Recently we took some time for R&D and R&R in an around Omaha, Nebraska. Here is our video from some major railfanning spots around Omaha and out to North Platte.
Plenty of long trains, fast trains, pacing shots, and much more. Enjoy!
National Train Day - MAY 11th
May 10, 2013
National Train Day back for 6th year!
Join other railfans and friends as we celebrate our hobby in grand style. With functions at most major Amtrak stations, the aim of National Train Day is to promote railroading and passenger rail service. So, gather up the kids, family, friends, granny...bring'em all and have a train-tastic day!
I’d like to preface this blog post with a note that I usually don’t post things of a more personal nature here, but this trip is worth sharing. Hope you all enjoy. ~ Craig Martyn
I recently had the opportunity to attend the N Scale Convention in Melbourne, Australia. With the help of some great friends, I headed ‘down under’ for the first time to attend the convention, see the local layouts, and speak at the banquet dinner. This blog post is more about the people I encountered on the trip. If you have been to Australia, you know the people are extremely friendly and easy going. This lifestyle helps with their modeling efforts; from my experience, the entire N Scale community around Melbourne, has a fantastic sense of fraternity. Like a puzzle, each person has contributed to others with his unique talent – scenery, DCC, signals, etc.
The trip centered on the National N Scale Convention Melbourne, 2013.
Australia might be on the other side of the world, but there is a solid group of extremely talented, US prototype modelers, and Aussie modelers for that matter. As you can see from this assortment of photos, the modeling is top notch, and left me inspired on many, many levels. (Check out the working N Scale signals!)
As you can see from the photo collage below, there is some serious modeling going on in Australia! These photos were taken during the layout tours as part of the convention.
At the banquet dinner on Saturday evening, April 13th, I was invited to give a presentation on the history and workings of BLMA. This speech could be a Youtube video in the near future…
A big thanks to my good friend, Greg Harper, who helped introduce me to this area of the world and for his hospitality throughout the trip. We had time for a little railfanning in the heart of Melbourne, and even made it into Trainworld, a large store outside of Melbourne. Aside from his fascination with the Milwaukee Road and Pacific Northwest, Greg is a pilot for Qantas and coincidentally was our pilot on the return trip – see the flight deck photo from the A380 we took back from Melbourne!
In conclusion, this trip was a great experience. My thank you to everyone involved in the N Scale Convention in Melbourne. Hope to see you all in two years for the Brisbane show! Thanks mates!
Get Your JTTX!
April 25, 2013
We're excited to announce a new release on our popular ACF F89-J 89' Flat Cars in HO & N Scale. The JTTX designation started as TTX saw the need for cars that could carry bulk load. In the 1990's, the JTTX fleet started hauling all types of bulk loads, and was a predecessor to the PTTX fleet of pipe hauling cars. Many F89-J's were re-purposed from trailer to bulk load hauling.
These HO & N Scale models will feature all the necessary, prototype specific JTTX details, including the deck modification with wood beams, lower brake rigging and specific painting/printing. Order your models today for delivery in early 2014! Get your JTTX!
We're proud to announce our second annual open house at the BLMA Models office! Come visit the 2013, Fullerton Railroad Days, and stop by our office to enter the raffle, see the latest products, and even pick up a few rare products you might not find in stores.
Come one, come all. May 4-5 only. See you there!
NOW SHIPPING: N Scale Yellow (TTX) F89-J Flat Cars
April 8, 2013
Our long-awaited N Scale Trailer Train (Yellow, TTX) F89-J Flat Cars are now shipping to your favorite dealer, or anyone who placed a pre-order. These models are now sold out direct, but visit your favorite dealer for additional stock. The HO Scale models are due soon - stay tuned!
CLICK HERE: BLMA N Scale F89-J 89' Flat Cars - Trailer Train Yellow
In case you missed the fine print, check-out the number specific detail these cars feature. That's right - based on the prototype number, each car will feature either wood risers, steel risers, or no risers. Not to mention, era-specific details including ACI plates, as appropriate! We did our best to supply these with literally every detail possible!
NEW N Scale 3-Unit Spine Cars!
March 27, 2013
We're proud to announce the second run of our N Scale Trinity 3-Unit, 53' Spine Cars! These models will feature the same detail you've seen in previous runs, plus pre-assembled hitches and our re-designed 33" metal wheels. Order by May 15th, for guaranteed delivery!
Check-out the latest photos of our upcoming HO & N Scale Pipe Loads! Pictured below are painted, pre-production HO Scale Pipe Load samples. Note the satin paint finish, simulated metal banding, and special paint detail on the pipe ends.
Order your Pipe Loads today for delivery in May/June. Due to the unique nature of these models, the loads are ONLY available direct through our website.
Features Include: • Ready-To-Run
• Prototypical Pipe Assembly
• Simulated Metal Banding
• Color-Matched & Painted
• Modern Era Configuration
• Available as Singles, 6-Packs and 12-Packs!
It takes a big effort to manufacturer model trains. From the research, design, tooling, and finally, production, it's always a big relief to see the first packaged test sample of a new product. Here is a photo from this morning of our upcoming HO Scale Triple Track Signal Bridge. Look for these models in June!
As a public service announcement to our modeling friends, don't forget that the big day is coming up and NOTHING is more appropriate than BLMA Models...
You think we're kidding? Watch the video...
February 7, 2013
This is just a quick note to say thank you for your support of our YouTube page! With over 1.5 million views and 3,000+ subscribers, it's hard to even imagine how many hours have been logged by everyone watching the videos.
We're pleased to announce a highly requested model in HO & N Scale. The iconic Tropicana Juice Train has been a fixture of Eastern railroading for decades, and some cars even find their way to Southern California. Now you can model the famed Juice Train, complete with 24 unique road numbers!