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N Scale - Walthers - 933-3251 - Structure, Cornerstone - Painted/Unlettered


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N Scale - Walthers - 933-3251 - Structure, Cornerstone - Painted/Unlettered


N Scale - Walthers - 933-3251 - Structure, Cornerstone - Painted/Unlettered


Brand Walthers
Stock Number 933-3251
Original Retail Price $41.98
Manufacturer Walthers
Body Style Walthers Structures Cornerstone
Road/Company Name Painted/Unlettered
Reporting Marks Valley Growers Association
Paint Color(s) Various
Body Construction Plastic
Ready-to-Run No
Series Name Cornerstone
Kit Complexity Moderate Skills
Kit Material(s) Injection Molded Plastic
Release Date 1998-07-01
Item Category Structures
Model Type Buildings
Model Subtype Industrial
Model Variety Grain Elevator
Prototype Structure, Cornerstone
Region North America
Era/Epoch Epoch I: 1835 - 1920


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Specific Item Information: Grain elevators are one of the most common rail-served businesses. Steel-sided elevators appeared early in the 20th century when corrugated metal siding became an affordable exterior building material. Many older wooden elevators were later resided with metal as it was more weather -resistant and less flammable. You'll still see buildings like the Valley Growers Association along the tracks today. The kit includes a corrugated metal grain elevator with a loading tunnel, ramps and positionable sliding doors; a clapboard office, a wooden grain storage bin and realistic decals. A segmented trackside loading pipe is included so you can simulate loading box cars or covered hoppers.

Brand/Importer Information:
Wm. K. Walthers, Inc., was founded in Milwaukee in 1932 -- but really, it started years earlier, when seven-year-old Bill Walthers got his first taste of the hobby with a small, wind-up toy train for Christmas. He continued with the hobby and eventually had an attic layout comprised primarily of his own scratch-built creations. After he wrote a series of articles on building train control and signaling systems, he got so many letters from other modelers that he began manufacturing them. The first ad (in the May issue of The Model Maker) offered a 24-page, 15c catalog that listed rail, couplers, and electrical supplies. Sales were over $500.00 for the first year, and the fledgling company was off to a strong start.

Within five years, Walthers had grown so much that larger quarters were needed. Space was found on Erie Street, where everything -- from milled wood parts to metal castings to decals -- was made in-house. 1937 also saw a new line in HO Scale, featured in its own catalog. Bill brought operating layouts to the 1939 World's Fair, which gave the hobby a big boost. Soon, though, the growing possibility of war overshadowed these successes, and supplies were becoming increasingly difficult to obtain.

During the war, model manufacturers were ordered to stop production in order to conserve critical metal supplies. Walthers produced what it could from nonessential materials. A series of ads in 1943 saw Bill literally scraping the bottom of a barrel! The postwar boom meant rapid growth for the hobby; however, small homes and new families left no room for O scale layouts, and many modelers moved to HO Scale.

The next twenty years brought great change. In 1958, Bill retired and his son Bruce took over. Just as full-size railroads were being hard-hit by new technology, so too were model railroads. Leisure time was spent in front of the TV set, not the train set. In 1960, Walthers became a full-line distributor of other manufacturers' products while continuing expansion of the Walthers lines. By the start of the 1970's, business was booming again, and Bruce's son Phil joined the company.

Expansion and diversification continue under Phil's tenure. The establishment of the Walthers Importing Division added several international lines. The manufacturing plant was modernized. Code 83 track was introduced in 1985, giving layouts more realistic proportions. In 1990, the Cornerstone Series buildings were unveiled. Combining a freight car with a related industry, the Cornerstone Series makes it possible for modelers to duplicate authentic operations, enhancing layout realism. The Train Line Deluxe Sets and locomotives debuted in 1994. These sets feature the detailing of serious models and an affordable price -- allowing newcomers to get started, and then build-on to their first set, rather than replacing it.

In 2005, Walthers purchased Life-Like from Lifoam Industries. With this purchase Walthers acquired the Proto Lines that have become the backbone of their locomotive and rolling stock segments.

Today, Walthers continues to expand, improve and develop a wide range of products. Their latest selection can be found throughout Walthers.com and their printed catalogs, along with items from over 300 other manufacturers.


Item created by: nscalestation on 2016-12-31 13:53:28. Last edited by gdm on 2017-07-18 09:44:19

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