Need help seeking product distributors

Discussion in 'Getting Started' started by bobrien, Apr 8, 2002.

  1. bobrien

    bobrien Member

    Greetings again all
    Does anyone know of/heard of a Brazilian company called Frateschi or of their US distributors Rail Road Models?
    I cannot get either of their websites up and so far no response to e-mails.
    They (Frateschi) are manufacturers of locos for New Zealand, Australia and South Africa - and I will be otherwise forced into custom manufacture.
  2. Tyson Rayles

    Tyson Rayles Active Member

    Any chance they went out of business?
  3. bobrien

    bobrien Member

    Nope they are still there (in Brazil I mean) but I don't speak Portugese and they don't understand English. But I think the US company has gone.
  4. billk

    billk Active Member

    Bruce - I managed to find a (sort of) English version of their Brazilian site at:

    While there, I checked on dealers and guess what - one of them was G.J. Butler
    Contact: Mr. Butler
    7 Hepara Street
    Wellinggton 6003
    Phone/Fax: 64-4-386-3590

    Is this any help?

    (BTW, Wellinggton was a cut and paste directly from their site.)

    Bill K
  5. bobrien

    bobrien Member


    As we say in NZ - Aww thanks mate !!
    I got the site up and their English can best be described as 'interesting'.
    Have been in touch with the guy in Wellington and he should prove very helpful.
    Thanks for the spotting - it is much appreciated.
  6. Woodie

    Woodie Active Member



    Can't say I've heard of the here.......:confused: They make Australian stuff??
  7. bobrien

    bobrien Member


    Yep mate. Apparantly they manufacture locos and stock which is supposed to be either identical or very close to NZ, Oz and Sth African.
    I have picked up a model which is identical (except that it has 2 axles instead of 3) to the original DA diesel loco which was here in the late 50's early 60's. It is even going to be sent in original NZ Rail colours !!:D :D :D

    I have managed to screw a catalogue out of them which they are posting. Apparantly they only sell thru dealers usually.
    As soon as I have any more info I'll let you know.
    By the way - how's your Portugese? I'll need to decipher the language in the catalogue I guess.
    Also - where did you get your Holden from? Been looking and looking here but mostly only Yank cars available here.
  8. Woodie

    Woodie Active Member

    Aussie stuff?


    hmmmm... interesting. I had a look at their website (not thoroughly) and didn't see anything familiar.... but I'll check again. I didn't see prices there either, but I'll take another look.

    Ironically, their rep in Australia lives in the same street as my brother! (in Melbourne).

    Holdens? I got them from Trainworld in Melbourne. Not cheap. bout $11 AUS each. I did put a thread up here somewhere a while ago about it. I'll look for it, or just do a search on "holden" and see what you find.

    Let me know what you find out as well. :cool:
  9. Woodie

    Woodie Active Member

    Thread link

    "Danger Will Robinson, Danger Danger!" Will this work?????

    I'll try a link direct to the Holden thread.....
    Click here

    If it don't work, Oh well..... Just search for "Holden". All the info is in there.

    Hope it works!
  10. bobrien

    bobrien Member


    Thanks Mate - what an awesome outfit Weico is. Will be worth a plane ride just for that I reckon. They've even got one of my first cars (FJ ute). Bloody impressive. Thanks for the tip.
    :D :D :D
  11. bobrien

    bobrien Member

    Re the Frateschi stuff - well it would appear that my info on them was not detailed enough (got it from a modeller in the South Island) and having got their catalogue, well their stuff is really of no use.
    Apart from the General Electric diesel they had that I managed to get in original NZR colours (not the one shown), nothing else looks to be of value. A dead end I'm afraid.

    And thanks again for the link to the cars - but I reckon it was just an excuse to show off your layout pics again wasn't it!
  12. Woodie

    Woodie Active Member



    Yeah... I had a look, and nothing Australian is shown on their website. As you picked out, they have one NZ loco in NZ rail colours. That was about it. And no prices.

    As for the piccies??? Yeah.... I need some new ones! rehashing to old ones a bit much lately! :rolleyes:
  13. dfrateschi

    dfrateschi New Member

    Frateschi Trains

    Hello. I am Dean Frateschi of Frateschi Trains. We are in Florida USA. We were in Ohio and somehow someone over took our web site in our relocating to florida?? We are , as far as I know, the only licensed dealer in the easter USA.
    My relatives in Brazil do not speak very good english, but are very nice and very helpful if you wish to deal with them. I apologize if anyone has had bad dealings with anyone trying to pass them self off as us. if there is anything i can help you with you can contact me at dfrateschi at my hotmail address untill we can fix our website. Thank you all for taking an interest in our trains. We stand behind them 100%. Thanks, Dean Frateschi

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