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Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Four Custom OO Locomotives by Jerry White

In a recently purchased magazine I noted a spread on p. 43 of the August, 1956 issue of Railroad Model Craftsman on a group of five locomotives build for Major C. B. McCoid by Superior Models/Jerry White. They caught my attention not only as they are OO but I was sent photos of four of these a few years ago from when they were on auction at the New England Toy Train Exchange in 2006. The locomotives are all New Haven prototype and custom built; 4-6-2, 2-8-2, 2-10-2, 4-8-2, and 0-8-0. The write up in RMC notes
The five New Haven locomotives at right, built for Major C. B. McCoid, U. S. A., by Jerry White of Superior Models, are all custom built. Built in OO gauge to a scale of 4mm. to the foot, they are all fully sprung and have all drivers flanged, even the 2-10-2. Major McCoid is unable to build a layout at present; runs over the trackwork of other OOers wherever he may happen to be stationed; Coronado, California, at present.
As to the models, enjoy the original write-ups below with the models as they appeared in 2006. Click on the photos for a better view. Note the custom carrying cases.

New Haven 4-6-4 No. 1353, with one of the most beautiful Vanderbilt type tenders we’ve ever seen on a model. The loco is DC-71A powered with a 35:1 gear ratio; hits a scale speed of about 80 miles per hour. Engine hauls ten metal coaches over hills and around curves with ease.

New Haven No. 3000, a hefty Mikado, handles thirty cars on level track at top speed of about sixty scale miles per hour. Engine is DC-71A powered with a 30:1 gear ratio. Detailing on this hog is excellent.

New Haven 2-10-2 No. 3217, an engine that saw plenty of pusher service before being edged out by diesels. Model does a top speed of 45 MPH; can handle about 50 cars at about 40 MPH over grade, thanks to small drivers; 30:1 gear ratio, and powerful Pittman DC-90.

New Haven No 3553, a 4-8-2, has a full working 3-cylinder valve gear; hauls thirty-five freights at a scale mile-a-minute over grades and curves. Motor is a DC-71A, geared 35:1. Detail is truly outstanding.

For a biography of Jerry White read this post.

UPDATE: A reader pointed me to a great four page article on Jerry White in the September, 1954 issue of Model Railroader. According to the prices given in the article the above models were built for roughly $300-400 each and
Usually, the only commercial parts Jerry uses are motors, couplers, light bulbs, and a few types of trucks. Jerry cuts his own worms from steel, his gears from Vulcoid, a composition material similar to Formica. He has made patterns for many of the driver types he uses. Jerry is now tooling up for lost-wax processing of certain parts.
At the end of the article he is quoted "I will probably never be able to drive a Cadillac on what I make here, but I am doing what I like best to do and that's what really counts."

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