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N Scale - Lone Star - EL.88 - Maintenance of Way, Wrecking Crane, North America - Painted/Unlettered

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N Scale - Lone Star - EL.88 - Maintenance of Way, Wrecking Crane, North America - Painted/Unlettered


Production Type Regular Production
Stock Number EL.88
Secondary Stock Number 82
Brand Lone Star
Manufacturer Lone Star
Body Style Lone Star Wrecking Crane Brownhoist
Prototype Maintenance of Way, Wrecking Crane, North America (Details)
Road or Company Name Painted/Unlettered (Details)
Paint Color(s) Red and Gray
Coupler Type Other
Coupler Mount Truck-Mount
Wheel Type Nickel-Silver Plated Metal
Wheel Profile Deep Flange
Release Date 1960-01-01
Item Category Rolling Stock (Freight)
Model Type Maintenance of Way
Model Subtype Brownhoist
Model Variety Wrecking Crane
Prototype Region North America
Prototype Era Era III: Transition (1939 - 1957)
Scale 1/160


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Specific Item Information: Also available in Yellow

Prototype History:
A complete wreck train consisted of a locomotive, a wreck crane, tool cars, and enough bunk and cook cars for personnel required for a particular wreck. Wreck cranes and tool cars were often stationed at strategic points along the railway line. Division terminals were considered strategic points because locomotives and engine, train, and wreck car crews were always available on call. Wreck train equipment had to be prepared for immediate movement. Ties, rails, spikes, and other repair materials are stockpiled at various points. An emergency supply of such items were also loaded in suitable cars and held with each wrecker as part of the wreck train.

A wreck train, or “relief train” as the railroads preferred to call them used a huge piece of equipment built by companies such as Brownhoist. A typical wrecking crane was powered by twin diesel engines with a 500,000 pound capacity. This crane could easily lift an entire Reading T-1 steam locomotive. At 191-tons, it is a very heavy piece of equipment. It easily outweighs an Alco C630!

Road Name History:
Some items are designed to have their owner add whatever company marking they choose, usually in the form of decals or dry-transfers. These items are painted in a generic prototypical fashion but with all company affiliation deliberately left off.



Brand/Importer Information:
Lone Star was founded by Aubrey Robert Mills and Sidney James Ambridge in 1939 as the toy division of Die Casting Machine Tools Ltd. (DCMT) of London. DCMT was manufacturing diecasting machines and equipment. DCMT had made some toy cars for Crescent, and diecast toy cap-firing guns, which DCMT supplied under the "Lone Star" brand. "Lone Star" was a name that conjured up images of the Wild West, and while it was a reference to the Texas state flag (with its single star), the name also reminded children of the star-shaped Sheriff's badge that was often a key part of a cowboy costume.

Lone Star Locos appeared in the late 1950s as a range of fairly basic 000-scale diecast miniature trains and track, and were joined in the 1960s by the comparatively short-lived "Treble-O-Lectric" range of "proper" motorised 000-scale electric train sets. The motorised range was discontinued circa 1965. DCMT ceased its operation circa 1988.
The Lone Star Treble-O (triple O) rolling stock was scaled to 2mm to the foot (1:152) and track's gauge was 9mm.
Lone Star paved the way to the N scale model trains that would be soon after introduced by Arnold Rapido.

Read more on Irwin's Journal and on The Brighton Toy and Model Index.


Item created by: gdm on 2018-09-21 09:28:15. Last edited by Alain LM on 2018-09-22 11:29:59

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