Category Archives: Wm. K. Walthers, Inc.

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

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.

Founder’s Day

May 10th is pretty important in railroad history, most notably as the day America’s transcontinental railroad was completed. But as a modeler, you might know it was also a pretty important beginning for our favorite hobby. Not only was May 10th Bill Walthers’ birthday, but May also marks the start of what became today’s Wm. K. Walthers, Inc.

Born in 1893, Bill’s Milwaukee hometown was a hotbed of railroading, and the seeds of his life-long fascination with trains took root an early age. Inspired by real railroads and studying electronics, he began experimenting with ways to make the toy trains of the era look and run better. He effectively turned his home layout into a laboratory. Through the pages of The Modelmaker (forerunner of today’s Model Railroader), Bill shared his passion and his ideas. Soon after these articles ran, letters would arrive from folks asking questions. Many inquired if he would mind purchasing and sending the needed parts they couldn’t find at home!

Like a lot of folks in that Depression year of 1932, Bill found himself out of work, but took a chance and turned his hobby into a small business. While we’re not quite sure if he set up shop on the 10th, we do know he ran the very first Walthers ad that May, offering ways to “Improve Your Toy Railroad” with a catalog offering various track and other components, and the self-published Signal and Control Manual. Bill reported he made $500 in the first year, and his new business was soon up and running.

As we mark our 85th year, we’re just as dedicated to helping you find the products, information and supplies that bring your model railroad to life, from first train set to super-detailed scale replica. Looking back, we’re honored and humbled to have been part of so many happy times as the love of the hobby has been passed from one generation to the next, and our sincere thanks for choosing Walthers yesterday, today and tomorrow! Looking forward, we have some pretty exciting new product announcements coming in the weeks ahead! Meanwhile, join us in celebrating Founder’s Day with great deals on select Cornerstone kits – check them out in the May issue of Walthers Flyer available now at participating dealers or online at walthers.com/monthly-flyer.

Welcome to Walthers Blog: The Junction

The Junction Between Railroading, Modeling, and Creating a Great Layout

All aboard!

Photo: Bob Gallegos

All great railroad journeys begin with those two words. We at Walthers would like to welcome you to the beginning of a great model railroad journey here at The Junction!

As you can imagine there are many model railroaders, model builders, railfans and crafters that work here. Many of our interests overlap and we like to share our ideas. This blog sits at the junction of these varied hobby interests.

In The Junction you’ll see posts by modelers and enthusiasts here at Walthers. Blog entries will highlight what’s new, what’s cool, what’s fun and more. How-to articles, tips, techniques, train operations, detailing, quick projects and more will all be part of the mix. Plus, there will be some posts just for fun – after all, that’s why we’re in the hobby!

Speaking of fun, we all have an idea of what our ideal layout would look like. As hobbyists we’re looking to have fun while we learn to build and operate better, or more realistic models.
For example, you’ve no doubt seen product photos in very realistic diorama or layout settings at walthers.com. Ever wonder how some of those scenes are put together? In this blog we’ll occasionally give you insights, tips and tricks on how to use a variety of models and materials to make layout scenes like those above.

In other posts we may write about a specific train, locomotive, car or structure, its use and other models that complement it. Maybe we’ll talk about how to use different modeling materials, or perhaps how to detail layout scenes from prototype photos.

One thing’s for sure, it’s all an unfinished layout right now and we’ll be detailing it as The Junction moves forward. We plan to make new blog entries at least once per month, so make sure to check walthers.com regularly for updates!

Welcome aboard and enjoy the ride!