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Scale-Craft Model Railroads 0 Gauge

(Libertyville, Illinois, USA)

Scale-Craft was launched by Clifford Smith in 1933, in Chicago, as American Model Engineers Inc., who manufactured Scale-Craft models. The following year (1934) Scale-Craft issued their first catalog, The Scale-Craft Model Book. Clifford Smith sold the business to Elliot Donnelley in 1936, when it was known as Scale-Models Inc., then Scale-Craft (Scale-Craft & Co.). Production ceased during WWII and, in 1946 the company was sold to California based Doug Douglass although in 1950 was purchased by Elliot Donnelley again, who continued production in both 0 and (US) 00 scales. The 1950 Scale-Craft Model Railroad Data Book shows an address in Round Lake, Illinois.

A letter from Elliot Donnelley dated 28th February 1951 (to Lewis English, owner of Bowser ten years later) states ' …we have just sold our entire “O” gauge line of model railroad equipment; the car line to the Thomas industries of Wenonah, N. J., and the locomotives to the Central Locomotive Works…' Scale-Craft continued with 00 production.

My thanks to John Ericson and his always interesting American 00 Today blog, for most of the information above.


Early Scale-Models Inc. 6 axle Erie well car

Early Scale-Models Inc. 6 axle Erie well car

Scale-Craft 4-8-2 Mountain loco and oil tender, length 24 inches

Scale-Craft box cars

Scale-Craft box cars

Scale-Craft box cars

Scale-Craft box cars

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