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ScaleTrains acquires ExactRail

By Cody Grivno | June 9, 2023

Acquisition nearly doubles ScaleTrains' freight car offerings

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ScaleTrains, a manufacturer of N, HO, and S scale model trains based in Cleveland, Tenn., announced has acquired ExactRail, a producer of freight cars and bridges in N and HO scales. The announcement came in a press release titled “ScaleTrains acquires ExactRail” on June 9, 2023.

“We’re excited about the future of our favorite hobby,” Shane Wilson, president of ScaleTrains, said in the release. “Our growing product line coupled with the addition of MTH HO and S products, Fox Valley Models, and now ExactRail continues our mission to provide high-quality models trains for every skill level and budget.”

John Pestana, co-founder of ExactRail, said, “It’s hard to believe that it’s been 15 years since I entered the model railroading community with ExactRail. Over the years we brought new products, new online resources, and had a great time doing it with amazing friends. Now, the time has come to pass the baton to our friends at ScaleTrains who share the same passion for the hobby that I do.”

To help shepherd the transition and ensure ExactRail models are released regularly, long-time ExactRail employee Chris Brimley has joined the ScaleTrains team. Chris stated, “I am thrilled to be joining the impressive team at ScaleTrains and look forward to bringing ExactRail models and more to this wonderful hobby.” Chris brings nearly 15 years of experience in the model railroad industry to ScaleTrains.

The first ExactRail N scale freight car under the ScaleTrains banner will be announced at the National N Scale Convention on June 16, 2023 in Reno, Nev. This will be followed by the first HO announcement at the end of the month. Both models are in production now and will be available later this summer. In addition, several more ExactRail models are in production, with additional deliveries scheduled for early 2024. has become an archive site for past releases. In stock models are now available on the ScaleTrains website and are shipping from company’s warehouse in Tennessee. Future announcements will be available for pre-order. ExactRail models will once again be available at brick-and-mortar dealers through the ScaleTrains Select Retailer network.

One thought on “ScaleTrains acquires ExactRail

  1. At least it’s not going away. Will the ExactRail brand still be with the new acquisition? Steve Moore

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