I have a O-Scale layout made up of virtually all MTH product
including their DCS system and about 75 ft of track with several switches and
Typically I am very much dedicated to keeping things as
prototypical as possible and have done so as best as possible for my dedication
to an late 19th century era for a branch near where I live in CT
which at one time was called the Danbury & South Norwalk.
For this I have several late 19th & early 20th century
steamers, passenger and freight cars and they all run and look great.
Aside from that though for more fun I was looking to get a
more early 19th century train and consist but unfortunately as my set
is all O-31 curves I cannot run to much. As well I only want to use MTH
products as mainly I know them and feel there a good value plus I have the DCS
So given this I can’t go with things such as their Premier engine
lines or any of their nice premier Woodside passenger cars as they are at least
But from what they do have to offer in the RailKing an
Rugged Rail O-27 stuff I think I will be going with one of their 4-6-0 Ten
Wheelers and one of their old Overton passenger sets and while I know those aren't
necessarily exactly prototypical, they are about the closest looking thing I can
get to that era specific type of look that I would like to display that could work
The only thing is I have been trying to do some research on
these Overton cars as my prototypical brain just has to do that and aside from
the fact the so many people seem to make models of them I just really can’t
seem to find out much at all about the real ones.
From what I can see, even though there are a ton of them
being modeled, they actually were only made for the Sierra RR Angels Camp
Branch which I can’t seem to find much info on but apparently they were specifically
made and only used for that branch as it was so windy but then they are so much
modeled as they can to be viewed as very era prototypical due to their use in
Other then that though I can't seem to find out squat about them.
So if anyone has any links or info to any real history about
this branch and even better on the Overton cars themselves I would greatly like
to hear about that.
The last thing I wanted to question about is, in virtually all
the non MTH models I have seen, the Overton cars seem to have the very typical high
raise vent section in the center of the roof.
But with all the MTH sets (of which there were quite a few) they
all have pretty much flat roofs with fairly high stove stacks on each end and I
wonder if anyone could tell me more about that.
Given that all the others seem to have the raised vent roof
but MTH has the flat I’m thinking the MTH ones are not correct?
Thanks to all for any help.