Monday, August 21, 2017

Was this the first occurrence of the 8-Ball Loco Works?

In the course of the ongoing 8-Ball Loco Works / Dilly Mfg Co. discussion I came across this photo - sliced from a larger one - in the June 1950 issue of Railroad Model Craftsman. The location is Bill Livingston's layout, the Venango Northern R. R. I think this is the earliest photo of the model - appearing around 8 months before the article describing it did in the Feb '51 issue. It also appeared in the Oct '50 and May '51 issues; maybe others too, but that's all I've been able to spot so far. With Mr. Livingston noting he first built it 1949, the publication dates for other occurrences likely won't get much earlier than these.


  1. this building, in this setting, has always spoken "lineside industry" for me. it's a classic little building in the same vein as oatmeal box water tanks and tin can refineries.

    1. I've been surprised at the number of times that building has appeared in photos in various magazines. There's probably some laser cut manufacturer out there today that sells something like it !