1937 HO - 33.9%, OO - 10.3%
1938 HO - 36.5, OO - 10.6%
1939 HO - 39.3%, OO - 16.9%
1940 HO - 46.3%, OO - 13.6%
1941 HO - 45.6%, OO - 14.8%
1942 HO - 53.5%, OO - 13.6%
1944 - no poll
1945 - no poll
1946 - no poll
1947 HO - 54.9%, OO - 8.5%
1948 HO - 62%, OO - 6.5%
1949 HO - 69.3%, OO - 2.1%
- 2 rail OO was more common than 3 rail. This would indicate that the new S-C line was really impacting the market as they were the firm that pushed the 2 rail market into the forefront.
- The New York Central, Pennsylvania, and Southern Pacific were the three most popular prototype lines. Which was clearly reflected in the products of the day.
As it was highlighted in the January issue of Model Railroader I would also like to highlight in this first part of the 1939 series a four reel movie. To quote MR,
Object of the film is to sell the hobby to the uninitiated.
The portion of reel one showing the construction of a complete OO gauge railroad from Scale-Craft kits was filmed over a period of several months. However, the various takes have been so cleverly spliced together and edited that the entire railroad project, from purchase of original kit to test runs before admiring family, seems to take but 15 minutes.a boxed Scale-Craft train set kit—perhaps the Holy Grail of all OO collecting—and the blueprint version of the instructions. I have never seen these printed as blueprints, but if you have them in this form they must be very early production. It must have been quite the family project!
Continue to Part II of 1939 Series