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NWSL last day to order direct

Matt Hosford
 

Thought I would pass this along.......I did not know myself.  Yet another blow to the hobby......Understandable and unfourtunate.


NorthWest Short Line
March 17 · 

This is the post I don’t want to make but the time has come. I just can’t do this without Lynda. Following is the notice I sent to all the magazines.
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After 60 years in business, NWSL will cease operations effective August 30th, 2019. The company will continue to take orders for in-stock products until July 1st, 2019. Closure is for personal reasons and sale of the business is not anticipated, although reasonable proposals will be considered.

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Matt Hosford
Wurn & Whythyrd Lines

Tom Hokel (Pine Ridge RR)
 

Hi Matt,

I read about them closing last March in MRH. I didn't waste any time in contacting Dave to order a couple of items. One was the tower gear box to replace the factory growling gear in my PFM/United C&O 2-6-6-2. (That'll be the PR #39.) They are running about a two to three month backlog in filling orders Just keeping my fingers crossed.

It's sad to see them close their doors. They really had a great product line, especially for us steam loco owners. Doesn't sound like he has any prospective buyers.

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Tom
<PR> PINE RIDGE RR

Rick Jones
 

On 7/1/2019 11:53 PM, Tom Hokel (Pine Ridge RR) wrote:
Hi Matt,
I read about them closing last March in MRH. I didn't waste any time in contacting Dave to order a couple of items. One was the tower gear box to replace the factory growling gear in my PFM/United C&O 2-6-6-2. (That'll be the PR #39.) They are running about a two to three month backlog in filling orders Just keeping my fingers crossed.
Same here.I placed my order on March 24th and am still waiting. I was told the Hi-Lo gearboxes that I wanted for some of my old articulateds might not ship. It would be a disappointment to not be able to upgrade those old growlers.

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Rick Jones

Ventriloquism season opened today. Paul Winchell threw out the
first voice.

Randy Lee Decker <randyleedecker@...>
 

Those gear sets will be missed.....  The imports I have are some of my most treasured items.  I think the little Vertical Boiler Shay I bought so many years ago is just about the most unique little machine ever made. 

Randy

On Tue, Jul 2, 2019 at 12:53 AM Tom Hokel (Pine Ridge RR) <PR-Line@...> wrote:
Hi Matt,

I read about them closing last March in MRH. I didn't waste any time in contacting Dave to order a couple of items. One was the tower gear box to replace the factory growling gear in my PFM/United C&O 2-6-6-2. (That'll be the PR #39.) They are running about a two to three month backlog in filling orders Just keeping my fingers crossed.

It's sad to see them close their doors. They really had a great product line, especially for us steam loco owners. Doesn't sound like he has any prospective buyers.

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Tom
<PR> PINE RIDGE RR

Jeffrey L Witt
 

Good luck! I think they're swamped. A month ago I placed a huge order and haven't heard a peep. Tried calling today, the phone rang a while then the message said the mailbox was full. Hope they can fill my order, a have a lot of locos depending on it.

I am no longer going to delay purchases of items I know I will need, there have been too many great companies closing the doors lately.

Meanwhile, the latest issue of MR shows how to install laser-cut pre-printed interiors in buildings and lighting using the Woodland Scenics wiring stuff. Those interiors cost from $20 to $40 !!!! What about printing your own, or making stuff out of scraps of wood and styrene? And maybe soldering some wires to your LEDs? I'm done with them, no more renewals. 

A "home brew" interior, cost almost nothing, and good enough through the tiny windows:



wbswarner
 

Jeff,
It’s sad about MR.  We aren’t here to bash, but MR is certainly no longer representative of the creative efforts which we all hope to help survive.  74 pages of self serving sales pitch.  Not much hope that will improve.  
Here is an accurate quote from current issue page 11 under O scale accessories:  “Operating oil pump. orange and black, black, blue and white, and Red Bird. Factory-assembled and wired.”  That’s what it says! That’s all it says.  “Red Bird”, maybe everybody knows is an oil pump design color.  
Three lines on the next page mentions it will be from Atlas and will cost $89.95. Great editing.  How about plans to scratch build one, but that doesn’t pay advertising.  You can still buy an operating Lionel one for less on EBay.   
Sorry for bashing (not kits), but we do need somewhere to promote more scratch building efforts. That’s what John Allen inspired us to do and admire so much.  We have a saying in our large scale group: “ My hobby shop is Home Depot”. 
Warner


On Jul 2, 2019, at 4:38 PM, Jeffrey L Witt via Groups.Io <jlwitt@...> wrote:

Good luck! I think they're swamped. A month ago I placed a huge order and haven't heard a peep. Tried calling today, the phone rang a while then the message said the mailbox was full. Hope they can fill my order, a have a lot of locos depending on it.

I am no longer going to delay purchases of items I know I will need, there have been too many great companies closing the doors lately.

Meanwhile, the latest issue of MR shows how to install laser-cut pre-printed interiors in buildings and lighting using the Woodland Scenics wiring stuff. Those interiors cost from $20 to $40 !!!! What about printing your own, or making stuff out of scraps of wood and styrene? And maybe soldering some wires to your LEDs? I'm done with them, no more renewals. 

A "home brew" interior, cost almost nothing, and good enough through the tiny windows:

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Randy Lee Decker <randyleedecker@...>
 

   Yep..  totally agreed Jeff. Warner.... the brilliance of making your own details and buildings and everything to do with this hobby... is all a huge part of who John was and still would be today.   It's not just cost savings, it is enjoying the hobby to its fullest, by using your brain and skills to problem solve and create beautiful things. 
   
Let me ask....?  What is better as an example of this hobby....  ??  Buying a great brass bridge.... ?  Or Building a Kit built bridge yourself...?  ..  or taking a 2x4 off an old pile of scrap.... and run it through a saw and turn it into tiny scale lumber and used this lumber to make every bent and truss and girder and bridge detail like nuts & bolts and rivet heads all applied and some good airbrush painting and weathering.  To turn junk into art... functional, realistic awe inspiring art.. !   

That hand made bridge can be as well done as any brass model. Some modelers are so damned good, they blow my mind and I have earned a living in this business. It is the challenge to get better, it is the challenge to see if you can do things as well as the best there are did theirs. it is the fun of learning and the confidence it builds to accomplish one skill after another...   That is a human trait at least it used to be....  ?   Buying ready made products or endorsing them on every page of a magazine has no comparison to the the pursuit of the skills and talents and the pride and the conversation piece this bridge will now become to yourself or anyone seeing it.   It is inspirational....!  it is what this hobby is.  Magazines used to teach the talents..  It is these kinds of articles that helped me land the Job I was born to do.. and enjoyed most of my adult life.   It is the type of people who are drawn to this hobby that have this dogged determination to do things themselves and problem solve and make unique displays rather than the plastic toy look you can buy out of a box. 


Randy     

Randy    
   

John Hutnick
 

I ordered thrust washers on Sunday.  I have a message that my order has shipped.

Jim Wells <enginears@...>
 

Hey Randy,

Perfectly put!!!  To answer your last question, I suspect that it’s exactly the other way around!  That is, that modeling, and in particular scratch building, learning the new skills and media (and making a zillion mistakes:), teaches us the value of patience, setting goals... and following dreams one small step at a time to reach them.

So perhaps there’s some creative streak that lures us in... but the Hobby offers the opportunity:).  John had an ‘eye’ because of photography.  But like most of us, model railroading probably wasn’t a decision he ever ‘made’.  The satisfaction of creativity is seductive:).

Forgive me for having to ask, I think we’ve met a zillion years ago, but what is the business you mentioned?

Happy 4th all,
jim

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Matt Hosford
 

Update and great news.....

from the NWSL website.....

NorthWest Short Line Press Release
For Immediate Release (August 19, 2019)

NorthWest Short Line is pleased to announce that the entire line has been acquired by an NWSL employee, effective September 3rd, 2019. All existing back orders will be filled, and NWSL will be open to new orders as soon as the new websites are rolled out; the primary website nwsl.com will carry forward as the primary contact point. The line is expected to carry forward largely unchanged although the company will no longer offer phone support. NWSL will be headquartered in Kila, Montana, located near Kalispell, and the new address is PO Box 219, Kila, MT 59920. Email contact is through the website.

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Matt Hosford
Wurn & Whythyrd Lines

Tom Hokel (Pine Ridge RR)
 

Matt,

That is great news! Thanks for the update … I was losing hope.

Derrel, their local brass repair guy, just sent me two locos he re-geared and re-motored. I always asked him about NWSL's future, but he was tight-lipped about it.

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Tom
<PR> PINE RIDGE RR

Matt Hosford
 

Tom,
  I was too.  I bought quite a few items for some older brass along with future repair hardware etc.  It did seem like the end for NWSL.  

  I grew up in a "Family" business while it has it's advantages it is easier to just close down then to try and sell.  I would think selling a unique company like NWSL (especially under the circumstances) is somewhat a task.  The value of the company name, customer data among other things, are just hard to put an agreeable number on.  Makes sense that an NWSL employee took the helm...... probably the reason for the tight lips as well. 

Let me be among the initial crew to wish the new owner and the staff many happy years of precision grinding.

btw nice work on the D7's......take care

Matt Hosford
Wurn & Whythyrd Lines