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May 25, 2008

Weaver Models October Factory Tour

Weaverlogo_2Weaver Models has posted information about a Factory Tour that will take place on October 15, 2008, just before the Fall TCA York train meet.  The cost is $55 per person.  A special flat care with crates commemorating the tour will be offered to tour participants for $40.  Visit the Weaver Models web site for more details.

Also, Weaver has released a May-June sales flyer.  Check it out here (pdf).

March 13, 2008

Weaver Models Featured On How It's Made

Many of you probably watch the Discovery Channel/Science Channel show How It's Made.  The show takes a look at the manufacturing process of just about anything.  In Episode 25, the creators visited the Weaver Models factory to film how miniature train cars are made.  You can catch this episode of How It's Made on the following dates on the Discovery Channel:

March 20, 8:00 PM
March 21, 12:00 AM
March 26, 7:00 PM
March 30, 9:00 AM

March 05, 2008

Weaver's "Spring Cleaning" Sale

Weaverlogo_2Weaver models released a "Spring Cleaning" flyer on their website.  The sale items are available while supplies last or until April 30, 2008.  Check out the flyer here (pdf).

February 20, 2008

Weaver Models Open House

Weaverlogo_2Weaver Models, located in Northumberland, PA, will be holding an open house the same week as the TCA Eastern Division's York, PA train meet.  From April 14 -18 you can take a tour of the Weaver Models factory.  Visit the Weaver Models website for more information and directions.

January 04, 2008

Weaver's New Year's Specials

Weaverlogo_2Weaver Models has a new sales flyer posted on their website with plenty of New Year's savings.  Check out the flyer here.

December 07, 2007

Weaver Models Releases December Sales Flyer

Weaverlogo_2Weaver Models released a 4 page December Sales Flyer.  Select wood side refers are buy one get one for 50% off and Northeastern Cabooses are 20%.  Quantities are limited and the sale ends December 31.  Check out all the specials here.

June 13, 2007

Weaver's June/July Newsletter Available On-line

Weaverlogo_2Weaver Models has made their June/July newsletter available on-line.  Select 2-Bay coal hoppers, 40' and 50' tank cars, Nickle Plate Road Hudson's, and 40' stock cars are on sale.  Check out the newsletter here.

April 28, 2007

Tour The Weaver Models Factory This October

Weaverlogo_2Weaver Models, in conjunction with O Gauge Railroading magazine will be offering a guided tour of the Weaver factory in Northumberland, PA on Wednesday, October 17, 2007 (the day before the York Fall train meet).  Weaver is the last O Gauge train manufacturer to actually build trains in the US.  These OGR tours usually fill up fast so reserve your spot now.  Cost is $50 per person and includes lunch and motor coach transportation to and from the factory.  See the Weaver website for more details.

April 18, 2007

Weaver Releases Fall 2007 Supplement Catalog On-line

Weaverlogo_2Weaver released a Fall '07 catalog supplement and made it available on-line here.  Also, at the TCA Open House today I snapped a few pictures of Weaver's new brass crossing tower, switch tower and water tank.  The photo of the tank shows a few paint imperfections because the brass model was hastily painted black the night before for the show.  Pictures of the towers can be viewed here.

UPDATE:  View more pictures of Weaver's brass towers here.

March 14, 2007

Weaver Newsletter Available On-Line

Weaver Models published their March/April newsletter containing lots of sale items and some new product arrival announcements.   Check out the newsletter here (requires Adobe Acrobat reader).

October 24, 2006

Weaver Spring 2007 Catalog Available On-Line

The Weaver Models 2007 Spring catalog is now available on-line and can be found here.

October 19, 2006

TCA Fall '06 Open House - Recap Part 1

I never tire of visiting the TCA Museum.  I could spend hours examining all the fine models on display and the great layouts.  Today the TCA held it's bi-annual open house at the museum.  The open house is always held the day before the Spring and Fall TCA Eastern Division train meets in York, PA.  If you've never been to the open house you need to attend at least one.  It's a great event because most of the influential leaders of the O Gauge industry present their "wares" to the their core demographic and plant the seeds of anticipation by showing pre-production models and hinting at things to come. 

Compared to the Spring '06 open house (my first) I thought the attendance was about the same, maybe slightly lower.  Sunset Models/3rd Rail, Weaver Models, MTH, Atlas O and Lionel were all represented as well of Marklin (HO).  In my opinion, the presentations at the Spring open house offered up more interesting and new information.  Nonetheless, there was still some good info to be had.

Click on the link below to read on

Continue reading "TCA Fall '06 Open House - Recap Part 1" »

September 29, 2006

2007 Weaver Models Collector's Station Club

Weaverlogo_2 Last week Weaver Models posted on their website the goodies you'll receive if you join or renew your membership in the 2007 Weaver Collector's Station club.  The cost is $60 but you get the plenty of gifts including a cool looking Chateau Martin wine box car, a golf shirt, catalogs and more.  Visit the Weaver Models website for more details.  Weaver is also offering a full line of "Weaver wear".

 

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OGR Tour of Weaver Models Scheduled for Fall TCA York Meet

May 02, 2006

OGR Tour Of Weaver Models Scheduled for Fall TCA York Meet

OGR and Weaver Models are teaming up for a factory tour of the Weaver Factory on Wednesday, October 18th, the day before the start of the TCA Eastern Division meet in York, PA.  Participants on the tour will have the chance to purchase a PS1 Weaver Boxcar commemorating the tour for $35.00.  Roundtrip transportation from the York fairgrounds by luxury motor coach will be provided.  The OGR sponsored tour of the MTH factory and Tony Lash's layout for the Spring TCA meet in York filled up fast so sign up early.  Call 800.980.OGRR (6477) for more information or email weavertour@ogaugerr.com.  Seating is limited and sign up ends at 5:00 pm on September 22, 2006.

April 24, 2006

Weaver Fall 2006 Catalog Available On Line

The Weaver Fall 2006 catalog is now viewable on line here.  The Canadian National U4a "Royal" Train is beautiful but unfortunately the link to U4a's page in the catalog seems to be broken but you can view it here.

April 19, 2006

TCA Open House - Part 1

I attended the TCA Museum Open House today. The docket included speakers from 3rd Rail, Marklin, Weaver Models, Atlas O, MTH and Lionel.  There was a abundance of 55+ year old men and few 40 somethings or younger like myself.  At any one time there was at least 150 people in the museum taking in the presentations.  It was a well run event!   I have a lot of information so this will be the first of a multi-part post.

First up was Scott Mann of 3rd rail. Here are the interesting points from his presentation:

  • 3rd Rail spends about 100K per year on advertising of which 8K goes to TCA.
  • 3rd Rail locomotives are hand fabricated in brass with the exception of the smaller parts, which are cast.
  • The larger O Gauge firms will use photos of 3rd Rail models in their catalogs to represent pre production photos of their own models. Apparently this is common practice in the industry, however, most companies will not footnote the photos to give credit the manufacturer of the product shown in the pre-production photo. Mr. Mann stated that MTH used one of 3rd Rail’s Erie Camelbacks for a pre-production photo in their catalog.
  • Firms will also use 3rd Rail models as proto types for their own models.
  • 3rd Rail is the first to use a belt drive system. The belt system replaces the uses of gears and thus the locomotives run much quieter then competitors.
  • The belts used in the 3rd Rail locomotives are similar to those used in printers. The belts are installed in over 15,000 locomotives and 3rd Rail has yet to replace one.
  • Accuracy of the models is most important to 3rd Rail and Mr. Mann pointed out that it is      frustrating when consumers complain that the electronic whistle doesn’t sound “just right” when all other aspects of the model are true to the prototype.
  • 3rd Rail locomotives are built as 2 rail models and converted to 3 rail.
  • All 3rd Rail models are painted with DuPont automotive paint sealed with a polyurethane      sealer.
  • All external structures – hand rails, grab irons etc. on each locomotive is soldered and meant to be “handled”. While making this point, Mr. Mann grabbed the Burlington M-4s on the speaker's table around the mid section and proceeded to lightly pound the loco into the table!
  • Mr. Mann commented on the Union Pacific lawsuit against MTH and Lionel concerning licensing fees for the UP logos. He stated that he is on the side of Lionel and MTH an against having to enter into licensing agreements with railroads because it could give the railroads a say in what models can be produced.
  • Mr. Mann is now selling 80’ Heavyweight Coaches made from ABS plastic under the Golden Gate Depot name. These coaches are 20” long and very detailed. More info here.

Mr. Mann had samples of an REA

Continue reading "TCA Open House - Part 1" »

April 06, 2006

Weaver Announces First Annual Spring Open House

Weaver Models has announced it will be holding it's first annual Open House at it's factory in Northumberland, Pa on April 18, 19 and 20, 2006 from 10:30 am to 3:30 pm each day.  There will be three tours per day at 10:00 am, 12 noon and 2:00 pm.  For more information and directions see the Weaver Models website or contact them directly at:

Weaver Models
PO Box 231
315 Point Township Drive
Northumberland, PA 17857
Phone:  570-473-9434

March 28, 2006

Product Announcements

R-Bishop Model Crafters announced a new 30 Ton US Navy Switcher, Sunset Models - 3rd Rail Division has announced several new products including a M4a "Colorado" 2-10-4 and Weaver Models has 3 new versions of their Northeast caboose in stock.

March 25, 2006

Several New Products "In Stock" on Weaver Web Site

Be sure to check out the Weaver web site becasue they have announced this week that they have several products now in stock.

March 17, 2006

Weaver's Spring '06 Catalog Available On Line

Weaver Model's spring '06 catalog is now available on their website.  I like think the new roadrailers are cool.

Read the discussion about the catalog on the OGR forum.

February 28, 2006

Weaver Models Announces In-Stock Items

Weaver Models has announced on its website that "the following list of cars are now in stock":

  • CB&Q & Pittsburgh, Shawmut & Northern Outside Braced Box Cars
  • GTW and Bessemer & Lake Erie Steel Side Box Cars
  • REA and CN Wood Side Refrigerator Cars
  • Milwaukee Road Express Box Car
  • N&W 2-Bay Offset Side Coal Car
  • Cargill, Pressureaide, GTW, Shell Plastics & Corn Products 4-Bay Centerflows
  • Norfolk Southern AC-2 Covered Hopper
  • L&N Steel Side Double Door Box Car
  • ONE (1) 2-Rail Troop Kitchen Car  That's right, only ONE available so act fast!

Visit the Weaver Models website for more information.

February 23, 2006

Weaver Models US Army RS-3 In Stock

Weaver is indicating on their web site that their U.S. Army RS-3 locomotive is in stock.  3-Rail versions with sound retail for $329.00, w/o sound - $279 and the dummy unit lists for $159.95.
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December 26, 2005

Weaver Models - Made in the USA

I came across a nice article touting how Weaver still manufactures it's O Gauge trains in the US.  The company employs 20 and Joseph Hayter, owner and president, speaking to why Weaver's has been so successful  stated

"It's our responsiveness to customer needs and our ability to produce small runs"

It's refreshing to read that a company has been able to construct a business model that allows it to be successful in the hobby while still manufacturing product in the US. 

Read the entire AP article.

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