2015-12.1: TMTV Dec 2015 Edition - Act I

08 Dec 2015

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27:54 - Dec 2015 Act I - Scale Trains, Big Dreams: 2 (2015)

Scale Trains, Big Dreams:  In part two of our feature documentary on the launch of ScaleTrains.com, Mike and Shane travel to the factory in China, we get a preview of the Big Blow's onboard sound, and the team gets some worrying news about the delivery date of the sample models for the product launch at TrainFest.  Part 2 of 3.

In case you missed part 1, you can watch part 1 here.
And as for part 3, you can watch part 3 here.

Also in the December show:
- Part three of "Scale Trains, Big Dreams"
- DCC Decoded:  Selecting decoders with Matt Herman from ESU/Loksound
- Fuelling live steamers on Fired Up!

Bonus material:  More weathering with Gary Christensen

Act II: Scale Trains, Big Dreams: 3

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Tbgarland's picture

Very interesting documentary of this start up company and a gutsy move to start with a locomotive only used by one railroad for a limited timeframe. The locomotive is beautiful and although it doesn't fit my era or railroad I can see this company one day producing something that will. 

Thanks for sharing!

Tim Garland

Personally I don't care for watching the trials and tribulations of meeting production deadlines, engineering issues, meetings, demands, missed schedules and so on. I look forwrad to these videos to escape that world, not be reminded of it. But to each his own. 



As an Entrepreneur, I enjoyed every minute of the footage. From experience, I assume the footage has

been wiped of the initial and not to pretty emotional aspects which I appreciated. I would have liked to have been made

aware as to everyone involved having a viable piece of financial skin in the game as this makes for longer lasting companies

and relationships when things go badly over time or monies become tight.   My greatest desire for each of you is that you succeed

at this life adventure as all of us have other railroad specific models we want built. I will do what I can--jd/berlin

I have been waiting for years to see a documentary or article on the production process, from design and development to beta tests to packaging. This series is exactly what I've been waiting for. Outstanding job!

I can't believe, understanding the obstacles of language, time and distance barriers, PLUS the cost overruns that obvioulsy ensue, that these models couldn't be manufactured here instead of there.

Consider, these are essentially hand-made models, or at least hand-assembled. American workers would want wages that are still several times what the Asians want. And even with the lower wages in China, look at all they get - room and board as well as income. To many Chinese, this is a dream job. Can you see highly paid Americans calling this kind of work a "dream job" ... ?

As wages continue to rise in the third world and if the western economies remain lackluster, eventually, the cost differences will disappear. And THAT'S when things will come back onshore because the cost of shipping halfway around the world will make up the difference.

But right now, it's still several times less costly to make these models in China by hand. It's nice to think Americans would want this work, but by and large we don't without demanding big wages for it.

I had no idea that molds were made via EDM - I thought the molds were cut directly (and had always wondered how those complex shapes were cut).  And what an amazing amount of electrodes - it's a wonder model trains can be made affordably given this investment in time and material. 

I was very surprised that the engineering work and drawings wasn't done domestically; I'd assumed that this intellectual property was one of the items that makes the company unique.