On Tue, 6 Oct 2009 09:53:23 -0700 (PDT), Musicman59
There's quite a lot of stuff in varying qualities. Like the Jupiter
and the 119 (the golden Spike engines) available in plastic and brass.
Period passenger cars from MDC/Roundhose which aren't very good and
Con-Cor which are. Again as wll as some pretty good brass. Freight
cars from MDC/Roundhouse as well as resin kits from companies like
Funaro & Camerlego which are very good.
There is a yahoo group called early-rail which I suggest you subscribe
They even have a co-operative doing some reasin kits for early
For engines, the 4 and 6 wheel driver locos were the common engines with the
Consolidations being the big freight engine. For passenger cars, the early
clestory roofed cars were what was common. Steel floors were rare anywhere
but the more modern east. Pullman just started thei service (Pullman
provided sleepers to the various railroads in their own cars!). For
freight, the 30' car was a lot more common and they were all wood cars
slowly converting to steel framed cars towards the end of your era.
rmay at nethere.com
http: slash /nav.to slash bobmay
http: slash /bobmay dot astronomy.net
HO Scale stuff.
Bachmann has 1870s/1880s locos. Motor in tender. Take out the drive
shaft between the tender and loco for display purposes.
You did not mention what area of the country. I take mid 1800s as
1850. Very little west of the mississippi river. Do a scroogle search
for transcontinental railroad. Scroogle does not track you like
Search the 'Net for trains texas and trains arizona You can also try
railroads texas, railroads arizona. You will find a lot of links. It
will take some reading, but you will learn a lot. Store the links in
your Favorites folder. I do this a lot as many times I have seen mis-
information from people in forums. Most of the time, I can sort out
the real data from the opinion data by searching. Good luck.
Ahh... the old "search the net" reply...
This month's Railroad Model Craftsman (October 2009
http://www.rrmodelcraftsman.com /) has a 16-page special section called "Old
Time Railroading" between pp. 54 & 54, with lots of advertising. Some of
the train models advertised in that section go back to the 1860s.
Whitefish Bay, Wis.
The Green Bay Route: http://www.greenbayroute.com/
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