NEB&W Guide to Other Steam Locomotive Models - A-F

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  • Rio Grande 2-6-0 - This Long Beach, CA company offered a kit for this loco, which had a die-cast boiler, brass cab, domes, and stack. (Only advertised for a short time and I've never seen the manufacturer listing any other products.)


This was said to be a division of Hofmann Electric. Around 1983, they offered a series of "filled" epoxy boilers intended to fit on Mantua mechanisms.

  • CNJ 0-6-0 Camelback - For a model of the Central of New Jersey's B-2 class.

  • CB&Q 0-6-0 Switcher - Class G-3.

  • CB&Q 2-8-2 Mikado - Class O-2. The Burlington's class O-1 Mikados were built in 1910. Two years later, the O-2 class were built by Baldwin, 100 locos, nos. 5200-5299. Sixty more locos came between 1915 and 1919, class O-3, nos. 5300-5359, said to be very similar to the O-2. The O-2 class had 64 inch drivers and I would guess the O-3 did, too.

  • CB&Q 2-10-2 Santa Fe - Class M-3. I know the Burlington got 15 USRA locos of this type, along with two other classes of Santa Fe's. The M-3 class was the USRA version, but the model photo doesn't look much like a USRA engine. (If it was based on this prototype, well, then the kit would be useful, I would think, for other USRA 2-10-2's. Of course, there are better models available today of the USRA version.)


  • GB&W 2-6-0 Mogul - Around 1973, this company produced a single kit, a cast metal Green Bay & Western Mogul. The metal was said to be a special type that could be glued together, but I'm wondering if it was basically the same type of soft metal, but the advent of the ACC superglues made gluing an option.
Don't know my GB&W steam, but there was an Alco builder's photo of no. 38 in the 1919 Loco Cyc. which probably was from the same class. It had 56-inch drivers. (It was built for the Kewaunee, Green Bay & Western, a subsidiary of the GBW.)
The Bachmann Alco 2-6-0 apparently is based on the same prototype.

Bradford Locomotive Works

Kits of cast resin superstructures riding on Bowser mechanisms. Resurrected as Eddystone Locomotive. See Eddystone for more info.

  • D&H 2-8-0 Consolidation - No. 1111, nicknamed "Four Aces" but this kit also modeled other locos of the same class, E-5a. These locos were 63 inch drivered single cab locos built between 1926 and '30, nos. 1111-1122. They lasted until the end of steam on the D&H, being scrapped between 1951 and '53.

  • Rutland 4-6-0 Ten-Wheeler - The Rutland had three classes of ten-wheelers (4-6-0's). Two classes were considered "light", both of these purchased in 1902, while the "heavy" ten-wheelers were sisters to the New York Central's engines.
    The light ten-wheelers were basically standard Alco products of the day, and differed mainly in the size of the drivers and the firebox arrangement. The 40's series had 69 inch drivers, which allowed slightly greater speed, but this forced the firebox between the drivers. The 50's had 63 inch drivers, which allowed the firebox to sit on top and spread out, so these had more power but at the expense of speed.
    I believe this kit is based on the 50 class of ten-wheelers. There were 8 "low-wheel" Ten-Wheelers built by Schenectady in 1902, nos. 212-213, 422-423, and 482-485. In 1905, they were given NYC numbers, nos. 2050-2057, and then in 1913, renumbered 50-57. One loco, no. 54, was scraped in late '46, while the rest lasted until 1948-'51.


Company produced a few soft-metal cast boilers to put on other manufacturers' models. I think Bowser eventually acquired the line. The boilers came with the cab cast one, which makes a problem for the front of the cab. It was hard for them to cast in windows and an overhang with this method.

  • 4-4-0 Conversion Boiler - This was produced for the Mantua General mechanism.
The General had something like 61-inch drivers which is pretty typical but the spacing between drivers pretty small as befitting a c. 1850's loco.
Tim Thompson said he was lead to believe that the casting is based on plans of a Kansas City Southern 4-4-0 published in the Dec. '56 Model Railroader. He said he overlaid the Cary casting on the drawings and found they were pretty much identical. (Even if NOT based on those plans, it is good to know the casting matches at least one prototype.)
The loco in question was no. 143, built by Pittsburgh in 1895 and lasting until the 1940's. The drivers were 63 inches in diameter and spaced 8 ft. 10 ins. apart. (I think the General has the drivers closer-spaced and I think that Thompson actually meant the boiler below.)

  • 4-4-0 Conversion Boiler - This was produced for the longer AHM/IHC/Rivarossi Reno or Genoa. The resulting conversion would be akin to the Bachmann modern 4-4-0. At some point thereafter, Rivarossi changed the mechanism so much the boiler no longer fit. So Cary modified it to fit over the General, but in my opinion, this version looked ridiculous. (Drivers are too close together for the length of the boiler.)
Gary described this as "Pittsburgh" which would be in line with the KCS prototype and the details seem to match the plan better. (Which means the above version still may be too short.)


Around 1971, the Chas. C. Merzbach Co. introduced two ready-to-run locos, a switcher apparently produced by or pirated from the Mantua model, and a Ten-wheeler, a European model given American roadnames. Both locos operating smoke. (OOooooh, shades of Lionel!) (By the way, Merzbach was the exclusive importer of Fleischmann HO at the time.)

  • 1309PS PRR 0-4-0 Switcher - I suspect they simply copied the Mantua loco as the flanges on the Charmerz one is much deeper. (In other words, they didn't simply get Mantua to make it and then relabeled it as Charmerz.)

  • 1367 ATSF 2-8-2 Mikado - Strange looking beast (the model), like an articulated loco with its extended pilot deck was cut back into a Mikado mechanism. Don't know how prototypical (or what prototype, if any).
Wonder if this is the Fleischmann Mikado, with new front end?

  • 1369PS PRR 4-6-0 Ten-wheeler - Clearly a European design, although the tender might have made new just for the American market.


Static display models, once offered by Monogram. I think these might be originally Airfix models. At one time, considering the price, pretty nice models, but certainly not detailed enough anyone in their right mind would try to power (also because both models have been produced many times by other makers as working models). On the other hand, ideal for either dummy locos to be partially visible in a roundhouse, or parts such as a flat car load of parts going to scrap. However, since Con-Cor acquired them, they jacked the price up and you'd probably be better off finding a non-working AHM model as better detailed and probably cheaper.

  • NYC 4-6-4 Hudson - The first Hudsons were the J1, built in 1927. Basically it had a straight boiler. The J2 class (20 locos) were built for the hilly Boston & Albany and had 75 inch drivers instead of 79 inches.
    Alco built 50 of these J3 Hudsons in 1937-'38, nos. 5404-5454. No. 5344 was the first loco to be streamlined, given a "bathtub" shroud in '34, but five years later, in '39, was rebuilt to have the same type of streamlining as the other J3's. In 1945, after a grade crossing accident, the shrouding was removed. This loco was the prototype of the famous Lionel O-gauge scale model.

  • UP 4-8-8-4 Big Boy - By many attributes, this class of locos were the biggest steam engines ever produced. Only the UP had locos like this. These locos were constructed in late 1941 (nos. 4000-4019), with five more built in '44 (nos. 4020-4024). Legend has it that the name came about when some unknown worker at Alco chalked "Big Boy" on the smokebox front. They stayed in service until 1962 and a large number (proportionately) were preserved.

Conover Miniature Railroads

  • 4-4-0 American - In 1938, the Tarrytown, NY company offered a very hefty loco, with a tender drive. Looks like it had a Belpaire firebox, which would indicate this was based on a PRR loco. Most of the parts were cast bronze, although the cab was made of stamped parts and came assembled. Don't know what happened to the company although a year later, Laconia was offering a couple of locos under the name "Conover-Laconia", including a 4-4-0 (but with no photo of the 4-4-0).

John A. English

These were cast metal loco kits which I think some or all wound up under Bowser. Later on, they came up with a series of very inexpensive non-working plastic kits, including three locos, which they marketed under the HObbyline label. (See HObbyline for info on these.)

  • 0-4-0 "Yard Bird" - Said to be based on the PRR's A5 switchers (the same prototype as a Bowser model). The English model was introducted around 1949 and at some point, converted to plastic.
According to Bowser, 47 of these PRR locos were home-built, starting in 1916. The prototype had 50-inch drivers and a 7 ft. 3 in. long wheelbase. This class of switchers had the most up-to-date features including piston valves and Walschaerts valve gear, essentially a modernized version of earlier PRR 0-4-0's.

  • Pacific 4-6-2 - Introduced around 1950. In the English ad, they even stated it was similar to Santa Fe and USRA Pacifics. Basically, it had the look of a USRA light Pacific, but with the distinctive ATSF cab. The kit did not include any valve gear. (For years and years, this was as close as one could get to a USRA Pacific, other than brass imports.)

  • Mikado 2-8-2 - Their Pacific superstructure on a Mikado mechanism.


Manufacturers of ready-to-run European rolling stock, but in the late '50's, tried to tap the North American market by putting American roadnames on some of their products. (They might have made a couple of cosmetic changes, such as putting a pilot on their locos.) The sloped-in cab is a very European trait, although I think I've seen ONE American loco with that feature, a Lehigh Valley Pacific.

  • 1366 4-6-2 Pacific

  • 1367 2-8-2 Mikado - Same superstructure as the Pacific (above) on a 2-8-2.


  • Consolidation Conversion - Around 1961, this company offered a new frame, spoked pilot, lead truck, etc. to convert the MDC 0-6-0 into a pocket 2-8-0.