Does anyone read the Walthers Catalog anymore?

Discussion in 'Getting Started' started by Squidbait, Mar 8, 2007.

  1. Squidbait

    Squidbait Recovering ALCO-holic

    I've always treated the Walthers catalog as my year-round "Christmas Wish Book"... I buy a copy every couple of years, since things do change from time to time, but I've still got copies back into the eighties... all dog-eared from steady thumbing.

    I'm just wondering if people are foregoing the pleasures of browsing the catalog for the instant-gratification of online searches?

    For newbies, I'd say pick up a catalog and just browse... you'll never see such a variety of stuff at your hobbyshop... and the photos are pretty inspiring too.

    I think if we want to help newbs out, maybe one of the best things we can do is give them our old Walthers catalogs... well... OK... lend them our catalogs... I know I'll want mine back. :)
  2. oldtanker

    oldtanker Member

    LOL..."give" ya rightstooges8 !

    I haven't bought a copy in years but when I did I really enjoyed thumbing :thumb: through it. I don't buy it now because if they want me to buy the stuff they are selling they should just give it to me.:D

    I also don't wear things that advertises anything, why should I pay to advertise for a company????announce1

    Thinking maybe I should bite the bullet and get a new copy.

  3. Renovo PPR

    Renovo PPR Just a Farmer

    Well I'm not so sure about that one but I sure do enjoy my Lionel, K-Line, MTH and Williams catalogs. :) :) :)

    I must be crazy when I jump into bed I spend an extra hour reviewing one of them each night. It is getting to the point the wife thinks she married a train catalog. :)
  4. Renovo PPR

    Renovo PPR Just a Farmer

    I agree with OT and for the record my very small LHS gave them to me all free. GO TIRE HILL SPORT AND TRAIN. Neat place you can buy trains, guns and fishing poles. :)
  5. Squidbait

    Squidbait Recovering ALCO-holic

    My LHS gives away the old ones too, after a few months, if there's any left.
  6. myltlpny

    myltlpny Member

    I've got one of the Anniversary editions that is permanently moored beside my bedside table. I think I also have two more earlier copies in my bonus room. I'd much rather browse through a paper book than browse an online-catalog. And this from someone who loves computers and the internet.:)
  7. J. Steffen

    J. Steffen Member

    I thumb thru it and think...

    "Hmm...more stuff I can't afford."

    It does give me alot of ideas tho...
  8. kf4jqd

    kf4jqd Active Member

    It's been a couple of years. Just like radio Shack, I like the online one better.

  9. Jim Krause

    Jim Krause Active Member

    I love catalogs. Like oldtanker, I object to paying for someone to advertise their product to me. I guess I'm still in the 1940-1950 era in that respect. I still miss the Sears catalog. I do realize; however that the cost of producing something like the Walthers catalogs is costly for a smaller company.
  10. Pitchwife

    Pitchwife Dreamer

    Jim, that era must extend into the 60's because I agree wholeheartedly.

    One of my beefs with companies involved with this hobby is that they all feel like they don't have to do anything without charging for it. Kalambaugh's publication subscriptions are some of the most expensive. They pay little if anything for their submissions, are full of ads that they charge premium prices for and the special links to supplement their articles are little more than ads for downloads that they charge for. Also re Walthers, what other industry charges you to find and order overpriced items? (There are a few that cater to the wealthy, which few mrr's are.) I base the "overpriced" tag on the fact that almost every other LHS and OLHS sells the same items for less. I may be missing something, but there seems to be something wrong with this picture.

    I must admit though, that I too have "bought into" the whole situation being a subscriber to MR, buying the catalog (only one) and ordered from Walthers (a bit disappointing because part of my order was back-ordered and didn't meet their $20 minimum order requirement). :( :(
  11. Herc Driver

    Herc Driver Active Member

    I bought my first Walther's catalog (2007 N & Z Reference Book) this year when they were on special for $7 or $9 or whatever it was...

    All in all I doubt I'll buy another one. I visit the various manufacturer sites regularly to read their online catalogs and see better pictures of upcoming items, and I check out products on the numerous Nscale retail websites. Walther's reference book is fine to keep for price comparisons...but for me at least, of little real value.
  12. ezdays

    ezdays Out AZ way

    I meant to buy one this year when they reduced the price, but things got kinda hectic towards the end of last year and it got by me. :rolleyes: I still get their monthly sales flyer and read that. I order from it every so often and usually go on their web site and order from there as well.
  13. hooknlad

    hooknlad Member

    I admit - I have a few catalogs in my water closet. Great reading material for the study!!! I do not purchase any catalogs. I enjoy the fliers that walthers send monthly. I do miss the Radio Shack catalog. Alot of mental engineering went into many of my railroad projects such as timing circuits, traffic lites, cds detection circuits etc.. I sure do miss that catalog :(
  14. CNWman

    CNWman CNW Fan

    Don't have any, I like looking through the online serch engine:D I took a quick look at Lionel's catalog once, got weirded out by the new moving car sets (It's just O gauge in pavement, they even have transition parts!), but I thought their 'Midnight Chief' was cool.
  15. davidstrains

    davidstrains Active Member

    I use the catalog and mailers for ideas for scratch building structures. I don't order anything from them but their photos give enough information to make a decent building.
  16. Squidbait

    Squidbait Recovering ALCO-holic

    I've never ordered from Walthers directly, I do all my shopping at the LHS.

    I wasn't suggesting buying as the reason for having the catalog. What it is, to my mind, is a great resource to show what is available in any scale in model railroading. While not completely comprehensive, it's certainly the biggest collection of info in one printed source.

    I use it not only for wishful thinking and daydreaming, but if I ever wonder "I wonder if somebody makes a ______?", I do a little thumbing.
  17. eightyeightfan1

    eightyeightfan1 Now I'm AMP'd

    Since my LHS orders from Walthers. I have the Walthers catalog, so when I need to order something, I just give the LHS guy the number right out of the book. Makes it easier for both of us.
  18. spitfire

    spitfire Active Member

    I've got a couple of Walthers catalogs that I bought from the last few years, but I didn't buy one this year, even though they were a lot cheaper this time around.

    I mostly look at the Walthers website for things.

  19. TruckLover

    TruckLover Mack CH613 & 53' Trailer

    I love the walthers books. I have both N scale and HO scale in 2006 and getting both again for 2007. This time around I can pick up both for the price of 1 last year.

    I use the Walthers books a lot because I don't have internet on my computer up-stairs and I have to come downstairs to use the internet cause we don't have a router. My layout is upstairs as is my work area so I refer to the books more than I do there web site.
  20. RobertInOntario

    RobertInOntario Active Member

    I only occasionally look at it, but then my main focus is on British trains! I've found it helpful a little but generally research my model train purchases on the web.


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