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andrejonc

Posted - 2006 January 02 :  8:15:42 PM  Show Profile
Hi, it is the old man again,


Do you recall the LHS in Albany specializing in N scale, under the business name of The Train Master? This afternoon as I was putting some tracks a way in a box, when I saw the name of the firm these were tracks that I had bought, from him in 1991 I have no idea what ever came of him, anyone knows?

andrejonc

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Lenny53

Posted - 2006 January 02 :  8:57:39 PM  Show Profile
Now there's a blast from the past, a lot of our club members were dealing with him around that time frame. IIRC, he gave up the business.


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rschaffter

Posted - 2006 January 02 :  10:29:39 PM  Show Profile
I think I still have a credit slip from them lying around!

He was an excellent dealer. I bought from him before I went into hiatus in 1990.


Cheers,
Rod Schaffter
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C'mon in! Sit a spell...
http://z11.invisionfree.com/N_Scale_Talk/

On your Layout, do what you think is fun. If it doesn't work, fix it and learn from the experience so you will have fun next time. It's your Railroad.

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NandW

Posted - 2006 January 02 :  11:39:23 PM  Show Profile
I did a bunch of business with the Trainmaster in the past . . .


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Mike Kmetz

Posted - 2006 January 03 :  11:12:44 AM  Show Profile
Me too! Those were the mail order days - before the Internet.

Maybe you also remember these mail order businesses:
JMC (Con-Cor)
GAMCO (Huntsville, AL)
N Gauge of America (Michigan)
Sal Marino Company (Staten Island, NY)


Modeling the of the early 1950s.

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Michigan Central

Posted - 2006 January 03 :  11:39:39 AM  Show Profile
Ah yes - a blast from the past - bought several of the old Atlas Austrian geeps and F's from the Trainmaster back in the day - used to get his sale flyer - check some old MR and RMC from the early 80's for the ads.

N Gauge of America was another past favorite, got my first Concor PAs there - having lived in close proximity to Birmingham MI at the time it was a regular stop - they evolved into the Train Center that sadly folded up about a year ago from what I understand.

Two past favorites that are still around are MB Kleins and Toy Train Heaven.



Obviously someone is buying MT fantasy cars, could it be you?

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Edited by - Michigan Central on 2006 January 03 1:18:47 PM

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andrejonc

Posted - 2006 January 03 :  11:40:44 AM  Show Profile
Hello my friends,

It is nice to see that people are still remembering the first steps of N scale, I wish to thank you all for theses wonderful years that had past so fast.

andrejonc







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FrankCampagna

Posted - 2006 January 03 :  12:33:42 PM  Show Profile
The original owner of the Trainmaster retired in the early 90's. He sold the business to someone else, but the company faded away a couple of years later. Always excellent service. Mail the order Monday, have the package delivered Wednesday or Thursday. I always get a kick out of the argument that mail order and internet sellers are driving the LHS out of business. These guys carried N scale long before the LHS would even touch the stuff. Even today it is difficult to find a LHS that stocks N in depth. They made N scale what it is today. Frank


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randgust

Posted - 2006 January 03 :  2:10:58 PM  Show Profile  Visit randgust's Homepage
Man, isn't that the truth!

Gamco out of Huntsville, N Gauge of America; Train Master. I lost track of how much stuff I ordered from those three. All three were excellent, actually, but Train Master got most of my business by pure service.

It's an information hobby, for sure. I mean, somebody spots a new chassis in Japan, and a few weeks later we'll somehow all figure out how to get it!

Going back another generation - remember "Americas Hobby Center" out of Brooklyn? What ever happened to those guys? The guys that made magnifying glasses necessary to read MR! Hobby Surplus Sales out of New Britain, CT? Man, that takes me back to my childhood. First thing I ever mail ordered was from AHC on that postage-stamp sized order form in MR... First stuff I ever had to return, too!



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NandW

Posted - 2006 January 03 :  3:14:10 PM  Show Profile
How about Ak-Sar-Ben?


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Mike Kmetz

Posted - 2006 January 03 :  3:54:57 PM  Show Profile
quote:
Originally posted by NandW

How about Ak-Sar-Ben?

Ah Yes! That is the other one I was trying to remember (NEBRASKA spelled backward). They were PARTS CENTRAL for me - they had everything.
IIRC they later turned to special paint schemes on common freight cars, then they too disappeared.


Modeling the of the early 1950s.

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brokemoto

Posted - 2006 January 03 :  4:02:21 PM  Show Profile
What did happen to AHC? They were always right in the front of the MR. They always had the first two pages: one for HO, one for N. Suddenly they went to one page, then to none.

Hacksaw Ben (or what was left of them) was still doing shows from time-to-time not that far in the past, but I can not say that I have seen them recently.. A wonderful reservoir of parts, they were, indeed.

Thank you for your consideration and support.



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daniel_leavitt2000

Posted - 2006 January 03 :  4:56:23 PM  Show Profile  Visit daniel_leavitt2000's Homepage
AHC is still around I think. Lower manhatten isn't it? I was there a few years back. Lots of RC stuff, but train selection was lacking. remember Loco-Motives?

Goodbye and good luck.

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rschaffter

Posted - 2006 January 03 :  6:40:39 PM  Show Profile
From AHC's webpage, it seems like Daniel's description, but moreso:

http://www.ahc1931.com/


Cheers,
Rod Schaffter
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C'mon in! Sit a spell...
http://z11.invisionfree.com/N_Scale_Talk/

On your Layout, do what you think is fun. If it doesn't work, fix it and learn from the experience so you will have fun next time. It's your Railroad.

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Spikre

Posted - 2006 January 03 :  9:56:50 PM  Show Profile

got my EL U25B at AHC-River Edge store
about 1994 ? last one in stock at any AHC,
think they had at least 3 stores then. 2
branch stores in NJ,the NYC main store.
the other store was on Bergen Blvd near
Edgewater,or West New York ?? Bergenfield ?
was never at that one,and the River Edge
store closed shortly after AHC declared
Bankruptcy,around 96 or so ??
Dallas Mallerick ? ran Loco-Motives,doing
custum runs at 1st,buying V-Line molds later,
the ACF 2 bay covered hopper,Shark,and Erie
Built bodies,sold to Delux innovations
eventually ?
now about 1986 he authered a book for
Greenberg on Athearn Trains,and Uncle Irv.
borrowed the book once,nice book if You
collect Athearn products !!! Thanks Mike !!
and apparently Uncle Irv talkjed him into
becomeing a manufacterer !!! History will
record that Loco-Motives wasnt quite as
successfull as Athearn,but he tried !!
GATOR1,GATOR2,GATOR1
Dr.B.O.von Winkle










Erie,America's 1st Trunk Line !!
Piermont N.Y. to Dunkirk N.Y.,1848 !!!
Waiting For Skip's Train To Pull Into Hillside Station !!



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Big Mac FLA

Posted - 2006 January 04 :  11:32:08 PM  Show Profile
I remember him as well, did a lot of biz with him in the early days of N. In fact, I still have his receipts. In speaking of old timers, how many of you remember Cama Train Company in Chicago. Bought a bunch of stuff from him, pre ***Store name removed per store owner's request***. RSM

Roger S. McCoy

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