Scale-Craft has a new lease on life. What is past is past. We only hope that our old friends will “forgive our sins” and our new friends will never have cause for complaints that cannot be adjusted.
We still have great faith in O and OO gauges and we intend to do everything in our power to further the popularity of these two gauges.
Our new policy of carrying on business will strictly be on the mail order basis – factory to consumer. We feel that we can serve the model railroad fraternity far better if we have direct contact with you as a customer rather than going through an intermediary. In the past this has been proven out a great many times. Mistakes, unfortunately, do happen. Whenever we have been able to get the gist of the trouble first-hand, we have always been able to straighten it out with the least amount of fuss to the satisfaction of everyone concerned.
Since the war, we realize that a great many Scale-Craft parts have gone out into the hands of our customers which are not as they should have been. If you have any such parts, please drop us a line and tell us about them. We are sure we can straighten out your trouble.
Moving on to OO products, there are several NEW items, not listed in any prior Scale-Craft catalog and jumping ahead on them too, I am not convinced that they were actually produced. But here they are listed in the catalog and also the price list. I think what we are looking at is the list of models Donnelley had hoped to add to the line right after the war but did not quite make it to production and maybe did not quite make it into production in 1950 either. All could easily be mocked up today from parts still, and I would guess that is all the catalog photos really are as well. But I put this out as a challenge to readers, look over your kit box collection, do you have any of these models?
The 50’ foot, single door boxcar is seen fairly commonly and was a model introduced in 1946. But as I note in the Scale-Craft 101 article the following models are listed in the Round Lake catalog:
- Three other variations of this car with stamped brass sides (50-foot double door and 40-foot single or double door) were cataloged but perhaps never made [speculation also is that the original box car dies were damaged]
- A 50-foot steel reefer that was probably never made, based on the 50-foot boxcar (link above)
- Die cast MU cars which were based on the die cast passenger cars (illustrated in the Round Lake catalog but perhaps never produced either)
- And an orphan item, a new four-wheel passenger truck (friction bearing) that I would speculate might have been intended for an express reefer model.
- OOF-626, 50’ 6” refrigerator car
- OOF-630, 40’ 6” box car
- OOF-628, 40’ 6” automobile car
- OOF-625, 50’ 6” automobile car
- OOP-653, MU passenger car
- OOP-654, MU baggage car
- OOP-655, MU combination car
We have added this car to our line because of the increasing popularity of the longer length car in actual railroad practice. Probably more newsprint rolls are transported in the 50’ 6” automobile cars than in any other type of car for two reasons. First that it is easier to get the rolls in and out of an automobile car because of the larger doorway, and secondly because of the fact that the cars can be loaded to get the lowest freight rate. There are only a very few railroads that do not have an extensive business in handling shipments of paper of one kind or the other.
We are offering for the first time multiple unit equipment for the model railroad fan who desires overhead power operation…. The kits for the multiple unit equipment consist of detailed die cast bodies, wood roof, working pantographs and assembled power truck and one trailer truck….The only example I have ever seen is found in a photo album (here) in the Yahoo American OO group. It is possible that someone attempted this as a kitbashing project, but it would seem to be an incomplete example of this extremely rare S-C model. There are 9 photos in the Yahoo album. The first photo here is the overall view and the second shows the power truck in the baggage area. Note that the trucks with the model have the four-wheel friction bearing passenger trucks, so it is possible as well that those trucks were intended to be used on the MU car models, although the catalog photo shows the old standard passenger truck with roller bearings.
Before closing, previously a letter from October, 1950 was highlighted from Elliott Donnelley. It is worth taking a look at, as it gives a glimpse of his present mindset with the company and also future plans which included a OO scale Hudson locomotive.
With that the series will move on when it returns to notes on other manufacturers active in American OO in 1950.
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