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"Sharing the joy of model railroading"
Hobby Shop & Warehouse hours (Eastern Time)

Sunday - Closed
Monday - Closed
Tuesday - Closed
Wednesday - 10:30 - 6:00
Thursday - 10:30-6:00
Friday - 10:30-6:00
Saturday - 10:30-5:00

 

Remember - we are ALWAYS open here at the web site to:
Order an item or Check if we have an item in stock.
ALL ITEMS ARE UPDATED NIGHTLY! LAST UPDATED

We may be closed two or three times a year on a Friday and Saturday when we display at local area train shows. See the calendar for our schedule.  Our shop phone message will let you know of any temporary change in shop hours for these events.

Click for a detailed map.  Click for precise directions.

Our exact address is 1200 Jenkins Road, 27587 but If you want to visit and have a
GPS, Mapquest, Google, or LiveNet then  use 1163 Jenkins Rd (1162 in Ask) in your computer to find the location of our shop entrance on the north side of Jenkins Road


News: 

February, 2014  Want to run your railroad with your smart phone:

Want to run your railroad with a smart-phone or tablet app?

Here’s what hardware you need:

    1. *DCC system (Zephyr)

    2. *PS3 or similar translator between your computer and DCC

    3. smart-phone or Wi-Fi capable device (tablet, iPad)
    (may already have)

    4. PC/Laptop/Mac to act as a server
    (may already have)

    5. Wi-Fi router
    (may already have)

Here’s what software you need:

    5. smart-phone app (free)

    6. server app (free)

* get it at the Train Buddy!

 

 

 

December, 2013 - same place, new shop!  We are still here (at least for another year or so) but with a totally different look.  Come visit and see what is new. 

 

 

11/24/13 Golden Spike and running trains again!  Laying the track took the longest but then again, I did it my way (hand spiking every 6 inches) and there are lots of easier methods.  Total time: 26 hours!  & 

 

11/20/13 the cork is laid and the track is next.  I want to have it up and running by the end of the week.  16 hours so far. See pictures &

 

11/18/13 The NEW HO Railroad is coming along! More pictures!  & P.S. This took approximately 12 1/2 hours to get this far.  I'm keeping track!

 

10/19/13 The HO railroad  is gone.  Norman Dean and his associates took it to Oxford..  Here are some pictures &

 

See the NEW Train Buddy Youtube Channel!!

 

Train Control Systems (TCS) decoders are now in production for Kato N engines.  Also, new miniature lighting options with their pre-wired sunny and golden white surface LED's

 

Also, Llagas Creek products - Track, Ties, Joiners and Special Order Turnouts for G/#1 Scale.

New Products:

 

Train Control Systems decoders have the ultimate motor and LED control.  See "Train Control Systems" as manufacturer on our Order-Search page. [Note: see our install of a TCS M1 decoder.  Click here.]

 


New Relationships:

(While the Train Buddy deals with the major distributors like Walthers [and four others by the way], we also are direct with manufacturers like Digitrax, Soundtraxx, Bowser and others.  This list is about new and exciting partnerships with our manufacturing friends.  For a full list of our direct dealerships see the "Products" tab and then "Direct Dealerships".)

Alliance Locomotive Products (Helix Humper)

MicroMark

Nick and Nora Designs

Railstars Limited

Aux-Box DCC

DP Model Rail Products

Turner Model Works

Llagas Creek

Microscale

Train Control Systems

King's Mill

Broadway Limited

Raleigh Rails

Precision Scale Products

InterMountain Railway Co.

Crew Change Products

Iron Penguin

Warren Calloway

C.C. Crow

 

In Stock Products worth mentioning:

  • Tippi hot foam shaper

  • Kadee whisker (380-148 and 380-158) couplers

Products that we always keep in stock:

  • HO Code 100 and Code 83 flex track

  • HO cork roadbed

  • Track nails

  • Walthers turnouts (Shinohara code 83) turnouts, all sizes

  • Peco insulfrog turnouts in large, medium and small

  • Atlas turnouts in #4, #6 and #8

  • Atlas rail joiners and insulated rail joiners

  • gloss and dull over-sprays

  • Adhesives (Super glues and Styrene) and lubricants to exceed every modeling task

  • Full line of Digitrax products

  • Full line of Kadee products

  • Full line of Soundtraxx decoders, speakers and accessories

  • DPDT, SPDT and momentary miniature switches

  • 12 position compression style 3 Amp terminal blocks

  • 10 pin connectors and ribbon cable for Digitrax signaling and block detection boards

  • White and Yellow LED's and resistors to match

  • Tools and gauges that we use and recommend

Ordering from the Train Buddy is simple. Go to "Products" and either "Search" for the product or enter the number directly in the "by Item ID".  Most items are Walthers numbers from the catalog.  Exceptions are Digitrax which are just their model numbers (like DH163D) and for Soundtraxx it is their 7 digit model number.  This will make it much faster for ordering and receiving your order!

Watch out...I have put an "image" link on the search to make it convenient to view the items.  It takes you to the Walthers site.  Don't order there or you will pay full price and not be ordering from Train Buddy.  After you have viewed the image, use your back button to come back to the Train Buddy site to order.

Your Train Buddy is working hard to try and bring you products that meet the need of the model railroader but aren't a part of the main stream hobby shop.  Our motto: "Sharing the joy of model railroading" means more than just ordering from a catalog or giving you a discount.  To us it means sharing the full experience with service, information AND products.

Train Buddy Initiative>>  Find products that the "budds" use but are not considered "train" related.  For example, we carry...

  • bench style power supply
  • temperature controlled soldering station
  • SPDT snap action (micro) switches for turnouts
  • DPDT, SPDT, SPDT (momentary)) miniature switches
  • 12 position compression style 3 amp terminal blocks
  • 10 pin connectors and ribbon cable for Digitrax signaling and block detection boards
  • single sided copper laminate for modifying switches or module ends
  • Kapton tape for DCC decoder installs
  • matte medium / Gesso for scenery and ballast adhesive
  • electronics cleaner/degreasers for easier and better track and wheel cleaning.

All of these are carried, not discounted as much, but slightly above our quantity cost to provide a full range of products and a single source for your modeling needs.

 

 

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Contact us at 919-562-4378 or e-mail:info@trainbuddy.com

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This page was last updated: 2014-07-15