[Fwd: Re: Re: Rail Classics and Ted Reimel (Ted's Enginehouse)]
Thomas M. Olsen <tmolsen@...>
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When I said "Unfortunately," in regard to Rail Classics, I meant it in
the context that we were losing a premier importer who was very
exacting. Eddie told me a few years ago at one our PRRT&HS meetings
that as long as his name was going to be on the letterhead and
associated with his models, he would not bring out less than a premier
quality piece. He said that if he could not do that, he would close the
business up! His models speak for themselves in this context. Sorry
to have lost the thread in trying to relate this thought!
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Subject: Re: [STMFC] Re: Rail Classics and Ted Reimel (Ted's Enginehouse)
Date: Mon, 24 Jan 2005 01:14:20 -0500
From: "Thomas M. Olsen" <tmolsen@...>
Organization: University of Delaware
Ted, Tim and List,
Yes, it is true, Rail Classics has folded the tent. Eddie's father has
recently passed away and other pressures have caused him to make the
decision to close the business. He is in the process of selling the
balance of his inventory, which is at present, quite low. All projects,
including the PRR Business Cars, Gondolas, P5 Electric projects and the
PRR Passenger head end and coaches that he picked up with the close of
Rail Works have been shut down.
I am not suprised, considering the fact that the brass market is down at
present. One look at some of the ads in MR and other magazines for some
of the more prominent brass dealers show them carrying large inventories
that are going nowhere.
Unfortunately, Rail Classics was probably the most exacting importers in
the field. Eddie would not allow his manufacturer to begin production
on any model until he received and approved the pilot model. This was
not the case with other importers who used Samhongsa, who had the habit
of going into production, almost on the same day that he shipped the
pilot model and by the time that the importer attempted to correct the
short comings, it was too late!
Hopefully, we may be able to convince Martin Lofton to bring out the
G31 in urethane. I understand that Crown Custom Imports, who was
supposed to bring out the PRR H33 Covered Hopper has now delayed this
model indefinitely. Again, not surprising, considering the large unsold
inventory that he is now sitting on. The owner is the son of the person
who retired and closed his business, Railworks.
For those of you, who in the past had bought models from Ted Reimel
(Ted's Enginehouse) of Pennsauken, NJ., who closed his business and
retired two years ago: Ted passed away on January 15th. He had been in
ill health, having had a stroke last fall which resulted in his having
gone into a nursing home.
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