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The American Model Railroad Company 0 Gauge

(New Rochelle, New York, USA)

The American Model Railroad Company was a US 0 scale model railway supplies company, created by tinplate collector and TCA Charter Member Edwin P. Alexander, New Rochelle, N.Y.

Extract from the 1994 NMRA Pioneers listing :

"Alexander, Edwin P*. PA. Author 1930s-1960s. Magazines, books. Manufacturer, American Model Railroad Company. Early scale O Ga mfr. custom builder industrial models. Experimented with HO in 1920s. TCA Charter Member. Early tinplate collector. 1965 NMRA Distinguished Service Award."

The second catalog, illustrated below, is assumed to be from 1924. The catalog was described thus :

American Model Railroad Company Toy Train Catalog O OO Gauge Icken Barker 1924

(Model trains) The American Model Railroad Company. Scale Model railway Supplies. Edwin P. Alexander, Mgr.

Original lavender wrappers, printed in red. About 6 by 8 inches, 36 unnumbered pages. Profusely illustrated. "1924" is written in pencil on the first endpaper.

"This, the second edition of the first scale model railroad catalogue in America has been planned to list as much material as possible for those interested in the best of hobbies - Scale Model Railways. While our first issue listed but little in the line of finished models and construction sets, it will be noted that these are now included. Although we have gone into O Gauge thoroughly, we now also list parts for 1/2 inch scale and the 2 1/2 or 'Standard' Gauge. Those who have the first catalogue will recognize the considerable amount of new items we have added to our stock. We trtust we shall thus be able to help our patrons better and more completely than hitherto."

9 pages at the front of Icken Barker O Gauge Railroad Engines and locomotives and rolling stock.Also pages ot parts and castings, trucks, Stedman locomotives, OO Gauge parts, switches and signals, Scale-2 Gauge locos and stock, Scale-2 Gauge castings and parts, rubber stamps to apply logos and lettering to the sides of the models.

The catalog is crudely printed as issued, and the printing ink smeared slightly on some of the pages before drying, but that is a mfg fault, not damage.

Apparently this company's claim as a "first catalog" refers to precise scale model trains as distinct from toy trains.

American Model Railroad Co
Catalog, 2nd edition, probably 1924
American Model Railroad Co
Catalog, 2nd edition, probably 1924
American Model Railroad Co
Catalog, 2nd edition, probably 1924
American Model Railroad Co
Catalog, 2nd edition, probably 1924
American Model Railroad Co
Catalog, 2nd edition, probably 1924
American Model Railroad Co
Catalog, 2nd edition, probably 1924
American Model Railroad Co
Catalog, 2nd edition, probably 1924
American Model Railroad Co
Catalog, 2nd edition, probably 1924
American Model Railroad Co
Catalog, 2nd edition, probably 1924

The tenth catalog, illustrated below, is dated 1937.

American Model Railroad Co
Catalog, 10th edition, 1937

Both the models below were sold via eBay, each being described as built from an American Model Railroad kit. The tenth catalogue (1937) describes a flat car and a twelve panel hopper car.


Eight wheeled flat car

Eight wheeled hopper

Eight wheeled gondola riding on Athearn Bettendorf trucks

Eight wheeled gondola riding on Athearn Bettendorf trucks

Eight wheeled gondola riding on Athearn Bettendorf trucks

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