S gauge News
MTH has been well regarded for decades for its range of O gauge model railroad products and has been the leader in american O gauge for some time. More recently they have introduced locomotives, rolling stock and accessories in both Gauge One (1:32 scale) and Ho (1:87). S Gauge (1:64) has in recent years been rather obscured by the fine detailing and modern electronics available in the other gauges though it has a proud history particularly with the American Flyer label under both A C Gilbert and Lionel ownership in the 1950s and 60s along with the younger and better detailed American Models and S Helper Service brands. Earlier this year (2013) MTH announced that it was taking over the main tooling of the S Helper Service company and would be initiating production of their previous S-Trax system and Showcase Line models. The first locomotives that MTH are offering will however have all the advanced operational functionality that are expected from them. The Protosound 3 decoder will operate either in analogue mode using a traditional power-supply controller, with default sound effects, directional lighting and smoke where appropriate, or under full digital mode using either DCS or DCC controllers. Digital operation will allow access to all the supplied effects features which includes uncoupling.
As a full MTH dealership any item that is currently stocked at MTH or set for future production can be ordered up and, for those who chase the very limited edition "dealer" models, I am perfectly willing to order those up to the dealer limit. Please refer to the various parts of the MTH website and get in touch if you have any specific queries.
It is worth pointing out that the appearance of the production item can change (on a few occasions quite markedly) from the initial publicity and subsequent pre-production images. The most obvious examples have been with the european O gauge models, some examples of changes are given here.
UK customers please note : you now have the option of pre-paying VAT
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With the retirement of Mike Wolf only weeks away now a little more information has come out regarding the MTH product lines. As has been known for a couple of months Scale Trains has aquired the tooling for the Ho and S ranges but I now see that Atlas has bought some (but not all) of the Premier O gauge diesel locomotive, passenger and freight car tooling plus some of the O gauge accessories and the rights to include DCS protosound-3. The tooling that they have opted for is mainly of the more modern era (mthtrains.com/news/686) but that leaves the steam locomotives plus the remaining bulk of the american rolling stock and accessories plus all the premier european products. I am happier for the hobby in general that Atlas took them over. From what I understand Atlas do not have sole rights to DCS and from what I hear a rump form of MTH may continue on with the remaining O gauge items. I have heard nothing regarding gauge 1.
Having just heard about Mr. Wolf's planned May 2021 retirement I am am not any wiser than the rest of you. I do know that there are plenty of best wishes and other comment within the usual forums so please get on to your favourite search engine if you want to scan through these.
Ok, not much to say other than I am implementing a category for ready for any future electric locomotives as I think that the combined diesel and electric locomotive totals for other gauges were becoming rather large. I may soon start adding some french text for those that prefer to read that rather than translate.
The main news this time round is that the combination of recent large and rapid exchange rate movements, coupled to establishing an outpost in France has made me consider whether pricing everything in Sterling is sensible. Sterling certainly seemed best when the majority of customers wanted to pay in that fashion and it was the currency that I used day to day but now I am faced with the possibility of two sets of foreign exchange conversion fees. Since MTH naturally wants to be paid in US dollars it just makes sense to sell their products in that currency, this should at least lead to numeric price stability with relatively minor exchange rate effects on postage (postage will continue to be added based on a best guess basis since I do not have the weight and volume data to automate this).
Customers in the UK (or indeed others outside the EC sales tax net) who prefer (or have) to do their own import clearance please contact me as I will still be spending time in Jersey and could post from there with pricing reduced to reflect the local sales tax.
If you see an item priced in dollars then please assume that it represents a price with VAT / TVA paid.
Following the re-jig of MTH's website and the temporary loss of links to the pages on their site this site has been altered slightly in that a "Common items" category has been added to the left hand frame. This is intended to be a repository of all those items which might be used by one or more of MTH's product ranges, such as the DCS and analogue controllers, tools and smoke oil, apparel, miscellaneous items, documents and spare parts. It has to be said that some spares are probably "product range specific" as are a number of the catalogues in the documents category. The intention from this end is that each MTH item should find a single suitable page to be listed on. I hope that you will find the rearrangement more of a blessing than a nuisance.
No specific news, the first production MTH S gauge items are awaited.
If you have an interest in other gauges
O gauge : MTH Premier european , MTH Premier american , MTH RailKing
MTH Ho (all the benefits of MTH's electronic and production systems, just a smaller size)
MTH (and other) Gauge 1 Yes Gauge 1 is stocked.
Phone: 44 (0)1534 485113
or of course you can always try