NEWS AND UPDATES
Supreme Court Ruling Online Sales Tax Collection
As of this week the US Supreme Court has
opened the door that will allow states to collect sales
tax on all online purchases from one state to another.
Nothing is in place at this point and the only sales tax
we collect is for orders being shipped to a South
Carolina address. There is a fixed sales tax amount for
most of the state but we have to collected high tax
rates for Spartanburg and Charleston at this point. For
a small one more operation, this is a cumbersome task
even at this point since we do ship a lot to those
For small online operations like BRH and most online
hobby stores will most likely have issues with this. At
this point there is no software available that we are
aware of that will make this easier to deal with. Since
we ship to every state this could mean that every
quarter we would need to send out checks to each
state, maybe even counties and cities. A daunting task
for this small operation. This could mean at minimum an
additional 50 checks each quarter to each state adding
additional cost of operation the business to be higher.
Not sure how this is all going to work out so we will
keep you all posted.
July 4th approaches
ordering over the next two weeks please keep in mind the
BRH holiday schedule.
The week of 06/25/18 BRH shipping and phones will
only be open on 06/27 Wednesday and 06/29 Thursday. We
will be closed on Friday 06/29 and the following week
for July 4th. Back in full operation Thursday July
5th. So order accordingly if you need something for the
pre July 4th holiday weekend, please have your order
placed no later than Monday 06/25 by 6am. Orders after
that will not ship to you until Thursday 07/05 due to
our scheduled days off and the Fedex and USPS shipping
schedules and their days off July 4th week.
NEWS AND UPDATES
will be gone both Wednesday 06/20 and Thursday 06/21 to
attend advertising and marketing meetings in Orlando but
this should not impact order processing time.
New Search Engine And Shopping Cart
should begin testing of the new search engine and
shopping cart within 2 weeks!
For those our you frustrated by our current Microsoft
based search engine I understand. However, over the last
13 years we have searched and searched in our very
limited free time, viable online and out of the box
solutions. So, I designed the new system that should be
very very easy to use, providing you have input good
information. It will still be based on the Walthers.com
(our main wholesaler) but will allow you to search by
alternate item or part numbers.
For example Atlas Code 83 flex track is item number
150-500 but some other wholesalers and some of our
competition list this item as ATL-500. The new search
will access the same item no matter which item number
Miniature World Of Trains(TM)
Things continue to move forward on the land purchase
for the new, permanent Miniature World Of Trains
location. The location has some infrastructure issues
but we are working through them. We have confirmed so
far the availability of electricity at the location.
Internet is not available but can be added at a very
high cost. I am working on the options for phone and
internet. Still awaiting confirmation of gas, water and
sewer availability as well but I should have this info
within the next two weeks.
Phase I rough draft of the proposed building for MWOT(TM)
is been submitted as well. The first phase display area
is about 10,000sf as currently envisioned! Plus retail
and another the new Christmas Model Train Display(TM).
NEWS AND UPDATES
Missed last weeks update since I have been
revamping the retail store so my apologies.
Miniature World of Trains
of the other reason's there was no update last week is
the fact I have been working on the reboot of the
www.MiniatureWorldofTrains.com website as well as
working on the purchase of the land for the new
location. We have been spending a lot of time working
with SCDOT about the revamping of an intersection at the
entrance to the property as well as the internet service
provider for the location.
I still cannot divulge the location at this time but you
all will be some of the first people to know where the
deal is completed for the location! I think you will all
These things take time but currently it is slow time of
year at BRH so we get as much done as possible.
Remember, I am putting together a new team of volunteers
from around the world to help build models for PHASE I
of the museum / attraction. So, if you are interested in
helping in any capacity please to to our the website
and volunteer. There is a link on the home page!
BRH Sales For May
Sales for May 2018 vs 2017 where dead even. The
problem is lack of product availability as we have
discussed over the last couple of updates. But my
understanding is that there is a lot of product 'on the
water' as the manufacturers like to say. So look for
more and more items to stand to become back in stock.
So, think ahead for the fall and winter building season
as I do not think there will be an overwhelming amount
of availability for some of the staples!
Pre order if an item is an advance reservation or a back
order and get 'ahead of the game'!
New Search Engine and Shopping Cart
The new search engine and shopping cart are moving
along nicely. We are testing internally about 38,000
items of the 125,000 items in our database. We will
begin Beta testing with live customers very very soon!
Sales and More Sales
Don't forget about the ongoing online sales:
Big Hot Summer Sale Our monthly with over 3,500
discounted items. Sale ends 06/17/18
Deal Of The Day featuring Woodland Scenics Items. Sale ends Monday
06/11/18 at 6am
WOW! What A Deal featuring all Peco Items.
Sale ends Saturday 06/15/18 6am
Deal Of The Week
featuring Kato products. Sale ends 06/14/18 6am
Warehouse Sales. Great Deals from our suppliers
warehouse. Sale ends Wednesday 06/03/18 6am
Weekly Sale. New Items added this week!
Upcoming Pre Order
June 12: Atlas
June 22: Bluford Shops Preorders
June 29: Bowser Preorders
June 30: Intermountain Preorders
June 30: Trainworx Preorders
June 30: Walthers June Preorders
Changes Changes And More Changes
Grandt Line (ID 300-) has been as we have announced
several months ago but the product line has been
purchased by another company so look for their return
sometime in the future. So thing hold true for Walthers
Shinohara (ID 948-) but to date no one has purchased the
rights to keep making the track. Time will tell.
Walthers has just received a new batch of the track so
it if need it get it purchased now as it will sell out
quickly. Also, AIM (ID 110-) is now owned by Monroe
Models (ID 495-). So most of the AIM product numbers
translate to Monroe so just replace the 110- to 495-.
We have stopped
updating the MTH-Railking images since we do not sell
very much of there product since, to be honest, they are
not creating a lot of items that are available for sale!
It has been this way for a long long time.
There will be a price increase on Tomar and Woodland
Scenics products starting July 1st so get your orders in
Bowser is about 6 to 8 months behind on delivering on
product. So please be patient.
Rumor has it that Midwest (ID-472) is having production
issues. Let's hope that is not the case since they are
the only ones that are producing cork roadbed at a great
price. I will keep an eye on this and let you know. For
now, we have a good stock of the cork in the retail
New Bachmann HO Sound and DCC-Equipped 2-8-0s Now
Based on the burly workhorses used by railroads across
the continent, the Bachmann 2-8-0 Consolidation with
sound and DCC will be a favorite freight locomotive for
many of you with HO railroads. This model features the
SoundTraxx(R) Sound Value package that includes
prototypical chuff, short and long whistles, bell, air
pump, steam release and blower - all in 16- bit
polyphonic sound. This 2-8-0 Consolidation features a
completely hidden drive train, detailed cab interior,
numerous applied details, metal valve gear, crew
headlight and E-Z Mate(R) Mark II knuckle couplers. With
good looks and solid performance it is an ideal engine
to offer all your needs. Models are currently shipping,
so order now!
and 1960s HO Autos from Oxford Now Available
Oxford Diecast HO vehicles feature die cast metal bodies
complete with window glazing, interior seats and
realistic decoration. They're great for adding detail to
your steam and early diesel-era street scenes. New
1961 Chevy Impala Convertibles, 1950 Oldsmobile Rocket
88s and 1959 Pontiac Bonnevilles are in
stock - order before they hit the road!
NEWS AND UPDATES
As of today we are all caught up with shipments
including all back orders that have been received at
So, with that said, I am feeling better and look
forward to a cold free week next week. However, the
shipping schedule will be off a bit next week due to
Fedex Deliveries not occurring on Monday. This
automatically will out me a day behind so please keep
that in mind!
On The Retail Storefront
I had planned on getting the new items added to the
shelves today but found myself with a very very busy day
in the retail store for most of the day! Which is
a good thing! Please keep in mind that the return of the
N Scale products is still in the works as I receive in
the new product. New HO scale items are arriving as well
with O scale being planned for a full restock in the
New Search Engine And Shopping Cart
think within the next two weeks BRH will start testing
the new search engine and shopping cart which we hope to
go live for everyone after July 4th! Earlier testing
looks great so far! I will be asking our Track Crew
members to help with the BETA Test ASAP.
Walthers 2019 HO, N and Z Reference Book
This will be available for pre-order starting
on Tuesday. MSRP is $17.98 but I will not know the
BRH pre order advance reservation price until Tuesday!
Item number is 913-219P
Orders Due Dates
May 31: Trainworx Preorders
May 31: Walthers Preorders
June 8: Bowser Preorders
June 12: Atlas Preorders
HAVE A GREAT HOLIDAY WEEKEND!