Broadway Limited Imports

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Broadway Limited Imports
Founded 2001
Founder Anton Wenzel, Bob Zimet and Robert Grubba
Headquarters Ormond Beach, FL
Key people

Bob Grubba, President/CEO

Ken Silvestri, VP of Sales
Products Model railroad locomotives and rolling stock
Revenue $10 Million (Est.)
Number of employees

12 (US)

350 (Korea)
Website Broadway Limited Imports, LLC

Broadway Limited Imports, LLC (BLI) designs and manufactures limited-run HO scale and N scale model railroad locomotives and rolling stock. BLI products produced in extremely limited quantities, are equipped with Digital Command Control decoders and the ability to reproduce the recorded sounds of actual trains. [1]

The company was founded in 2001 by Anton Wenzel, Bob Zimet and Robert Grubba. In 2004, Grubba bought out the interest of his partners, moving the company to Ormond Beach, Florida the following year. On April 8, 2007, BLI combined their website with Precision Craft Models, Inc..[1]

The company expanded its offering in 2007 with the addition of its "Blueline" product line. The Blueline HO-scale train models offer digital sound systems but lack the DCC remote control and sell for about half the price of the company's Paragon series models. The purchaser can add the remote control later with a plug-in decoder module.

In 2009, the offered product line expanded again. The new Paragon2 line utilizes an integrated DCC decoder that can be operated on DC track as well, as well as DCC sound capability and steam generating units on many locomotives.[2] The launch of the Paragon2 line also resulted in BLI being sued by another model train company, Mike's Train House Inc. for perceived violation of its patents related to model train sound systems, a claim which BLI vehemently denied. Broadway Limited won this lawsuit in a summary judgement in 2011.[3]

In 2015 the company introduced Rolling Thunder, US patent #7,634,411, a system that transmits the low frequency bass sounds from a locomotive to a subwoofer located beneath the model train layout. The bass sounds play in synchronization with the audio as it plays through the on-board speakers housed in the locomotive.


  1. ^ a b Brown, Tom. "Amid recession woes, model train company expanding". Retrieved 26 March 2011. 
  2. ^ "Products". Broadway Limited Imports. Retrieved 26 March 2011. 
  3. ^ "MTH Files Another Lawsuit - October 23, 2009". Broadway Limited Imports. Retrieved 26 March 2011. 

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