Busy, Busy, Busy!

I am writing this on Thanksgiving Day, as I know when I return from the In-Laws tomorrow it will be way to busy at the store to even think about writing this. Yes, we are about to enter what I like to call 'Hard Core Train Season'.

We have been extremely busy at the store over the past month or two. Of course we thank our customers for that. I took a little trek down to my favorite place in Florida to catch a breath this last weekend before we really get busy.

I have just been told that the Siegel brigade is going to come to the rescue this year. Kathy, my Daughter will be helping out in the store for the first year. John, (one of my Son's) will be there to help as will be his Brother Charlie later in December when Penn State releases those studied out kids. So hopefully we will be in pretty good shape for the season.

One of the reasons we are so busy is because of a train collection we purchased around a month ago. This thing was huge. When I first saw the list of trains I considered taking my mini van down to pick it up. But then giving it a little more thought I decided to take a 10' Pinski truck on the short trip to Pittsburgh to pick this collection up. Thank goodness they didn't have a 10' truck and had to give me a 15' truck. Well just click on this picture to see how full that truck was!

Lionel pulled a fast one on us this year! It seems their move to China has caused some problems with deliveries this year. Thank goodness we received our sets yesterday which was maybe a month later than normal. Hopefully they will get it right next year.

That article that I talked about last time actually did appear in Classic Toy Trains current edition. I actually wrote that around 10 years ago, and it took quite a while for them to publish it. Some of my thoughts in the article are a little out dated, but after reading it, most makes sense. I hope you get a chance to read it. There will be another one of my ramblings in the same magazine in a couple of issues dealing with an entirely different subject. (Women's underwear!) Just fooling. I'm sure it will have something to do with trains.

At any rate, I sincerely do appreciate the Classic Toy Trains people allowing me to get my word it.

Things are somewhat back to normal at choochooauctions.com. What a mess that was. This is what happened. Auctionshare is the business that we have been going through to run choochooauctions.com. Auctionshare evidently got into financial problems and had the option of either shutting down or selling their operations to another party. Thank goodness they did find another company that took over their operations. Unfortunately the transition was rough and knocked us out of business off and on over a two week period.

The new company seems to be better financed, and I believe will be a great asset to us. I actually considered getting a server here and hosting both choochooauctions.com and traincity.com here at our location. That is much more expensive, so at least for now we will let everything go as is. With any luck choochooauctions.com will operate without interruption for a long time to come.

In case you haven't heard yet, we are trying to move as much of the new inventory as possible. Believe me when I tell you I have priced everything as low as I possibly can. We are not into the business of buying trains and trying to sell for high retail. We try our best to price trains as reasonably as possible. Thus the guarantee you won't find lower prices in Classic Toy Trains or O Gauge or we will beat those prices by 10%.

Turnover is the name of our game. I want to move as much inventory as possible before the end of the year, so please check out our prices. I think you will find them very competitive. And if something you want isn't, let us know and we will beat that price by 10%, guaranteed.

The more we sell this year, the more cash I will have to find you guys more trains in the coming year.

Last, but certainly not least, we at Train City wish you and yours the happiest of Holidays. Get those trains out and play with them. And don't forget to get the kids involved. If you don't have kids or grandkids yourselves, invite the neighbor's kids over to watch those trains run. Help start a new generation of train enthusiasts!

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