Mystery Elevated Trestle Parts

Anybody have an idea as to the manufacturer of this really nice elevated track support system. No identifying marks of any kind.

Came as part of a collection that had trains from late standard gauge right through modern O gauge - so no hints there.

Fairly heavy gauge steel - spot welded - well-braced with U-channels.

The horizontal girders are spaced perfectly for O gauge track. The curved sections appear to be O72 curves.

Thanks.

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Jim

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Thanks, Tom.

Well wouldn't you know! After hunting for days, not five minutes after posting this and right about the same time that Tom posted his photo, I came across that photo too in the old OGR thread:

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Seems like a fellow named Pat Fusco made these under the name Steeltoy. The ones in this photo are sized for standard gauge, but I guess he made them in O gauge too.

It's a very nice system - too bad they are no longer available.

Jim

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Tom,

They are part of a collection I am sorting out for the local hobby shop up here. I haven't counted them up, but there are a box full.

I have to see what the shop owner wants to do with them. I don't know if he will be selling them or using them himself. I'll find out in a few days. We just wanted to identify them first.

Jim

Clearly these were formed with special tooling.  It's a shame that something this nice doesn't find its way to perpetuity somehow.   

Around here on trash days, we set out a special bag marked 'METAL" a few feet apart from the main pile.  There are enterprising folks who drive around in their pick-up trucks collecting scrap metal.  They take it to one of several local reclaimers and get a few $$ for their effort.  It pains me to think that tooling for something as nice as these girders and supports might meet a similar fate at the hands of someone who simply doesn't care or know what they have.

The other day the boss (LHS) was telling me a story about how some very famous railroad flag movies were saved...A fellow saw huge reels of 16mm film curbside for trash pickup, realized what they might be, took them all.....and the railfan/hobbyist is now blessed to have the treasures preserved...first in VHS, now DVD.  And how many times have we heard how our beloved Lionel/Marx/Flyer trains of yore ended up in a box/sack/can curbside?

Yepper, in enterprising hands, these gorgeous elevated supports would do VERY well today.....and tomorrow.

(sigh)

KD

dkdkrd posted:

Clearly these were formed with special tooling.  It's a shame that something this nice doesn't find its way to perpetuity somehow.   

Around here on trash days, we set out a special bag marked 'METAL" a few feet apart from the main pile.  There are enterprising folks who drive around in their pick-up trucks collecting scrap metal.  They take it to one of several local reclaimers and get a few $$ for their effort.  It pains me to think that tooling for something as nice as these girders and supports might meet a similar fate at the hands of someone who simply doesn't care or know what they have.

The other day the boss (LHS) was telling me a story about how some very famous railroad flag movies were saved...A fellow saw huge reels of 16mm film curbside for trash pickup, realized what they might be, took them all.....and the railfan/hobbyist is now blessed to have the treasures preserved...first in VHS, now DVD.  And how many times have we heard how our beloved Lionel/Marx/Flyer trains of yore ended up in a box/sack/can curbside?

Yepper, in enterprising hands, these gorgeous elevated supports would do VERY well today.....and tomorrow.

(sigh)

KD

Reminds me of a LHS in North White Plains (NY) when I overheard the owner talking about his riding his bike as a youngster in the early 1970's, around the ex-New York Central's yard there. He said there were tall stacks upon stacks of railroad china that were being unloaded for dumping. Wouldn't we all like to have 1 set of those today! 

Tom 

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