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Schylling 0 Gauge

(USA)

Schylling, founded in 1975 by Jack Schylling, is perhaps best known to toy train enthusiasts for the Lionel licenced clockwork Zeppelin, designed as a floor toy or to run on traditional 0 gauge track. The Zeppelin model was also sold without the Lionel markings - see below.


Schylling undecorated Zeppelin model

Schylling Lionel licenced Zeppelin model

Schylling Lionel licenced Zeppelin model

Schylling Lionel licenced Zeppelin model

Schylling Lionel licenced Zeppelin model

Schylling produced Disney's Mickey and Minnie Mouse clockwork Handcar in their Retro Collection, designed to run on traditional 0 gauge track. This is a reproduction of the toy that is credited with saving the Lionel Corporation from bankruptcy in the 1930s. Lionel was experiencing difficulties during the depression when they introduced this toy in time for Christmas 1934. Selling for one dollar, more than 350,000 of these toys were eventually sold, putting Lionel on the road to recovery.

The toy illustrated below is based on the more refined and preferred English version of the handcar that was produced in 1935 by Alfie Wells of London, and sold under the Brimtoy name. When the wheels turn, Mickey and Minnie pump the handle up and down, animating the handcar as it goes round and round a circle of 0 gauge track.


Schylling clockwork Mickey Mouse Handcar

Schylling clockwork Mickey Mouse Handcar

Schylling clockwork Mickey Mouse Handcar

Schylling clockwork Lionel Centenary Handcar

Schylling clockwork Lionel Centenary Handcar

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