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2825 Grandview Hwy, Vancouver, B.C., V5M 2E1, Canada - - - Phone 1-604-431-0771, Fax 1-604-431-9855 - - - Orders Only 1-888-7TRAINS (1-888-787-2467)
Walthers 85th Anniversary catalogue

2017 Walthers Catalogue
The Walthers 2017 combined catalogue has arrived. This year they have combined the HO and N and Z-Scale catalogues into one book. They are $ 23.99 Cdn$.
Vancouver Train Expo 2016 (The 34th Annual) Model Train Show
Central Hobbies will be at The Vancouver Train Expo 2016 (The 34th Annual) Model Train Show at the PNE Forum November 5 and Sunday November 6, 2016.

Please note that there are extended hours for the public show this year. More information at the Vancouver Train Expo Web Site
Also please note that all the PNR Fall Meet Activities have been split off into a separate event running alongside the show. More information at the Railway Modellers Meet Web Site

If there is anything you want brought out to the show, please let us know a week before the show.
Remembrance Day, Friday November 11, 2016.
Central Hobbies will be open short hours on Remembrance Day Friday November 11, 2016 from 11:05 AM to 5 PM.
The Mike McGrattan Memorial Train
The Mike McGrattan Memorial Train started its tour on the Central Hobbies Store layout.
For images see Store news
To follow the journey of the Memorial train across N-Scale layouts see the Thread on The Railwire
New Digitrax System
 Digitrax Logo  New Digitrax Evolution System

Digitrax has announced the "Evolution" Premium Advanced 5/8 Amp Starter set. Available in wired and Duplex Radio, each set contains:
a NEW DCS210 Advanced Command Station, a New DT500 (or DT500D) Advanced Super throttle, a UP5 Universal Panel (or UR92 Duplex Radio Panel for the radio version), a New PS615 6 Amp Power Supply, a LT1 LocoNet Tester and a 2' LocoNet cable.

Delivery second half of October (we will have stock for Vancouver train Expo).
The standard system is $ 450.00 US$ MSRP. The Duplex Radio version is $ 660.00 US$ MSRP.

This new system replaces both the Super Chief Extra and Empire Builder Extra sets.
With the release of the new command station, the DCS100 and DCS200 command stations are discontinued.
New Digitrax Throttle
 Digitrax Logo  New Digitrax DT500 throttles

Digitrax has announced the " DT500 and DT500D " Advanced Super throttles.
The New DT500 (or DT500D) Advanced Super throttles replace the DT402 series of throttle.

Delivery second half of October (we will have stock for Vancouver train Expo).
The DT500 189.00 US$ MSRP. The Duplex Radio version is $ 254.00 US$ MSRP.

The New DT500 (or DT500D) Advanced Super throttles replace the DT402 series of throttles.
With the release of these new throttles the DT402 and DT402D are discontinued.
New Soundtraxx Sound Decoders
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 SoundTraxx Tsunami 2 Decoders PNEM  SoundTraxx Tsunami 2 Decoders 4400
Soundtraxx has announced two more Tsunami 2 decoders, the TSU-21PNEM - a NEM compliant 21 pin plug-n-play decoder(delivery October), and the TSU-4400 - a 4 AMP decoder(delivery Fall).
As well the ECO21P has been redesigned to be NEM compliant and is now the ECO21PNEM.
RAPIDO Prime Movers
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Rapido has announced a nw series of more affordable models under the "Prime Movers by Rapidio" name.
The first model announced is the 'Dash 8-40CM' "the Draper Taper".
There are several CN and BC Rail models. Details at: Rapido Trains Announcements Web Page and Rapido Dash-8 Models.
RAPIDO Icons of Canadian Steam
 Icons of Canadian Steam
Rapido has announced a multi year series of Canadian Steam Locomotives. Details at: Rapido Trains Announcements Web Page and Rapido Locomotives - Hudsons
RAPIDO CPR Royal Hudson Announcements
The first release in Rapidos "Icons of Canadian Steam" release is the CPR Royal Hudson.
Details as to road numbers and model specific details at: Rapido Trains Announcements Web Page and Rapido Locomotives - Hudsons
We are taking reservations for these models now.
RAPIDO TRAINS Announcements
Due to the large number of Rapido trains Announcements we now have a separate Rapido Trains Announcements Web Page.
RAPIDO TRAINS HO New Announcements
Rapido Trains has announced HO-Scale:
VIA Rebuilt F40PH-2Ds,
GMD-1 Rebuilds - 1600, 1400 and 1430-1444 Series.,
Amtrak Baggage Car F40s ,
Amtrak Modernized F40PH ,

See Rapido Trains Announcements Web Page for more information.
Parking is available at the West end of the building and behind the building. You may use spots 1 through 20.
If you do not want to drive in Vancouver traffic don't forget you can get here easily by Skytrain.

Directions to the Store - - Store Hours - - New to the Store
Product Announcements and Arrival Schedule - - Notes on E-Mailing Central Hobbies

A note on Pricing on our web pages - - Our name Sake Locomotive
See Store News for local and store news.
Quick Links: Z Scale, N Scale, Micro-Trains, HO Scale, S Scale, O Scale, and other scales, Brass models, DVDs on railroad subjects, Greater Vancouver's largest selection of Model Railroad Magazines and Books on Railroad Subjects. NMRA DCC (NMRA Digital Command Control) - We carry DCC products from Digitrax, SoundTraxx , Lenz , NCE (North Coast Engineering), ESU , TCS , and others. Please drop by the store for product information or a Demo. Products from other DCC manufacturers can be ordered.
For The Beginning Model Railroader - - - - - - - - Mail Orders Welcome
Services We handle Estates, Consignment sales, Custom painting and locomotive detailing, DCC installations and other services.
We have several Max Jacquiard Prints in stock and can supply others.

See Products and Announcements for information on new and announced products.
The Events Schedule Page has information on coming Railroad and Model Railroading events.
See our Special Links page for links to other Web Sites of Interest.
Updated September 19, 2016 - Page and Contents Copyright Central Hobbies 2015, 2016.
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Central Hobbies is open:
Monday to Thursday 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Friday 11:00 AM to 9:00 PM
Saturday 10:30 AM to 5:30 PM
Closed most Sundays. Special Hours most Holidays