Our online shop is live!

Over this past weekend, we took possession the tools, most of the supplies, and order information from Gary, and have opened the web store here. In order to avoid confusion, we also shut down the Light Iron Turnout Company links at the Maine Two-Foot Quarterly and Light Iron Digest web sites, and redirected that traffic to this site.

Once again, we need to let you know that we’re handling outstanding orders first, and ask for your patience as we transition into the operation.

We’ll be updating the site regularly with our progress, so check back often. If you’d like to receive our updates via e-mail, you can add yourself to the mail list by simply entering your e-mail address in the subscription box in the right side column of the site, and clicking “Subscribe”. You be informed every time we post new news items here. Don’t worry, we won’t SPAM you, or sell or give away the address — we hate unsolicited e-mail just as much as you do!

LITco Projected Schedule

This morning, we announced that LITco has been acquired by Berrett Hill Trains, The On30 Guy, and The Peterboro Railroad, and we’re certain that you have many questions regarding the transition, especially since most folks who know us know that we’ll be pretty busy right now preparing for the big show in Springfield, followed immediately by the Great Scale Model Train Show in Timonium.

Here’s where things sit at the moment:

January 20/21: Website creation and press release distribution.

February 2: This is the date that ownership of the business will actually transfer to us. Eagle-eyed readers will notice that this is the eve of the Great Scale Model Train Show. We expect that we will also receive an accounting of all open orders at this time.

February 3: During the show, we’ll also be taking possession of most of the tools, jigs, parts, and materials necessary to build turnouts.

Following weeks: We will be working closely with Gary Kohler to understand his process for constructing the LITco turnouts, and begin building our production workflow, and ramping up production. Our initial emphasis will be on filling outstanding orders, and all orders will be processed in the order in which they are received.

Although there are products in our online shop now, they are not yet available for ordering. We ask that until the actual transfer of the company occurs on February 2, you place any orders with Gary Kohler. You can do that by following this link to his website.

We anticipate that there will be some growing pains as we absorb LITco into our schedules and our families of products and tune the manufacturing process, and we ask that you bear with us during our transition. Rest assured that our goal is that LITco continues to produce the finest turnouts available anywhere.

Most news about LITco will be published through this web site, so we urge you to subscribe to our mail list, which you can do using the mini-form to the right. We’ll also post periodic announcements as appropriate to Facebook and various Yahoo!Groups, as well as in the traditional model railroad press.

The New Light Iron Turnout Company

Sykesville, MD: Berrett Hill Trains of Sykesville, MD, manufacturer of the Touch Toggle line of model railroad turnout controls, along with The On30 Guy and The Peterboro Railroad, are pleased to announce the acquisition of the Light Iron Turnout Company (LITco).

Founded in 2005 by Gary Kohler, Kevin Kuzman, and Jim Weinschenker, LITco manufactures a wide range of high-quality turnouts for narrow gauge modelers in a variety of scales. LITco turnouts are proudly made by hand in America, and the new LITco will continue that tradition, employing Berrett Hill’s proven large-volume distributed-manufacturing process to ensure that LITco’s products continue to be of the highest quality available.

We are currently in the process of transferring the inventory of tools and parts to our shops here in Maryland, and at the same time, building our web site. Once completed we’ll turn on ordering through our shop pages. We hope to have the transfer completed, and be fully operating within the next few weeks. Our first priority will be to fill any outstanding orders.