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News and What's New to the Store

This is a list of some of the things that are new to the store and news of import.
It is updated as and IF time permits.
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Date Item Canadian
Price
April 25, 2015
Magazines The May 2015 issue of  Railroad Model Craftsman Railroad Model Craftsman magazine has arrived.
The 2nd Quarter 2015 issue of  The Railroad Press The Railroad Press magazine has arrived.
The April 2015 issue of  The Dispatchers Office The Dispatchers Office magazine has arrived.
April 24, 2015
N Atlas
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The new Atlas S2 switchers have arrived.
 CPR Script S2 switcher

CPR Script (three road numbers). Non-Sound models are $ 149.95 CDN$. Sound equipped (LOK Sound) models are $ 299.95 CDN$.
April 15, 2015
HO Bowser
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The new Bowser DRS-4-4-1000 models have arrived.
 CPR Block Lettering DRS-4-4-1000
 CP Rail DRS-4-4-1000

CPR Block (two road numbers) and CP Rail (Two Road Numbers). Non-Sound models are $ 249.98 CDN$. Sound equipped (LOK Sound) models are $ 374.97 CDN$.
Magazines The May/June 2015 issue of  N Scale Railroading N Scale Railroading magazine has arrived.
April 14, 2015
HO Rapido Trains
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Our first shipment of the Loooong awaited Rapido Trains HO-Scale LRC Locomotives have arrived with their new higher prices. We have a very few non sound models in stock and a handful of sound equipped models.

We have contacted everybody on the hold list that we still have valid contact info for.
Magazines The March/April 2015 issue of  Canadian Rail Canadian Rail magazine has arrived. The lead article is on CPR's "Big Hill".
HO Rivarossi
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Due to a lettering issue all E&N models are being returned to Rivarossi. They spelt "Esquimalt" 'Esqui_n_alt'.
April 11 2015
Magazines The May/June 2015 issue of  N Scale N Scale magazine has arrived.
April 8, 2015
Misc Woodland Scenics
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New from Woodland Scenics

 Just Plug In
Magazines The May 2015 issue of  Classic Toy Trains Classic Toy Trains magazine has arrived.
The Spring Summer issue of  Sn3 Modeler Sn3 Modeler magazine has arrived.
The Mar/April 2015 issue of the  Gazette  Narrow gauge and Short Line Gazette has arrived.
Magazines The May 2015 issue of  Trains Trains magazine has arrived.
The May 2015 issue of  Model Railroader Model Railroader magazine has arrived.
The April 2015 issue of  Narrow Gauge Downunder Narrow Gauge Downunder magazine has arrived.
HO Ambroid
A selection of Ambroid wood kits has been acquired. Some with trucks. Some built..First come, first served.
April 7, 2015
HO Rivarossi
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New from Rivarossi

Skeleton Log cars in selected Canadian Road names. Two-Packs of cars are available in:
Canadian Pacific (two two-packs)  CPR Skeleton Log Car
E&N  E&N Skeleton Log Car
PGE  PGE Skeleton Log Car
Comox Logging  Comox Logging Skeleton Log Car
All in stock for $ 84.95 CDN each. Images from Distributors literature.
Magazines The April 2015 issue of  Branchline Branchline magazine has arrived.
April 4, 2015
Magazines The March 2015 issue of  G N Goat the Great Northern Goat magazine has arrived.
The April 2015 issue of  Model Railroad News Model Railroad News magazine has arrived.
The Feb/March 2015 issue of  Model Cars Model Cars magazine has arrived.
Magazines The April 2015 issue of  Railroad Model Craftsman Railroad Model Craftsman magazine has arrived.
The April 2015 issue of  Railfan & Railroad Railfan & Railroad magazine has arrived.
April 2, 2015
HO A 4'x8'  HO Scale layout HO Scale Layout is available to a good home.
April 1, 2015
Magazines The Winter 2015  Railroad Explorer Railroad Explorer magazine has arrived.
The Jan/Feb 2015  ztrack ztrack magazine has arrived.
March 20, 2015
Brass Various
More brass models are appearing on our Brass web pages. New models are added weekly if not daily. Many more yet to come.
See the New Brass Models Web Page for Brass models that have recently been added.
HO Rivarossi
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New from Rivarossi

 Georgia Pacific Two-Truck Heilser Georgia Pacific Two-Truck Heisler or $ 349.99 CDN$.
HO Broadway Limited
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New models from Broadway Limited:
  • Great Northern 2-8-0, two road numbers. $ 584.98 each.
  • Undecorated 2-8-0. - $ 584.98
  • Union Pacific UP-4 4-12-2 rd# 9039. $ 899.99 CDN$.
DCC TCS
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Our first shipment of the new TCS WOW Sound Diesel decoders has arrived.

The#1530 WOW101-Diesel EMD is $ 123.49 CDN$.
The#1533 WOW101-Diesel EMD with Keep - alive is $ 142.99 CDN$.
DCC MRC
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 MRC Decoder Dr.
The MRC Decoder Dr. is now in stock for $ 127.99.
Program, Read and test most decoders.
March 17, 2015
Magazines The April 2015  WCRA News WCRA News magazine has arrived.
March 7, 2015
Magazines The March 2015  Railroad Model Craftsman Railroad Model Craftsman magazine has arrived.
March 6, 2015
Magazines The April 2015  Trains Trains magazine has arrived.
March 5, 2015
Magazines The April 2015  Model Railroader Model Railroader magazine has arrived.
The March/April 2015  Live Steam Live Steam magazine has arrived.
The April 2015  Garden Railways Garden Railways magazine has arrived.
Magazines The March/April 2015  O Scale Trains O Scale Trains magazine has arrived.
March 4, 2015
Train Show
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- - - NEW VENUE - - NEW NAME - - -
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Vancouver Train Expo (TRAINS 2015 - the 33nd Annual) Model Train Show

TRAINS 2015 - the 33nd Annual Model Train Show has a new name and will be in a new venue.

The Vancouver Train Expo show and meet is moving to new home.
This year's show will be held at the Pacific National Exhibition Forum on the weekend of November 6-8. All the familiar meet activities operating sessions, layout tours, clinics, banquet will be part of the weekend, along with a new and expanded train show in the 44,000-square-foot Forum.

This year's show features:

  • more space for model railways, displays, vendors and manufacturers
  • drive-in, all-weather access to your display location for easy load-in and load-out
  • food concession and social area on the show floor
  • all show activities on the same level for better accessibility
  • ample on-site parking with exhibitor parking adjacent to the Forum
  • easy access from Highway 1 and via public transit
  • exhibitor and vendor access beginning at noon on Friday


Saturday November 7, 2015 and
Sunday November 8, 2015

at: The PNE Forum.

2015 Entrance Fares:
  • Adult: $ xx.00
  • Youth (6-15) - $ x.00
  • Senior (60+) - $ x.00
  • NMRA - $ x.00
  • Family - $ xx.00
  • Child (under 6) - Free
See Operating Layouts, Historical Societies, Vendors and more.

The Trains 2015 Meet will run from Friday Nov 6, 2015 through Sunday Nov 8, 2015. Full details at Trains 2015 Web Site.

March 2, 2015
Magazines The March 2015  Branchline Branchline has arrived.
February 28, 2015
Magazines The March 2015  Railfan and Railroad  Railfan & Railroad has arrived.
Issue 2015-1 of Passenger Train Journal Passenger Train Journal has arrived.
The March 2015 issue of the  Model Railroad News Model Railroad News has arrived.
February 20, 2015
Magazines The Spring 2015 issue of  Classic Trains Classic Trains has arrived.
The Apr/May 2015 issue of  O Gauge Railroading O gauge Railroading has arrived.
The March 2015 issue of the  WCRA News WCRA News has arrived.
February 17, 2015
Magazines The Jan/Feb 2015 issue of  Canadian Rail Canadian Rail has arrived.
February 14, 2015
Magazines The March/April 2015 issue of  N Scale N Scale has arrived.
February 13, 2015
Magazines The Winter 2014/2015 issue of  The Sandhouse The Sandhouse has arrived.
February 7, 2015
Magazines The March 2015 issue of  Model Railroader Model Railroader has arrived.
The March 2015 issue of  Classic Toy Trains  Classic Toy Trains has arrived.
The March 2015 issue of  Trains Trains has arrived.
Magazines The Mar/Apr 2015 issue of  Steam in the Garden Steam in the Garden has arrived.
The January/February 2015 issue of  Narrow Gauge and Shortline Gazette Narrow Gauge and Shortline Gazette has arrived.
February 7, 2015
Magazines The Mar/Apr 2015 issue of  N Scale Railroading N Scale Railroading has arrived.
The January 2015 issue of  Model Cars Model Cars has arrived.
February 3, 2015
Magazines The February 2015 issue of  Branchline Branchline has arrived.
January 31, 2015
Magazines The February 2015 issue of  Model Railway News Model Railway News has arrived.
The February 2015 issue of  Railroad Model Craftsman Railroad Model Craftsman has arrived.
The February 2015 issue of  Railfan & Railroad Railfan & Railroad has arrived.
Magazines The Jan/Feb 2015 issue of  Diesel Era Diesel Era has arrived.
Issue 56 of  TimberTimes  TimberTimes has arrived.
The January 2015 issue of  The Dispatcher's Office The Dispatcher's Office has arrived.
Magazines The First Issue (2015-1) of  Trains & Railroads of the Past Trains & Railroads of the Past (Formerly TRP) has arrived.
The 2014 issue of the  2014 HOn3 Annual  HOn3 Annual has arrived.
January 29, 2015
Magazines The February 2015 issue of  WCRA News WCRA News has arrived.
N Rapido Trains
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Our first shipment of the Rapido Trains N-Scale GMD-1s has arrived. They are all Non-Sound.

As announced a few days ago, due to the drop in the value of the Canadian Dollar, the prices have increased:
- From $ 159.00 to $ 173.29 for non-sound units.
- From $ 169.00 to $ 184.19 for non-sound NAR models.

Most non-sound reservations have been filled. There is some store stock.
We are expecting a second shipment next week.
January 27, 2015
HO InterMountain
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We have received a large shipment of InterMountain products: Covered Hoppers, Autoracks, Cabooses, and Locomotives, too many to list here.
They are all marked as "NEW" on the web page.
January 24, 2015
N Kato
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The Kato N-Scale Union Pacific Excursion Train models have arrived.
 UP Excursion Train UP Excursion Train Image from Kato

January 23, 2015
HO Rapido Trains
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Our final shipment of Rapido Trains HO Scale VIA F40PH-2D Locomotives has arrived.
These models include both
 VIA Delivery Scheme VIA Rail Canada - Delivery Scheme















 VIA Rail Canada - VIA Rail Canada - "Canada" Scheme





We have one non-sound ($ 250.00) VIA Rail "Canada" Scheme
and a good selection of sound equipped ($ 350.00) models in both paint schemes.
January 22, 2015
N Rapido Trains
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Some time ago Rapido Trains announced that the price of their new products would increase if the Canadian Dollar dropped too much.

Because of the current free-fall of the dollar the first price increases have been announced.

The Prices of the N-Scale GMD-1s have increased.
- From $ 159.00 to $ 173.29 for non-sound units.
- From $ 249.00 to $ 271.39 for Sound and DCC equipped units.
- From $ 169.00 to $ 184.19 for non-sound NAR models.
- From $ 259.00 to $ 282.29 for Sound and DCC NAR Models

We have models coming for all reservations and some store stock.
January 20, 2015
Magazines The 2015 issue of  Model Railroad Planning Model Railroad Planning has arrived.
The December 2014 issue of  Model Cars Model Cars magazine has arrived.
The Nov/Dec 2014 issue of  Ztrack Ztrack magazine has arrived.
January 16, 2015
HO Rapido Trains
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The first shipment of Rapido Trains HO Scale VIA F40PH-2D Locomotives have arrived.
These models include both
 VIA Delivery Scheme VIA Rail Canada - Delivery Scheme















 VIA Rail Canada - VIA Rail Canada - "Canada" Scheme





We have very few non-sound ($ 250.00) VIA Rail "Canada" Scheme
and a good selection of sound equipped ($ 350.00) models in both paint schemes.
We are expecting a few more models.
HO Atlas
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A second shipment of Atlas HO Scale NSC 5277 Plug Door Box Cars have arrived.  Atlas BCR Box car
Four repeat road numbers for British Columbia Railway.
Also a very few new road numbers.
All $ 43.98 Cdn$.
N Atlas
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The new Atlas C630a have arrived.

Available in  Atlas N-scale PGR C630 PGE Map Herald CNR

 Atlas N-Scale BC Rail C630 BC Rail R/W/B C630

 Atlas N-Scale CNR C630 CNR C603

DC - $ 129.98 or NCE DCC Equipped - $ 164.98.
January 10, 2015
Magazines The Jan/Feb 2015 issue of  O Scale Trains O Scale Trains has arrived.
The February 2015 issue of  Trains Trains magazine has arrived.
The February 2015 issue of  Classic Toy Trains Classic Toy Trains magazine has arrived.
Magazines The Feb 2015 issue of  Garden Railways Garden Railways has arrived.
The Jan/Feb 2015 issue of  Live Steam Live Steam magazine has arrived.
The February 2015 issue of  Model Railroader Model Railroader magazine has arrived.
Magazines The January 2015 issue of  Narrow Gauge Downunder Narrow Gauge Downunder has arrived.
The Feb 2015 issue of  Scale Auto Scale Auto magazine has arrived.
December 31, 2014
Magazines The December 2014 issue of  Great Northern Goat the Great Northern Goat the GNRHS magazine has arrived.
The January 2015 issue of  Railfan & Railroad Railfan & Railroad magazine has arrived.
The January 2015 issue of  Model Railroad News Model Railroad News magazine has arrived.
Magazines The Feb/Mar 2015 issue of  O Gauge Railroading O Gauge Railroading magazine has arrived.
The January 2015 issue of  Railroad Model Craftsman Railroad Model Craftsman magazine has arrived.
December 29, 2014
Magazines The January 2015 issue of  Branchline Branchline magazine has arrived.
December 20, 2014
Book We now have the new Kalmbach book  Model Railroads go to War Model Railroads go to War. $ 23.35
Books CNRHA
We have received a restock of the Canadian National Railway Historical Association book  CNRHA Vol two
Diesels Canadian National Railways Diesels Vol 2. The Road Switcher: From Steam's Final Decade to Privatization.

We have also acquired a very few copies of Volume one.
$ 54.95 Cdn$.
December 19, 2014
Magazines The November-December 2014 issue of  Canadian Rail Canadian Rail magazine has arrived.
December 15, 2014
Magazines The January 2015 issue of  WCRA News WCRA News has arrived.
The Nov/Dec 2014 issue of  Canadian Railway Modeller Canadian Railway Modeller magazine has arrived.
December 13, 2014
Magazines The Jan/Feb 2015 issue of  N Scale Railroading N Scale Rail magazine has arrived..
Issue 427, December 2014, the Last Issue of  Railroads Illustrated Railroads Illustrated has arrived. Railroads Illustrated started as CTC board back in April 1970. White River Publications (WRP) took over CTC Board from Hundman Publications and rebranded it Railroads Illustrated.
This magazine is being rolled into an expanded Railfan & Railroad.
There will be a Railroads Illustrated Annual in fall 2015.
HO Athearn HO Scale
The Athearn Genesis GP9s with Canadian Details have arrived.
Currently three paint schemes:
  • CPR Maroon and Grey Script Passenger Version.

    • Canadian Pacific - Maroon & Grey Script, Rd# 8503
    • Canadian Pacific - Maroon & Grey Script, Rd# 8514
    • Canadian Pacific - Maroon & Grey Script, Rd# 8518
    • Canadian Pacific - Maroon & Grey Script, Rd# 8521
     Canadian Pacific -
Maroon & Grey


  • CP Rail Freight Version

    • CP Rail, Rd# 8628
    • CP Rail, Rd# 8633
    • CP Rail, Rd# 8656
    • CP Rail, Rd# 8670
     CP Rail

  • CNR Stripes

    • Canadian National - Stripes, Rd# 4401
    • Canadian National - Stripes, Rd# 4411
    • Canadian National - Stripes, Rd# 4417
    • Canadian National - Stripes, Rd# 4493
     Canadian National - Stripes

Details specific to each model.
DC ($ 222.50 CDN$) and DCC ( $ 339.95 CDN$) and Tsunami Sound Versions.
HO BRASS
The Brass pages are reorganized. I suspect that I may have to break the US models out into their own page(s) soon.
We have Brass Models in the following Scales and Road Names:
HO Scale Canadian Pacific Railway Brass Models HO Scale Canadian National Railway Brass Models HO Scale Other Railways Other Scales
Canadian Pacific Railway - Steam Era Canadian National Railway - Steam Era Miscellaneous Models N-Scale Brass
Canadian Pacific Railway - M&G Diesel Era Canadian National Railway - 1954 Scheme PGE/BCR/BC Rail S-Scale Brass
CP Rail Era Canadian National Railway - 61 Scheme Narrow Gauge O Scale Brass
Canadian Pacific Railway - Modern Canadian National Railway - Modern Logging Equipment
US Railroads
New models being tested Odds - N - Ends
December 10, 2014
HO Rapido Trains
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The second run of Rapido Trains Gondolas have arrived.
This run includes:
One set of CPR Block Lettering.
Two sets of CP Rail
One set of TH&B
One set of CNR as delivered.
One set of CN modern.
We have a small amount of store stock.
$ 44.98 Cdn$
HO BRASS
The Brass pages were getting a bit congested so they have been reorganized.
Still to come is breaking the O-Scale models out to their own page to allow for models that are coming.
December 6, 2014
Magazines The Jan/Feb 2015 issue of  N Scale Railroading N Scale Railroading has arrived. It has an article on a local layout.
The Fall 2014 issue of  Railroad Explorer Railroad Explorer has arrived.
The December 2014 issue of  Model Railroad News Model Railroad News has arrived.
Magazines The November 2014 issue of  Model Cars Model Cars has arrived.
Issue 2014-4 of  Passenger Train Journal Passenger Train Journal has arrived.
The January 2015 issue of  Model Railroader Model Railroader has arrived.
Magazines The January 2015 issue of  Classic Toy Trains Classic Toy Trains has arrived..
The Nov/Dec 2014 issue of  Narrow Gauge and Shortline Gazette Narrow Gauge and Shortline Gazette has arrived.
The January 2015 issue of  Trains Trains has arrived.
Magazines The January/February 2015 issue of  Steam in The Garden Steam in the Garden has arrived..
The January 2015 issue of  O Gauge Railroading O Gauge Railroading has arrived.
December 4, 2014
Magazines The Autumn 2014 issue of  The Sandhouse The Sandhouse has arrived.
HO BRASS
The last of the XS-0xx brass collection is now on the web site.

Time to start on the next collection.
December 3, 2014
Magazines Issue 17-3 of  CN Lines CN Lines magazine has arrived.
December 2, 2014
Magazines The December 2014 issue of  Branchline Branchline magazine has arrived.

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