NEWS AND UPDATES
Fall Vacation Week
As we do each year we take a
week off just before we get into the 4th and busiest
quarter of the year!
So vacation will be from 09/24 returning to BRH 10/04.
As we do most years we are off to Walt Disney World for
the 50th Anniversary on October 1st. We been going to
WDW on an off for the last 46 years! More often over the
last 20 years since we moved closer to the mouse!
As with every vacation we still process your online
orders each day. The only difference is that from there
will be no shipping from 09/24 until 10/04!
As we do when we are in vacation we do out best to
monitor voicemails and emails and try to answer
questions as they come up! Online orders will be
processed daily in the morning and late evening with no
delays as long as we have internet access which should
not be an issue.
Returns And Order Cancellations
Just as a reminder, if you need to return any item(s)
or cancel an order, back order or advance reservations
YOU WILL NEED TO CALL BRH AND SPEAK WITH A BRH CUSTOMER
Per store policy, if you email your request will not be
processed. If you just blindly send an item or
items to BRH without and RMA (Return Merchandise
Number), OXL (Order Cancellation Number) or XLN (Item
Cancellation Number) it will not be processed!
See store policy for specific details and costs, if any.
Another month of slower sales!
Sales down 28.5% from August 2020 which was a very
The last 30 Days show lower amounts of product to
New Customer Up 15%, Returning Customers Up 143%,
Average Daily Receipts Up 40%. So BRH is processing a
lot of orders for a lot of customers but smaller orders.
Receipt totals Down 20% and Items Per Receipt Down 22%
So far sales for September is tracking up over the last
several months and 2020 even with the lack of product
Changes At Blue Ridge Hobbies
In case you haven't noticed, the BRH Product Search
Page is no only featuring In Stock Items only. No more
advance reservations at this time. It is taking many of
the manufacturers years and years to fill order so BRH
has decided not to take advance reservations any longer.
The lack of product and product production by the
manufacturers since the closing of the
in China over 10 years ago now has deeply effected the
hobby. The hobby has yet to recover from that closing!
Also, some you may have noticed that our retail store
directory advertising has stopped with the current issue
for Model Railroad. Their just has not been hardly any customer
traffic coming to BRH from that advertisement that BRH
has been running for 17 years in MR or Model Railroad News! Most of our sales come
from internet searches and referrals.
Prices Continue To Go Up!
Wheels of Time
Wheels of Time manufactures authentically detailed
scaled model trains, vehicles and related accessories.
History in your hands.
Price Adjustment for Wheels of Time HO scale Flatcars.
Due to a radical increase in ocean shipping cost from
our factory, unfortunately we have to increase our MSRP
by 10%. This affects Wheels of Time product item numbers
40107 through 40160, inclusively.
Lionel Price Increase
Due to an increase in material costs, the
following Power & Control items will incur a price
increase effective immediately.
We appreciate your understanding.
Broadway Limited N Scale EMD Switchers Now Shipping
N Scale EMD NW2 and SW7 Switchers have arrived from
Broadway Limited. Based on switchers built in the 1940s
and 1950s, these
detailed models feature full Paragon4 sound and DCC for
realistic sound and motor control complete with back EMF
for smooth slow
speeds. The Paragon4 sound system works with all
Broadway Limited Rolling Thunder(TM) advanced sound
systems. These diminutive
switchers can be operated on all DCC systems as well as
on standard DC railroads (with limited sound
their wheel profiles allow smooth operation on Code 55
and larger rail. With many of these units still in
operation in 2021, these
diesels have broad appeal and typically sell
out quickly. Over a dozen new schemes are in-stock, but
selling fast. Get 'em on your railroads now!
CLICK HERE TO ORDER THE IN STOCK
New Busch HO
Arrivals Include New Action Sets, North American
Busch products are favorites with modelers because of
variety and detail. New arrivals include Action Sets
include a mix of figures, scenery details and small
complete a scene. Other highlights include 1957 Chevy
police cars and other international vehicles. Check out
latest arrivals and order now for the upcoming holiday
CLICK HERE TO ORDER ALL IN STOCK
I do not like to
talk about politics but according to Vice President
Kamila Harris during her recent trip oversees in
"If You Want To Have Christmas Gifts For Your
Children Now Is The Time To Start Buying"
According to national news sources, "the threat to
on-time delivery of Christmas presents due to the
pandemic". "The stories that we are now hearing about
the caution that if you want to have Christmas toys for
your children it might be the time to start buying them
because the delay may be many, many months," the Vice
President of the United States advised."
So what do you think is coming down the pike this
fall and winter? I have no idea but is is best to be
I again suggest you think ahead and get your orders in
for the products you may need over the next 6 to 8
USPS Price Increase / Fedex Costs
Today the USPS price increase is now in
Also, did you know that the cost of Fedex Ground is
usually twice the cost of the USPS Priority packages for
none large or bulky packages?
So when ordering through BRH pick the CHEAPEST SHIPPING
option on your order so BRH can shop the shipping for
your order and get you the lowest cost shipping!
New Email Server
So of you may have noticed a change in our sale and
news and update emails. That is because we have ended
the use of Constant Contact after 17 years. Effective
this past Monday 08/23/24 our sales and news and
updates email will be sent via Mailchimp.
This was done as a cost savings measure along with our
new computer and phone systems we have recently
installed to serve you better.
LGB / Marklin / Trix Direct
Because BRH has had several issues with our
wholesaler recently with the delivery of ordered LGB
products BRH has now replaced the wholesaler of their
responsibility to fill BRH orders. There are no back
orders currently pending fulfillment from this
wholesaler. Starting last Wednesday BRH will be ordering
directly from LGB / Markln / Trix which increase the
customer service and the timely fulfillment of orders.
Over the last 17 years we have used this wholesaler, but
as we have had to do with other manufacturers that this
wholesaler can not seem to fill orders with, we have
decided to purchase directly from the manufacturer.
Bowser Announces N Scale Freight Cars
Ready-to-run Bowser N Scale cars are great for those of
you who want interesting rolling stock for their freight
consists. New schemes
and road numbers are coming on popular Cylindrical
Covered Hoppers and PRR H21a Hoppers. Cylindrical
Covered Hoppers, perfect for
1960s to 1990s freights, will be available in both three
and six-bay versions as appropriate for each road name.
PRR Class H21a 4-
Bay Hoppers were built by the thousands for PRR and were
also operated by other lines from the 1910s and lasted
into the 1960s
and later in work train service, so they appeal to steam
and diesel-era modelers. All of these cars feature fine
appropriate trucks, magnetic knuckle couplers and metal
wheels. Preorder now through September 15, 2021
CLICK HERE TO ORDER
Broadway Limited HO EMD SD40-2s
Selling Through Fast
Based on one of the most popular diesels ever built.
Introduced in the 1970s, reliable SD40-2s became the
workhorse diesels used
for everything from hauling 10,000-ton coal drags to
short, fast intermodal trains. This diesel features full
Paragon4 sound and
DCC for realistic sound and motor control complete with
back EMF for smooth slow speeds. The Paragon4 sound
system works with all
Rolling Thunder(TM) advanced sound systems. The EMD
SD40-2 can be operated on all DCC systems as well as on
standard DC railroads
(with limited sound functionality). We still have a
handful of most road names and road numbers. Order now
for best availability.
CLICK HERE TO ORDER
From Walthers 08/18/21:
- Consumer Information -
Due to world-wide issues impacting every level of
shipping and distribution Walthers is experiencing
rising costs and high levels of delay on our products.
You may have noticed similar delays on other consumer
goods. With a shortage of containers, congestion at the
ports, transportation shut-downs and congestion at local
distribution hubs, delays are currently unavoidable.
Please know we are doing our best to provide you all the
modeling supplies you need in expedient fashion, and we
hope for improvements in the coming months. In the
meantime you may regularly see product delays by one,
two, three or more months.
Thank you for your understanding,
- Dealer Information -
Due to world-wide issues impacting
every level of shipping and distribution Walthers is
experiencing rising costs and high levels of delay on
our products. You may have noticed similar delays on
other consumer goods, or from other model railroading
vendors. With a shortage of containers, congestion at
the ports, transportation shut-downs and congestion at
local distribution hubs, delays are currently
unavoidable. You may regularly see product delays by
one, two, three or more months. Please know we are doing
our best to optimize shipping performance and mitigate
cost increases as best we as we can. Our goal is to
maintain high availability of in-demand products so you
can continue to supply your customers’ needs.
Thank you for your understanding,
As we have stated before here at BRH
-- think ahead as to what you will need and order it
so you can possibly have it when you need it!
USPS Rates Going Up
The USPS has announced postal rate will go up.
The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) will
implement a postage rate increase for mailing
services on Sunday, August 29, 2021.
This August 2021 postage rate increase is ONLY
impacting mailing services (Market Dominant).
Shipping rates (Competitive Products) are not being
The First Class Mail letter (1 oz.) rate for postage
purchased at the Post Office will increase three
cents to $0.58 from $0.55.
“Metered Mail” rates for First Class Mail letters (1
oz.), which includes online postage and postage
meters, will increase two cents to $0.53. This
five-cent discount compared to Post Office rates for
a First Class Mail letter (1 oz.) represents a
savings of 9%.
Each additional ounce for a First Class Mail letter
(Post Office and Metered Mail rates) will cost $0.20
First Class Mail Flats/Large Envelopes (1 oz.) rates
will increase sixteen cents to $1.16 from $1.00.
Each additional ounce will cost $0.20 (no change).
Postcards will increase by four cents to $0.40 from
Certified Mail will increase by fifteen cents, to
$3.75 from $3.60.
Special services such as Registered Mail, Signature
Confirmation and Return Receipt will also increase
in August 2021.
Free USB Shipping Scale (+S&H) • $5 in Postage
Priority Mail Express will see an overall rate
increase of 2.5% in 2021. Commercial Base (online
postage) rates will start at $22.75 (no change from
Priority Mail will see an average rate increase of
3.6% in 2021. Commercial Base (online postage) rates
will start at $7.16 (previously $7.02).
First Class Package Service will see an average rate
increase of 6.5% in 2021. Commercial Base (online
postage) rates will start at $3.01 (previously at
Parcel Select Ground will see an average rate
increase of 1.3% in 2021. Commercial Base (online
postage) rates will start at $7.01 (previously
Media Mail rates will increase by 3.57% in 2021.
Rates will start at $2.89 (previously $2.80).
NEW: An overweight/oversize surcharge of $100 will
be added for packages that exceed the 70 lb. maximum
weight limitation or the 130 inch length plus girth
maximum dimensional size limit.
Priority Mail Express International will see an
average rate increase of 3.6% in 2021. Commercial
Base (online postage) rates will start at $42.85 (no
change from 2020).
Priority Mail International will see an average rate
increase of 5.1% in 2021. Commercial Base (online
postage) rates will start at $35.72 (previously
First Class Package International Service will see
an average rate increase of 4.8% in 2021. Commercial
Base (online postage) rates will start at $13.54
NEW: The number of country groups has increased for
international shipping services. Priority Mail
Express International goes from 17 to 20 country
groups, Priority Mail International goes from 17 to
20 country groups, and First Class Package
International Service goes from 9 to 20 country
THANKS FOR THE