NEWS AND UPDATES
The news from Trainfest in Milwaukee
is good on one hand and bad on another. While attendance
was good at the show and people where buying product
from vendors, there was not much good news from what
we can tell on the manufacturing side of the hobby. So
that means delays with product announcements and product
deliveries to customers like BRH and yourself will
likely continue with no immediate relief in site.
For BRH, this is not a good thing since I need to keep
the lights on and pay the rent. To do that I need product to sell you, our
customers. Unfortunately, this is not occurring and I
have a long list of advance reservations and back orders
still pending that will not be arriving anytime soon.
Manufacturers are so far behind in delivering product it
is beyond laughable at this point. Three cases in point.
We are now receiving Christmas 2017 items from Lionel! I
guess the 2018 Christmas items will not arrive this
year, Walthers 2019 Reference Book still has just
arrived Friday 11/15 and was 45 days late and finally the Walthers Trainline starter train sets have been out of stock
for a long time and have missed the September arrival
date by almost 60 days.
These are just a few of the products we can not get to
sell to you.
So, I hate to be the bearer of bad news, as I have been
saying for 8 years now. If you see listed on line or in
the store as available, it would be best to buy it.
Place the advance reservation or back order so you will
be in line to get what you need in the future.
Thanksgiving Retail Store and Phone Hours
always, I continue to process your orders during holiday
and vacation times.
However, the retail store is closed during these
periods so shipping does not occur.
During the Thanksgiving weekend customers have not
visited the BRH retail store in the past on Black Friday and the Saturday
after that so we opt to close the retail store to
concentrate on all of the internet orders that come in
that weekend. This is a very very busy internet
Here is the Thanksgiving Holiday Weekend Retail Store
Wednesday 11/21 10am to 2pm
Thursday (Thanksgiving) 11/22 CLOSED
Friday 11/23 CLOSED
Saturday 11/24 CLOSED
Sunday 11/25 CLOSED
Monday 11/26 CLOSED
BRH online is open 24/7/365!
I have not heard from Digitrax since Zana does not
return my calls, respond to emails or certified mail.
Due the Hurricane Michael over a month ago it seems that
they have closed since it has been 30 days since their
last email update on October 15th:
"We are so thankful that
our team survived Hurricane Michael and for the support
of our amazing community and first responders. It has
been a humbling experience for all of us. Unfortunately,
due to the severity of the destruction caused by the
storm, our main building has sustained substantial
No other information has been forthcoming.
Blue Ridge Hobbies November Sales MTD
Over the years I have been complaining about the lack of
product to sell. Out of 122,000 products about 84,000
are currently listed as advance reservation or back
order leaving only about 38,000 items to sell to you
everyday. Our best year of sales was in 2010 when we had
around 90,000 items each day to sell.
So, needless to say, without product to sell, it is very
hard to turn a profit. Don't get me wrong, but the
profit is down by half. In fact by 48% compared to 2010
for the same point in the year. The lowest sales year to
date November was 2013 when sales where down
76% from 2010.
So, at this point we are on the upswing with MTD sales
from 2015 vs 2018 up 49% and 2017 vs 2018 up 13%.
So, the signs are good. But not good enough at this
From InterMountain Railway
With the reduction and ultimate
discontinuing of our product flow from our sole
supplier, 2018 has been a very difficult year for
InterMountain. But things are looking up! We have
established relationships with four new suppliers and
2019 looks much brighter. We have received our first
pre-production samples, which were shown at TrainFest,
and there are many more items coming soon. We expect our
first production within the next few weeks with much
more to come. Working with multiple suppliers we expect
to have a more consistent flow of products during the
2019 and for years to come.
Walthers Trainline HO Train Sets In Stock At The Retail
The best holiday gift of all is a train set under the
tree! Perfect for generating sales during the holiday
WalthersTrainline Ready-For-Fun train sets are on the
way now. These sets are of good quality and are a
gift. Sets areavailable decorated for Santa Fe, Canadian
Pacific and CSX. There are compatible with add-on cars,
track. Order today while supplies last!
November 30: Intermountain Preorders
November 30: Walthers Preorders
December 7: Bowser Preorders
Limited HO GE AC6000s Announced and Selling Fast!
We're now accepting pre orders for the latest paint
schemes on the GE AC6000s. Equipped with modeler-
favorite Paragon3 sound and DCC, plus a built-in smoke
unit, these feature-packed diesels will be big sellers
this holiday season. New schemes include a CP, UP, CSX,
GE Demonstrator and a fantasy SP Daylight scheme.
They're expected next month, so order now and get them
at a great BRH price!
Chooch Flexible Steel Cribbing is Newest Addition to
Flexible Scenery Sheet Line
Chooch flexible wall sheets come in a wide variety of
textures modelers in N, HO and O Scales can use to add
retaining walls to less-than-straight areas on your
layout. Hand cast in super-detailed flexible vinyl,
they're easy to install. Each wall comes with a peel and
stick permanent adhesive which adheres to almost any
clean surface. Thin vinyl material is easy to cut with a
No. 11 blade or scissors. Walls come painted in a base
wash of color
and can be further enhanced using Chooch weathering
paints or other hobby acrylic colors. The latest arrival
in the flexible wall lineup is Steel Cribbing for use as
sea walls or along waterways.
New Fox Valley Models
Milwaukee Road HO & N Transfer Cabooses
Based on transfer cabooses built atop the frames of
retired steam locomotive tenders the Fox Valley Models
Milwaukee Road Transfer Caboose is a favorite with HO
and N modelers. New paint scheme variations and road
numbers are now available. dealers. These cars typically
sell out fast - don't miss out on these!
NEWS AND UPDATES
those of you that where not aware, I was on vacation for
3 weeks for a vacation. Normally we do not take this
long a vacation but there was only one opportunity to
access one part of the trip on these dates.
We where off to see Mickey Mouse in California, the San
Diego Model Railroad Museum (Thanks to BRH customer and
SDMRR member Don Rogers for setting up a back stage tour
of the museum for us!) and the USS Midway before
boarding a two week cruise from San Diego through the
Panama Canals new lock system and then back to the USA
arriving in Galveston on 11/2.
During this trip the retail store was closed
unfortunately since, unlike years past when I took a
vacation, there where no volunteers or employees to keep
the store open to process orders for shipping and be
available for local customers to visit. However, I
continued to work all orders sent via the internet so
that they where processed and ship to the Fedex terminal
here in Greenville and held until I returned to the
store to process the orders for shipping on Monday.
There where some technical issues while on board the
cruise ship with internet access. There was damage to
the satellite connection as the ship avoid went
around the hurricane that was just off the coast near
Puerto Vallarta. This did slow the process down a bit as
the connection, when available, was slow and cumbersome.
However all orders where sent in to be filled.
Unfortunately, with the internet issues on board, I
could not update the database of products or respond to
emails. So, my apologies for those of you that sent
All orders have been processed and shipped as of this
So we are back to our normal shipping schedule until
Thanksgiving when it will be off a bit due to delivery
schedules with Fedex being closed on Thanksgiving.
New Retail Store and Phone Hours
New Hours through the holiday season
Tuesday 10am to 2pm
Wednesday 10am to 2pm
Thursday 10am to 2pm
Friday 10am to 2pm
Saturday 9am to 12pm
Walthers 2019 Reference Book
For those of you waiting on this item my apologies.
Normally we have it by the end of September but there
has been an unknown delay. First to 10/10 and then to
yesterday. As of this update it did not ship yesterday
and was supposed to ship today but as of right now we do
not see any Fedex tracking numbers so we do not know if
they will arrive next week. We will keep you all
informed as we have more info.
Product availability is still an issue with
low inventories at the manufacturer and wholesaler
level. BRH has brought in as much product as we can fit
in the store, however retail store and internet sales
have increased as well. So we are selling more and more
product. There is a possibility that we could start to
see product shortages as we approach the holidays so if
you need something, the best thing to do is plan ahead
and order today or back order as needed.
Locomotives and rolling stock are selling out at the pre
order advance reservation stage, so if you see something
you may want, place the advance reservation so I can get
you in line for the products you want.
also understand that at Trainfest this weekend some
Chinese manufacturers will be meeting with some model
railroad companies to discuss the current lack of
product. Unfortunately, even if the decide to increase
production levels, that will still take a least a
year to bring that product to the stores!
Current Sales Now Running Online At BRH
Time Change Sale - 3,000 Items On Sale Save Up
To 95% Off MSRP - Sale Ends 11/19/18
Deal of the Day - All In Stock JTT Scenery on sale until
Walters Weekly Sale New Items Have
November 30: Intermountain Preorders
November 30: Walthers Preorders
December 7: Bowser Preorders
New WalthersProto 55' Evans 4780 Cubic Foot 3-Bay
Covered Hoppers Now Shipping
The latest round of WalthersProto 55' Evans 4780 Covered
Hoppers will appeal to customers looking for detailed
cars to add to your diesel-era grain handling consists.
Since the 1960s covered hoppers have been the most
common cars for grain loading. You will love these
big cars because they often wear colorful
schemes like those in this release. Available in up to
four road numbers per scheme.
These are quick sellers, so don't miss out!
New WalthersMainline HO Boxcars
You will love WalthersMainline HO Scale boxcars and the
latest arrivals of 50' FGE Insulated Boxcars and 50' ACF
Exterior-Post Boxcar. Several schemes are already sold
out and others are moving fast. These cars are great for
those of you who want to build their 1970s-and later-car
fleets. They're perfect for use with the
latest Cornerstone modern industrial park structures
Order now before they're gone.
New Horizontal-Mount Switch Machine Joins
Walthers Layout Control System
Easy turnout control for HO, N, Z, S, and O Scales is
important for building your layout. The new
Horizontal-Mount Switch Machine offers a second mounting
option - perfect for multi-deck layouts where vertical
space is at a premium (such as under the top level), or
for situations where bench work supports interfere with
vertical turnout motor placement. Like the
Vertical-Mount Switch Machine, this product is designed
for use on DC and DCC layouts and includes a built-in
DCC decoder at a lower price than other decoder-equipped
They're in-stock now for ongoing modeling-season
projects, so order this staple now!
Synchro Sound for DCC Provides Layout-Based Sound
Stationary Synchro Sound from Model Rectifier Corp. will
bring railroads in any scale to life with realistic
layout-based diesel sounds for non-sound DCC decoders.
Easy to set up and compatible with nearly every DCC
numerous programming features are available including,
bells and four types of synchronized diesel prime mover
sounds: EMD645E, EMD567, ALCO244 and EMD710. The
Stationary Synchro Sound gets an address just like a
regular decoder, but the included speaker is mounted
under or near the layout instead of in a locomotive.
Order Con-Cor HO & N
Christmas Cars Now!
Christmas cars in any scale are popular as gifts and
Con-Cor models are no exception. This year two cars are
available as HO 40' Plug-Door and N 50' Plug-Door
Boxcars. The 2018 Rudolph car features the
red-nosed reindeer as the final car in the Con-Cor
series of reindeer cars. The 2018 Santa and Sleigh car
for use on its own or for hauling behind previous Con-Cor
Christmas cars. All feature graphics printed on a white
car with red ends and roof, and the cars have
appropriate trucks and magnetic knuckle couplers.
NEWS AND UPDATES
New Search Engine & Shopping Cart
The new search engine and shopping
cart are about 99% complete. There are still some
cosmetic changes the will have to be done and those
will happen over time.
New feature that has been added to the search is the
ability to search for only in stock items. The
shopping cart reverts back to the old Cart32 systems
we had used for 14 years since the developer we
hired and have since fired, could not get the job
done in developing a version of the Cart32 shopping
You can also search for order status and shopping
cart again from our home page links. Orders
beginning with 18 are not accessible as this was the
no longer in exsistance shopping cart.
Hurricane Micahel Moving In Overnight
Over night 10/11 Hurricane Michael will be moving
into our area with 40mph sustained winds and up to
3" of rain. We are hoping that this will not affect
the arrival of the Thursday morning and Friday
morning orders. But rest assured, all orders that we
receive from the wholesalers and manufacturers will
be processed before we leave on Friday 10/12!