On the Cumbres & Toltec, August 2015
Ray Kaminski

I’d like to introduce you to our new website — more products and information in a new, mobile device friendly package. It took some doing to get things right (and we’ll be doing more tinkering as time passes), but you will hopefully find easier navigating to your favorite products. Time was spent reviewing many comments and suggestions to reach this point — and we hope you’ll continue to help us get even better as time passes. Be sure to follow us on Facebook at Crusader Rail Services in order to get all the latest updates.

Several product announcements since my trip to Durango:

SoundTraxx – the new ECONAMI® line of sound decoders – steam, diesel and electric in 3 new sizes:

  • ECO-100 size is smaller than the TSU 750 and runs with virtually no heat – 1 amp / 4 functions
  • ECO-21P decoders satisfy the growing demand for a 21 pin format – 1 amp / 6 functions
  • ECO-400 400 for larger scale modelers in a relatively small package – 4 amp / 6 functions

Technical info on all ECONOMI® products is now available for download on the SoundTraxx website.


  • WOW 121 diesel sound decoders are now in stock. They are also changing their diesel decoders from a 4 prime mover selection to 8! ALCO and GE sounds are being added to the EMDs originally announced
  • New WOW 501 steam and diesel decoders are due shortly – 5 amps / 6 functions. Same sound sets as the WOW 101 and 121 series.

Blackstone Models: We’ll have a very few of the new reefers at the convention. The main order is due at our shop at the end of September. We’ll then begin notifying all our customers who placed pre-orders regarding shipping.

KMP Models has announced the manufacturing of their popular logging kits in S-Scale. Not a shrunken O-Scale kit, but engineered from the ground up as a proper S kit.

Crusader Rail Services now carries a wide range of PanPastel® colors for models and miniatures. These versatile pastels have swept the modeling community as an alternative / enhancement to paint and are great for weathering and scenery. We also offer the companion Sofft® Tools to apply these colors.

We’ll have as much stock of the above items at the NG Convention in Houston plus some unannounced specials (Remember, we’ll be closed from August 29 through September 9). We hope to see some of you there, so stop by and see all our “goodies.”

Our 18th show season begins October 3–4 at the 42nd Annual Great Berea Train Show in Berea, Ohio.

Until then, take it easy in the yard and step over the tracks - not on them.

— Ray

Next Show –

September 2 through 5 — Houston, TX

35th National Narrow Gauge Convention @ Royal Sonesta Houston Galleria
Info at nngc-2015.com

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