I love the fall! Actually, I love every change of season and in Portland we get each season to enjoy. Train season, of course, is my favorite!
It is here! Once-a-year I release an American Fruit Packers car and this year is the 21st car and represents the 21st year of this series. Wow, time flies! The car came out amazing and I’m betting you’ll agree. With this release comes the announcement of next year’s car, and you can go to the website to see it.
I am often asked if I have any (you name it) left. The urgency of making a purchase decision is very hard to state. In an ideal situation, a release of any series is almost completely sold out within four weeks of the release date. But, it is actually hard to predict. Take the American Freedom Train for example – after four years of production and only a few ‘sold outs’, all of a sudden the rush was on and there are almost none left except for current cars!
The Executive Line’s Union Pacific is a great case in point. All are sold except ONE of Houston and TWO of Pocatello. And, I have had only those three UP cars, for about six months! What you see is ‘in stock’ but really are only two purchases away from ‘SOLD OUT’. It was the same with the Walt Disney Lilly Belle. A year ago they were selling like crazy until somewhere around February. Then with only a dozen to sell and sales slowed to just a few all year and now there are only 8 pieces left.
This summer I have spent time moving boxes in my shop and have found a few items that you’d probably be interested in. I’ve listed a couple of pieces, on the website, that have been sold out for years. I could make it a treasure hunt, but just go to where you see the elephants! Then in a few weeks, I will plan to list some in a different series and so forth.
All cars you’ll be delighted with I’m sure!
Thanks, and enjoy your fall ‘train season’!