TT Vendors

TT Vendors

Postby alexsmith17131 » Mon Dec 11, 2017 6:27 pm

I'm in the U.S. I'm aware of three TT scale vendors in the U.S. I don't know if I'm allowed to name names. It seems that whatever it is that I want, it's not in stock, or back-ordered, or discontinued, etc.
For instance, I want to buy TT bedding track by Tillig. Two of the vendors carry it, but not in stock. From one of them, I ordered a train set that supposedly was in stock. Six months later - still back-ordered. So I cancelled the order.
Where do members buy TT items?
I'm OK with trying to buy from vendors in Europe or Canada, if the shipping isn't prohibitive.
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Re: TT Vendors

Postby AstroGoat760 » Mon Dec 11, 2017 6:35 pm

Such is the curse of TT scale in the US.

I recently bought some bedding track from Reynalds, and it took almost a month to get the bulk of the track for the oval (I am still waiting on two sections of bedding track to complete the order and the oval).

Patience is a must if you really want to model in TT scale at this time.
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Re: TT Vendors

Postby Murad » Tue Dec 12, 2017 3:30 am

Checked the website of eurotrainhobby. They do have some in stock
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Re: TT Vendors

Postby Arseny » Tue Dec 12, 2017 3:37 am

Try http://www.eurotrainhobby.com/ and http://www.tt-west.com/.

If you fail with eurotrainhobby.com, I beleive you can buy any TT-scale stuff from Europe - mostly Germany or Czech.
For example: http://www.modellbahnshop-lippe.com/, http://www.mbs-sebnitz.de/

Our friend from Europe: http://zeuke-tt.com/
He offers some US rolling stock.
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Re: TT Vendors

Postby Sventton » Tue Dec 12, 2017 9:45 am

I do buy locos and such from Reynauld's, but Yes, they do not have those sitting in stock here, and I can understand it. So, you have to wait, but they have always come through. They have an order from Tillig due within the next 2 weeks right now...it has 2 -BR218's in it for me. What George has in stock at Eurotrain he ships out very fast, but again if it is not in stock...he has to order it. So, if you are wanting an item quickly and do not mind paying a larger shipping cost, I'd recommend that you buy direct from Germany from a shop that stocks a large variety of TT. There are several of those. I am assuming you are speaking of "Euro TT" items. If US...then you will have other issues of supply to deal with. John
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Re: TT Vendors

Postby alexsmith17131 » Tue Dec 12, 2017 12:53 pm

Well, I guess that within the U. S. it's the three vendors I've dealt with.

If Eurotrain lists an item in stock, then (in my experience) it's in stock, and they ship same or next day. That said, I've been trying to buy Tillig bedding track. I've wanted to buy R 353mm curved track, and they have one in stock, and that is as it has been every time I've checked over the past month or so. I'll probably inquire about special ordering.

Reynauld's? Who knows? I've ordered items stated to be in stock; then the order says "back-ordered", and six months later, when I inquire, the response is (paraphrased) "I don't know why Tillig isn't making that". Really? Couldn't you have followed-up and told me so within the past six months? I now have on order some bedding track from them. I could find no indication on their website that it wasn't in stock. So I follow-up on the order: The straight track was in stock, and was shipped. The curved track - not in stock, backordered. I'll let it go for a month and see what happens.

I've purchased from Zeuke. Communications with them were timely, and items shipped as expected. They don't however, carry Tillig bedding track. I'd be very happy to deal with them, but their stock is, understandably, limited.

I've looked at some European vendors, but I don't think I've seen the ones listed above. I'll take a look. I can tolerate the shipping charges.

I haven't had much success finding what I want on eBay.

I'll give it some more time. I suspect, however, that six months from now I'll be giving up, and sell-off what I have on eBay, take the loss, and move on.
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Re: TT Vendors

Postby alexsmith17131 » Tue Dec 12, 2017 12:56 pm

Other than Eurotrain, Reynauld's, and Zeuke, and as listed in the previous post, http://www.modellbahnshop-lippe.com/, http://www.mbs-sebnitz.de/, where do membersin the U. S. buy from?
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Re: TT Vendors

Postby Richard-B » Tue Dec 12, 2017 2:08 pm

alexsmith17131 wrote:I'm in the U.S. I'm aware of three TT scale vendors in the U.S.
We share your frustration!
Let's look at the US TT situation: There have really only been four types of North American diesels since the 1990s;
  • SW-1200 from MTB in Prague (the FIRST injection-molded RTR NA diesel in TT history)
    these were originally imported by SazModel in Canada... but they are no longer active.
  • GP38 limited-run kits from the TT-scale Society (and some copy-cast versions)
  • Lionel F3 and GP9 power conversion kits
  • VERY expensive etched brass offerings from Europe.
Essentially NONE of these are 'in-stock'... but they may be available direct or from various sources.

Steam Engines: Only vintage TT-scale... and one 0-6-0 from Germany

North American cars: For injection-molded cars... the selection is similarly limited;
  • Fowler clone and '37 AAR box cars originally from GCR in the US...
    the rights on these and the tooling for the Fowler have passed to Lok-n-Roll in Germany.
  • Funnel-Flow tank cars from MTB in Prague
    originally distributed in various liveries by Zeuke... very few are still available
  • MTB has a 3-bay hopper announced... but not yet in production
  • AAR 2-bay hopper kits from TiTan TT in Australia
NB - No injection-molded RTR caboose, gondola, flat car, reefer, passenger, etc...

US prototypes in Resin: A number of North American -prototype car types have been done in TT...
  • resin-cast from both traditional and 3D printed masters...
    including Lok-n-Roll, TiTan, Art&Detail...etc. (even Tillig!)
  • direct 3D prints from Shapeways and other 3D printing services
Track: The problem is exacerbated by the number of available choices; Code 81 or Code 70?; Bedding track? Flex track?? or sectional??? Which would a vendor keep in stock? ...given that I see less than a dozen TT-scale layouts or modular sections under construction at any given time.

Our TT-West mailing list has about 100 North American names on it...
I don't know of any mainstream product vendor who can afford to keep product in-stock for such a small addressable market... Those of us who follow North American TT share information via email and on forums such as TT-nut, and order from sources as various items become available.

Disclaimer: TT-West is not really a 'vendor'... but a supplier of components and lettering.
That said... we do have relationships with Zeuke, MTB, and TiTan TT
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Re: TT Vendors

Postby Arseny » Tue Dec 12, 2017 2:32 pm

alexsmith17131 wrote:I haven't had much success finding what I want on eBay.


Did you try this seller?
http://stores.ebay.com/hobbyvalue2010/Tillig-/_i.html?_fsub=5739058016

It looks like he offers Tillig bedding tracks.
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Re: TT Vendors

Postby alexsmith17131 » Wed Dec 13, 2017 12:30 am

Thanks, everyone. And Richard-B, thanks for that long and insightful explanation of the realities of the North American market.
I hadn't found that eBay site, but have now looked at it. Looks promising.
My Reynauld's order? Now everything is back-ordered.
I like the size of TT - that's why I'm interested in it. I'm starting to rethink that decision.
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