Assessing Assets, Part 2: 2019 Anon Donation

During the 2019 Lincoln Square Village Train Show, someone stopped by our display and made an anonymous donation of some circa 1950s HO scale equipment. Most of the cars were equipped with the archaic hook and loop couplings. Here’s a look at what we have.

Mantua General, Plus Misc Parts

This loco was built from a Mantua General kit. There are some extra optional parts included along with an iffy looking sheet of decals and misc stuff. It is tender drive, but no idea if it runs.

Unpowered HO F-unit

This dummy F-unit was part of a 1950s product promotion along with the next few cars enclosed in cardboard shipping packs. Whatever is done with these should happen as a unit because of their common source.

HO Lightweight Passenger Car

Don’t fear.

It’s just a kit for a streamline passenger car.

HO Michigan Central Gondola

Great for open loads.

HO Virginian Hopper Car

The RR, not the TV show.

For coal, etc.


HO Metal 8-wheel Caboose

Caboose is painted but unlettered. Equipped with loop and hook couplers.

HO Texaco Tank Car

A very nice HO scale Texaco tank car. Equipped with loop and hook couplers.

HO Santa Fe Reefer

A classic car. Equipped with loop and hook couplers.

HO Pennsylvania Boxcar

A Pennsy 40′ box equipped with loop and hook couplers.

HO Central of Georgia Gon

A rather rare road name equipped with loop and hook couplers.

HO Central RR of NJ Old Time Boxcar

An old time kit of an old time boxcar. It is partially built.

HO (or a larger scale) 2 pairs of Link and Pin Couplers

A lot of 2 pairs of Link and Pin Couplers. They work in HO, but might be more suitable for a larger scale – and very steady hands.

Some Odd Lots

The rest of things. The track is brass curves (22″?)