As some of you know I'm in the process of restoring a Pre-War Standard Gauge Scenic Railway:
I am missing some of the smaller scenery pieces and hoping I might get lucky and find a few or get a lead on some. Sometimes the odd-ball stuff gets mixed in with other stuff or the owner is unsure of it's origin. One of the small metal grass plots I needed was found sitting by itself on a swap meet table.
In their Pre-War catalogs Lionel listed No.505 Oak trees and No. 504 Rose bushes.There were also other "500 series" trees and shrubs like the No.500 Pine Bushes and 501, 502 and 503 Pine trees of varying size. These were not the same as the Sisal rope or Hemp twine "mud trees" commonly seen on Scenic Plots. As best as I can tell from the remnants of a broken one, these trees all had a 1/8" wood dowel trunk and were made to insert in a pre-drilled hole . Likely made using Luffa sponge material. It's too bad Ron Morris is gone he seemed to be the authority on this type of stuff.
If anybody has anything (old) that looks like this or something that would be a suitable, period correct substitute , could you please post a picture ? Maybe Lionel sourced from another manufacturer like Ives or Hornby ?
The catalog picture doesn't help much as it just an artist's illustration but here's a blurry close up:
Any ideas or input is appreciated