For publication in The Cannonball
Hint # 8
A Fast Start To Operations
If you are ready to start operating your layout but need a nudge, try the following two lesser known suppliers. First, contact Bill Pistello at Modular Model Railroad Equipment Company  at 625 South Princeton Avenue, Villa Park, IL 60181 630 832-9152. Bill sells acrylic car card holders made to fit 1 1/8" x 3" car cards. The car card holders come in thick and thin types as well as one, two, or three pocket varieties. As Bill says, "Don't piut those tackey thick wooden boxes on the side of your miniature system, do it with style!" I have installed his boxes on my layout and I can testify that they look great and are just right for holding car cards. If you dread writing out your car cards, try Ship It! Car Cards by Albion Software, 39 Stanley Drive, Glastonbury, CT 06033 . I can testify that this product works great. Just enter the information about your cars, industries, and goods shipped, and you are in business. Of course, you will need a computer, printer, and heavy weight paper. Incidentally, I have no financial stake in either company.
Nicholas "Nick" Kalis
McLean, Virginia 22102
C 703 585-0100