- GG-1. Their signature model was certainly their GG-1 electric locomotive, seen here in an image from a flyer put out when the model was upgraded (the original version may be seen here). This was first produced in sand cast bronze or aluminum and was later die cast, single or dual motor.
- 0-4-0t. Their other locomotive offering was a pint-sized CNJ 0-4-0t in brass.
The 0-4-0t was a pre-war product only. The GG-1 was offered before and after the war. The passenger cars were available before and after the war and the freight cars are post-war products.
Their heavyweight passenger cars featured card sides, wood roof and floor, and cast details including die cast four or six wheel trucks. The line included:
- 60’ baggage
- 70’ coach
- 68’ combine
- 80’ 12 section Pullman, the car illustrated below being equipped with Scale-Craft trucks.
One other note being that an express reefer was listed as a future model but was never marketed.
More confusion is found in their post-war line of freight cars, as these cars share sides and many parts with the comparable models produced by Eastern Model Railroad Co. See that article for my current list of car numbers on these printed sides. Models produced included:
- Steel 40’ boxcar, ATSF, B&O "Linking 13 great States" and "Sentinel," CN, CB&Q, NYC, GN, PRR
- 40’ reefer, wood or steel sides, Armour's Star, Borden's, Crazy Crystals, Northwestern, Swift Premium Ham, Dry Ice, PFE (UP or SP), Santa Fe, Western, FGE
Eastern and Famoco freight cars were on the market at the same time after WWII. Why practically identical kits were marketed by two different makers is a mystery to me, although the cast ends make the Famoco version the upgrade model of the two and, at the end of production, was sold at a lower price. It is a point that I hope to sort out with more research.
The freight car trucks of Famoco and Eastern have a similar look to those of Scale-Craft but are shorter in wheelbase and have a different bolster. The comparison may be seen here.
As to how to pronounce "Famoco," they answered that question in this ad from the April, 1947 issue of Model Railroader. In addition to the above Famoco also produced No. 6 turnouts and a track layer. Over the course of OO production they advertised sporadically but seem to have produced a good number of models, as they are not at all uncommon to find today, especially the freight cars.
In the 1949 article (“Alive Again … 00 Gauge”) Famoco owner Menten also notes that he had spent years producing precision military instruments as well. Despite his clear enthusiasm for OO, in the end Famoco left the OO market entirely and switched to producing HO models. See HoSeeker for more on their HO GG-1 and PRR B-1 models, introduced ca. 1950 (being advertised as new models in the January, 1950 issue of Railroad Model Craftsman for example).