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September 9, 2014

New Product(s): Hunterline Wood Stains
We have entered into an agreement with Hunterline to begin carrying some of their Alcohol based wood stains. All stains come in an 8oz plastic bottle. They complement our water based stain nicely.
If you would like us to carry additional colors, please let us know.

Our initial stock consist of the following:

  • Creosote Black
  • Light Grey
  • Cordovan Brown
  • Driftwood
You can find then at: Stains

August 31, 2014

Office Closed: Attending the National Narrow Guage Convention

Our office will be closed from September 1 through September 8, returning to the office on Tuesday September 9, 2014. The web site, as always, will be open for business, but we will not be able to process any orders until we return from the convention.

If you are attending the NNGC in Overland Park, KS. stop by our booth at N220 and say hello. We would enjoy meeting you.

August 23, 2014

NEW US Post Office Insurance Policy

To all.. by default we insure all of our packages with the US Post Office at the default $50/package. However, if your package is damaged in shipment you may claim the $50 on your end by submitting a claim to your local US Post Office. If you would like us to increase the insurance to match your order, PLEASE call us ASAP. For example, if you have an $100 order the extra insurance would cost you an extra $2.60.

As FYI, this policy change stems from a recent package that was damaged in shipment and delivered empty to one of our valued customers.

The downside to all of this is, if it happens to you, is that you will have to place a new order with us at your expense. You will be covered by the default $50 insurance, however, if your order is more than $50, you will be out the difference.

This policy takes effect immediately, August 23, 2014

August 15, 2014

National Narrow Gauge Convention NEWS

We will be having at booth at the NNGC in KC this year after all. We will be at the same group of tables as Mt Albert. Our booth/table number is N220. Please stop by and say hello. We would enjoy putting names and faces together especially for our repeat customers. The NNGC is only 3 weeks away. For more information on the convention, visit their website at National Narrow Gauge Convention - Kansas City.

June 19, 2014

Nice Mt. Albert Article in the NASG Dispatch

There is a nice article about Mt. Albert and how they cut wood in this months NASG Diapatch. You can read it here.
For more info on the NASG (S Scale) see

June 19, 2014

2014 Summer Office Schedule

Our office will be closed on the following dates, but as always our website will be open 24/7.

  • July 2 through July 10, 2014 - Colorado Steam Trip
  •      We will be riding the Durango & Silverton Steam train and enjoying SW Colorado
  • September 3 through September 6, 2014 - National Narrow Gauge Convention - Kansas City

  •      We will be attending the NNGC as guests of Mt. Albert. We won't have a booth this year, but hopefully will have one next year.

Rich and Donna Dickeson
April 15, 2014

BlackBear 2014 Price List (PDF)

To ALL ... Our 2014 Price sheet is now available for viewing and downloading from our site. It is a PDF document and arranged as follows:

  • Page 1 - All of our Trestle Kits, Jigs and Material packs
  • Page 2 - All of our Brdige Kits, Jigs and Material packs
  • Page 3 - Mt. Albert Bulk Fractional lumber pricing and pre-packaged pricing
  • Page 4 - Mt. Albert Scale Lumber (HO,S and O) Bulk lumber pricing
  • Page 5 - Mt. Albert Sheetwood pricing and bulk pricing tems
  • Page 6 - Mt. Albert Bridge and scale ties
  • Page 7 - Misc; Books, Tools, Stains, Wire, etc
Get a copy here.

Rich and Donna Dickeson
Feb 10, 2014

Medical Update

To ALL of our customers... Our daily visits to the radiation machine, have us out of the office until almost noon everyday. If you call us, please leave a message and we will try to return your call in the aftermoon on day 1 or 2. Next Monday (Feb 17) the office will be closed all day as I recieve a dose of radiation and chemo therapy. I wish there was a better way to share this, but I want you as our customers to know that when we are at home we are dedicated to filling your orders in as timely a manor possible.

For some good news, Mike Barrett the original founder/owner of BlackBear Counstruction is going to spend the weekend with us and help us get caught up with our jig inventory. It will be nice to see Mike again and bounce some ideas and questions off him.

Again, Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Rich and Donna Dickeson

Feb 08, 2014


To ALL of our customers, For the next 5 weeks, daily radiation treatments, will prevent us from being as customer responsive as we would like. Our hopes are that instead of 1-3 days to fill your order, it may take 2-5 days depending on when we are home. According the the schedule we have been given, treatments will end mid/late March. And then life will be back to normal.

Thank you in advance for your patience and understanding.

Rich and Donna Dickeson

Dec. 2013

Canadian Customers

To our Canadian Customers, to eliminate the shipping shock when checking out via the Shopping Cart, use 'USA' as the country being shipped to. This should eliminate the 35% surcharge being charged international customers.

I hope to have this fully rectified in the shopping cart software in early 2014. But until I can connect directly with the third party that owns the shopping cart system, the above may have to suffice.

Merry Christmas and 2014 Price Announcement

Bulletin Page

We wish you all a Merry and Blessed Christimas from our house to all of yours. And in keeping with you commitment not to hold back on any information that will impact you, we also need to inform everyone of a Jan. 2014 price increase and a few changes to our website..

You can read the full announcement here

Oct. 2013

Mt Albert Lumber has arrived

Mt Albert Lumber Page

As of Oct 14, 2013 our first shipment of pre-packaged Mt Albert Lumber has arrived. As such all individual pieces (Non Bulk) of Mt. Albert strip wood comes pre-packaged in 24" lengths (and 12" lengths for HO only). All 24" packages are priced the same at $4.40 per package (quantities vary). The price for the 12" HO lengths is set at $3.30 per package.

We of course still carry the Mt Albert strip wood in bulk quantities of 100 strips per bulk bundle. However, what is changing is that these bulk quantities will no longer be broken down into quantities less than 100 units. The price break for packages vs bulk varies from package to package. For example, for an HO 4x4, it would be cheaper to buy a bulk package of 100 for $26.40 if you need more than 60 4x4s. (6 package of 10 at $4.40 = $26.40).

This is what I strongly recommend for those still wanting the bulk discount. If you don't need 100 pieces of any particular size, find someone to partner with and buy the bulk together and split the cost.

You can read the full announcement here

Sep. 2013

Exclusive USA Web Retailer for Mt. Albert wood

We have entered into an agreement with Mt. Albert to be their USA Web based Retailer as of Sep. 1, 2013. We will eventually carry all of Mt. Albert wood products including pre-packaged strip wood, sheet wood and wood ties. We will also continue to carry Mt. Albert bulk wood in quantities of 100 sticks per bundle.

Our web site will be changing to reflect the new packaging options.

We look forward to being your source of fine scale basswood for your building needs.


We now have large scale cedar wood strips available for immediate shipment.

  • 23" Lengths
  • Approximately 1 to 24 Scale Factor
  • Buy any quantity
  • Clear Canadian Red Cedar from British Columbia
  • 20% Discount on 50 piece Jumbo Packs
P/N Where Used in Trestle Actual Size
Price Each Price for 50 Pc.
Jumbo Pack
WG-1212 Legs, Top Cap, and Sill .500 x .500 $1.20 $48.00
WG-0309 Braces and Girts .148 x .443 $0.71 $28.40
WG-0816 Stringers .333 x .667 $1.22 $48.80


The Black Bear Catalog is no longer being shipped free with first time orders.

The catalog may be purchased for $3.00 either as a single item, or included with your regular order. Shipping of the catalog is FREE.

Click on the Purchase Catalog link in the Products and Price Lists section of the menu to the left.


We have a new shopping cart system.

Paypal is working again. It is now set up for Express Checkout.

I am sorry to say that your account registration will not transfer to the new shopping cart system.

If you have any trouble with the new system, please contact me at 712-527-4162. I'll be around this Memorial Day Weekend.


  • Customer pays actual shipping charge, with a minimum shipping charge of $7.00.
  • Estimated shipping is paid at the time of order.
  • Overpayments are refunded when the order is shipped.
  • Expedited shipping is available. Buyer pays actual shipping cost.
  • Shipped Priority Mail or Fedex Home Delivery
  • Estimated Shipping Charge is $7.00 + 3% of Merchandise Cost.
  • Maximum US shipping charge (on non-expedited orders) is the Estimated Shipping Charge.


Finally, I have posted the latest photos that modelers have sent in. Thank you all very much. There are some great looking models here. Take a look at all the photos.


Three new Large Scale (G Gauge) trestle jigs are ready for shipment. The instructions and drawings can be reviewed on line. Check them out now.


You can now buy JUMBO PACKS of strip wood and sheet wood and get a 20% DISCOUNT.

A Jumbo Pack is a bundle of 100 pieces of strip wood, or 10 pieces of sheet wood.

Please note these restrictions:
  • Applies only to Mt. Albert strip and sheet wood.
  • Strip wood must be purchased in multiples of 100.
  • Sheet Basswood must be purchased in multiples of 10.
  • Jumbo price is discounted 20% off single piece price.
  • Special Order only. Allow 6 weeks for delivery.
  • Strip wood quantity is determined by weight. Actual part count may vary.

Just go to the Mt. Albert Wood page and use the menu on the left to navigate to all the "Jumbo Ordering Pages."


This clinic was originally presented at the Houston Lone Star Regional NMRA Convention in 2008.

Clinic content last updated June 26, 2010.

The prototype photos include many trestles from the Lubbock area, both tall and short. There are also some SP and WP trestles that can be built with the Black Bear Six-Leg Trestle Jig.

Find it listed with the other other Clinics under Technical Support.


Latest Catalog Available On-Line
The latest 38 page catalog is now available On-Line.
Click Download Catalog under Products and Price-Lists in the left margin.

About the Company

We want every home in America to have a Timber Railroad Bridge and/or Trestle. If not a Black Bear Construction Company bridge, then one from some other company. If not a timber bridge, then a steel or iron bridge. You get the idea: we want modelers to be building bridges.

Black Bear Construction Company's primary goal is to provide hobbyists at all levels with durable, precision tools that will last a life time and allow the trouble-free construction of timber bridges and trestles. Our jigs allow the beginner to build that first timber trestle; and, they allow the master builder to concentrate on details and finishing rather than building jigs.

Thank you for your business. We hope to hear from you soon.

Donna Dickeson-President
Rich Dickeson-Vice President

PO Box 389
Glenwood, Ia 51534
(712) 527-4162 FAX:(712) 527-4162