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M.T.H. Electric Trains owner announces retirement; 40-year-old company to close in May 2021

After four decades in business, M.T.H. Electric Trains is closing. President Mike Wolf announced Monday that he is retiring, shuttering the business in May 2021 but leaving the door open to prospective buyers to form a new company. In a letter to customers, Wolf said …

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MRID inducts new members into Hall of Fame, recognizes leadership change at Walthers

KANSAS CITY, MO – The Model Railroad Industry Division of the Hobby Manufacturers Association took time at the August NMRA convention to honor three who have made an impact on model railroading and recognize the retirement of an industry leader. Two HMA members were inducted …

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U.S. model manufacturers scramble to find new producer after factory in China closes unexpectedly

This story has been updated since its original publication date Manufacturing in China has been growing over the years due to its low costs. Of course, companies need to ensure they find the right manufacturer and are doing pre-shipping inspections on the products (more info …

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Atlas Model Railroad Co. acquires Walthers N Scale Locomotive and Rolling Stock Tooling

Atlas Model Railroad Company, Inc., and Wm. K. Walthers, Inc. have reached an agreement under which Atlas will purchase all N-scale locomotive and rolling stock tooling owned by Walthers, including the Walthers and Life-Like lines. Atlas will incorporate the tooling into its Atlas Master, Atlas …

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Want to ignite your enthusiasm for the hobby? Convention layout tours will do it every time

By STEVE WILLIS/Cowcatcher Magazine Many model railroad and rail enthusiasts have plans to attend an upcoming regional NMRA convention. Whether it’s the Mid-Continent Region Convention in Omaha, the Lone Star Region meet in Arlington, TX, or the Rocky Mountain Region Convention in Colorado Springs, there’s …

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Model railroad industry hall of famer Lee Riley wanted to be remembered as innovator

H. Lee Riley, whose innovations in model railroading spanned simple to complex in 29 years with Bachmann Trains, died Friday, March 4, in Philadelphia just weeks after announcing his retirement. Riley, Bachmann’s vice president of product development, was well known in model railroading circles and …

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