Turning to Model Railroader, we have some controversy! The poll results published in their February, 1956 issue says there are no OO Gaugers! A follow up note in April states that “space requirements” did not allow the OO results of the poll. In 1950 OO had been 2.1% of the result, and in 1956 they were down to .6%.
a Morris and Essex 0-6-0 seen in this article. And for a bit more on Guerin and Crowley see this article.
Back a bit further in the issue you get to the feature article on the OO layout of Pierre Bourassa. One photo scanned from that article may be seen in this prior article, and to that I would add this one offering a view of his locomotive roster. According to the article, the layout had been under construction since 1948 and had the following roster:
Motive power is largely a combination of Fred Schorr diesels and steam power by Nason, Lionel, and Scale-Craft. The roster consists of 3 hudsons, a pacific and an consolidation, 2 northerns, and a jubilee…. There are also 5 F-3 diesel units, an E-8, and 2 diesel switchers. A gas-electric car, 30 passenger cars, and 80 freight cars complete the roster.Those engines actually may be seen in this article, a bit out of focus (helping to make them look better than they are). After a lot of puzzling over it all I decided to go ahead and rebuild. No need for them to stay looking beat up, in a box; they will emerge from the shops here as Santa Fe engines, me doing my best to apply a sharp paint job and them running again as he meant them to.
Back to the 1956 photo, five engines are seen clearly. The one at the back is Lionel, the second and fourth ones in are S-C 4-8-4 models, and the others are kitbashed heavily enough I can’t really say what they started out as from a photo.
Speaking of locomotives, there is a neat article on some custom OO locomotives built by Jerry White (Superior Models), in RMC for August of 1956. They were built for Major McCoid, an enthusiastic OO gauger and a name that has been mentioned already a couple times in this website. More on those in this article.
There were also articles related to American OO in 1957, but before turning to them the next topic in this series will be the great brass models being imported by Fred Schorr.
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