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Thomas Industries 0 Gauge

(Wenonah, New Jersey, USA)

Thomas Industries was formed in the late 1940s by ex Mantua founder Jim Thomas, Wenonah, New Jersey. Thomas produced a General style locomotive (before Lionel) in various versions together with a series of cars, the Pioneer passenger car, combine car and baggage car.

Freight cars include a pulpwood car, steel flat car, crane car, various tank cars, gondola and 4 wheeled bobber caboose, some of which are illustrated below.

Thomas acquired Scake-Craft's line of 0 scale freight cars in 1951, and relocated the business to Shawnee, Oklahoma, where nine ex Scale-Craft models were produced, including a box car, stock car, hopper, gondola, milk tank car, refrigerator car and maintenance car. Thomas therefore produced a slightly unusual mix of scale and tinplate models, two and three rail, ready to run and kits.

A passenger waiting room, lamp posts and other accessories were also produced by Thomas Industries before 1959 at which point owner Jim Thomas passed away, following a heart attack. The tooling for production was destroyed in 1964.

Thank you, as ever, to TCA Western Division for the Thomas Industries history.


Thomas Industries 4-4-0 loco and tender, wood burning smoke stack

Thomas Industries 4-4-0 loco and tender, wood burning smoke stack

Thomas Industries 4-4-0 loco and tender, wood burning smoke stack

Thomas Industries 4-4-0 loco and tender, wood burning smoke stack

Thomas Industries 4-4-0 loco and tender, coal burning smoke stack

Thomas Industries 4-4-0 loco and tender, coal burning smoke stack

Thomas Industries 4-4-0 loco and tender, coal burning smoke stack

Thomas Industries 4-4-0 loco and tender, coal burning smoke stack

Thomas Industries die cast loco and tender, tinplate cars

Thomas Industries die cast loco and tender, tinplate cars

Thomas Industries Pioneer coach, green livery, red trucks, Pioneer name, 1869 date

Thomas Industries Pioneer coach, red livery, green trucks, Pioneer name, 1869 date

Thomas Industries Pioneer coach, red livery, red trucks, Pioneer name, 1869 date

Thomas Industries Pioneer coach, yellow livery, red trucks, Pioneer name, 1869 date

Thomas Industries baggage/mail car, green livery, red trucks, Express US Mail, 1869 date

Thomas Industries baggage/mail car, yellow livery, red trucks, Express US Mail, 1869 date

Thomas Industries combine car, yellow livery, red trucks, Pioneer name, 1869 date

Thomas Industries combine car, red livery, black trucks, Pioneer name, 1869 date

Thomas Industries Juniata Falls passenger car, green livery, red trucks, 1869 date, added C&O plate?

Thomas Industries Washington View passenger car, yellow livery, red trucks, 1869 date, added C&O plate?

Thomas Industries 0-4-0 switcher loco and tender, two rail

Thomas Industries 0-4-0 switcher loco and tender, two rail

Thomas Industries 0-4-0 switcher loco and tender, three rail

Thomas Industries 0-4-0 switcher loco and tender, three rail

Thomas Industries 0-4-0 switcher loco and tender, three rail

Thomas Industries 0-4-0 switcher loco and tender, three rail

Thomas Industries brass interurban trolley car

Thomas Industries brass interurban trolley car

Thomas Industries brass interurban trolley car

Thomas Industries brass interurban trolley car

Thomas Industries pulpwood car

Thomas Industries pulpwood car

Thomas Industries pulpwood car

Thomas Industries pulpwood car

Thomas Industries crane car

Thomas Industries flat car

Thomas Industries freight cars

Thomas Industries 4 wheeled bobber caboose

Thomas Industries loco tender kits

Thomas Industries various street lights

Thomas Industries catalog, Shawnee address, date unknown

Thomas Industries catalog, Shawnee address, 1952

Thomas Industries original box, Shawnee address

Unusual Thomas Industries card kit to build Pioneer locomotive

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