Stack Talk – Vol.4 Issue 8

NEWS

The Smoke Stack Hobby Shop is moving to a new home!!!

As we announced last month, we are moving to a new home. We will be one block east of our current location (closer to Memorial Dr.). Our new address will be 342 Lincoln Ave. We do not have a specific opening date yet, but anticipate it will be sometime in mid-October. The new building is undergoing extensive renovations. You can follow the progress in our photo gallery.

The Big Dog Scenic Railway Has Been Retired!

Yes, it’s true. Our railraod around the shop has been retired in anticipation of our move. Labor Day weekend marked the last run of the famous railway. During it’s nearly three-year run around the upper reaches of the shop, it has logged almost 233 miles! That is the equivalent of 11,179 O scale miles, or nearly 4 times across the U.S. A final video was shot by our Director of Multi-Media (Colton) and is posted on YouTube. You can see the video by clicking here.

OWN A PIECE OF THE BIG DOG RWY!! Many of the buildings and scenery items found along the railroad are for sale and are listed at a great price. Stop in the shop for a price list (or call us and we will be happy to check an item for you).

Although this version of the Big Dog Scenic Ry has ended, never fear. We are planning a new version for our new location. This one will be at eye level so that all the details can be seen. It will feature some interactive items where you will be able to push buttons to make things happen. And if you are interested in helping with this project, see more details in the Caboose section below.

EVENTS

The Hocking Valley Model Railroad Club continues construction of an HO scale layout in the shop. The first layer of scenery is in place. Roads, buildings, and trees are next! Check out the photo gallery for all the photos showing the layout in progress.

3rd Annual Smoke Stack Hobby Shop Field Trip

Our 3rd annual SSHS Field Trip was a success. A full bus load of train enthusiasts enjoyed a day of train watching and museum displays in Bellevue, Ohio on August 20th. We enjoyed a private tour of the museum, a buffet lunch, and an afternnon of train watching inside the triangle at Bellevue. It was a warm, sunny day and the rain held off until just after we boarded for our return trip. Some photos are posted in our gallery.

NEW ARRIVALS

1972 Chevrolet K10 Pickup Ascender 1/10th RTR

This good looking rock crawler comes completely assembled and ready to run. It has a licensed Chevrolet body, Ascender 4WD chassis with adjustable wheelbase, licensed Super Swamper tires with functional spare, and Spektrum DX2E 2.4GHz radio system.

Back in stock again is the ES44AC Imperial with ProtoSound 3.0 from Mike’s Train House. This locomotive features (2) Remote Controlled Proto-Couplers, Prototypical Rule 17 Lighting, Directionally Controlled Constant voltage LED Headlights, Lighted LED Cab Interior Light, Illuminated LED Number Boards, Operating LED Ditch Lights, Operating LED Charging Lights, and Operating ProtoSmoke Diesel Exhaust.

Just in from Axial is the SMT10 Grave Digger Monster Jam Truck w/4WD. Over the past decade, Axial has been synonymous with crawlers and the scale trail community for creating vehicles that inspire endless adventure and creative freedom. Something interesting started to evolve and a trend began to appear, 4WD straight axle Monster Jam® Trucks. What’s usually the first thought that comes to mind when someone mentions Monster Jam? Grave Digger® – who is sitting right up on top! The iconic black, purple, and green graveyard themed paint job has been haunting and thrilling fans for over 30 years. Axial went all out when designing the chassis and roll cage for the SMT10™ Grave Digger Monster Jam Truck. Very similar to modern era full size monster trucks, this chassis was developed for maximum strength and an extremely detailed appearance. Not to mention, it’s the first true-to-scale 4WD straight axle Monster Jam Truck available on the market today!

Miller Engineering Burma Shave Sign

Great Wall Hobby L4802 1/48 WWII US Northrop P-61A “Black Widow”

Caterpillar D9R Armored Bull-dozer 1:35

Italeri 1/24 Peterbilt 378 “Long Hauler”

CABOOSE

We have had many generous offers to assist us in our forthcoming move. We truly appreciate everyone’s generosity. Because the building is still undergoing renovation and has not yet had a final inspection, we do not have a move in date set. Once we do, we will target a moving day and have a sign-up sheet for those who would like to volunteer their talents to help us move.

One of our customers is currently doing some research into organizing an O scale train club to be located inside the hobby shop.. This will ultimately be the new and improved version of the Big Dog Scenic Railway. If you would be interested in joining with others to design and build the new Big Dog Scenic Ry. layout, please let us know. You can send an email to sales@smokestackhobby.com indicating your interest, call us at 740-653-0404, or stop in and chat about the great possibilities.