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N Scale - Walthers - 933-3246 - Structure, Cornerstone - Painted/Unlettered


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N Scale - Walthers - 933-3246 - Structure, Cornerstone - Painted/Unlettered


N Scale - Walthers - 933-3246 - Structure, Cornerstone - Painted/Unlettered


Brand Walthers
Stock Number 933-3246
Original Retail Price $49.98
Manufacturer Walthers
Body Style Walthers Structures Cornerstone
Road/Company Name Painted/Unlettered
Reporting Marks Goldenflame Fuel Co.
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 Coal distributer
Prototype Structure, Cornerstone
Region North America
Era/Epoch Epoch I: 1835 - 1920


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Specific Item Information: Shoehorned alongside mainlines and sidings, the local fuel dealer was well known to everyone in town. Coal for home heating, as well as commercial accounts like small factories and stores, could by bought by the bag-full or the ton and delivered to your house. As oil furnaces became common, many dealers expanded their line to include home heating oil too. Whether in a big city scene or a quiet country town, this kit looks great next to the tracks of your N Scale railroad. The kit is complete with detailed "concrete" storage silos, a small office with attached scale platform area, oil tank and other details to build a complete scene. And like the prototypes, the buildings are easily arranged to fit in odd-shaped spaces. Typical of facilities commonly seen in the US from the 1920s to the 1960s, it can be built as a free-standing business. Many fuel dealerships were often operated by the local lumber yard or grain elevator, opening additional industrial ideas for using other Walthers kits and accessories.

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 20:38:52. Last edited by gdm on 2017-07-18 09:44:19

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