2 DAYS ONLY
FRIDAY NOVEMBER 13th and  SATURDAY NOVEMBER 14th
From 11am to 4pm
NO APPOINTMENT NEEDED

SAVE AN ADDITIONAL 10% OFF OUR ALREADY LOW
IN STORE PRICES.

ALL ITEMS ARE NEW  IN BOX AND WARRANTED
DOES NOT INCLUDE BLUE TAG, RED DOT, LIONEL AND KADEE ITEMS
CASH ONLY SALES PLEASE!
Additional Fee For Credit or Debit Card Use
CELEBRATING OUR 16th YEAR OF LOW PRICES AND GREAT SERVICE
ON LINE AND 16 YEARS ON FANTASTIC RETAIL STORE PRICING!

 

 

 



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FROM BEHIND THE COUNTER

NEWS AND UPDATES

11/01/20

News Bits

 - Rapido announced this past week it is running a little short staffed and delays can be expected. No reason given

- BRH retail store inventory should be complete this weekend in preparation for the BIG Retail Store Anniversary sale November 13th and 14th

- Peco restock expected at the Milwaukee Warehouse 11/10.

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10/25/20

Blue Ridge Hobbies Open House

Coming On Friday November 13th and Saturday November 14th from 11am to 4pm
BRH will hold an open house to celebrate the retail stores 16th Anniversary.

No appointment is needed.

Get an additional 10% off our low retail store prices.

All items are new in box and warranted!

CASH ONLY PLEASE!
Additional Fee For Credit or Debit Card Use

Discount excludes Lionel and Kadee products

USPS Slow!

If you already have not heard on the national news, the USPS is experiencing high volumes of mail in their system due to the high volume of internet orders, but all of the political mail (voting and informational flyers) are bogging down the system. Our local route driver is working 12 hour days at this point. Deliveries and pickups are delayed about 2 to 3 hours at this time. So again, please be patient

Upcoming Order Deadlines

October 31: Intermountain Preorders
October 31: Micro-Trains Preorders
October 31: Trainworx Preorders
October 31: Walthers Preorders
November 15: Bowser Preorders
November 27: Bowser Preorders
November 30: Walthers Preorders
Kato Product Update

Kato Updates Unitrack Items

From Kato:

I wanted to inform you that Kato will be discontinuing, effective immediately, the following two HO UNITRACK items -

381-2850 – HO UNITRACK #4 Electric Turnout, Left
381-2851 – HO UNITRACK #4 Electric Turnout, Right

We will fulfill what backorders we can from our remaining inventory, and they will be replaced with newer versions next year but for the time being, these items will be no longer available.

Additionally, since this set uses these turnouts, we will also be temporarily discontinuing the following HO Track Set:

381-30680 – Black River Junction Unitrack Layout Plan Set

Once a replacement equivalent turnout is released next year, we will be re-introducing the Black River Junction, but until then we will not be able to fill orders for this track set.

Please note that while these turnouts are no longer available, we still have other turnouts such as the 381-2840, 381-841, 381-2860, 381-861, 381-862, and 381-863. These will continue to be available as-is.

Bowser Announces New HO Hoppers, Boxcars and PCC Streetcars

If your an HO Scale modeler you will be eager to add variety to your freight trains with the cars announced by Bowser. 13 new road names are coming on the 40' Single-Door Steel Boxcars; new schemes include
two popular "Blue Coal" schemes and colorful D&H, CB&Q and GN cars. 12 new road names are scheduled for the 100-Ton 3-Bay Hoppers including BNSF cars with the early circle/cross logo, colorful W&LE and SBD cars. All cars are available in three road numbers per road name and feature metal wheels and magneticknuckle couplers. Finally, the Kansas City-Style Post-War PCC Streetcar has been re-announced. These cars feature bodies without standee windows and will be available with or without LokSound and DCC. Check out the link and make sure to order soon!

  CLICK HERE TO ORDER THE PCC STREET CARS 

  CLICK HERE TO ORDER THE ALL BOXCARS 

Busch Action Sets add Scenes to HO Layouts

Busch HO Scale Action Sets are perfect for those of you looking to create interesting scenes on their layouts quickly. Easy-to-add
scenes are designed for easy placement. Each Action Set includes elements such as a fully assembled vehicle, plus scenery details,
accessories and/or figures. You can arrange the parts on their layout to add interest to their scenes!

  CLICK HERE TO ORDER THE ACTION SCENES 

New Rapido Trains HO Flexi-Flo Hoppers Now Shipping

These unique, highly detailed models have been well received by modelers. Featuring an unusual body and long end platforms, the
cars were popular for powdered materials like cement and flour because of their pneumatic unloading feature. The Rapido models
feature road name-appropriate bodies, applied details, fine decoration, metal wheelsets and magnetic knuckle couplers.
They're available in six-packs with six road numbers per scheme.
They're selling fast, so order now for best selection

  CLICK HERE TO ORDER THE FLEXI-FLO HOPPERS 


10/18/20

Retail Store Anniversary

In three weeks we celebrate our 15th year at the retail store!

It all started in a 1,200sf retail store with a small shipping department and a small retail shopping area 15 years ago.
Back then we had a couple of thousand items in the retail store and 130,000 items listed on our website with about 90,000 that where available to order and get to the retail store in 3 business days.

At that time there where 4 local hobby shops that you could by model railroad items with BRH being the only discount store in the Greenville, SC area. Today, we are the only model train store in the region!

Back in the beginning, business exploded and within two years we had to move into a larger, 5,000sf store across the street. There was a need to expand since the online business and retail store traffic increased to the level that the fire marshal said we could not operate in an over crowded store.

So from 2008 until 2012 we operated, very successfully during the "Great Recession" until we could no longer get enough product to stock the retail store! Product availability went from 90,000 items daily to 60,000. Factories closed and manufacturers started to disappear!

The decision was made to shrink the retail store size to 2,400sf so we moved across the street back to the original strip center where started in. Retail was reduced to 1,200sf from 2,400sf and shipping was increased to 1,200sf. Then as product availability dwindled, retail was reduced again and some space was leased by the Miniature World of Trains before they moved downtown.

By 2015 daily available products from the manufacturers was reduced to about 45,000 items so again BRH shrank down to a 1,200sf location. Half retail store and half shipping.

At this time BRH retail has basically become part of the shipping department as a 'pick' area for the staples of track and scenery items with some rolling stock in HO scale. We longer offer N Scale in the store and we have some Lionel Track items. Everything else that is in stock is ordered in and arrives within 3 to 4 business days with the current state of delivery times to BRH.

Going from a very busy retail store from 2005 until 2012 with 5 employees and some volunteers to just myself and one volunteer that helps when he can these days and with most local customers ordering online, store visits where down , thus I changed how we operate the in store visitations back in March.

Currently the retail store sales are virtually non existent and has been trending this way for several years thus our current operational situation. The current level of online sales is at the level of when BRH operated with 5 employees that Ed and I currently are processing. So the two of us are doing the work of 5 employees and volunteers from 10 years ago.

While many local hobby shops are closing, BRH continues to thrive. I have no plans to close as of this update as long as 'things' remain at the same level of sales at the minimum.

Ed and I plan on an open house on a Friday and Saturday sometime in November. I will announce the date two weeks ahead of the date. You can just show up! No visitation request will be needed.

Thanks for all of the support over the years!

Surprised!

Last week on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday I offered the BRH version of Amazon Prime Day with the Primer Movers coupon code. To my shock and surprise, while orders came in, not very many people took advantage and used the coupon to save an additional 3% on items.

With the wide open non restrictive coupon code anyone could have used it to save an additional 3% off in stock and back order / advance reservations as well as already on sale items. This could have made your end cost 3% to up to 20% off the regular prices. And Track Crew Members would have saved an additional 2% on top of that!

Not sure why people did not take advantage, but we can not force people to use the coupon and we can not make it automatic either like we do with the Deal of the Day, weekly and monthly sale nor can we apply the coupon retroactively to orders.

I still contend BRH offers the overall best pricing in the model railroad hobby!

Warehouse Product Restocks

Peco, Trainworx, Classic Metal Works, Busch and Preiser. just to name 4 manufacturers that have been partially restocked at the Milwaukee Warehouse.

Once the items arrive at BRH they will be sorted and shipped ASAP!


USPS Delivery Slow

I was informed by our local route driver that deliveries are slow currently due to the large amount of political mailer currently being sent. This should continue for the next 3 weeks so do not be surprised if your order shipment takes an extra day.

Fedex Drops The Ball...Again!

Friday's delivery came late in the day around 2:30pm. Normally the delivery is somewhere between 9:30 am and 11am each day. This will delay the shipment of the Tuesday 6am to Wednesday 6am orders until Monday. Also, the Fedex Ground outbound shipments where not picked up on Friday. This means they will not leave now until Monday as well.

We do our best to offer quick and timely shipping as well as great customer service, but we can only offer the best service when we get the best service. Currently that is not occurring from Fedex.

Altas Product Change Announcement

There is an update for the "HO & N Ford® LNT 9000 Tractor Cabs announced in the Atlas All Scales “Beer” Catalog.
As a result of a licensing limitation", Atlas "can no longer offer the tractor cabs painted in beer schemes. In lieu of the announced tractor cabs, we are offering tractor cabs painted to match the beer brands along with separate scale decals featuring the beer brand logos."

I asked for a clarification from Atlas management and I was told "Ford will not license anything to do with alcohol so we had to do labels separately."

I asked if the vehicles being processed with a label to be applied by the customers? The answer was yes!

So, if you have ordered these vehicles, please be aware of this situation.

Chooch Enterprises Sold!

Mike O'Connell announced on Friday that after 45 years and after announcing his retirement earlier this year, he has sold his company to William K Walthers effective Oct 1st.

This is great news as Chooch products are one of the best selling line of products that BRH sells. Hopefully there will not a transitional hiccups for manufacturing and product availability as we move forward.

Walthers stated: Wm. K. Walthers, Inc. is proud to announce that we have purchased Chooch Enterprises and that Chooch is now a member of the Walthers family of products!

The product line has found a great home with Walthers; as a significant distributor of the Chooch line, Walthers is uniquely poised to take on ownership of the portfolio and put the energy of the Walthers brand behind it bringing these exceptional products forward. Walthers will continue to market and sell product under the Chooch name. We appreciate and value the creativity of Mike O'Connnell and wish him well in retirement. Additional details will be coming in the days and weeks ahead. Be assured that Walthers will continue to fulfill your product
orders as quickly and seamlessly as possible. As always if you have any questions please reach out to your rep directly. Thank you for your continued support of the Walthers family of brands.

Upcoming Order Deadlines

October 31: Intermountain Preorders
October 31: Micro-Trains Preorders
October 31: Trainworx Preorders
October 31: Walthers Preorders

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