I have been unable to locate certain Kadee cars through a search of the
Model Train Stores listed on the Kadee website as well as a few others I
know of around the country.
I would really appreciate if some of you could offer some names of train
stores that you have done business with [including a website and/or an
e-mail address if one is available]. I am particularly interested in train
stores that sell Kadee, Intermountain, and Red Caboose [HO scale].
My Sincere Thanks,
Hi, Matt. How's it going? Good to hear from you. Can't keep away
from the trains, eh? Good!
My LHS carries a fairly good stock of the three manufacturers you seek.
The name of the shop is "Valley Roundhouse" in Spring Valley, IL.
Owner is Marion Brasher who's a good guy, honest and ethical, a retired
teacher, fifty years in the hobby, MMR and a former Rock Island
employee. In fact, he nicknamed his store "Home of the Rock Shop" and
he has a very large RI layout he's building in the basement.
Anyway, he doesn't advertise or have a web presence. All of his
promotion is strictly word of mouth, yet he has customers coming from
around a 150 mile radius, many from the Chicago, Peoria, and Quad
Cities areas, and everywhere in between. The store is about 100 miles
southwest of Chicago, and about 60 miles northeast of Peoria. He
discounts everything 20 percent off MSRP, and if there's something in
stock that there has just been a price increase on from the
manufacturer, he'll only apply the new price to the new stock received
since the increase. He even tells you to look for the cheaper ones in
the stack first!
The store address is:
122 West St. Paul Street
Spring Valley, IL 61362
The "official" store hours are: M-F 3-8pm, Sat. 9-4pm but most
times he is there before and/or after posted hours taking care of
business or working on the layout.
Give him a call when you get a chance as I know he will order and ship
stuff out for people generally. He also has a lot of supplier contacts
so he may be able to scare up something in particular you're looking
for but have been trouble finding elsewhere...no promises, though.
"Paul - The CB&Q Guy"
(Modeling 1960's In HO.)
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