First, about the E-7s. They were produced by Cussewago Valley Railroad OO Scale Models, better known among OO gaugers by the name of the owner, Myron P. Davis. Davis at one time served as Chief Chemist and Metallurgist at Otis Elevator and after WWII was a partner in Nason Railways [but see UPDATE III, below, for more information]. His Cussewago Valley models were produced in the post-war period and only in limited quantities. The E-units must have been produced in the greatest quantity starting probably around 1953, or at the least I have seen the most of them, several models that were built up and operable.
It is sand cast bronze and heavy! The body alone weighs more than two pounds. I purchased this pair off eBay in a partially finished state, and I am not sure the builder was the same for both models. The A-unit builder certainly had a drill press and a supply of small drills, at some point I may add more details in the pre-drilled holes. I added enough details to the B-unit to match the A. Also I will have to add more screens at a later date; I want to match the style of the one in the A unit but need materials.
Also shown in the photo is an original truck side frame. Compared to it the HO PA-1 trucks look pretty good, and I love the way the drive worked out, reported in a previous post. Click on the photo for a close up.
- 2-8-8-0, PRR HC-1
- 2-8-8-2, C&O #1527
- 4-4-4-4, PRR T-1
- 4-6-6-4, WM M2
- 4-8-8-4, UP “Big Boy”
- 6-4-4-6, PRR S-1
- 6-8-6, PRR S-2
- Box car, 40’ (ex. Nason)
- Caboose, streamline
- Flat car, 70’ (circus)
- Stock car, 70’ (circus)
- Tank car, pregnant whale
- Tank car, triple dome, 19,000 gallon
UPDATE: Photos of several of the above models may be found in the January, 1988 issue of The OO Road.
UPDATE II: The November, 1993 issue of The OO Road has even more in the form of a short biographical article on Davis. It states that a four page Cussaewago Valley catalog was put out in 1954; I would love to see this if anyone has a copy out there.
UPDATE III!: I have even more on Myron Park Davis here, including a link to the TCA article that reproduces all four pages of the 1954 catalog/price list and much more.