Ceasing Operations

As of June 1 2020. UTI is ceasing all operations related to brass model trains. Here is a note circulated to our dealers. Thank you all for your support.

Union Terminal Imports
Fine Brass Models
Thanks to all of you collectors, dealers, research and data package collaborators, advisors and friends who have helped us import about a dozen brass model projects over the last 12 years. Ed and I are 50/50 partners in Union Terminal Imports. We have been and will be great friends for life. We have developed a wonderful relationship with Se Ho Jang, owner of Boo-Rim Precision. Se Ho has been our exclusive builder and you’ve seen the result. Se Ho shares our passion for accuracy, quality, detail and readiness for operation out of the box. We would not consider working with anyone but Se Ho to build exquisite brass models. In addition to our Boo-Rim built UTI models, Ed and I both have many brass models Se Ho has built for other importers over the years. We look forward to adding models to our collections that Se Ho builds for other importers in the future.
We will continue to operate UTI for about another year and a half in order to complete our role as publisher of a second book by Jeff Cauthen and Don Munger on Southern Pacific passenger trains and cars from 1930 to 1971. Beyond that, we will always be available to support the models we have imported as long as we have replacement parts like lighting boards, truck side frames and so forth. Se Ho has sent us a parts box of whatever is left over after each project. What’s in the box varies by project.
My wife and I will be moving soon to a new house in the Bay Area closer to our daughter. We are building a new addition with a purpose built train room for me. My priority going forward is helping with the move and then building a new layout to the same level of detail, quality and flawless operation as my former layout in Hawaii. I also have years of backlogged projects on my own brass collection which I am looking forward to completing. Ed plans to focus entirely on his demanding business interests other brass train model importing and his personal modeling. Both of us still have many existing brass models on our want lists.
We have decided that the Illinois Central trains, extra cars and Pullman built 10-6 sleepers will be the last brass models we produce. We have thanked Se Ho for allowing us to be his customer the last 12 years. We have also let him know we are cancelling all in progress and future projects. We have made sure Se Ho is compensated for his work in progress on the cancelled projects. Where appropriate, we have returned or will be returning all research and data provided by our collaborators related to the cancelled projects. In the simplest terms, we are stopping importing brass HO trains models so that we can devote that time to other parts of our lives.
Thanks to all of you for supporting UTI’s projects. Ed and I got the models we wanted for our own collections and had the great pleasure of sharing them with those of you who also wanted them. We look forward to staying in touch with you through our common interest in brass trains.
Chuck Sted and Ed Kurzenski

4 thoughts on “Ceasing Operations

  1. Sorry to hear that, but life is short and we only have so much time to do what we like. Thanks for all you have done. Dr John Myers

  2. Sorry to hear that – I was looking forward to the DoD rerun. Would there be a willingness to take the knowledge you folks ahve about the brass market and teach/mentor others?

    • HI Rick – Chuck is fully retired and won’t be supporting any efforts to extend the life of any canceled projects. I am open to discussion on the three projects that have had a fair amount of work done on them. The DODX re-run is one of those. Se Ho is actively shopping those project’s to other importers at this time. The real requirement for taking any of the projects forward is Capital and desire. The design packages are ready to go for DODX. My email is ed.kurzenski@gmail.com. Send me a note directly if you would like to discuss. -thanks

      • Keep an eye peeled for an email from me. Thanks for being willing to talk.

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