In compiling this Fifth Anniversary Edition Catalogue we take rightful pride in the rapid strides made in Model Railroading since our advent, as well as our own improvement. Interest, new confidence, and your continued patronage will forge the permanence of 00 gauge in its proper position in the Hobby of all Hobbies. Its position of “correctness in size, economy in cost, and the excellence in detail which 00 is capable of having” keep us forever alert to furnish a Quality job, for the average man’s pocketbook with the average space available for his system’s construction. Be sure to ask for our product by Name, and you will not be disappointed.The line as 1939 began included (in the order listed in the catalog):
- Reading Consolidation
- New York Central Hudson J-1
- P-5A Electric Locomotive
- B. & O. Gas Electric
- Eazy-bilt passenger cars (brass sides) for PRR PB-70 combine, PRR diner, Pullman observation, 12 section Pullman, PRR P-70 coach, PRR mail car
- Cast aluminum passenger kits for PRR PB-70, 12 section Pullman, and PRR P-70 coach
- Flat car
- Eazy-bilt box and refrigerator cars
- Eazy-bilt caboose (“Available approximately Feb. 28, 1939”)
Their advertising though the year in The Model Craftsman highlighted a number of new items in their line, often with full page advertisements.
the former Star-Continental 4-4-2 model to their line. In May the featured item is their Gas-Electric. By August the caboose kit is out as it is featured in the advertisement, and in November we get to another very new model, this “diesel electric locomotive,” seen in this first photo as presented in the advertisement.
As I noted in a longer article on this model, it is sort of an odd model in a way as while always marketed as a diesel, actually it is a model of a New Haven electric locomotive but built up without pantographs. Note in particular the slightly different roof details. The body of the model itself is “of the finest government bronze” and oh, the built up version was offered for only $48.00. “We pay postage.”
Nason was very New York in outlook and focused their line on that market. The line was to be on display at the National Model Show in New York and as also noted in that November ad they were proud to be “The oldest and most complete line of OO equipment in the country.” But they had some stiff competition. When this series returns the focus will be on Scale-Craft in 1939.
Continue to Part III of 1939 Series