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Specific Item Information: Glowing with an inner fire of 2200°F, a fresh ingot thunders onto the tables and into the rollers. Inside massive mill buildings, ingots are transformed into the beams, pipes, tubes, sheets and hundreds of other steel shapes that are the raw materials of other industries. Rolling Mills are some of the biggest and most important structures in any steel works, often stretching for a half-mile or more! Similar corrugated steel structures also house continuous casters, galvanizing plants and pipe, rod or wire mills. Big and versatile, this kit can make it easy to model the facilities of a steel works on your layout and is perfect alongside the Blast Furnace (#933-3249). Its steel construction and size make it a natural for recreating other types of modern manufacturing plants too. With a modular design, plus optional cutout end doors and walls, you can easily customize the building to fit your layout. The baseplate includes simulated rails so you can roll cars inside. The big roof invites plenty of detail, so weve included both a full-length monitor-type as well as individual round vents, used on the prototypes to release the tremendous heat that builds up inside. Complete instructions are included to make construction fast and fun. And for the finishing touch, theres a realistic decal sheet complete with safety signs and more.
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 2017-01-02 16:20:48. Last edited by gdm on 2017-07-18 09:44:19
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