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Prior to 1980, Quality Craft made trains in HO gauge, but dropped out of the HO scale business.
Sharks, Pennsy Torpedo, SP Daylight, articulated Class R-2s, and the NYC Dreyfuss Hudson are all scale. Prior to that, the few catalogs released featured one or two brass, Gold Edition, imported models. Quality Craft in the 1970's have been picked up and re-issued under the Gloor Craft Models line. These were part of the last batch of cars I was able to order from Weaver before they shut their doors in mid-2015. I joined Weavers "Collectors Station" club for the first this year, and this is the 2007 club car that Weaver has issued. This is a very nice piece and I've actually ordered 2 additional identical cars to accompany it. When I saw these in the Weaver 2008 catalog, I was really excited and ordered all 4 road numbers as soon as my budget permitted.
I ordered the weatherizing option on all 4 of these cars and the folks at Weaver did a good job at weathering these pieces. This car came undecorated from Weaver and I have since added the GALX (Georgia Power) markings to the sides. This is the souvenir caboose from the Fall 2007 Weaver factory tour that the folks at OGR magazine put together. This is the special car made for the OGR magazine sponsored fall tour of the Weaver factor for 2010.
Charlie Smith weaves his Big Joe forklift through his warren of machinery as if he were the Pac-Man of an old video game.
On the Big Joe is a thousand-pound S-7 tool-steel mold for a GP 38 Model O engine, whose machined parts Charlie makes for Weaver Models, one of probably less than a half-dozen model train manufacturers who still do all their machine work in the United States. While Weaver itself is a modern business complete with glossy Web pages, international sales team, and a sleek headquarters on the main road in this Central Pennsylvania town—Charlie is from an era long-past, though hopefully never forgotten.
Hayter won’t try to compete in volume with the industry leaders like Lionel, which has gone through several upheavals, bankruptcies and sales since its mid 20th century heyday, or Bachman Industries, a Chinese-owned company with American headquarters in Philadelphia, which claims to be the worldwide model train sales leader—Thomas the Tank Engine and the like. But with custom sales and homespun items like the GP 38, Weaver is a cog in the continuing interest in model railroading. Real Train makes what are called three-inch or one-and-a-half-inch scale—as in that part of a foot—meaning that Real Trains (the brand) are one quarter to one eighth the size of real trains. Modelers of the smaller sort tend to be in clubs, rather than having merely basement layouts, these days.
In the aisles, not unlike big convention sporting and flower shows, there were vendors with used trains and mock-vintage caps and gear and reference works about long-ago engines and boxcars, as well as scale-sized billboards that might be at the Jersey Shore today—touting radio deejays, casino acts, and restaurants and hotels. I think that is why it is coming back, because you can start off inexpensively and move up. Certainly not the guys of the New Mexico Steam Locomotive & Railroad Historical Society.
Number 2926 was retired by the railroad in 1954 and sat in an Albuquerque city park until the late 1990s. Thornton said they are taking original parts and machining them to fit, or creating tubing for the boilers or engine minutia that has been long gone. Meanwhile, back in his rambling Northumberland machine shop—a low-lying garage-like structure several hundred yards back from the state road in this burg halfway between Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, which means far away from most everywhere—Charlie Smith looks through his “Car Builders’ Cyclopedia: 21st Edition,” which was published, oh, only 50 years ago in 1961. Smith has five injection molding machines, including Reeds and Van Dorns of various sizes in his ramshackle shop, and considers them his most important for the model-train work.
But as the article says, my attention was eventually won over by video games, and social activities. Like the one above, I plan to have this undecorated unit custom painted in Georgia Northeastern Railroad livery. This steam era car is completely character for my modern themed layout, but it's still a nice care nonetheless. It's very delicate, just like most styrene Weaver cars I've seen, but it's very intricately detailed.
I originally ordered 4 additional units, but they went on backorder and I was only able to receive 2 of those 4.


These cars were also my first experience with Weaver tank cars, and I am very pleased with the detail and overall quality. Any L&N stuff still on the roads today is certainly going to look pretty old, so these are just perfect!
I made a mistake when ordering this car and accidentally got a car number that I already had (see above car). I had to cancel my plans to attend the tour at the last minute, but since I had already paid for the caboose they were kind enough to send it to me. Not knowing much about Weaver at the time, I actually bought a 2-rail car instead of 3-rail. The machines are relatively of that era—Van Dorns and Hansvedts and CNCs of various types and sizes. The trade organization, the National Model Railroading Association, claims there are 500,000 enthusiasts, with the largest segment of them middle-to-upper-middle class Baby Boom men, folks like Weaver’s Hayder, who is 64, himself.“In the late 1940s, and then after, it was something every little boy had, or wanted to have, underneath the Christmas tree. Weaver, he said, doesn’t sell starter sets, but caters mostly to collectors and people who know trains a bit.
That means instead of just looking at them circle a board-supported layout, Real Train types put on their railroad caps and ride them. It provides amusement parks with rides—usually the larger three-inch models that run on 15-inch gauge tracks, meaning it is 15 inches from the inside of one track to the inside of another.
You do it in your yard and you are more careful, so you don’t need it so wide,” said Donovan.
The South Jersey Garden Railroad Society, for instance, rents buildings—often out-of-use department stores—to have mini-conventions every couple of months or so. They are in the midst of trying to rebuild Baldwin Locomotive Number 2926, built originally in 1944 for the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe, the railroad line popularized by the song of the same name sung by Judy Garland.
Now at a rail siding in Albuquerque, the society members meet Wednesdays and Saturdays to fix it up, and plan to have it running as soon as they are able—maybe by the end of the year—on what is now merely a freight line north from Albuquerque to the Colorado state line. Though most of his newer AutoCads are on the computer—a vintage 1996 model with Windows 98—he still has many original blueprints. He used to be the manager of several manufacturing businesses, but went off on his own in the 1970s. This particular day, he was running his 150-ton Van Dorn to make the molding for a three-bay hopper car for Weaver.
You get to know the trains and why people really love them,” he said.The trains themselves haven’t stopped in Northumberland since the local Baby Boomers were babies, but Hayder loves that he, with the help of Smith, can bring an American-machined product to life.
I like the fact that you can order cars from Weaver directly on their website and you don't have to bother with a middle-man.
I didn't want to pass judgment to quickly, so I asked someone to explain Weaver cars to me on the O-gauge magazine forum. I only wish someone were there to take all his knowledge down,” said Joe Hayter, the owner of Weaver Models, which will sell one of the GP 38s—scale models of engines found all over the Missouri Pacific and a dozen other freight lines in the 1970s—for $299 from its catalogue.
There weren’t video games or much of anything that actually moved, so this was it,” said Hayder. But he said Lionel and the mass-producers do a good job of keeping initial prices low for rudimentary tracks and trains, and then, like in all hobbies, hooked enthusiasts trade up to Charlie-Smith-made Weavers or trains from Bill Donovan’s Real Train Company out in Yucaipa, California.
At home, enthusiasts usually go for the smaller models, the one-eighth sized on seven-and-a-half inch gauge—the distance between the inside of the rails. He said it would seem like an expensive hobby, since an entry-level industrial diesel engine goes for about $2300. For a weekend in mid-March, for instance, a vacant former Circuit City store just west of Atlantic City became a convention of sorts for several hundred model trainers—in Hayder’s suggested demographic of granddads and grandchildren.
The locomotive, built at the Baldwin Eddystone Works in Philadelphia, took passenger trains from Chicago to Los Angeles and was one of the most powerful steam locomotives ever, weighing over a million pounds and generating up to 4500 horsepower.
What Weaver buyers want are not on President Obama’s high-speed rail lines, but from the times when those train whistles really were ubiquitous. On the side, he tries inventions—a one-cup coffee dispenser; secure roll-up stoppers for toothpaste and cosmetic tubes—but mostly it is just the chance to machine things—though the train molds are his lifeblood. Later on, he will use one of his three vertical mills—two are Bridgeports and one an Enco—on the car. When we had our first couple sets, and later when we were collecting harder to find items, I really found the hobby satisfying in many different ways; the historic nature of the trains, the sounds of the whistles, the smell of simulated smoke.


As we descended into the basement, the scene brought back all the joys I ever had with the trains.
Not knowing anything about 2-rail operation, I thought that it was extremely cheap of them to have plastic wheels and trucks. I'm then going to have these 2 undecorated GP38-2's custom painted in Georgia Northeastern Railroad livery.
I was pleasantly surprised to get the entire club kit, including this car, within 1 week of signing up for the club. I also like how their website tells you whether or not the car you want is currently in stock.
Though my work on this car is not 100% prototypically accurate, I'm trying to emulate the GALX car seen in this photo.
Things went a little dormant toward the end of the 20th century as computer-oriented games and toys became the norm. But, he said, because of the need to have a big space to have a decent-sized layout of track, most Real Train folks belong to clubs, some of which have nominal annual fees just to come out and ride. There were a half-dozen layouts of various stripes, from a citified trolley line exhibit to a complex 100-yard countryscape, full of valleys and rivers and barns with chewing tobacco advertisements painted on the side.
I think it builds an early sense of responsibilty, driving hundreds of imaginary people to their destination. Here were grown men, with a basement that was completely laid out with scenery, dozens of train lines, a few train stations, a schedule that ran for probably a half hour and enough sound effects to drown out any memories of the video games. The GNRR is a local short line that runs through north Georgia (Including the town we live in) and into the southern tip of Tennessee.
I was expecting to wait at least a couple months for anything to come, which is usually the case with any other manufacturer. They claim that the styrene plastic takes paint better than the ABS plastic used by Lionel and MTH. It was one of first weathering jobs, so I'm sure it's not as well done as future cars will be. One club, Train Mountain in Chiloquin, Oregon, has more than 25 miles of track and charges just $50 a year for new members.
Listening to my Dad tell me how to put it together so that the electronics would work safely and the tracks were level had timeless value. Once I learned that you could get die-cast trucks couplers on 3-rail items (they have since done away with plastic trucks entirely and now equip all of their new cars with die-cast trucks), my opinion of them was much improved. In addition to the club car, I also got a club shirt, an embossed mini screw driver set and letter opener. I have to say that I'm pleased with the results and I will most likely order the "weatherize it" option again.
I used rub on lettering this time, but it was a major pain the butt so I will probably use decals next time. They also said that the trucks were available in sturdier die-cast models, but that the cheaper trucks were made for 2-rail layouts. I also came to realize that the styrene plastic on Weaver products lends itself to being painted and weathered much better than the ABS plastic used by most other companies. In case you're wondering, the "weatherize it" option adds $15 on to the price of whatever piece you're buying. There's something about styrene plastic that makes it take paints and weathering materials really well.
I painted the brake wheel black and I also added the GALX (Georgia Power) markings and the 196252 car number.
I have since replaced the plastic trucks on this car with die-cast Lionel metal sprung trucks.
Their detailing is well done, I love the fact that you can order cars undecorated, I love that you can order any product custom weathered, and I love that you can buy most of their stuff right on their website instead of having to go through a dealer.



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