Last call for these exclusive cars!

Save Now on Select Deluxe Edition WalthersProto® Passenger Cars While Supplies Last

Here’s a unique opportunity to expand your favorite WalthersProto HO name trains and save!

While stocking our warehouse for the busy modeling season, we discovered a handful of Deluxe Edition cars left over from past trains. Although the complete sets have long since sold out, these remaining single cars are now being offered at special prices as noted while supplies last.

Each replica is mint in the package from the original production run – no seconds, repairs or returns – painted and lettered to match your consist or collection, and complete with Preiser figures, LED interior lighting and decal or factory-printed names and numbers as appropriate.

Like the prototypes, these cars will move fast, so act now! Quantities are extremely limited and once sold out, they’ll be gone forever.

Broadway Limited

1960s Pennsylvania
Broadway Limited

70′ PRR BM70n Railway Post Office – Baggage
920-9250 #6534
920-9260 #6541
Regularly $115.00 – now just $99.98 each!

85′ Budd Inn Series 21-Roomette Sleeper
920-9251 Mansfield Inn
920-9261 Logansport Inn
Regularly $110.00 – now just $97.98 each!

85′ Pullman-Standard Creek Series 12-4 Sleeper, Plan #9009
920-9252 College Creek
920-9262 Chickies Creek
Regularly $100.00 – now just $89.98 each!

85′ American Car & Foundry Imperial Series 4-4-2 Sleeper
• Factory-equipped with SoundTraxx® Tsunami® Soundcar™ digital decoder & speaker
920-9253 Imperial Meadows
920-9263 Imperial Ridge
Regularly $175.00 – now just $154.98 each!

85′ Budd 68-Seat Full Diner & Budd Kitchen-Dormitory Set
• Matches prototypes operated as paired sets
• Kitchen-Dormitory includes factory-equipped SoundTraxx® Tsunami® Soundcar™ digital decoder & speaker
920-B9255 Diner #4614 & Kitchen-Dorm #4615
920-B9265 Diner #4620 & Kitchen-Dorm #4621
A $285.00 value – now just $234.98 each!

85′ Pullman-Standard Rapids Series 10-6 Sleeper, Plan #4129
920-9267 Conewago Rapids
Regularly $110.00 – now just $97.98 each!

85′ Pullman-Standard Tower Series Bedroom-Buffet-Lounge-Observation
• Large 1960s-era tail sign
920-9268 Tower View
Regularly $120.00 – now just $104.98!

San Francisco Chief


1954 Santa Fe San Francisco Chief

• Based on equipment assigned through 1971
• Painted or plated metal finish as appropriate

Regularly $120.00 – now just $99.98 each unless noted

85′ Pullman-Standard Hotevilla Series 4-4-2 Sleeper
920-9341

85′ Pullman-Standard Blue Series 10-3-2 Sleeper
920-9342

85′ Pullman-Standard Indian Series 24 Duplex Roomette Sleeper
920-9343

85′ Budd 36-Seat Diner
920-9346

85′ Pullman-Standard Yampi Series 8-2-2 Sleeper
920-9347

85′ Pullman-Standard Valley 6-6-4 Sleeper
920-9348 Regularly $110.00 – now just $91.98 each

85′ Pullman-Standard Lunch Counter Diner Dorm
920-9349

Capitol Limited


Baltimore & Ohio Capitol Limited

85′ Pullman-Standard Baggage-Dorm-Coffee Shop-Lounge
920-9410
Regularly $110.00 – now just $97.98 each

El Capitan

1954 Santa Fe El Capitan

• Based on conventional cars assigned through 1956 & later used on other trains

85′ Pullman-Standard Baggage-Dormitory
• Factory-equipped with SoundTraxx® Tsunami® Soundcar™ digital decoder & speaker
920-9470 #3479
920-9480 #3477
Regularly $185.00 – now just $164.98 each

85′ Pullman-Standard 13-Seat Lunch Counter 20-Seat Diner
• Factory-equipped with SoundTraxx® Tsunami® Soundcar™ digital decoder & speaker
920-9471 #1572
920-9481 #1569
Regularly $185.00 – now just $164.98 each

85′ Budd 46-Seat Coach
920-9475 #1572
920-9476 #2816
920-9484 #2855
920-9485 #2818
920-9486 #2820
Regularly $120.00 – now just $104.98 each

73′ Budd Baggage Car
920-9487 #3517
Regularly $79.98 – now just $71.98 each

2018 NMRA National Train Show – Post Show Update

The National Model Railroad Association’s 2018 National Train Show was a wonderful gathering of model railroad enthusiasts, manufacturers, modeling clubs, and hobby shops. This year’s show was in Kansas City, MO, which is one of the best railfan destinations in the country. The 2018 NMRA National Train Show ran from Friday, Aug. 10,  through Sunday, Aug. 12, 2018 and featured exhibits for anyone who had interest in trains or model railroading.

Along side the 2018 NMRA National Train Show, the NMRA also held its annual convention which took place in Kansas City from Aug. 6 – 11, 2018, ending with an awards banquet. This year, Walthers acting President Phil Walthers received the Distinguished Service Award for his lifelong contribution to the hobby of model railroading and bringing a more robust product offering to the modelers of North America. Phil follows in the footsteps of his father, Bruce Walthers, and grandfather, Wm. K. Walthers, who both received the award in 1988, and 1963, respectively. The banquet was well attended and included a presentation of next year’s convention and National Train Show in Salt Lake City, UT.

Walthers had several new announcements at the show including multiple structures. View the announcements here.

New Product Announcements – 2018 National Train Show

Milwaukee, WI., Wm. K. Walthers, Inc. is pleased to announce several new products in HO and multi-scale during the 2018 National Train Show in Kansas City, MO.

Walthers Controls

Walthers Layout Control System
HO, N, Z, S, and O Scales

Horizontal-Mount Switch Machine
942-102 – $24.98 each
October 2018 delivery
NEW STYLE – Same great features as Switch Machine #942-101 in a compact design!
• Only 1-5/8″ (4.1cm) tall – perfect for multi-deck layouts or anywhere space is limited

Stall Motor Switch Machine Controller
942-161 Stall Motor Driver – $19.98
942-142 Edge Connector for Tortoise® Switch Machine pkg(2) – $7.98
November 2018 delivery
NEW – Easily upgrade your existing turnout control systems
NEW – Works with most popular brands of stall motor switch machines
• When installed, Stall Motor Driver enables easy installation of accessory controllers & indicators
• Fully assembled, servo-based unit

WalthersProto®

70' Heavyweight Railway Post Office - Baggage Car
WalthersProto 70′ Heavyweight Railway Post Office – Baggage Car
HO Scale
920-17400 Series
$84.98 Each
November 2018 delivery for all models

Roadnames available: Pullman Green (unlettered), ATSF, IC, DRGW™ GN, MILW, NYC,
SOO, SP™, UP®

• Prototypes in service 1914 to 1971 – many converted to work train service & some preserved today
• 30′ postal apartment – typical of cars on dedicated mail & secondary passenger trains
• Clerestory or round roof to match prototype as appropriate
• Authentic interior with mailbag stanchions, sorting cases & more
• Separate catcher arms – operate facing either direction
• Highly detailed underbody with separate brake gear, steam traps, generator & more
• Modeler-installed extended drawbars for use on 22″ radius curves included
• Turned metal wheelsets & correct trucks with built-in electrical contacts

WalthersMainline®

WalthersMainline EMD SD70ACe
HO Scale
910-19845 Series with ESU Sound for DCC & DC layouts $199.98 Each
910-9845 Series Standard DC $139.98 Each
February 2019 delivery for all models

Roadnames available: BNSF, KCS de Mexico, UP®, NS Heritage Units; NYC, PC, WAB

• Limited edition – one time run of these roadnumbers!
• Easily handles 18″ radius curves (22″ or larger recommended)
• Available with ESU Sound & DCC
• Constant & directional LED lighting with high or low front headlight and working front ditch lights
• Fully assembled
• 21-Pin DCC plug
• Same powerful drive as WalthersProto® locos
• Molded drill starter points for grab irons – easily added with SD70ACe Diesel Detail Kit (#910-251, sold separately)

WalthersMainline EMD GP9 Phase II w/Chopped Nose
HO Scale
910-20402 Series with ESU Sound for DCC & DC layouts $199.98 Each
910-10400 Series Standard DC $139.98 Each
May 2019 delivery for all models

Roadnames available: BN, CP, CNW™, MILW, NS, WSOR, Undecorated (DC only)

• One of the most widely used diesels ever – based on Phase II units rebuilt for improved forward visibility and in service from the 1960s to the present
• Limited edition – one time run of these roadnumbers!
• Scale width hood with correct contours
• Dynamic or Non-dynamic per prototype
• Front mounted snowplow as appropriate
• Same powerful drive as WalthersProto® locos
• Available with ESU Sound for DCC and DC layouts
• 21-pin DCC plug
• Molded drill starter points – add grab irons easily with the GP9 Phase II Diesel Detail Kit (#910-258 sold separately)

WalthersMainline 60′ High Cube Plate F Boxcar
HO Scale
910-2922 Series $29.98 Each
March 2019 delivery

Roadnames available: CN, CP, CRLE, CSX, KCS, NS, TTX TBOX (brown, patched),
TTX TBOX (yellow, black, red TTX logo), UP®

• Limited edition – one time run of these roadnumbers!
• Currently in service with several railroads & TTX
• Hauls lumber, canned goods, beer, wine, steel, appliances & more
• Prototypically correct roof with both “X” & diagonal panels
• Separately applied latch bars
• Detailed underbody with cushioned underframe & brake gear with correct angle-mounted reservoir
• 100-ton roller bearing trucks
• 36″ turned metal wheelsets
• Proto MAX™ metal knuckle couplers

WalthersMainline Thrall Rebuilt 40’ Well Car
HO Scale
910-5617 Single Cars $29.98 Each
910-55600 5-Unit Cars $139.98 Each
November 2019 delivery for all models

Single Car roadnames available: TTX – Large red Forward Thinking logo, TTX – Small red & Next Road logos, TTX – Large black & white logo

NEW – 5-Unit version! Roadnames available: American President Lines, BNSF Railway, TTX – Large black & white logo, TTX – Small red logo, TTX – Large red logo

• Limited edition – one time run of these roadnumbers!
• Based on shortened Thrall 48′ well cars in service 2003 to present
• Holds 20′ & 40′ containers in well & 40′ to 53′ top-loaded
• Heavy die-cast metal frame for superb performance empty or loaded
• Finely molded 3-D brake rods with chains, brake piping & weld lines on body
• Separate deck-mounted brake detail with piping, IBC storage boxes & realistic walkways
• 70-ton roller bearing trucks
• Correct 33″ turned-metal wheelsets
• Proto MAX™ metal knuckle couplers

Cornerstone®

Cross-Dock Truck Facility KitCornerstone Cross-Dock Truck Facility Kit
HO Scale
933-4131 Cross-Dock Truck Facility Kit
$49.98 Each
August 2018 delivery

• Completely new structure kit!
• Used by trucking companies large & small from the 1940s to the present
• Prototypes receive, sort & reload freight shipments
• Also used by plumbers, contractors & similar small businesses today
• Detailed street side front office w/brick walls, separate gas & electric meters
• Correct height truck dock doors with weather bellows/seals – accommodates up to 12 trailers or trucks
• Includes two paving sections – expand & customize at any time with Gas Station Parking Lot (#933-3540), sold separately
• Great destination for SceneMaster trucks & trailers (sold separately)
• Molded in 6 colors
• Finished model measures: 15-3/16 x 19-3/16 x 3″ 38.6 x 48.7 x 7.8cm

Traveling Crane with Brick Street KitCornerstone Traveling Crane with Brick Street Kit
HO Scale
933-4096 Traveling Crane with Brick Street Kit $59.98 each
933-4097 Brick Craneway Base & Street Kit – pkg(3) $19.98 each
September 2018 delivery for all models

• Perfect for modeling industrial areas from the steam-era to the present
• Authentic detail alongside docks, shipyards & heavy industries of all kinds
• Highly detailed traveling (nonworking) crane features postionable cab, boom & hook
• Includes parts to build 3 complete straight brick street sections with craneways
• Center paving section accepts code 83 rail (sold separately)
• Molded in 3 realistic colors
• Crane measures: 4 x 4 x 9-1/8″ 10 x 10 x 22.8 cm
• Each Brick Street Section measures: 12-5/8 x 5-1/2″ 32 x 13.9cm

Cornerstone Coal Trestle Kit
HO Scale
933-4093 Coal Trestle Kit
$29.98 each
September 2019 delivery

• Prototypes sped unloading hoppers using gravity
• Typical of ramps used from the 1900s to the 1960s
• Compact size fits city or rural locations
• Molded berm simplifies modeling track on grade
• Detailed trestle with supports, abutment, railing & walkway, and bulkheads to build optional below-track storage bins
• Great addition to trackside coal dealers, lumber & building materials yards, heavy industries and more
• Molded in two colors
• Measures 24-1/2 x 4-3/8 x 1-3/4″ 62.3 x 11.1 x 4.4cm

Cornerstone Modern Shopping Center II
HO Scale
933-4116 Modern Shopping Center II Kit
$39.98 each
October 2018 delivery

• Contemporary design with decorative front wall for added realism
• Three stores in one compact structure – use alone or combine kits to model a typical strip mall
• Molded cut lines for easy kitbashing
• Highly detailed brickwork, large glass windows & entry doors
• Colorful signs for a variety of businesses
• Looks great alongside Modern Shopping Center I (#933-4115) or The UPS Store® (#933-4112) sold separately
• Molded in 3 colors
• Measures 10-1/2 x 4-15/16 x 3-1/2″ 26.6 x 12.5 x 8.8cm

SceneMaster™

SceneMaster 20′ Smooth Side Container
HO Scale
949-8650 20′ Smooth Side Container
Retail Price – $9.98 each
January 2019 delivery

Roadnames: REA (right-side & end doors), CN, NYK, Y.S. Line, APL, Blue Compass, CP Ships, Manchester Lines, Mitsui, Undecorated
• All-new container model in standard end door & right side door versions
• Widely used during 1960s & 1970s
• Authentic rivet, door latch & hinge details
• Colorful period schemes
• Perfect period loads for WalthersMainline G85 & 60′ Pullman-Standard VTTX container flatcars (each sold separately)

SceneMaster Zombies pkg(6)
HO Scale
949-6080 Zombies pkg(6)
Retail Price – $14.98 each
October 2018 delivery

Great for seasonal haunted houses or starting your own HO apocolypse, this special set of figures is to add a little “after life” to your layout. Set includes six hand-painted figures with scary realistic detail.

2018 NMRA National Train Show

Walthers NMRA 2018

Walthers will be exhibiting at the National Model Railroad Association Inc. National Train Show between August 10th and the close of the show on August 12th.

The National Train Show, established in 1988 by NMRA, is celebrating its 30th year as a nationally sponsored combined industry trade show and public train show to promote the hobby of model railroading.  This year’s show is taking place in Kansas City, MO, and will feature “Ask The Collectibles” Appraiser, LEGO® mini land, a children’s play area, and free Thomas train rides, in addition to many exhibitors and manufacturers.

If you’ll be in attendance, please stop by and check us out at booth #1606, we’d love to see you!  If you’re not able to visit you can still see all the new products and several new announcements on display at the Walthers booth by watching our Facebook Live stream the morning of Friday, August 10th at 8:30a.m. CDT, and by checking out our Instagram.

Founded in 1935, NMRA currently has over 18,000 members and serves 19 Regions which cover the United States, Australasia, Canada, the British Isles and Europe.

#WalthersTrains #WalthersNMRA

Give a young person a gift that will last a lifetime by introducing them to model trains.

Model Trains

We here at Walthers believe model railroading is the world’s greatest hobby and we love to help bring others aboard. Model trains have been around for nearly 100 years and have seen changes that have taken the level of sophistication and accuracy to new heights never dreamed of before. What used to take many of hours of work can now be purchased off the shelf at your local hobby shop or ordered online from one of hundreds of different retailers.

Why so popular?

Model railroading has so many facets as a hobby. Engineering, electronics, sculpting, carpentry, history, teamwork, and exceptional creativity. This makes it very appealing to creative and intelligent people who love watching the giant machines roll down the tracks. They want to preserve the awe struck feeling they have every time a behemoth locomotives pulls its cars past. For some there is a specific place in time they wish to capture, for others its specific models of locomotives and cars…right down to the engine and car numbers. All over the country people have these same memories that they share with each other, building bonds that last a lifetime. For some people, they like to create the world in a way they would like to see it — a world of their own design.

Historical HO Scale Model Trains

Model trains preserve history

Real trains, like everything else in this technologically driven world, are changing very quickly. But for many modelers, preserving the past is a key part of their hobby fun; while an actual steam locomotive may have been scrapped decades ago, a three-dimensional working miniature becomes a snapshot in time like no other.

Why hobbies are so important to people

Hobbies are very important, because without them we live day-to-day habit-filled lives that don’t give us much escape. Hobbies, especially model trains, provide many positive experiences and effects:

  1. 1. Meeting new people
  2. 2. Experiencing new things
  3. 3. Building self-esteem and worth
  4. 4. Flexibility and creative satisfaction
  5. 5. Clearing your mind
  6. 6. Having something to look forward to
  7. 7. Setting and accomplishing goals

Model Railroading is a great hobby because it will give you an opportunity to relax and build skills at the same time while expressing yourself in fantastic ways.

Father and sons working on a model train layout

Share the love for model trains

Connecting with family is also much easier when common interests are shared and enjoyed. Model trains appeal to curious young people who enjoy solving problems, and have an eye for detail and like to challenge themselves to acquire new skills and learn new things.

Imagine how much fun it can be to enlist and receive help from a young person on a part of your layout or a kit project. Nearly every skill that can help young people develop can be found working with model trains.

Toddler boy playing with thomas model train

A great way to start

Simply throwing young people at an existing layout can be stressful for everyone involved — kids are inclined to touch things – as are a lot of adults. Instead of using your prized models, make the investment in some basic equipment everyone can share. A few minutes spent learning how to handle and operate less fragile cars and locos now can really pay off down the tracks, opening the doors to helping them start their own model railroad. So, where should you begin?

First buy a set, you can find hundreds of train sets on walthers.com.

Expand the basic track from just an oval to something a little bigger by adding a track expansion set.

Take a couple of hours and build a model railroad layout base with grass mat together, or buy a kit like this one from Woodland Scenics.

Add some landscaping or points of interest.

Add some structures using kits or pre-built buildings.

From there, the sky is the limit. As young people grow their interest in model trains will grow as well and before you know it they’ll be teaching you things!

More information

The places to find model railroad information are abundant with programs across the country designed to help get young people into the hobby. There are also programs and websites to help kids who are already engaged in the hobby. Model railroad museums around the country are great places for young people to really get a look at mature layouts.  Milwaukee’s Trainfest and other model train shows have programs that help young people get involved. Each year young people absolutely love the layouts at model train shows. Online articles like this one and several forums are also great places to find information to bring young people into the hobby of model trains. More and more social media content around the hobby is being developed as well as video.

Walthers is leading the efforts to bring younger people into model trains. If you have ideas that you’d like to share with us on how to find success while getting young people involved in the hobby or if you are currently helping to pass along your love of model trains, send us your thoughts to growthehobby@walthers.com

We love hearing from and learning from you! Some of your ideas may be featured in future blog posts or features here at Walthers. We are committed to this cause, and know that some of the very best ideas come from you!

John Tews Cornerstone® Engineered Bridge System Project

Summer is often the busiest time of year for construction work along prototype railroads, and for modelers it’s a perfect time to begin those bigger modeling projects before the fall rush!

John Tews from nearby Sussex, Wisconsin, recently finished rebuilding and expanding part of his HO Scale Timber River Railway with new Walthers Cornerstone® Engineered Bridge System kits. Local railfans and the company photographer were on hand to document the project from start to finish in the following photos… John, take it away!

 

My Timber River Railway is a point-to-point layout set in 1974 that connects the iron range of Minnesota with the ore docks in the Duluth-Superior harbor. Heavy coal, taconite and iron ore trains make up the bulk of traffic, but we also run various local jobs as well as Amtrak service. For years I’ve hosted regular operating sessions, but casual visitors like to see trains in action without stopping and starting. While I’d install removable “bridges” to permit access to the railroad there was no continuous run trackage available for display. Giving some thought to a permanent solution, I dispatched a TRR survey crew who found a suitable location near Emco Junction. A check with a 6′ level showed only a 1/4″ difference in elevation between County Shops Siding and the Chisholm Yard. The proposed route provided an easy grade for long, heavy trains and a continuous run for visitors.

 

Walthers would like to thank Mr. Tews for his contribution to our blog and the hobby. About the author…

Celebrating its 50th year of operations this summer, John Tews’ HO Scale Timber River Railway continues to inspire modelers worldwide. An active member of the National Model Railroad Association, John achieved Master Model Railroader certification in 2002, and is well known for his 20+ years as Executive Director of Milwaukee’s own Trainfest®. John and his layout have been featured in numerous magazine articles and videos, as well as recent Walthers Showroom Updates. Retired after 36 years with Wisconsin Electric, John, his wife and two dogs make their home in nearby Sussex, Wisconsin.

A new generation takes the throttle at Wm. K. Walthers

Stacey and Phil Walthers

Four generations of family leadership

May 30, 2018

Wm. K. Walthers, Inc. is pleased to announce that on September 4, 2018, Stacey Walthers Naffah will become its fourth President. Current President Phil Walthers will retire from day-to-day operations of the company but will remain Chairman of the Board and be available to work on special projects.

“I couldn’t be more proud and excited to turn over the leadership of Walthers to Stacey,” said Phil Walthers, “She brings an enthusiasm and vision to the company that will continue to support our dedicated customers while helping to bring new people into the hobby.”

“I am excited, and humbled to take the helm and to pursue the opportunities presented by this great family business,” added Stacey. “I’m honored to carry on the legacy of the hard work of those before me. Model Railroading is truly one of the classic and timeless hobbies. It transcends ages from the young child with his or her first train set to the adult hobbyist creating highly detailed worlds in miniature.”

Stacey’s promotion will begin a fourth generation of family leadership at Walthers, which recently celebrated 86 years of serving model railroaders. Founder Wm. K. was succeeded by son Bruce, and Phil succeeded Bruce as President in 1984. Now Stacey will succeed her father.

Stacey is a graduate of Boston College and earned her MBA at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, where she studied best practices in operating multigenerational family businesses and entrepreneurship. Stacey has been with the company for nine years, serving most recently as Vice President of Sales and Marketing. She is a past President of the Model Railroad Division of the Hobby Manufacturer’s Association and is the current President of the World’s Greatest Hobby, Inc., a non-profit industry organization which exists to promote the hobby of model railroading.

Phil, who has been with Walthers since 1972, has served as President of Walthers since 1984 and was elected to the HMA’s Model Railroad Hall of Fame in 2010. During his tenure the company has grown to be the nation’s largest exclusive model train distributor and also one of the nation’s leading full-line model railroad manufacturers.

Stacey noted the impact that Phil has had on her career: “I am profoundly grateful for the time I’ve been able to work with my father preparing me for this role, and for his example, his guidance and his stewardship. The impact he has made on our business and on our industry cannot be overstated; the model railroading hobby is better for his thoughtful leadership over the course of his career.”

“Our hobby helps people relax, build, learn and grow. In an age when so many things are virtual, it’s a real, tangible, experience, and through it people create real connections in our fast-paced world,” Stacey added. “Our customers have been DIY’ers and makers from day one, and the hobby’s unique combination of technology, creativity, history and connectivity are as relevant as ever.”

Established in 1932, Wm. K. Walthers, Inc. is a distributor and direct seller of model trains, accessories, and related items from more than 200 manufacturers. Walthers also manufactures its own branded items for its WalthersProto, WalthersMainline, WalthersTrainline, Cornerstone, SceneMaster, Walthers Controls, and WalthersTrack lines. To view the press release, click here.

Tips and Tricks for Searching Walthers.com

 

Our mission here at Walthers is to provide everything you need to build a great model railroad. One of the ways to ensure we fulfill that mission is to make our catalog of products easily accessible to our online customers. As a service to those of you who enjoy browsing or shopping our online catalog, we’ve provided a few simple tips and tricks for searching Walthers.com.

Basic Search

On your desktop, the easiest, most efficient way for you to find a product is to enter the exact name (Merchant’s RowI) or SKU number (ex: 933-3028) into the search bar on our main page. Unfortunately you may not always have access to that information, or you might only have a general idea of the product you’re looking for. In these instances, start with the most basic search term, such as, “locomotives.”

At the time of publication, searching for “locomotives” on Walthers.com issues over 10,000 results. Unless you’re one of the lucky few who have their product pop up on the first page, you’ll want to utilize the search filter to narrow down your results.

Whether or not you have a specific item in mind for purchase, chances are you know which scale you’ll be buying. If you’re buying a gift, or are unsure of the scale you need to buy, navigate to the “Getting Started” page on our website, under “Resources,” for a quick Scale Reference guide.

Drop down the Scale arrow and choose the size you’re modeling. After deciding your scale, there are a few different options for narrowing your results further. Perhaps you’re modeling a particular railroad, in which case, filtering by Road Name would be your best option. If you tend to favor a particular brand, you can search by Manufacturer Name.

For purposes of this article, we’ll search for the Roadname Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe.

Our product results have went from over 10,000, down to a more manageable 243 locomotives. From here, you can filter by Price, Sound (DCC), and Category (Diesel, Rail Car, or Steam). If you’d like your train to ship as soon as possible, filter your results by choosing in stock items only.

Now that we’re showing in-stock items, you can browse through the individual results, or refine your search for items on sale.

If you’re happy with the search results, go ahead and click on the product to learn more or place an order. If you’d like to see a wider variety of products, you can eliminate select filtered criteria.

For example, perhaps waiting for an item to come into stock isn’t an issue, or it’s not necessary that the item to be on sale. Uncheck the boxes to populate larger results.

This brings the search results back up to 243, giving you a wider variety of locomotives to choose from. We’re no longer exclusively showing items on sale, but if you’re conscious about price, you can utilize the “Sort By” filter, located on the upper right hand side of the results, to organize products from least to most expensive.

You’ll see the displayed products went from more than $300 down to roughly $40. Maybe you’re looking to invest a little more into your layout, and you budgeted $250 for this locomotive. Head over to the filters and select a price range of $100 – $250 to see what that price range delivers.

Once you’re in a price range you’re comfortable with, you can either browse through the results, or select a Manufacturer Name. We’ll select WalthersProto(R).

Again, you can now sort by price, best match, or click on a specific item to purchase. The combinations of what and how you can search are many. You can quickly drill down the results when looking for a particular product, or you can use the interactive filters to explore new additions to your layout.

Advanced Search

When you know that you want a particular product and don’t have the product name or SKU #, the Advanced Search is an efficient way to narrow down item choices. (is it the best option or simply a different option, based upon preference?). It provides the same search parameters as the filter search, but you’re able to check all your boxes at once for a streamlined process. You can also search for discontinued products here, by checking the “Include discontinued out of stock products” box.

Start an advanced search by clicking on the Advanced Search link under the search bar on the main page.

For this example we will use some of the same search filters as the previous exercise, and choose locomotives for the Category, HO from Scale, enter Santa Fe under Keywords, and we’ll pick only in stock and on sale items.

Upon pressing the search button the site quickly displays items meeting your outlined criteria, without choosing each filter individually.

Wild Card Search

Another way to search Walthers.com is by using a wild card search. Say you have one of the WalthersMainline(R) PS-1 boxcars and you’d like another. Looking at the box you see the number series is in the 910-23xx series. In the search box you can simply enter “910-23* PS-1” and the result will be all of the cars numbered in this series.

But, say you simply want more WalthersMainline 40′ boxcars, regardless of body variation. You can simply put in “910-* 40′ boxcar” and they’ll all come up as results, plus possibly a few other items towards the end that contain the word “boxcar” in the description.

We hope these help get you to what you’re looking for faster, and opens up the ability to explore even more product for your railroad. If you would like additional search tips and tricks, click here for more information.

Fun facts regarding WalthersProto’s newest name train: Union Pacific’s 1960s City of Los Angeles

1. Faced with ongoing problems with long-time partner, the Chicago and North Western Railway, Union Pacific (UP) shifted its trains to the Milwaukee Road (MILW) in October of 1955. UP insisted all equipment match its own – repainted Milwaukee cars and diesels soon roamed across the UP railroad. Milwaukee soon standardized on the yellow and gray scheme for all of its passenger equipment.

2. EMD E9s were the typical power for the train. Between Chicago and Omaha, both UP and Milwaukee locomotives could be used. From Omaha west, UP locomotives with Automatic Train Stop (ATS) led the train.

3. From the fall of 1956 until 1971, when Amtrak took over, the City of Los Angeles (COLA) with its Pullmans, and the lower priced coach train, Challenger, were combined for the winter months when ridership was declined. Coaches were placed up front, and sleepers at the rear. However, both were still shown as separate named and numbered trains in public timetables.

4. The City of Los Angeles carried a great deal of express and storage mail. In 1953, UP purchased 33 baggage cars from American Car & Foundry, and these cars were often found on the COLA. These long cars were equipped with six-wheel trucks so they could handle heavier loads. All were built to the same plan, but eight had separate roof vents, while 25 had a single large vent (these are the prototype for our model). After 1967 when postal contracts were terminated, most were reassigned to work train service.

5. To reduce the number of stops en route, dining car crews remained on board for the entire trip. They slept in Baggage-Dormitory cars, which were equipped with two- and three-tiers of bunks, along with lavatory and toilet facilities that took up roughly half of the interior, with the remainder used for express or checked baggage.

6. Dome cars were the standard by which all western trains were judged and by 1955 UP offered Dome-Coaches, Dome-Lounges and unique Dome-Diners. While UP had used the name “Streamliner” for its luxury fleet since the 1930s, the competition was so strong that the flagships were rebranded “Domeliners” although the name was actually coined by the Wabash.

7. Dome-Diners were the signature car of the COLA. Like a standard diner, they had a complete kitchen and seating for 36. Eighteen seats were located directly under the dome offering an unequalled dining experience. Competing with Santa Fe’s Super Chief, the lower level included a private dining space with seating for up to 10, known as the “Gold Room,” where special gold-pattern china and gold-plated utensils was used in place of traditional silver.

8. Although constructed as tail cars with an observation end, the added time and costs of switching Dome-Lounge cars at the end of each run led to them being rebuilt for mid-train service in 1956; the end windows were plated and a diaphragm added.

9. Typical of many long-distance trains, Union Pacific provided lower-priced and more informal dining facilities in Café-Lounge cars, first delivered in 1948. As demand for affordable meals increased, UP rebuilt the assigned cars in 1959 with a lunch counter and extra storage space.

10. The Pacific series 10-6 sleepers represented UP’s first order of Budd-built stainless steel cars. Although built of stainless steel with Budd’s signature fluted sides, UP ordered 25 in yellow and gray for the Streamliner fleet, and the remaining 25 in two-tone gray for overnight trains. Yellow and gray was adopted for all passenger cars in 1952, and these distinct and colorful cars were standard equipment on the City of Los Angeles into the 1960s.

11. UP was one of the last roads to order new passenger equipment, with final deliveries in the summer of 1965.

Click to find out more about the WalthersProto HO Scale City of Los Angeles or preorder today (deadline is May 31, 2018).

10 Reasons to Visit your Local Hobby Shop

Walthers Cornerstone® Hobby Shop Kit

Whether you’re just getting started with a new train set, or you’re a longtime modeler, visiting your local hobby shop (if you have one) can be a fun and inspirational learning experience.

 

  1. Inspiration

If you’re thinking of expanding or adding to your new train set, you may not know where to start or what’s available on the market. A good way to get inspired is to visit your local hobby shop to see what types of products they carry and how they’re displayed. Often times, the store will have a variety of layouts and themes on display.

Take your time and notice the details and different components of the display. Seeing all the elements together as a cohesive system can put things into perspective. It can be hard to see the big picture while looking at products online. Acquaint yourself with the different brands, trains, accessories, tools, and controls, as well as any reference books. Even if you don’t make a purchase your first time into the shop, you’ll leave with a better understanding of the hobby than when you came in.

For longtime modelers, you may be experiencing a plateau with your layout and need a catalyst for change. When was the last time you went to a hobby shop that isn’t your regular, go-to store? Take a look at our store locator (link), and dedicate an afternoon to visiting a new shop. A new shop means new layouts, new staff, and possibly different products. Seeing these things in a different light may inspire you to try something new, or give you new ideas.

 

  1. Begin with the basics

After visiting a hobby shop for the first time, you may be overwhelmed by the amount of products and accessories it took to create the in-store train layouts. Understand these types of layouts take a very long time to build. Talk with the staff on what they recommend for someone just starting out. They’ll be able to show you the basic building blocks of any model layout (track, freight and passenger cars, buildings) and walk you through the pros and cons of various aspects of model railroading. By starting with the basics, and building step by step, you’re more likely to finish all of your necessary components, rather than starting and abandoning ambitious projects.

 

  1. See products before you buy

If you’re just starting out as a model railroader, you may have a lot of questions or lack direction for your layout. Sure, you know that N and HO scale are different sizes, but what does that size difference look like? Do you want DC or DCC? Should you buy Code83 or Code100 track? The benefit of going into your local hobby shop is seeing the products firsthand. Sometimes the actual packaging conveys more information than you might see in ads or on the internet, and you’ll be able to view the product in different angles versus one picture online, or no pictures at all. In certain circumstances, your hobby shop may be willing to let you demo a product that you’re interested in! Being able to physically touch, see, and hear the different components allows you to make a well-informed purchase, and can save you from buyer’s remorse down the road.

 

  1. Compare similar products

Multiple manufacturers may offer similar trains, vehicles, figures, and scenery materials. Small details can be the deciding factor in the products that you purchase, especially amongst similar items. Often times, pictures on the internet cannot accurately depict the exact color, emphasize minuscule details, or give you that sense of assurance that seeing something in person provides. If you’re deciding between two similar products, make a visit to your local hobby shop. Chances are, you’ll be able to quickly tell which model is best for you.

 

  1. See store displays

Manufacturers like to promote their products in stores via displays, models, and interactive tools. These allow you to compare products side-by-side, or see a range of compatible products. Your hobby shop may have scenery, hardware, vehicles, paints, adhesives and more displayed on special racks. In many cases, the racks have informative signs and graphics showing the basics of how the products work together. This can remove a lot of the guesswork for a new modeler, and make for an expedited shopping experience for more experienced modelers.

 

  1. Ask the experts

Most hobby shops employ modelers on their staff. Even if they don’t model trains, they may build military models, aircrafts, or vehicles. In such instances, they can usually answer questions about construction, painting, weathering, and scenery. By talking with an expert, you’ll be able to talk about what you are doing, and let them know any general products you’re interested in receiving a recommendation about. Your hobby shop should be willing to provide feedback and make recommendations — after all, they’re counting on you to return and become a lifelong customer.

 

  1. Books and DVDs

Are you a picture person? Imagine ordering a scenery how-to book online, only to find out that it’s completely text, or worse, receiving a DVD in a different language! Hobby shops aren’t libraries, but they should carry a number of model train books and DVD’s for you to browse. If you’re just starting in modeling, take time to flip through and choose some how-to books that fit your needs.

If you’re a seasoned modeler, or building a layout, books and DVDs about real railroads are great modeling reference. Not only can you see the train action on your favorite railroad, era or region, you can also look at features in the background for scenery and detailing ideas.

 

  1. A learning experience

Many great hobby shops foster the personal growth of their customers. It’s becoming more common for stores to host lectures and offer how-to classes on model railroading topics. Subjects can range from scenery, to DCC, to weathering and detailing. In addition, many shops sponsor or advertise local model railroad clubs and railroad events. Check out the bulletin board – you might find something you want to visit!

 

  1. Model railroading ideas sometimes come from other hobbies

 Don’t limit yourself by exclusively purchasing products made for model railroading. Yes, in general, those items are your safest bets, however, you could be missing out on nuggets of information for your layout. Full-line hobby shops often carry military, aircraft, vehicle, and other modeling supplies that can also be used for model train layouts. Craft supplies are also common in hobby stores.

Additionally, are there dioramas on display? Check them out, and if you see a scene or painting technique you can apply to your model railroad, ask how it was done. By expanding your product base, you’re tapping into numerous new, unique looks and techniques for your model train layouts.

 

  1. Meet other modelers

Model railroading can sometimes be a solitary and isolating hobby. Staying active in your community by visiting your local hobby shop can connect you with other model railroaders and hobbyists. Some hobby shops encourage camaraderie between its customers by running contests, hosting events, and even sponsoring a local model railroad club.

Often times, there will be a wide range of experience amongst your fellow shoppers, from novice to experts. Engaging with those on the same skill level as you serves as a way to gauge your progress and share similar experiences. Seasoned hobbyists can act as mentors, and are typically eager to give advice and guidance.

Even if you’ve been in the hobby for decades, sometimes a chat with someone new to the hobby can provide an insight you haven’t considered, and interacting with other modelers can revitalize your interest and reignite your passion for the hobby.

 

One thing is for sure, when you are visiting a local shop, look for Walthers products. Shops that carry the Walthers brand are good shops, and if they don’t they are missing an iconic brand that has led the industry for 85 years.