Mike Militello


 

12013 Wales Drive, Fredericksburg VA 22407
Phone (540) 846-6206 Email: pwc586@hotmail.com

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Welcome! This is a web site dedicated mainly to HO model railroading and model railroaders everywhere, at every age and skill level. Think of this web site as a train store owned and operated by actual rail modelers. Our vision and mission is the exact opposite of most hobby and train shops. My partner Scott and I hope to prosper NOT by CHARGING AS MUCH AS possible, but rather, by CHARGING AS LITTLE as possible. This includes giving away as much as we can, especially modeling tips, how-to's and information which would carry a price elsewhere; but here, they're free. And as to product, we will only offer you a value proposition that is unmatched.

About Makin' Tracks

Customer Satisfaction

"The EXPRESS"

Direct Links to inventory of hard-to-find products, or items of special interest:


Atlas Autoracks

 

Model Market - the stuff you need "down there."

These links will take you both to our ever-changing inventory of products we purchase from various sources, plus the basic products every rail modeler needs, which we keep in stock at all times. What you'll find here represent a significant value which will in most all cases cost you less than elsewhere.

Specials

When we have them, you'll find listings of exceptional value; honest bargains often including close-outs from time-honored manufacturers, pre-owned locos and cars and other items of exceptional value. Please note: we don't put anything here unless we think it really is a big deal.

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ATLAS HO LOCOS - MANY SOLD OUT & HARD TO FIND
DCC & SOUND (Gold Series) OR DCC READY (Silver Series)

Conrail GP38-2
"Bicentennial" #7776

Gold: Partno: 10003241
Silver: Partno: 10003211

Norfolk Southern GP38-2
"Thoroughbred" (2 Road Nos.)

#5634: Gold: Partno: 10003242
#5637: Gold: Partno: 10003243
#5634: Silver: Partno: 10003212
#5637: Silver: Partno. 10003213

Norfolk Southern GP38-2
"First Responder" #5642

Gold: Partno: 10002405
Silver: Partno: 10002369

PRICING: Gold MSRP: $299.95 / Our Price $215.00
Silver MSRP: $189.95 / Our Price $135.00
Prices do NOT
include shipping
 

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RAPIDO HO
MARINE INDUSTRIES (MIL) AND NATIONAL STEEL CAR (NSC)
3800 CuFT CYLINDRICAL HOPPERS

These exquisite models accurately portray the prototypes in every detail and include the following features:

  • Dofasco S-2 100-ton trucks

  • Two body variations with six or 11 side panels

  • Brake equipment variations and additional air reservoir as applicable

  • Etched running boards and brake changeover platform

  • Factory-installed air pipes and coupler cut levers

  • Finely molded plastic walkway supports and end cages

  • Full separate air piping and brake equipment details

  • Metal knuckle couplers are fitted as standard

Click the images at left to see larger,
more detail pictures.

 

Order by number from 1  to 10.

Quantities limited. Order as many as you want, but we can only fill from stock on hand.

PRICING:

Rapido's MSRP: $59.95

Our Original: $49.00

THIS SPECIAL: $40.00 ea.!
(30% OFF MSRP)

Prices do not include shipping.

 

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HOW TO ORDER: Send an email to Mike Militello (pwc586@hotmail.com).
FOR ATLAS LOCOS, specify Atlas Partno and qty.
FOR RAPIDO HOPPERS, specify number (1-10) at right of images above and qty.

WE WILL SEND YOU AN INVOICE BY RETURN EMAIL,
WHICH YOU MAY PAY BY CREDIT CARD, OR PAYPAL.

ALL ORDERS FILLED ON FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED BASIS.

 
Master Catalog Here is a way to visit many model train and related web sites in just one place! Never mind about referring to one web site, then another, and then another. Just click the manufacturer name, and their web site will pop up.

Plus, you can use the message box to ask about pricing and availability of anything you find. Try it! You'll like it!

Quick Pick In stock, ready to ship essentials we keep in stock ALL the time (or try to, anyway): track, joiners, Tortoise motors, couplers, wheels, trucks - and more! Fast ordering, GREAT prices!

The Information Resources

  • Looking for our "No-Fail" Tortoise Installation Instructions? Your wish is our command! Find them at this Tortoise No Fail Instruction Link. You'll also find the excellent instruction from the manufacturer there.
     
  • Articles Formerly occupying space on this page, they became so numerous as to deserve a special place of their own. The information you pay for elsewhere we give away for nuttin'. We cover model railroad terminology, track installation, types and selection of couplers, the basics of DCC, ballasting track, modeling short cuts, converting "toy" cars to good models, making convincing scenery out of trash, calculating a helix, and more. All, written in plain language, published as Google Documents so you may copy, print or download. Want to know "how to?" or "how did it get to be this way?" Follow this 'Splain it to me link. These articles are being updated continuously. Feel free to add your own experience and tips - just shoot me an email.
     
  • World's BEST Model Railroading Magazine: 3 initials, but perhaps NOT the ones you think. No, I refer instead to MRH (Model Railroad Hobbyist magazine) which is today's unchallenged leader in providing quality information and stunning portrayals of modeler layouts. ALL of it for FREE, all delivered by simple download. Go to the site and sign up. Supported entirely by advertisers, this publication is exactly what rail modelers need right NOW.  And ALL past editions are online, all free for the taking. Here's the link: Model Railroad Hobbyist magazine.

WORLD'S BEST TRAIN SHOWS!

Held four times each year, the Great Scale Model Train Shows are a 3 decades long tradition in the Baltimore, MD area.

These are juried, scale model shows to assure you of the best variety and huge inventory of everything railroad.

  • Locos, cars, electronics, scenery, supplies, tools.
  • ALL scales, scores of brand names, and 900 or more vendor tables.
  • Railroadiana, antiques from the real railroad, books, videos and wardrobe.
  • Free parking
  • 3 & 1/2 acres
  • Food and refreshments
  • Dozens of operating, museum quality layouts

Learn more at the website: www.gsmts.com

Our Customers and Friends at Work and Play!

Need inspiration? Want to see what others are doing? This is the place for you. We publish photos sent to us by customers and friends.

Click this CustomerWork link to see 'em.