American O Scale 1927-1965
By Keith Wills.
Perfect-bound paperback, 8.5x11", 65 glossy pages, b/w and color photos. 2016.
"Authored by noted hobby historian Keith Wills, who wrote the Collector’s Consist column in Railroad Model Craftsman for a remarkable 32 years, American O Scale 1927-1965 tells the story of O scale from its tinplate roots through its divergence into scale trains.
"Printed on high-quality coated paper, this perfect-bound softcover publication chronicles O scale from the early pioneers like Alexander, Icken and Cronkite through the more familiar Lobaugh, All-Nation, Kemtron and Central Locomotive Works, to the most obscure like Acme, Hines, Hawk and many more!
"This comprehensive volume follows all the O scale manufacturers, their locomotives and rolling stock from the beginning of scale quarter-inch trains in the late 1920s through the decline of the 1960s. Included is a chapter on the Wm. K Walthers O Scale catalogs; a vital resource for the O scale modeler from the beginnings of the Great Depression through the present.
"With the resurgence of O scale and its continued popularity, no current O scale modeler, anyone who got their start in the hobby via Lionel or Marx, or any modeler with an interest in hobby history will want to miss this inclusive new book. Profusely illustrated with vintage catalog pages, magazine ads and model photos, the book includes the following chapters:
Chapter 1: 1927-1941, The Heady Pioneer Years
Chapter 2: The Beginning of Dynamic Growth
Chapter 3: 1946 - 1950: Early Postwar Years: Renewed Energy
Chapter 4: 1950-1965: The Declining Years
Chapter 5: 1927-1941: Early Rolling Stock
Chapter 6: 1950-1965: Postwar Rolling Stock
Chapter 7: Electric Traction
Chapter 8: Post 1965 Walthers O Scale Catalogs
"O scale standard and narrow gauge modeling continues to be the scale of choice for thousands of US and Canadian modelers. American O Scale 1927-1965 traces the history of both familiar and long-forgotten O scale model lines."