Modeling the 1870's in OO/HO - Update

Discussion in 'Scratchin' & Bashin'' started by hminky, May 26, 2005.

  1. hminky

    hminky Member

    I got my John H. White's American Railroad Passenger Car History finally. I compared the drawings to exisiting HO models and the MDC and Bachmann Old time passenger cars scale out to the right size for OO. There seems to be a percentage shift in size from the late 1860's to the 1880's of people size. The later era equipment scales downward to the earlier era. Maybe the increase in food due to the railroad traffic.


    A MDC car with OO Langley figures.

    I have also updated my 1870's Why model in OO/HO site with more pictures and better explanation of Why.

    Thank you if you visit
  2. Bill Stone

    Bill Stone Member

    White's books --- "The American Railroad Passenger Car", "The American Railroad Freight Car", and "American Locomotives" --- are invaluable for anyone wishing to model the 19th century. They may seem pricey, but are big books full of information and drawings, and more than worth the investment.

  3. hminky

    hminky Member

    "The American Railroad Freight Car" is a great book even if you are not a wooden car modeler. I really liked the history of why railroads do things the way they do.

  4. 60103

    60103 Pooh Bah

    nice to see your plug for Langley. I spent a long time talking to Mrs. Langley at a show years ago.
    Now I'm going to put you down for hate mail from the EM and P4 societies. :p
    (I do British in OO/HO, because I can't find P4 wheels for my Athearn and Bachman units.) :D
  5. hminky

    hminky Member

    Ah yes, the gauge police :eek: . I will realize my idea is mainstream when one of the "experts" points out the unless the gauge is exact one cannot be a "real modeler" :curse: . I got enought hate mail from the On30 "conspiracy" crowd doing narrow gauge that wasn't "critterish". That is one of the reasons I moved on from that mess.

    When I was in S scale in the mid-80's one could not be a real modeler if their gauge was .875 instead of the one "true gauge" of .883.

    Langley makes beautiful models I have one of their horse wagons and it is great.

    Just a thought :wave:
  6. hminky

    hminky Member

    We now have a complete train. I have found an HO kit that will make an
    1870's 4-wheel caboose. The Silver Streak bobber scale's out to the
    caboose in the 1879 Car Builders dictionary.


    It is available from Ye Old Huff and Puff

    Now OO/HO has everything for the 1870's

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