Monday, October 22, 2012

SoundBytes 10-22-12

It has been a busy month so far of “Train Season.” We got started off right at the iHobby Expo in Cleveland, Ohio, and we’ll be traveling to a few shows this winter. In this post, we’ll also cover SoundTraxx and Blackstone Models announcements, as well as a clinic in the Denver and Front Range area.  We'll also introduce you to Vinson's Custom Electronics in our Dealer Spotlight.

SoundTraxx and Blackstone Models are now on Twitter! Look us up for announcements, news items and general hobby related items.
You can find us at @SoundTraxxCO and @BlackstoneCO. As always, you can find information on our website and Facebook.

Upcoming Shows:
We just finished up with the iHobby Expo in Cleveland. We had a great time catching up with many of our dealers and meeting up with a few new dealers. Over the weekend, we got to talk with many people, so thanks to those who came by.
Next up is TrainFest in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on November 9, 10 and 11. This is a great show with lots of stuff to see and do! It is one of our favorites, so if you are in the area, or can get there, be sure to come by the booth! For more information, please visit

Blackstone Models News:
We have started shipping out the Blackstone Models Chili Line Passenger Coach 3-packs this past week. These are still available, so it is not too late to place an order. These cars are painted in Pullman Green and equipped with the unique conductor’s bay window. They will look great on any HOn3 layout as these cars did find their way around the narrow gauge system. With the two Pullman Green coaches available individually, a passenger train can be built quickly with the addition of this limited edition 3-pack.
B350112 Chili Line 3-Pack, Nos. 284, 306, 320, Pullman Green MSRP $280.00

SoundTraxx Clinics:
We will be giving a clinic at Caboose Hobbies (500 South Broadway, in Denver at 10:30 a.m. on this Saturday, October 27. The presentation, “Prototypical Operation using Tsunami Decoders,” will cover the myriad of features built into the decoder that allows the decoder to easily be set up to match the prototype and execute a few prototypical operational scenarios using the Tsunami decoders. We will also have a few the pre-production samples of the new Blackstone Models run of C-19s and 2-8-0s to see.

We also will be giving this clinic at EngineHouse Services (2737 N. Packerland Dr., 2H, in Green Bay, Wisconsin at 6:30 p.m. on November 6.
If you are able to attend either one, be sure to come by and join in the fun!

Dealer Spotlight: Vinson’s Custom Electronics, Fallon, Nevada
Mr. Werner Vinson has been in electronics the majority of his life and has been working with model railroad electronics since 1995. As a dealer for SoundTraxx, he installs sound in all engines, steam or diesel, using Tsunami sound decoders “because it is the best there is!” As an installer, he has years of experience dealing with many types if models, and specializes in the difficult or tight-fit applications, such as the S1 or S2 switchers and he treats each install as if it was his own locomotive. Drawing on his experience with installations, he understands that it is important to install speakers properly to obtain the best sound results.
Adhering to quality workmanship, Mr. Vinson uses LEDs in the installations for great lighting results and extends the longevity of the light source. As a SoundTraxx installer, he is equipped to work on any scale, HO through G- or Large Scale. You can contact him at (775) 867-2105 or  You also can visit his website at