Hi Everybody-- I had the biggest "insult" of my life the other day !!
I had run several photos of my late grandfather's 1/2-inch scale live steam basement railroad on the OGR Magazine forum to show the O-gaugers what one man did 85-90 years ago with lots of knowledge but limited raw materials or machine tools. I received over 47-replies from readers who were amazed at my grandfather's craftsmanship. Except for ONE, that is !!
To quote his reply:
"I enjoyed the videos of the basement trains of your grandfather. He made some wonderful locomotives but I am more curious about the freight cars. Some of them look as if they were kit built. I am currently trying to find out more information about some of these kits that were made in the 30's & 40's and offered in Standard Gauge (2-1/8"). Your 2-1/2" gauge trains would fall in the same category as the SG and 2-1/2" trains were fairly interchangeable by changing out the trucks. One of these makers was Rollin J. Lobaugh from San Francisco so it is quite likely your grandfather got kits and/or parts from him. Anyway, I would like to see more pictures if you have them of the freight cars. Also, if you had any of the old catalogs from that era that would be very helpful in my quest."
I think most of you nice folks on Chaski know the reputation about my grandfather who also was the Founder of the Golden Gate Live Steamers. Infact, the club got started in our basement. Mike Massee knows the true story !
Most of the rolling stock was made out of wood scrounged from Kraft Cheese Boxes-- tanks from former Carbon Tetrachloride bottles were used to create tank cars. And on and on...
Vic Shattock started making 1/2-inch scale models in 1913 in Canada, however, I do NOT want to say anything further, OR else I might have the wrath of Harry Wade upon me!! But I think that guy I quoted was NUTS !!
All I will say is, IF you care about further info, please check this, you might like it:
http://ibls.org/mediawiki/index.php?tit ... r_Shattock