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All-New N Scale Freight Car!
July 18, 2014


We're pleased to announce the General Steel Castings 60' Flat Car in N Scale! Built by GSC starting in 1956, this flat car is packed with detail like:

• Ready-To-Run
• Die-Cast Metal Frame
• Fine-Scale Detail
• Prototypical Ride Height
• Installed Train line Air Hoses
• BLMA 70-Ton ASF Ride Control Trucks
• BLMA Low Profile 33" Metal Wheels
• Body-Mounted Brown Knuckle Couplers

This car is our first model to feature installed Train line Air Hoses. This detail raises the bar for N Scale models. Combine that with our metal wheels and trucks, and you've got one great running and looking model.

COMING IN: ATSF, BN, IC, SSW, PRR and WABASH

We are very excited about these models and look forward to their delivery in early 2015. Pre-order today through your favorite dealer or direct.

- - N Scale GSC 60' Flat Car CLICK HERE

Download the Flyer and see more. (CLICK the image to download the PDF)
 
Care to Guess?
July 7, 2014
 
NMRA Show - See You There!
July 5, 2014


In just a few weeks, the 2014 NMRA Convention and National Train Show will take over Cleveland, Ohio. Held in conjunction with the National Model Railroad Associations annual convention, the National Train Show features manufacturers, dealers, layouts and enthusiasts from all over the world.

Drop by our booth at 330, and see the latest products, plus an all-new N Scale Freight Car announcement!

See more information on the NMRA Convention: http://2014cleveland.org/
See more information on the National Train Show: www.nationaltrainshow.org
 
N Scale Green Pipe Loads - NOW SHIPPING!
June 4, 2014


We're pleased to announce that our HO & N Scale Pipe Load production is in full swing. In fact, we're pleased to announced delivery of the N Scale Green Pipe Loads. These are the only Pipe Loads released; the N Scale Red and both HO Scale models will follow later this summer.

These stunning models feature correctly scaled pipes (two different sizes), a painted surface for the correct finish texture, injection-molded (and painted) 'wood' cradles, and scale metal banding material. The production of these has been complicated, but hey, nothing is impossible, right? Look for the additional models later this summer.

BLMA HO & N Pipe Loads: CLICK HERE
 
New HO Searchlight Signals Coming Soon!
May 27, 2014


We're pleased to announce THREE new Searchlight Signals in HO Scale! The long awaited H-2 Dwarf Signal, and two new block signals with a common configuration. The new block signals feature a 'straight ladder' (no platform), and no large US&S electrical cabinet. These signals are based on AT&SF designs, but will work for a large number of other railroads.

- HO #4002: H-2 Dwarf Signal Heads (2) CLICK HERE

- HO #4070: Searchlight Block Signal - Dual Head - Straight Ladder CLICK HERE

- HO #4071: Searchlight Block Signal - Single Head - Straight Ladder CLICK HERE

Download the Flyer and see more. (CLICK the image to download the PDF)
 
Happy Memorial Day
May 26, 2014
Today we celebrate and remember those who gave the ultimate sacrifice while defending our country. It's only because of those brave individuals that we can capture photos like this, taken on the BNSF Needles Sub, at Goffs, California. 4/5/2014. Happy Memorial Day to all!

See more prototype photos on our Facebook Page

 
New Releases!
May 22, 2014
The following products are/were in stock and shipping to your favorite dealer. In some cases, we are already sold out of inventory. Remember to pre-order your favorite items to avoid any sell-outs.

HO Scale: ACF F89-J 89' Flat Car - Trailer Train Yellow



HO Scale: ACF F89-J 89' Flat Car - PTTX



N Scale: ACF F89-J 89' Flat Cars - JTTX



N Scale: Trinity 53' 3-Unit Spine Cars



N Scale: PS-4000 Covered Hopper (Run #4)



HO Scale: Portable Toilets



HO Scale: #4035 Modern Dual Head Block Signal - Left Hand



 
Open House!
April 14, 2014
We're proud to announce our Third Annual open house at the BLMA Models office! Come visit the 2014, Fullerton Railroad Days, and stop by our office to enter the see the latest products, and even pick up a few rare products you might not find in stores.

For one day only, take up to 35% OFF in stock rolling stock purchased in office only. (Prices will be noted in person based on availability and release date.)

Come one, come all. May 3rd only - 9am - 2pm. See you there!

 
AEI....OU? Why?
April 9, 2014


There has been some discussion around our upcoming Bx-166 Box Car, and the implied ‘AEI’ Tag shown on our pre-production CAD drawings. Let’s clear a few things up:

Short for Automatic Equipment Identification, the AEI ‘tags’ as they’re known, started showing up on freight cars in the late 1980's, and were very common by the early 1990's. Using RFID technology, these small tags, mounted on both sides of rolling stock, send information on the car whereabouts when read by trackside scanners. The AEI tags replaced the rather short-lived ACI plates (Automatic Car Identification), which used a barcode-type system to identify rolling stock. As you can imagine, freight cars seldom stay clean for very long and thus, the ACI plates had high failure rates. As a side note, we offer etched and printed ACI plates for your rolling stock as needed:

HO Scale ACI Plates: CLICK HERE
N Scale ACI Plates: CLICK HERE

Our recently announced HO & N Scale Bx-166 60’ Box Cars in the ‘As Delivered’ ATSF Super Shock Control Scheme (1974) and Shock Control (1982) scheme featured the small AEI tag on our artwork. This model is still in tooling, and we are going to adjust the tooling to NOT include the AEI tag on the earlier models. Look for these models sometime in late 2014. See more on our upcoming Bx-166 models below:

HO Scale: Bx-166 60' Double Door Box Car - ATSF
N Scale: Bx-166 60' Double Door Box Car - ATSF

 
Production Updates
April 7, 2014
On their way to us now, the following products should ship to your favorite dealer by early May. We appreciate your patience as we bring these fine models to reality.

DUE IN MAY

- HO Scale ACF F89-J 89' Flat Cars - Yellow TTX: Click Here

- HO Scale ACF F89-J 89' Flat Cars - PTTX: Click Here

- N Scale ACF F89-J 89' Flat Cars - JTTX: Click Here

- N Scale PS-4000 Covered Hoppers - Run #4: Click Here

- N Scale Trinity 53' 3-Unit Spine Cars: Click Here

- N Scale Trinity Spine Car Hitches (Assembled): Click Here

OTHER ITEMS UPDATE

- HO & N Scale Pipe Loads Click Here

As you might be aware, our upcoming Pipe Load models have been delayed numerous times. At this point, we are working with our factory to overcome production issues, which have plagued any attempt as mass production for months. As a side note, we can note that each model takes roughly 30 minutes of hand labor to complete. These beautiful models will be worth the wait, and we appreciate your patience.

 
JTTX Photos Posted!
April 2, 2014


Check-out pre-production photos of our upcoming HO & N Scale F89-J 89' Flat Cars in the JTTX scheme. Perfect for carrying pipe and other large loads, these models are coming in 12 unique road numbers. These cars feature modeler applied deck rigging, and other accurate details specific to the JTTX cars.

The N Scale models are on their way to us now - delivery expected in early May. HO Scale models will arrive sometime this summer.

HO Scale: ACF F89-J 89' Flat Car - JTTX
N Scale: ACF F89-J 89' Flat Car - JTTX

 
Going Back to the Start!
March 19, 2014


Imagine a time when freight cars weren't painted a single color and with hardly any notice of railroad or style. There was a time, not many decades ago, when new cars deserved a second look. Introducing the Second Run of our HO & N Scale Bx-166, 60' Double-Door Box Cars, with the classic 'Shock Control' paint scheme by the Santa Fe. Coming in two paint variations - 12 numbers of each - these are perfect for you mid-70's+ modelers. See more information below:

SUPER SHOCK CONTROL (1974+) These cars will feature authentic, as delivered paint and lettering details including black ends, and Railroad Gothic style fonts. Coming in 12 unique road numbers.

SHOCK CONTROL (1982+) In 1982, the Santa Fe switched to Helvetica Gothic as their font of choice for all new and re-painted rolling stock. Furthermore, the car paint job was simplified with one single color throughout (goodbye black ends) and the removal of 'Super' from 'Shock Control', and 'A smoother ride'. Coming in 12 unique road numbers.

- HO Scale Bx-166 60' Double Door Box Car - Run #2 CLICK HERE

- N Scale Bx-166 60' Double Door Box Car - Run #2 CLICK HERE

Pre-order by May 15, 2014, for delivery in late 2014.

Download the Flyer and see more. (CLICK the image to download the PDF)
 


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