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.