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Alps (Shojo Ltd), Japan

Alps (Shojo Ltd)

(Japan)

Alps Shopji (or Shojo?) Limited, Japan, founded in 1948, and makers of a range of novelty tinplate toys including 0 gauge railway items. Some of the railway items are closer to S or even H0 scale, but run on 0 gauge track.

Alps Shopji Limited
Alps Caboose

Interesting boxed set below. A floor toy, although approximately 0 scale size, and with flanged wheels, at least on the rolling stock. Power was by the pumpable balloon or bellows illustrated.

Alps Shopji Limited
Alps F-258 Golden Express Set
Alps Shopji Limited
Alps F-258 Golden Express Set
Alps Shopji Limited
Alps F-258 Golden Express Set
Alps Shopji Limited
Alps F-258 Golden Express Set
Alps Shopji Limited
Alps F-258 Golden Express Set
Alps Shopji Limited
Alps F-258 Golden Express Set

The loco illustrated below appears to be another floor toy; a diesel loco decorated in Union Pacific livery.

Alps Shopji Limited
Alps Union Pacific diesel loco, which looks to be another floor toy.
Alps Shopji Limited
Alps Union Pacific diesel loco, which looks to be another floor toy.

An 0-6-0 steam tender loco illustrated below, numbered 723, in New York City livery.

Alps Shopji Limited
Alps NYC 0-6-0 steam loco number 723, which looks to be another floor toy.
Alps Shopji Limited
Alps NYC 0-6-0 steam loco number 723, which looks to be another floor toy.

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