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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 35% OFF in stock rolling stock purchased in office only.

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)
 
Reefer Orders Due!
March 17, 2014


Pre-orders are due for the second run of our HO & N Scale, 64' Modern Reefers in the Union Pacific scheme! Along with 24 all-new numbers, this new production will feature the latest Carrier Reefer Unit found on the prototype fleet of 1,500 cars! This all-new Carrier Reefer will also be sold separately, later in 2014. Order today to avoid disappointment when these cars sell out!

- HO Scale 64' Modern Reefers - Union Pacific (ARMN) CLICK HERE

- N Scale 64' Modern Reefers - Union Pacific (ARMN) CLICK HERE

Download the Flyer and see more. (CLICK the image to download the PDF)
 
N Scale PS-4000 Photos Posted!
February 20, 2014


New Pre-Production Photos Posted!

Check-out our upcoming N Scale PS-4000 Covered Hoppers! Coming this Spring/Summer, these six schemes will be delivered in three numbers each, on our popular PS-4000 Covered Hopper. Pre-order now through your favorite dealer!

Check-Out the Details: N Scale PS-4000 Covered Hoppers
 
Back in Stock!
January 31, 2014
The following products are back in stock and ready-to-ship.

N Scale #9005: ASF 100-Ton Ride Control Trucks



N Scale #9045: 70-Ton A-3 Friction Bearing Trucks



HO Scale #4510/4511: 18" Drop Grab Irons (20 and 60 packs)



 
Union Pacific Reefers are Back!
January 15, 2014


Due to popular demand, we're excited to announce the second run of our HO & N Scale 64' Modern Reefers in the Union Pacific scheme! Along with 24 all-new numbers, this new production will feature the latest Carrier Reefer Unit found on the prototype fleet of 1,500 cars! This all-new Carrier Reefer will also be sold separately, later in 2014.

- HO Scale 64' Modern Reefers - Union Pacific (ARMN) CLICK HERE

- N Scale 64' Modern Reefers - Union Pacific (ARMN) CLICK HERE

Download the Flyer and see more. (CLICK the image to download the PDF)
 
N Scale Dry-Flo Delivery
January 8, 2014


NOW SHIPPING: General American, 3500CF Dry-Flo Hopper!

In 1959, General American started producing Dry-Flo covered hoppers in response to customer demands for larger hoppers capable of handling bulk commodities. Coming in six unique road names, this model is sure to find a home on your railroad! These models should arrive just before the end of the year.

First Run: Burlington Northern, Chicago Great Western, Pennsylvania RR, Union Pacific, GACX Diamond Sugar and GACX Shell Plastics. Each available in four unique road numbers!

Check-Out the Details: N Scale GA 3500CF Dry-Flo Hopper
 
Production Updates
December 13, 2013
Here is a quick update to some of our upcoming, previously announced products.

DUE IN JANUARY

- N Scale GA 3500 Dry-Flo Covered HopperClick Here

DUE IN FEBRUARY

- HO Scale ACF F89-J Flat Cars - TTX (Yellow): Click Here

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

- HO & N Scale Pipe Loads: Click Here

DUE IN MAY

- N Scale Trinity 3-Unit Spine CarsClick Here

- HO & N Scale ACF F89-J Flat Cars - JTTX: Click Here

DUE IN AUGUST

- HO & N Scale Bx-166 60' Double Door Box Car (Run #1): Click Here

 
New Products Delivered!
November 19, 2013


If you didn't see our Facebook post, we recently received a 20' container full of new products. A shipping container holds a LOT of mass, and we're pleased to release the following which are all now available through your favorite dealer or direct:

- HO Scale Modern Reefers - Tropicana CLICK HERE

- HO & N Scale Norfolk Southern TopGon Coal Cars CLICK HERE

- N Scale ACF F89-J 89' Flat Cars - RTTX (Re-Release) CLICK HERE

- N Scale ACF F89-J 89' Flat Cars - TTX Brown (Re-Release) CLICK HERE

- N Scale ACF F89-J 89' Flat Cars - PTTX CLICK HERE

Download the Flyer and see the latest release dates on upcoming products. (CLICK the image to download the PDF)
 


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