reminder, email can be sent at any time and is usually checked daily.  So if you wish something special ordered and do not want to wait until the weekend to submit it, don’t--send it in an email and it will speed up the process.  Our email address is

We also continue to do mail order so if you are a distance from the store you can still shop with us.  Orders are shipped with Canada Post to keep costs low, and can make it to most destinations in good time.

New Products

The following new products have arrived since the last newsletter:

  • Model Railroader December 2009 
  • Trains December 2009 
  • Branchline December 2009
  • Garden Railways December 2009
  • Osborn HO Wrapped Lumber (RRA-1015)
  • Osborn HO Barn (RRA-1029)
  • Osborn HO Water Tower 8” Tall (RRA-1066)
  • HO Roundhouse RTR CN 34’ OT Overton Coach (140-84291)
  • HO Roundhouse RTR CN 34’ Overton 4 Pk (140-84311)
  • HO Roundhouse RTR Libby’s #1 40’ Wood Reefer (140-85419)
  • HO Roundhouse RTR Libby’s #2 40’ Wood Reefer (140-85420)
  • HO Atlas Container Jindo 53’ 110” IH Stax (3) (150-200000191)
  • HO Atlas Container Jindo 53’ 110” IH Pacer (3) (150-20000189)
  • HO Atlas Container Jindo 53’ 110” IH HUB Group (150-20000187)
  • HO Atlas ACF 50’6” Box Rail Box #33660 (150-20000392)
  • HO Atlas ACF 50’6” Box Rail Box (small loco) #30279 (150-20000393)
  • HO Atlas ACF 50’6” Box Canadian National #419309 (150-20000397)
  • Book - Morning Sun – Canadian National Facilities In Color Volume 2 (MS-1364)
  • HO 2005 Crown Vic Fire Chief Vehicle
  • HO 1970 Plymouth Hemi Barracuda (490-19452)
  • HO 1956 Lincoln Continental Mark II Coup (490-19480 Black/White, 490-19482 Blue)
  • HO 1968 Chevrolet El Camino (490-19492 Blue, 490-19491 Red, 490-19493 Yellow)
  • HO 1955 Chevy Bel Air (490-19239 Black/White)
  • Various new Accurail kits HO
  • HO Bachmann Thunder Bolt Train Set (160-612)
  • Selection of Bachmann HO Grain Hopper Cars

Have you checked the consignment area recently?

Over the last couple of months many interesting items have come and gone through the consignment area.  Have you been looking for a special something that is hard to find?  If so you should be checking the listing we have on-line.  Last week the on-line listing was updated to reflect all that is currently out on our shelves.  For anyone looking for CN items you may want to take a look as there are some CN passenger cars and locomotives that have been received which are new and reasonably priced.

If you have items that you no longer wish and would like to have them added to our consignment area send us a quick email.

The Holidays are coming

Hard to believe that the holidays are coming and time is running by quickly.  We will be welcoming in 2010 before we know it.  With the holidays comes gift giving and here are some things that you may wish to add to your list:

County Line Caboose Gift Cards, available in any amount

Stocking stuffers for the train lover starting at under $5.00

Tail End Accessory Kits custom built to add realism to your current layout or layout in progress

Books or DVD’s-check out our listing on line for available titles or email us your wish list

Woodland Scenics Learning Kits covering 6 different scenery topics

New Items Coming

Watch for the following new products that should be arriving in the store. If there is something that interests you, contact us and we will set it aside for you when it arrives.  If there is a new product not on the list that you know is coming out and would like to reserve, please drop us a line and we will be happy to order it for you.

  • Rapido
    • Ho Scale Macdonald-Cartier “Rusty” Magnetic Metal Couplers-ETA winter 2009 available in the following:
      • Short Shank RAP-102024 $6.95 MSRP (4 Pair)
      • Medium Shank RAP-102025 $6.95 MSRP (4 Pair)
      • Long Shank RAP-102026 $6.95 MSRP (4 Pair)
    • Ho Scale BX Express Trucks RAP-102030 - $9.95 MSRP – ETA Winter 2009
      • Fully Assembled and RTR
      • Detailed on all four sides with separately applied parts per truck
      • Insulated metal RP-25 wheel sets
  • Steam Memories of Lindsay by Ian Wilson
    • ETA March 2010
  • Canadian Rails Vintage Scrapbook DVD
  • Model Railroad Planning 2010
  • Rapido Transcona Yard Caboose (TH&B and CP Rail)
  • Royalty Rides the Rails-A railroad perspective of the 1939 Canadian/USA Royal Tour by Larry Shaak

12th Annual Model Railroad Garage Sale Date Set

Planning and preparation is currently underway for the 12th Annual Model Railroad Garage Sale.  The date of the 2010 event is Saturday, May 15.  So mark the date on the calendar early to avoid disappointment.  More details will follow as event plans are brought together.  If you know already that you wish be a vendor, please drop us a quick email so your space can be reserved.  We are also looking for volunteers for the day to help the event run smoothly.  If you think you can assist us please let us know.

Athearn Discontinues the Beloved Blue Box Line

Athearn recently announced that they are ceasing the production of their Blue Box line immediately.  They have decided to focus more on the Ready To Run line in the future.  While we still have some stock, once these kits are gone we will not be able to order any more.  For a complete listing of the ones that we still have in stock please check out the on-line catalogue. 

So what does that mean for the modeller that likes to build the kits over having the ready-to-run product?  Well to fill the gap left by Athearn we will be stocking more Accurail car kits starting immediately. 

We are also ordering in more of the Branchline Yard Master series kits for those that have been asking about us expanding that line.

While these are some of the items we are bringing in as standard stock to fill the gap left by the Blue Box line there are many other kits out there made by others that may have a high level of difficulty and are ordered in as well.  Some of these are the George Taylor kits, Sylvan and Branchline Blueprint Trains. 

Grey Central Railway Club Christmas Open House

It is this time of year that people think more of trains than any other time-the train running under the Christmas Tree, or the train display in the front window of one of the stores you may pass.  Trains are a magical thing at this time of year, and seeing them run brings joy to many.

The Grey Central Railway Club is opening up their layout to the public on Sunday, December 13, 2009 from Noon to 5:00pm.  Come see their layout in action, and talk to members of the group while you are there as they share their hobby with you.  Admission is by donation and all are welcome.  For the little train lovers Thomas The Tank Engine will be making a visit on the layout as well.  This is a great holiday afternoon activity that can be shared by the whole family.  Come experience the magic of the holidays through a train ride on the Grey Central.

The Grey Central Railway Club is located at the Participation Lodge Facility in Holland Centre.  For more information call Al at (519) 794-3692.

Check Out the New Layout!

A big thank you to the Saugeen Modellers who have donated their demonstration layout to be used in the store and to show off their love of the hobby.  If you have not been in for while this is something you are going to have to stop in to see.  Our current layout that was here for some time continues to be a work in progress, so it is nice to have a finished one to show off. 

The Saugeen Modellers meet once a month and are always looking for new members to share the hobby with.  If you are new to the hobby and would like to take in a meeting, please drop us a quick email and we will pass along their contact information.  If you are new to the hobby, or are an experienced modeler this group may be just the right fit for you to share your knowledge with others or gain some along the way.

The Saugeen Modellers are located in Hanover and surrounding area.

December Special

December is structure month.  Purchase any Pikestuff, Rix, or Smalltown USA structures and receive 10% off the regular price when you mention this special.

Upcoming Train Shows

Woodstock Model Train Show*

  • When:
    • January 3, 2010  10:00am - 3:00pm
  • Where:
    • Oxford Auditorium Woodstock Fairgrounds
    • 875 Nellis Street
    • Woodstock, ON
  • Contact Info:

Paris Junction 2010 Model Train Show*

  • When:
    • January 17, 2010 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Where:
    • Paris Fair Grounds
    • Silver Street
    • Paris, ON
  • Contact Info:

TH&B Model Railroader Flea Market*

  • When:
    • January 31, 2010  10:00am – 3:30pm
  • Where:
    • Marritt Hall
    • Ancaster Fair Grounds
    • 630 Trinity Road
    • Ancaster, ON
  • Contact Info:
    • (905) 335-9112

Dundas Modular Railway Club Flea Market

  • When:
    • February 13, 2010  10:00am - 3:00pm
  • Where:
    • St. Paul’s United Church
    • 29 Park Street West
    • Dundas, ON
  • Contact Info:
    • Bryant - (905) 387-5669
    • Mert - (905) 627-0038
    • Tom - (905) 575-9326
    • Gerry - (905) 628-8840

Kitchener Model Train Show*

  • When:
    • March 28, 2010  10:00am - 3:00pm
  • Where:
    • Bingemans
    • 425 Bingemans Centre Drive
    • Kitchener, ON
  • Contact Info:

* - Denotes shows that County Line Caboose will be attending.

Train Show Locations