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mark.hinds

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Who are the major on-line N-scale dealers these days?
« on: August 10, 2022, 10:22:57 PM »
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Per subject, who are the major on-line dealers for N-scale equipment these days. 

BLW is of course gone, and many of my URLs seem to have lapsed.  I have working URLs for HOGtrains, ModelTrainStuff, TopHobbyTrains, and that's pretty much it. 

Thanks in advance, MH

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Re: Who are the major on-line N-scale dealers these days?
« Reply #1 on: August 10, 2022, 11:00:01 PM »
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https://www.nscalesupply.com

Not affiliated, just a very happy customer for several years.

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Re: Who are the major on-line N-scale dealers these days?
« Reply #3 on: August 10, 2022, 11:49:35 PM »
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Train World.

www.trainworld.com

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Re: Who are the major on-line N-scale dealers these days?
« Reply #4 on: August 11, 2022, 07:19:49 AM »
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Depends on what I want. For Broadway Limited products I mostly use Factory Direct Hobbies. https://factorydirecthobbies.com/

Midwest Model Railroad is another favorite, especially for supplies. https://midwestmodelrr.com/
Modeling the C&O in Kentucky.

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Re: Who are the major on-line N-scale dealers these days?
« Reply #7 on: August 11, 2022, 11:49:18 AM »
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Based on the results of my dealer comparison experiment..  I would second Midwest Model RR.  Great customer service and good pricing..

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Re: Who are the major on-line N-scale dealers these days?
« Reply #8 on: August 11, 2022, 12:17:04 PM »
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Mainline Hobby Supply.  I worked there part time for years, and our own mu26aeh is currently a part-timer. Trains, DCC, scenery, detail parts - a nice selection.


https://mainlinehobby.com/


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Re: Who are the major on-line N-scale dealers these days?
« Reply #9 on: August 11, 2022, 12:30:19 PM »
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Hiawatha Hobbies up in Wisconsin is another good shop with a good selection.

https://www.hiawathahobbies.com/N-Scale_c_9.html
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Re: Who are the major on-line N-scale dealers these days?
« Reply #10 on: August 11, 2022, 12:34:59 PM »
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N SCALE SUPPLY
MIDWEST MODEL RAILROAD
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TRAIN LIFE

I want to use Caboose Stop, but it looks to frantic for me and what I need. I went with
Packratt Trains in Gridley, CA. Don't forget Model Train Market.
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Re: Who are the major on-line N-scale dealers these days?
« Reply #11 on: August 11, 2022, 05:37:01 PM »
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I wonder if I am still banished from N Scale Supply. Years and years ago I ordered two used freight cars and when they arrived they had been so tightly wrapped in the bubble wrap that each had a broken coupler. I sent him an email as an FYI to let him know. I wasn’t asking or expecting anything.  He credited me back a few bucks per car. Later the next week I placed another order on something that newly arrived. Item showed in stock for several weeks, no order, no response to my emails, just completely ghosted.  I had sold quite a lot of my excess inventory to him over a couple of years prior. Oh well! 
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Re: Who are the major on-line N-scale dealers these days?
« Reply #12 on: August 11, 2022, 05:53:55 PM »
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 :) My favorite two are Trainworld and Fifer Hobby Supply.  Both have a wide range of hobby supplies along with trains.  Shipments are fast and securely packaged and tracking info is posted.  Even for small purchases (like couplers that I need right now), the order is filled promptly and arrives within a week at my door.  Fifer has some neat instructional videos as well as custom weathered rolling stock and some locomotives. 
https://www.fiferhobby.com/
https://www.trainworld.com/

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Re: Who are the major on-line N-scale dealers these days?
« Reply #13 on: August 11, 2022, 08:53:00 PM »
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Streamlined Backshop seems to have a fairly prominent and respected profile and reputation.  They also have a lot of good, comprehensive online instructional and tutorial material.  I wanted to order a decoder from them a while back, but it was out of stock.  However, several email questions were quickly and clearly answered. I ended up buying the decoder from a local hobby retailer here in Toronto several days later, but my limited experience with Streamlined Backshop was entirely favourable. 

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Re: Who are the major on-line N-scale dealers these days?
« Reply #14 on: August 11, 2022, 10:25:16 PM »
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Hiawatha Hobbies up in Wisconsin is another good shop with a good selection.

https://www.hiawathahobbies.com/N-Scale_c_9.html

And I have found that they frequently have things after everyone else has sold out, the first run of the MTL 60' TBOX cars for example. it's usually worth the 45 mile drive for me.