September 17th 2020
Hi everybody, TinMan here. Seems that we owe an apology to lots of you folks. When we announced our closing of the season on March 1st, we had no idea of the effect the Corona virus would have on all our lives. We are still in Wisconsin. All of our inventory is in Arizona, and most of our crew, are still in their respective homes, away from Arizona. Fortunately, Tamra, John and Sharron are full time residents in Arizona, and are now shipping some limited items. Specifically, tracks, controllers, pins and tools. Switches, and other speciality items will not be available until sometime later. (will advise once decisions are made when to reopen)
We are however working in Wisconsin on some new items, for example, A new signal controller for semaphore, dwarf, or high stick indicators that tell an engineer whether to proceed or stop. Basically if the light is green proceed, If red Stop. Our new control will work with several different controls, and will automatically switch the signals from red to green or visa versa. They will work similar to how the original Lionel infra-red controllers worked, except a whole lot cheaper and work better. Each control box will handle 2 independent signals, but is heavy duty enough to handle a dozen or more.
- Our new kit specifically for the milk/cattle cars;. The milk cars especially do not like wide open voltages, and want anywhere from 9 to 13 volts to operate. Unfortunately, a lot of transformers do not have that capability, or if they do are being used for switches lights etc. So our new kit contains, a new dual controller, one which is a typical remote control track with uncoupler (included in kit) another for just the milk car, (also included), and a simple variable output transformer just for the system.
- A repair kit for the O72 switches. This kit contains a specially designed controller specifically for the O72 switches which will need a slight modification. This mod consists of installing 2 small jumper wires that need to be soldered in place. If you like we will do this mod for you for a pair of switches for a grand total of $15 including shipping costs back to you. Looks like the whole kit to handle 2 switches will cost less than $50. The kit also contains the controller with the Rob Nelson cd system, to insure the switches will operate correctly when the no d rail function is activated.
- New larger and heavier duty boxes for our switch controllers.
So enjoy your fall but please stay safe. We will definitely keep you informed, as to when we will be open for our full line.
Am not sure when the site will be accepting orders, so in the meantime, feel free to give me a call. 262-914-0057, it’s always fun chatting with you guys anyway.