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On30 and O Gauge trains to go with indoor display villages and railroads
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Please note - Update for 2021: Sadly, every month dozens of spammers and jokesters fill out this form thinking that somehow their unwelcome advertisements or content will show up on my site (they don't). The spammers are getting more clever, though - even using real "borrowed" real e-mail addresses and names of innocent third parties, so I wind up spamming people who could care less about our subject matter. Or wasting time answering questions that the scammers could really just care less about.

So I'm now asking people who make inquiries to provide real information about yourself, including real first and last names, street address, city, zip and SOME information about yourself and your hobby. This way, we'll know it's it's not just a random spam attack and we won't waste time answering bogus questions, or worse yet, spamming innocent people whose information has been hacked. Again, we apologize if this seems like a hassle to you, but considering how much information about myself and my family we've shared on these web pages, I don't think we're asking for anything untoward.

Will You Keep My Information on File? This is a question that I'm now required to answer for my European readers, but the answer is true for everybody. If you JUST send a question, no, we do not keep your information on file

After I reply to your question, I keep your e-mails for a few days in case you have follow-up questions. If I don't hear from you again within six weeks, my system automatically deletes your e-mails, leaving no permanent record of your contact information.

If You're Not Really Using My Information, Why Do You Need It? To separate the legitimate contacts from the jokesters, spammers, and scammers, who have wasted countless hours of my time with phony requests and questions. When you contact us, a real person is on this end, often answering difficult questions for free. We deserve to know we are dealing with a real person on your end.

And if your name really is "Bozo LeClown," or something just as unlikely, there had better be a pretty good explanation in the Comments area.

Do You Have a Problem with an Order or Product? Note: I don't sell anything; I only review and occasionally accept advertising for products I believe in. So I can usually answer questions about the quality or size of the product. But I can't answer questions about orders. If you have questions about an order you placed with one of our recommended suppliers, please find the e-mail or packing slip you received from the vendor when your product was delivered, and contact them directly.

Thanks, and happy hobbycutting!

Paul Race

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