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Author Topic: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N  (Read 70648 times)

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Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
« Reply #675 on: May 14, 2020, 04:13:07 PM »
Two more freight cars arrived today:



Atlas 3002 Louisville & Nashville 60' log carrier
AHM-Minitrains 4453-I Norfolk Southern covered gondola - as my cousins came from Norfolk but briefly settled in Southern England before emigrating to Texas.

I know there's the current NS (Norfolk Southern) company established 1982, but there was also a Norfolk Southern Railway (1942-1982) is the gondola lettered for the earlier company?


More than likely, yes.


The clue is the ampersand between Norfolk and Southern on the box...it's the older Norfolk & Southern markings.  N&S expired in 1974 being absorbed by the Southern RR which in turn got gobbled up by what became Norfolk Southern.  For a history see here: http://norfolksouthernhs.org

Jon

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Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
« Reply #676 on: May 14, 2020, 06:58:30 PM »
Two more freight cars arrived today:



Atlas 3002 Louisville & Nashville 60' log carrier
AHM-Minitrains 4453-I Norfolk Southern covered gondola - as my cousins came from Norfolk but briefly settled in Southern England before emigrating to Texas.

I know there's the current NS (Norfolk Southern) company established 1982, but there was also a Norfolk Southern Railway (1942-1982) is the gondola lettered for the earlier company?


More than likely, yes.


The clue is the ampersand between Norfolk and Southern on the box...it's the older Norfolk & Southern markings.  N&S expired in 1974 being absorbed by the Southern RR which in turn got gobbled up by what became Norfolk Southern.  For a history see here: http://norfolksouthernhs.org

Jon


Hi Jon, From my research I believe these covered gondola's were manufactured by Roco and sold in AHM packaging.
I believe Roco only made products for AHM in the 1960's and by 1970 AHM began selling models made by Lima of Italy.
Bernie Paul and his AHM company declared bankruptcy in 1982, ending the AHM era.
From my research there is no doubt in my mind these models are painted for the original Norfolk Southern that ran form Norfolk VA to Charlotte NC, the same railroad that was purchased by the Southern Railway in 1974.

On a side note, you may ask why those Roco and Lima products were sold in AHM packaging? Bernie Paul originally entered the model railroad hobby as an importer, but soon found out that the Hobby Industry of America had a ruling that trade show exhibitors had to pay a show fee of $300 for each brand they showed. Since Bernie Paul imported 50 different brands of model railroad products, the cost became prohibitive to show all the products at a HIA show. To get around the expense imposed by the HIA, Bernie had the original manufactures package their products in his AHM branded packaging. If it wasn't for Bernie Paul, companies like Lima, Rivarossi, Roco and Mehano may have never seen the global success they saw selling their products under the AHM name tag.   

These models may seem very basic by today's standards, but back in the day they were very affordable and populated many N scale model railroads.
Cheers,
Rich S.

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Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
« Reply #677 on: May 14, 2020, 07:37:12 PM »
My NS gondola has "Austria" moulded on the chassis, it was made by Roco. The packaging paper insert has the statement "Made in Austria".
So I'm owning a little piece of U.S. N scale model railroad history.
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Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
« Reply #678 on: May 14, 2020, 07:44:36 PM »
@Rich_S  fascinating insight to the development of the hobby, really appreciate you taking the time to post that. I guess unless you grew up Stateside with an interest in model railroading it is the sort of thing you would never consider happening.

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Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
« Reply #679 on: May 14, 2020, 08:30:29 PM »
Some new N scale stuff. Two locomotives, and Kato signals. I know the Kato signals aren't prototypical, but it's neat to have something else that operates when I set up track (and hopefully build a layout soon).
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Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
« Reply #680 on: May 14, 2020, 10:37:55 PM »
its magical when the lights change as the loco rolls by!

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Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
« Reply #681 on: May 15, 2020, 12:05:34 PM »



I have acquired 2 more articulated Auto-carriers that makes 3 in my collection, I need to find several more so I will be keeping my eyes open.

After assembly (very small screws) the Atlas Articulated Auto Carriers take their place on Toothill 2. I wish they came assembled in suitable storage boxes as I don't fancy having to undo those tiny screws every time I wish to pack them up.

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Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
« Reply #682 on: May 15, 2020, 01:34:10 PM »
very smart.  looks like they need a biiiiig radius to get around curves?

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Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
« Reply #683 on: May 15, 2020, 01:47:34 PM »
very smart.  looks like they need a biiiiig radius to get around curves?

Donald
Only 9.75 inches according to Atlas.
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Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
« Reply #684 on: May 16, 2020, 08:47:49 AM »
Clever engineering as well- bonus!

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Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
« Reply #685 on: May 21, 2020, 09:50:48 PM »
Four ExactRail boxcars lettered for the Ferdinand Railroad and a Santa Fe sleeper to finish off the Broadway Limited set I have.

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Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - American N
« Reply #686 on: Yesterday at 05:24:26 AM »
More N scale arrivals.

 

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