BNSF Positive Train Control System Video

Compliments of BNSF, a video about their Positive Train Control (PTC) System:

BNSF PTC Video

Sorry, we were unable to directly embed the video this time.

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A Look Back In Time & Into The Future Of Canadian Pacific

Here is a nice little video compliments of Canadian Pacific for those of you who are Canadian Pacific fans and/or modelers:

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What is Twitter?

You can now follow PWRS Porter on Twitter, look for PWRS_Porter.

For those who are unaware of what Twitter is, or who have heard of it, but are not really sure what it is. It is a free service, that can be used on the Twiter.com website, on a variety of desktop client applications and on smartphones and tablets. These include cellphones like the iPhone, Android based phones like the HTC EVO and Droid and Blackberry phones. It can also be used on tablet devices such as the iPad, Galaxy Tab and the Motorola Xoom. Posts on Twitter are called Tweets and are limited to 140 characters each.

Think of Twitter like a train station status indicator, but with more features. Friends and family can use it as a communications tool and post updates when traveling or going places. For instance, if you are going on a trip, you can post when you are on the train. You can post where to meet friends and family and what is happening where you are.

We will use Twitter to post new product announcements, sales and special events. But we will also tweet and re-tweet items of interest. We are following a number of model railroad and railroad related Twitter users too. And you can see who we follow, and what they post. Following people and looking at who they follow is a great way to connect with new people and find new sources of information.

Twitter allows for two way communications too. Users can direct message other users and/or publicly reply to their Tweets. This allows for suggestions, comments and follow ups. Links to websites and pictures can also be sent via Twitter. Links can be very long, so services such as bit.ly are used to make shorter Twitter friendly versions.

You can also search by topics of interest with something called a hash tag. Hash tags are simply words or phrases that are marked with a # sign. For instance, we use #HOscale, #Nscale, #Oscale, #Zscale and #ALLscale to denote what scale a Tweet is related to. Manufacturers can also be noted this way, for instance Walthers would be #Walthers.

If this sounds a bit confusing to you right now, don’t worry. It is easier than it sounds and most people quickly pick up how to use it. We know it is not going to be for everyone, but for those who do use it, it is another way for us to connect.

So, if you would like to follow me, click on the button below:

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The Move To Become More Social

Model railroading by its very nature is a social activity. Who among us does not love to talk about the latest and greatest in new products? To show of our pride and joy? Or to just talk about model railroading in general? We all do, and that is part of what makes the hobby so great. Whatever your interest, there will be others with the same interest who want to talk about it.

Pacific Western Rail Systems was founded by this very social interaction. A group of modelers getting together to discuss the hobby they love and the things they would like to see. There goals were for more protypically accurate Canadian railroad models and a better, hassle free buying experience. They put their money where their mouth was and seeded Pacific Western Rail Systems. Today, we are still modeler owned and our stock holders can be proud of what they started.

And while we have come a long way towards reaching our goals with our commitment to customer service, value and selection, we are not satisfied. We continually work to improve on what we do, as shown with our recent update to our PORTERS Account System. We have many more improvements in the works and you are going to see some big changes over the next few months.

As model railroading is such a social activity, we wanted to bring that into our relationship with our customers more. Our media page has played this role to an extent for a long time with stories here and there and items of interest not directly related to products. We have decided to have a separate blog to differentiate these from product and business news, and to be able to do more items of interest and other updates without them getting lost in the other announcements.

But that is only the start, we are also getting into the other popular areas of social media where we might connect with existing or new customers. These include Twitter, Facebook and YouTube. Twitter will allow us to send out short messages about new products, sales and even special Twitter only promotions. Facebook is a place for you to interact with us and share your thoughts in a friendly environment. And YouTube is a place where we will be starting by listing videos we like, but eventually adding our own original content featuring new and upcoming products, as well as other useful model railroading related topics.

We know that many of you may not be fully aware of these services, or may not use some or all of them. We will give you more information on each of them and let you decide on what you want to use or not use. They are just another way for us to maintain our relationship with our customers and help us connect with you in whatever way you wish.

As with everything else we do here at Pacific Western Rail Systems, it is all focused on “Your Trains On Your Schedule”. As always, we thank you for your continued support of Pacific Western Rail Systems.

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