Monday, September 20, 2010

SoundBytes XXVIII

In this edition, we will re-cap the 30th National Narrow Gauge Convention. We will also shed light onto a couple of our SoundTraxx and Blackstone Models dealers, discuss future trips.

Narrow Gauge Convention Wrap-Up
We had a great time visiting with our customers and dealers who were in attendance. We were proud to show the newest pre-production samples of the C-19s, and decorated samples of the passenger coach and the tank cars. These were well received and whet the appetites of many HOn3 modelers! You can view these samples on our website, http://www.blackstonemodels.com/rolling/passengercoach/index.php and http://www.blackstonemodels.com/new/tankcar/index.php.
A great Honor was bestowed to our company’s founders, Steve Dominguez and Nancy Workman. These extraordinary individuals were honored at the convention by being inducted into the Narrow Gauge Hall of Fame! It is truly great to have them recognized for contributions in both the category of sound and revitalizing HOn3 with the introduction of the Blackstone Models division.
We also would like to thank those who opened their layouts to conventioneers. The layout hosts were very hospitable and we saw some fabulous layouts. In particular, we’d like to thank Jeff Boock, Eric Brooman, Chuck Graham, John Kalin, Herb Koening, Randy Meyers and Ron Schlueter- Your layouts were truly inspirational! Nearly all featured our Tsunami sound decoders and we even found one using our SoundTraxx S220-IR Steam layout sound system! We will post some photos at in a future post.
During our time there, we took the opportunity to visit Mark Twain Hobbies in St. Charles, MO (http://www.hobby1.com/). If you are in the area, please stop by- this is an awesome store with a wonderful selection of items for all hobbies. It truly brought back childhood memories for all of us!

Look for us in your area!
George will be spending a week on the west coast in the coming weeks! Starting in Portland, he will visit with our dealers in the area with clinics at The Hobbysmith (http://www.hobbysmith.com/) at 4:00pm and at the Columbia Gorge Model Railroad club (http://www.cgmrc.com/) at 6:00pm, on Tuesday, September 28th. Traveling to the San Francisco Bay Area Wednesday, he will be doing public clinics at Bruce’s Train Shop along with the 26th Street Model Engineers (http://www.26thstmodelengineers.org/) in Sacramento, CA at Noon on Friday, October 1st and at Roger’s Railroad Junction in Lodi on Saturday, Oct 2nd at 10:30am. If you are in the area and can attend, we would love to have you! We are planning on visiting our dealers in the area as well, along with several clubs including the Carquinez Model Railroad Society (http://www.carquinezmrs.org/) Thursday evening at 7:00pm and the Alameda County Central Railroad Society (http://www.pleasantonmodelrr.org/) on Friday evening at 6:00pm. On Sunday, Oct 3rd, we will be displaying at the Open House for Just Trains (http://www.just-trains.com/) in Concord, CA. Please come by and say hello and see what’s new!

Dealer News:
From time to time, we like to give some special ‘kudos’ to dealers who are doing what they can to help serve the model railroad community. At this time, we would like to congratulate Johns and Nancy Thut of DCC Hobby Supply (http://www.dcchobbysupply.com/) for expanding their services to their customers. In addition to almost always having the items asked for in stock, they now offer installation services for both brass and mass-produced plastic models. Give them a call and support them in their efforts to better support you!