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Williams Electric Trains 0 Gauge

(Columbia, Maryland, USA)

Williams Electric Trains was a US toy train and model railroad manufacturer, founded in 1971 by Jerry Williams, as a maker of reproductions of vintage Lionel and Ives Standard gauge trains. Jerry Williams acquired some of the original tooling from the original Lionel Corporation after Lionel sold the rights to their name to General Mills in 1969. In the 1980s Williams acquired tooling that had once belonged to Kusan, a Lionel competitor from the 1950s, and the Williams product line shifted to O scale. Williams eventually discontinued the tinplate range, selling the old Lionel tooling to the company that later became MTH Electric Trains.

Unlike most other O scale manufacturers, Williams never added electronics such as Lionel's Trainmaster Command Control (TMCC) or MTH's Digital Command System (DCS) to its locomotives. This decision gained Williams a dedicated following among those hobbyists who wanted a more traditional train layout reminiscent of the 1950s, but who wanted to buy modern equipment. However, this decision also allowed younger companies such as MTH and K-Line to eclipse Williams, which, in October 2007 was sold to Kader via Kader's Bachmann Industries subsiduary. Williams now trades as Williams by Bachmann.

The Williams cars illustrated below, in Canadian Pacific livery, are each eleven inches in length, and comprise :


1. 2400 Pullman Dominion Service (yellow lettering)
2. 2401 Observation Dominion Service (yellow lettering)
3. 2402 Domeliner Dominion Service (gold lettering)
4. 2403 Domeliner Dominion Service (yellow lettering)

Williams 027 four car set, Canadian Pacific

Williams 027 four car set, Canadian Pacific

Williams 027 four car set, Canadian Pacific

Williams 027 four car set, Canadian Pacific

Williams 027 four car set, Canadian Pacific

Williams 027 four car set, Canadian Pacific

Williams 027 2403 Dominion Service with gold lettering, rather than yellow as above.

Williams catalogue, 1981

Williams catalogue, 1981

Williams catalogue, 1981

Williams catalogue, 1983, page 1

Williams catalogue, 1983, page 2

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Williams catalogue, 1983, page 9

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Williams catalogue, 1983, page 11

Williams catalogue, 1983, page 12

Williams Crown Line catalogue, 1988

Williams Crown Line catalogue, 1988

Williams Crown Line catalogue, 1988

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