American O Scale 1927-1965 A brief history of the companies, people and products
American O Scale 1927-1965 A brief history of the companies, people and products
American O Scale 1927-1965 A brief history of the companies, people and products
American O Scale 1927-1965 A brief history of the companies, people and products
American O Scale 1927-1965 A brief history of the companies, people and products
American O Scale 1927-1965 A brief history of the companies, people and products
American O Scale 1927-1965 A brief history of the companies, people and products
American O Scale 1927-1965 A brief history of the companies, people and products
American O Scale 1927-1965 A brief history of the companies, people and products

American O Scale 1927-1965 A brief history of the companies, people and products

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American O Scale 1927-1965 A brief history of the companies, people and products
 
American O Scale 1927-1965 A brief history of the companies, people and products by Keith Wills
Authored by noted hobby historian Keith Wills, who wrote the Collectors Consist column in Railroad Model Craftsman for a remarkable 32 years, American O Scale 1927-1965 tells the story of O scale from its tinplate roots through its divergence into scale trains.
Printed on high-quality coated paper, this perfect-bound softcover publication chronicles O scale from the early pioneers like Alexander, Icken and Cronkite through the more familiar Lobaugh, All-Nation, Kemtron and Central Locomotive Works, to the most obscure like Acme, Hines, Hawk and many more!
This comprehensive volume follows all the O scale manufacturers, their locomotives and rolling stock from the beginning of scale quarter-inch trains in the late 1920s through the decline of the 1960s. Included is a chapter on the Wm. K Walthers O Scale catalogs; a vital resource for the O scale modeler from the beginnings of the Great Depression through the present.
With the resurgence of O scale and its continued popularity, no current O scale modeler, anyone who got their start in the hobby via Lionel or Marx, or any modeler with an interest in hobby history will want to miss this inclusive new book. Profusely illustrated with vintage catalog pages, magazine ads and model photos, the book includes the following chapters:

Preface: The beginning 6
Chapter One: 1927-1941, The Heady Pioneer Years7
Ed Alexander: 8
Fred Icken: 11
Minton Cronkite 12
Chapter Two: The Beginning of Dynamic Growth15
American Model Engineers/Scale Craft: 15
William K. Walthers: 17
Bill Lenoir: 18
Saginaw Pattern & Manufacturing: 19
Scale Model Railways: 19
Rollin Lobaugh21
Lionel: 23
American Flyer: 24
MI-LOCO. 25
Congress Tool & Die: 25
Parmele & Sturges: 25
Acme Model Locomotives: 26
Conclusion: 26
Chapter Three: 1946 - 1950: Early Postwar Years: Renewed Energy28
General Models Corporation: 29
Thomas Industries: 30
Great Western Model Locomotives: 31
Fred Icken: 32
William K. Walthers: 32
O Scale Live Steam: 33
Chapter Four: 1950-1965: The Declining Years35
Model R.R. Equipment Corp: 35
Hines Lines:35
Lobaugh 36
All - Nation: 37
Kemtron: 38
Pearce Tool Company40
Central Locomotive Works: 40
Baldwin Locomotive Works: 41
Conclusion: 41

Chapter Five: Early Rolling Stock43
Rolling Stock: 1927 - 1941 (With 4 Year Hiatus During WWII)50
Ed Alexander: 43
Ml - LOCO/Min-I-Scale 44
Walthers: 44
Lionel: 45
Scale Model Railways: 45
Railcraft Models: 46
Hawk Model Areoplane Co.: 46
Lobaugh47
Westbrook: 49
Conclusion: 49
Chapter Six: Postwar Rolling Stock50
Freight Cars: 1945 - 1950 50
Boxcars:50
Wood "Old Time" Boxcars: 51
Refrigerator Cars: 51
Stock Cars: 52
Gondolas: 52
Flat Cars: 52
Tank Cars: 52
Hoppers: 52
Cabooses: 52
Passenger Equipment: 1945 - 1950 53
Standard Heavyweights: 53
Modern Streamline Cars: 54
Open End Passenger Cars: 54
Post 1950 Rolling Stock55
Conclusion: 56
Chapter Seven: Electric Traction 57
Icken 57
Walthers: 59
Pittman: 59
Minitoys: 60
All-Nation 60
Other Suppliers, Parts, Etc60
Conclusion61
Chapter Eight: Post 1965 Walthers 0 Scale Catalogs 63

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