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B6B6502A-2842-4606-88FC-DAB44BE3A5D4BE9BCC9D-5F7D-4230-89AC-D1B8BFFB4DF0Is anyone familiar with an O gauge manufacturer by the name of the H&H Manufacturing Company?

I recently took possession of two girder bridges made by this company and have not been able to locate any information about the firm (see photos).  The TCA Western Division website has a pretty comprehensive list of manufacturers, but unfortunately this company is not included there.  

The bridge is similar to Lionel’s 314, with the die cast sides.  However this model is one half inch shorter in both length and width from Lionel’s, at only 10” x 4”.  

Love these great mysteries and hope some of our more knowledgeable colleagues can share some history.

Cheers,

Todd Zimmerman

Amherst, NY

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Thanks for the lead, Gramps.  The TCA Quarterlies are all online too.  You’ve just provided me with a project.  Heck, that’s only 32 Tables of Contents to review.  Piece of cake.

The narrative is one I was hoping for too.  

Even though the value of such items as yours and mine are nominal, just having these unique pieces of industry history is fascinating.  

Gotta give these Mom & Pop manufacturers their props for having the stones to go after the Goliath of Lionel.  AMT and their descendants are favorites of mine as well.  

I also have that bridge in the original box.  I don’t have any photos of it but I thought it had been discussed on here before.  Anyway here’s a link to photos and more info about it and the manufacturer on Graeme Eldred’s very useful website: http://www.binnsroad.co.uk/railways/hh/index.html  The TCA Quarterly issues in which it was discussed are also identified in that link.

H&H Manufacturing was or maybe still is in Pittsburgh, PA (my home town).  They made a few train items and according to a database of Pennsylvania companies there may still be a company by the name of H&H Sales & Manufacturing located at the same address in Pittsburgh that is shown on the box in one of the photos in that link above.

HTH,

Bill

Bill,

One more time, big thanks for introducing me to Graeme Eldred’s website.  I’m blown away by the sheer volume of information.  No questions this will suck up many hours of my time. Too bad I didn’t know about this back in March!

Any other research-type websites you would recommend?  I use the Postwar Lionel Library and Tandem Associates for Lionel and others.  The TCA and TCA Western sites are helpful too.  

Thanks again,

TZ

Bill,

One more time, big thanks for introducing me to Graeme Eldred’s website.  I’m blown away by the sheer volume of information.  No questions this will suck up many hours of my time. Too bad I didn’t know about this back in March!

Any other research-type websites you would recommend?  I use the Postwar Lionel Library and Tandem Associates for Lionel and others.  The TCA and TCA Western sites are helpful too.  

Thanks again,

TZ

Todd:

You are very welcome.  Graeme has done a great job identifying and finding info on so many lesser-known and now mostly defunct toy train manufacturers.

Regarding other reference sources, I use the ones you identified plus some others.  The TCA site you may be referring to is the TCA-sponsored Toy Train Mailing List (TTML).  I first discovered that site when it was on Yahoo.  You probably know about it but for those who don’t know it is now on groups.io.  You don’t have to be a TCA member to access it and here’s the link: https://groups.io/g/toytrains

You mentioned an interest in AMT and its decendents so here’s a link to the group that follows those manufacturers: https://amt-kusan-kmt-kris-wil...ups.io/g/main/topics

And if you have any interest in American Flyer, this site has plenty of info including scans of each page of each consumer catalog produced during the Gilbert era (1938-66) so it does include the Gilbert pre-war 3-rail O gauge era: http://myflyertrains.org/

And finally, here’s a site I just recently discovered with info on all toys including a section on trains: https://www.historytoy.com/

Hope this helps,

Bill

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