MODEL RAILROAD TUNNELS
Have you ever noticed the lack of really good, realistic tunnels, especially for model railroading starter sets? That’s why Model Railroad Tunnels came into existence in early 2012. A suitable tunnel, one that was realistic and NOT made of cheap, flimsy plastic or styrofoam, could not be found for a small, basic N-scale layout. After researching possible designs, work started to create an original tunnel that would look realistic and be solid enough to not be easily damaged. Design and prototype work included both N- and HO-scale tunnels.
Initial work included mock-ups and early prototyping of a curved tunnel. However, the curved tunnel concept was dropped because so many different curves with different radii are available, it would be impossible to develop and carry stock for even just a few.
As part of the development plan, MRT contacted and worked with several retailers as advisors. These include both small “mom & pop” operations as well as large retailers. Their help and advice has been invaluable.
Work also included designing and testing packaging to ensure product durability in shipping and the development of retail packaging artwork.
After a significant amount of research, design, and testing, the first two tunnels have now started initial production and will be available in early June, 2013.
Model Railroad Tunnels Attends NRHSA Convention
Model Railroad Tunnels displayed the new tunnels at our booth at the National Retail Hobby Store Association (NRHSA) convention in Las Vegas, NV. Hobby store and model railroad store owners were very interested and we received many great comments about their design and realistic look. Many were surprised at how solid they were as they had assumed they were made (like so many today) from cheap plastic or styrofoam.
Model Railroad Tunnels is a subsidiary of Fairmed, Inc. Fairmed, Inc is a California corporation involved with a variety of technological products. Fairmed, Inc. is also a certified California Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise.Fairmed has a reputation for giving back to the community.
DVBEblog.org – Fairmed gives back, as a co-founder of DVBEblog.org, an organization designed to assist returning wounded veterans in obtaining their certification as a DVBE in California. Fairmed is a Gold Level Sponsor of www.DVBEblog.org
Wounded Warrior Project - 20% of Fairmed’s net profits are destined for The Wounded Warrior Project – www.woundedwarriorproject.org
Duveneck Middle School, Native Indian Garden, Palo Alto, California – Fairmed was a founder and primary source of funds and makes regular donations to the Linda Fair Memorial Native Indian Ohlone School Garden, located at the aforementioned middle school. This is the grade school where Fairmed’s co-founder (Linda Fair deceased 2006) went to grade school – www.lindafair.com