Re: Train-Master vs. Train-Miniature


Kenneth Montero
 

Bob,

Thank you. This one and the other emails are all very interesting and educational.

I was unable to read the "Company"  column of your chart, as it was truncated in your email. I don't know if I am the only reader having this problem.

May I ask if you could provide the information in an attachment? It may better survive the vagaries of email mutilation.

Again, Thank you.

Ken Montero

On 06/25/2020 7:29 PM Bob Chaparro via groups.io <chiefbobbb@...> wrote:


1950s Southern California Model RR Manufacturers

I've had discussions with several people who are/were model railroad manufacturers and asked them about their fellow model railroad manufacturers who were in Southern California in the 1950s. This was golden age locally with many firms located in the area.

I learned in those days long past the manufacturers were somewhat of a fraternity who frequently met socially (usually monthly) to discuss the hobby and product plans.

Sometimes they traded product lines that were either in development or on the market.  

I started to compile a list of Southern California manufacturers from the decade of the 1950s. The current list is below. It is based on advertisements placed in Model Railroader in the 1950 through 1959 January issues plus interviews with folks who were still alive to confirm details.

One point I will mention is how to pronounce the name "Suydam". I learned from the son of one of the company founders that it is pronounced "So Damn", as in "It is so damn hot outside".

Bob Chaparro

Hemet, CA

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1950s Southern California Model RR Manufacturers


Company

Primary Products

City

Original Owner(s)

Subsequent Owner(s)






A.C.I.

Locomotive

Long Beach



Ace Products

Roadbed

Pasadena



Art Fleming Models

Grab Irons, Car Kits

Studio City



Athearn

O & HO Models

Los Angeles

Irvin R. Athearn


Ayres Models

Structures

Garden Grove

Thomas Ayres


Baumgarten

Track Cleaner

Santa Barbara



Beemax Plastics

Structures

Los Angeles



Bert Welch Co.

Trees & Bushes

Los Angeles



Bill Johnson Model Trains

O Scale Passenger Cars

Long Beach



Binkley Models

HO, HOn3 Kits

Inglewood



Blue Line Products

Passenger Cars

Spring Valley



Bowser

Steam Loco & Parts

Redlands


Lewis English (1961)

Boxcar Ken

Rail

Los Angeles



Budd Model Co.

Steam Loco Parts

Sherman Oaks



C. J. Ulrich

Track Cleaner, Signals

North Hollywood

Charles J. Ulrich


Central Valley

Trucks, Car Kits

North Hollywood

George Hook

Jack Parker, Jeff Parker

Champion Model Co.

Decals

North Hollywood



Cliff Line

Caboose Kit

North Hollywood



Devore

O & HO Couplers

South Pasadena



Don Fowler Co.

Semaphore, Crossing Gate, Wig-Wag

Los Angeles



E. Suydam & Co.

Structures

Pasadena, Duarte

Edward C. Suydam, Douglas R. Suydam


Electronic Sales Co.

Power Supplies, Motors, Controls

Los Angeles



G. L. Electronics

Power Supplies, Motors, Controls

Los Angeles



Globe





Hi-Ballers Corp.

Link & Pin Couplers, Car Kits

Burbank



Joseph B. Maier

Live Steam Loco Plans

Pacoima



Kadee

Couplers

Reseda

Dale Edwards


Kurtz-Kraft Models Co.

Signals,Switch Machines, Car Kits, Parts

Long Beach, Tarzana

Albert Kurtz, Jr.


KWR, Inc.

Locomotives

Los Angeles



Lindsay Products, Inc.

Locomotives, Motors, Spiker

Culver City

Robert Lindsay


Little Engines

Live Steam Loco & Parts

Lomita



Mod-Ac Mfg. Co.

Hansom Cab

Los Angeles



Model Builder's Supply Co.

Hot Metal Car, Water Tank

Duarte



Model Die Casting

Couplers, Handcars, Paint

Los Angeles

Clarence Mentier


Model Engineering Works

O & HO Parts, Kits

Monrovia

Richard Wheeler


Model Toy Mfg. Co.

Structures

Burbank



Modelcraft Printing Services

Doors, Windows

Pasadena



Models & Miniatures Specialties

Scenery Supplies

San Dimas



Modelton

Structures, Billboard Posters

Burbank



Moyes J. Murphy

Power Supplies

Arcadia



Olson-Spencer

Builders Plates

Los Angeles



Pacific Design & Development Co.

Motors

El Segundo



Pactra Chemical Co.

Paint

Los Angeles



Revell

Train Sets

Hollywood

Lewis H. Glaser


Robico

O & HO Locomotive, Cars

Universal City



Rollins House Miniatures

Detail Parts

Covina, Cucamonga



Silver Streak Corp.

Car Kits

Los Angeles



Standard Wire & Cable

Power Supplies, Motors, Controls

Culver City



Stewart-Lundahl Co.

Paint (310M)

North Hollywood


Ulrich?

Town-Craft Models

O & HO Structures

Hermosa Beach



Tru-Scale

Track & Roadbed

San Dimas

August A. Kniff

Cliff Meistel

W. H. Olson

Builders Plates

Los Angeles



Wesley Mfg. Co.

Cannonball Products, Ore Cars

Van Nuys



Western Narrow Gauge Model Shop

Track Gauge

Inglewood



Zenith Model Co.

Power Supplies

Los Angeles








Clover Custom Decals

Decals

Santa Monica



Silver Streak (Truce Scale))

Car Kits

San Dimas



K & O Models

Locomotive, Power Pack

Van Nuys



G. F. Harbin

Reostat

San Dimas



Gaylord Products

Power Supplies, Controls

Van Nuys























Wright Enterprises/MHP

 

Thousand Oaks

Dick Wright




1950 Champ decals in North Hollywood, 1951 Champion Decal Co. in Fresno, 1959 in San Jose

1950 Kurtz-Kraft in Burlingame, 1953 in Long Beach, 1955 in Oroville

Olson-Spencer probably same as W. H. Olson

1958 Weston Mini-Figure Co. in Healdsburg

1959 Clover Decals in  Santa Rosa

1959 Cal-Scale in Pinedale



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