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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.

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

Another Alps set, battery powered, the battery (D cell) being carried by the tank wagon. The Electric Crossover Train Set contains a locomotive stamped Rock Island Line, number C-735 together with tank wagon (containing battery) marked Gasoline E O C 4810 and Gas Mobil Eagle Oil Co and caboose marked Rock Island Line. The set comprises the crossover, six lengths of curved track and four lengths of straight track forming a layout 32 by 14 inches, the track gauge being 32mm. The box is marked W. K. & Co. New York Made in Japan.

Alps Shopji Limited
Alps Electric Crossover Train Set
Alps Shopji Limited
Alps Electric Crossover Train Set
Alps Shopji Limited
Alps Electric Crossover Train Set
Alps Shopji Limited
Alps Electric Crossover Train Set
Alps Shopji Limited
Alps Electric Crossover Train Set
Alps Shopji Limited
Alps Electric Crossover Train Set
Alps Shopji Limited
Alps Electric Crossover Train Set
Alps Shopji Limited
Alps Electric Crossover Train Set

Third Alps set, track gauge approximately 32mm, battery powered Figure 8 Train Set containing track, Santa Fe Diesel Switcher locomotive number 328 and four wheeled grey Mobilgas tank car. Battery compartment within tank wagon.

Alps Shopji Limited
Alps Electric Crossover Train Set
Alps Shopji Limited
Alps Electric Crossover Train Set
Alps Shopji Limited
Alps Electric Crossover Train Set
Alps Shopji Limited
Alps Electric Crossover Train Set
Alps Shopji Limited
Alps Electric Crossover Train Set
Alps Shopji Limited
Alps Electric Crossover Train Set
Alps Shopji Limited
Alps Electric Crossover Train Set
Alps Shopji Limited
Alps Electric Crossover Train Set
Alps Shopji Limited
Alps Electric Crossover Train Set
Alps Shopji Limited
Alps Electric Crossover Train Set
Alps Shopji Limited
Alps Electric Crossover Train Set
Alps Shopji Limited
Alps Electric Crossover Train Set

The loco illustrated below appears to be another floor toy; a diesel loco decorated in Union Pacific livery, together with what could be a chassis for a tank or log car?

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.

A 2-4-0 steam loco is illustrated below, numbered 723, in black New York Central livery, with four wheeled open wagon, or short gondola. The gondola appears to be running on one truck (bogie).

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.
Alps Shopji Limited
Alps tin luggage or freight. The crate is 1 1/4 inches by 1 inch by 3/4 inch, the barrel is 1 1/4 inches tall and 1 inch diameter
Alps Shopji Limited
Alps tin luggage or freight. The crate is 1 1/4 inches by 1 inch by 3/4 inch, the barrel is 1 1/4 inches tall and 1 inch diameter

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