Tuesday, April 10, 2012


Welcome to another Edition of SoundBytes. We have a lot to cover this time. We will discuss upcoming shows, start a new segment where we introduce a Blackstone Models loco version and we’ll take a virtual visit to New Jersey to meet Nate, one of our dealers. Lots to do, so let’s get started.

Upcoming Trade Shows:
Don’t forget, the Calgary Supertrain show is coming up quickly. Be sure to come in and say Hello and see what products we will bring to show.

It is being held April 20th-22nd at the Subway Soccer Centre in Calgary Alberta.

Our next show currently scheduled will be at the NMRA National show in Grand Rapids, MI being help the first week in August. There is still time to plan a trip (If you’re not nearby) to come visit and see what we may have in store for new announcements!
Be sure to keep checking back on new announcements and upcoming appearances for our staff.

Blackstone Models:
With the new run of C-19s and 2-8-0 locomotives coming in early 2013, we wanted to share some of the features of these unique locomotives with everyone. At this moment, we have not received pre-production samples of these locos yet, but we do have livery artwork and some information about each model to help familiarize the modelers with each version. This time, we will look closely at the Rio Grande Southern #41.

This new model of the 41 that we are producing in this run will have a newly tooled correct straight-sided tender among many other details to accurately model this locomotive! One of only 3 surviving C-19s, the 41 is one of the most storied narrow gauge locomotives ever to traverse the 3-foot rails of Colorado.

From Michael Ripley Collection

Blackstone Models is proud to produce the 41 as it appeared in the 1930s and 40s on the RGS. This model is the perfect companion for those that have purchased the RGS 40 in the previous run or any of the Blackstone RGS K-27s. Today this engine can still be appreciated in California, operating at Knott’s Berry Farm. This model will optionally be available with factory weathering, as well as a non-weathered version. Be sure to pre-order your RGS 41 with your local hobby shop soon!

Dealer Spotlight:
Nathan Kline is the owner of Nate’s Light Iron Hobbies, a hobby shop dedicated to model trains and related accessories. He has been interested in trains and model railroading all his life, especially narrow gauge and the East Broad Top railroad.

His interest in trains and model railroading and his many years of modeling experience inspired him to establish Nate’s Light Iron Hobbies in August of 2007 to bring a unique business to all fans of narrow gauge and shortline model railroading. Nate’s Light Iron Hobbies specializes in narrow gauge and shortline model railroading as well as DCC and sound. They offer competitive pricing and, above all, excellent customer service. As an authorized SoundTraxx and Blackstone Models dealer they stock all current SoundTraxx decoders and accessories and all current Blackstone Models items, including many items no longer available from the factory!

Although narrow gauge and shortline model railroading is their specialty, they do offer all popular scales and brands of model trains and accessories and don’t believe in offering their customers anything Nate wouldn’t personally use on his own model railroad! Please visit them on the web and shop online at http://www.nateslightironhobbies.com/ or call him at 610-406-1761. Be sure to tell Nate you saw his spotlight here!