Softcover, 112 pages, 8.5 x 11 in, B&W and Color photographs and illustrations.
Discover the history of a pioneer HO scale manufacturer in The Penn Line Story: A History and Collector's Guide. Researched and documented by Garrett L. Stauffer, son of one of Penn Line's founders, this new book presents a wealth of information, facts, and colorful illustrations for the collector and hobbyist alike.
Launched after World War II, Penn Line helped establish the popularity of HO scale model trains. The company offered craftsman-level kits for several steam locomotive prototypes in the early 1950s, and by the 1960s was producing a line of fully assembled plastic trains. In fact, many Penn Line models remain on the market today. Get on board with this fun hobby history!
Chronology of Penn Line, pp. 4-9,
The Beginning, pp. 10-17,
Design and Manufacturing, The Early Years, pp. 18-23,
The Growth Years, pp. 24-31,
Packaging, pp. 32-37,
Marketing and Distribution, pp. 38-44,
Employees and Shareholders, pp. 45-48,
Troubling Times, pp. 49-51,
Bankruptcy, pp. 52-58,
Tips and Insights for Collectors, pp. 59-73,
The Founders, pp. 74-75,
Acknowledgements, pg. 76,
Sources, pg. 77,
Historical Documents, pp. 78-81,
Product Listing, pp. 82-95,
Advertisements in Model Railroader magazine, pp. 96-97,
Catalogs and Flyers, pp. 98-105,
K-4 Steam Locomotive Assembly Instructions, pp. 106-111.