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Friday, March 15, 2013
American OO in 1946, Part I: Lionel Stays Out of the OO Market
To begin this overview of 1946 and American OO gauge, while supplies and manpower were short, the smaller companies that had still been producing OO in 1945 were still perking along. J-C Models, Tru-Scale, Picard, and Selley were all still on the market. And the Transportation models kits that were introduced in late 1945 certainly were hitting the shelves in some quantity as well and will be the focus of an article later in this series, as will Scale-Craft, Nason, and several new lines for 1946.
Lionel. They had left the OO gauge market in 1942 and the line never resumed production.
It is not that their OO scale models were not around and in wide use. For example this nicely detailed Lionel tank car is seen in the February issue of The Model Railroader. Another car by the same builder, a hopper, was also featured in their July issue, seen a bit later in the present article. It was a simpler time to be sure -- I don’t think any publication today would feature a nicely modified kit in quite this way. As always, click on the photo for a better view.
see an example of his 2-8-2 here), active in the North Jersey group, and much later editor of The OO Road! Some views of his layout in the 1980s are found in this article and you guessed it, the track is all Midlin. But that jumps ahead quite a few years in the history of American OO.
When the series continues the topic is Scale-Craft OO in early 1946.
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