WELCOME TO

THE PROTO:87 STORES
 

Designers and Manufacturers of Truly Realistic and Prototypically Accurate Model Track, Precision Electro-Mechanical Mechanisms and Prototypically Working Miniature Engineering Items for Small Scale Model Railroads.

Originally founded in 1996 as the R&D and Supply Department of the NMRA Proto:87 SIG, we have steadily grown to become the leading provider of more accurate and realistic HO, N and Z Scale track kits and parts to discerning modelers around the World.

This new stage of the Stores is just the beginning of our continuing expansion of the Proto:87 Stores into becoming a new permanent and growing repository resource for help and information, as well as being the Unique and Outstanding Engineering Design and Development Laboratory for 21st Century Model Railroading Realism of Wheels, Track , Mechanisms and Working Infrastructure.

AS A USA BASED, R&D AND MANUFACTURING HOUSE, WE GIVE YOU REAL CHOICES AND MORE CHOICES!

LIKE TRULY REALISTIC TRACKWORK

ON EITHER, "FAST AND EASY" PLASTIC FLEX TIE BASES, OR OUR "ULTIMATE", EXACTLY PROTOTYPICAL, REAL WOOD TIES WITH TRUE SCALE SPIKES AND TIEPLATES.

OR EVEN BOTH MIXED FOR YOUR IDEAL BALANCE OF CONVENIENCE AND APPEARANCE

 

 


HO . . . . OR . . . P87

Regular NMRA HO Width Flangeways         Near Scale,  NMRA Proto:87  Width Flangeways

Absolute precision, super-detailed, manganese or regular bent rail frogs
Fully inter-changeable, for easily changing style,
Or even upgrading later to the finer proto:87 standard



Yes! This really is our "Ultimate" HO Scale hand-laid track!

With our absolutely precision "drop-in" pre-formed frogs, along with our CNC pre-machined "slide-in" points and our scale appearance, solderless, "snap-in" throwbars and "glue-down" point hinges, we make it so easy, that anyone who can glue together a plastic kit, can easily make track this accurate and realistic.

Or you can even use our individual parts to upgrade the turnouts you already have!!!




While for comparison, this is the real thing!

 

THE ORIGINAL, FAR LESS EXPENSIVE, NMRA WARRANTED,

"SWITCH-WORKS" EXPANDABLE TURNOUT BUILDING FIXTURE

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The Extra Smart, LH-RH Flip-Over Design saves 50% of the Cost Immediately!

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And just the one expandable fixture BUILDS EVERYTHING to COMPLETION, including all the ties, the points, the frog and of course, all the Prototype's many different tie plates.


UNPARALLELED SCALE TROLLEY TRACK FOR HO

The "Electric Avenue", complete realistic trolley and industrial railroad street track system.



We are dedicated to helping you model what the prototype actually looks like.

We pride ourselves in the Proto:87 Stores, that we help you model the way the prototype actually is, so everything you do automatically becomes much more realistic. So when it come to the track and it's details we make, we continually go out with our camera and "Walk the Tracks", to find proper examples to base our parts on.

That's why you will probably find our site to be very different from most other Model Railroad Track suppliers. We try and show pictures of "The Prototype" alongside our parts, so you can judge for yourself how close to the "Real Thing" it's now possible to get!

But at the same time we use extremely advanced 21st Century "Hi-Tech" Engineering Technology, Materials and Manufacturing Techniques to design realistic new parts to be very strong and very inexpensive, as well as being incredibly tiny and accurately detailed.

 

SLICKER, SMALLER AND LESS EXPENSIVE SWITCH MACHINES

For example, we recently introduced our new, much smaller and much less expensive, "mole" switch machine,

The "MOLE" can be used not only in the same way as a traditional larger "green box" machine, but can alternatively be more accessibly mounted in the top of the baseboard, and may operate turnouts in both directions with its included built-in side arm.


 

OUR ORIGINAL 3D BRICKWORK, STONE WALL AND COBBLE STREET SURFACE SHEETS

GIVE IDENTICAL FABULOUS RESULTS BUT MAY SAVE YOU UP TO 75%

COMPARED TO THOSE MUCH MORE EXPENSIVE LASER-CUT PRODUCTS.

Our amazingly realistic, "cut an stick" 3D brick and stone work will transform the way you model lineside structures, as well as dramatically lower their cost.

Available in a multitude of different brick bonds and stone work patterns.

NOW EASIER, CLEARER, SITE  NAVIGATION

 

 

 To Navigate around the site, use pull-down menu of links which are repeated at the top of every page.


The new 24/7 automatic order form will to save you creating your own lists of parts to email or call in to order. However we still want you to enjoy the previous personal relationship we have had with every one of you. So our telephone number and voice mail (805 481 4625) is still there for any questions of actions you'd rather handle with a real person :)

Finally, this site is continually growing and evolving, as well as having new products added at frequent intervals. Check our "NEWS" Page for the latest additions!. But if there is something you don't see this time, or want to find out about, come back and look again soon, or call and ask :)

Thanks for all your support!

Sincerely,

Andy Reichert