What a quarter! After 9 weeks on the road, I am finally back for a week. Sales were outstanding pretty much across the board. I got to meet many new people and renew acquaintances with a lot of folk I haven’t seen in quite some time. Kato track continues to sell well. The Spirit locomotive from Kato was probably the best selling item in the first quarter, with Broadway’s T-1’s and Rapido’s Turbo trains both proving popular. Scale Trains C39-8’s are also looking to be a strong seller; a bit surprising given their narrow road name choice. Kato has just started shipping the new ATSF passenger car sets, with F units and PA’s to follow shortly. As we have more time to work on the website, I hope to get a complete listing of the upcoming Kato American and Japanese items. Hopefully Norman can figure out how we can start taking preorders! He and Erika are just back from the 25th UK NTRAK meet in Bournemouth. From all I have heard, it was another tremendous convention. I am hoping to make a journey there shortly specifically to look for new products for the U.S. market. This is something I used to do once a year, but have been unable to do for many years. This could range from more white metal kits, to different scenery colors, to ???.
Cheers for now!