Lenahan's Locomotive Lexicon

3rd Edition, Volume 1 & 2, 1985

2nd Edition expanded version, 1976

1st Edition, 1974

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The Brown Book of Brass Locomotive


WalthersHOp889.jpg3rd Edition
A Complete Update of the Clasic Illustrated Index and Value Guide to HO Brass Locomotive
by John Glaab 1994, Chilton Book Company US$24.95
softcover 176×254mm, 280 pages

 HOスケールの動力付ブラス・モデルについて、発売ロット毎に輸入業者、製造業者、製造年、製造数、発売時の定価、中古市場価格などを列記していて、ブラス・コレクターのバイブルと呼ばれた。“ブラウン”の名は原著者Ray A. Brownに因む。第3版の編集途上で亡くなったので、 Peach Creek Shops のJohn Glaabが引き継いだ(>>同模型店の解説)。
 MR誌1995年1月号p66に書評があり、"In spite of some errors, this book is the most comprehensive work on the market."と書く。右はWalthers HO Catalogの1996年版。"352 pages"は誤記。1995年版にも掲載されている。200部が作成されたというhardcover版についてはブログ"Brass Model Collection of Kevin"を参照(2018-07-27)。

2nd Edition
by Ray A. Brown 1982, Darwin Publications US$13.95
MR誌を探すと、1983年10月号p134に第2版の刊行告知、1985年8月号p76の輸入ブラスモデルに関する記事で言及、1986年9月号p12にRay A. Brown氏の訃報(前出の同誌1995年1月号p66に拠れば、死去は1985年)。

1st Edition
The complete guide to buying and selling HO brass locomotives
by Ray A. Brown 1980
実売価格 US$10.50?
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The Art of Brass in Model Railroading

Art_of_Brass.jpg 輸出向け日本製ブラス・モデルを紹介するプレスアイゼンバーン(現エリエイ)発行のモノクロ写真集。ほとんどはアメリカ型だが、わずかに欧州型も掲載される。
 第1巻は1982年までのクマタ製品をほぼ網羅し、第2巻は安達、アカネ、フジヤマ、ゴー、コダマ、鉄道模型社、トビー、ユナイテッド、協同等をサンプル的に夫々紹介する。前者は出版元に長らく在庫があったが2010年初頭に売り切れを確認、後者は当初より希覯本となっていた。両書の冒頭にある熊田晴一氏による解説は当時の業界事情を伝えていて貴重。この2冊に出てこない天賞堂は「Tenshodo Book」、カツミについては「ルミネ街の汽車」がお薦め。

Volume 1, Kumata Products, Presse Eisenbahn 1982, 230 pages


About The Art Of Brass . . .
Down through history Man has miniaturized their means of transportation as toys to delight their young. Yet none had ever gained the wide popularity as did model trains which made their appearance soon after the Age of Railroads was born. Old-fashioned toys were swept aside in favor of replicas of these incredible "locomotives," the newly-coined word meaning "a machine with the ability to move place to place." That a conveyance had been invented that no longer needed pulling was a startling advance in transportation. And if children marveled at seeing tiny trains move − driven by some unseen power, no less fascinated were the men who had made them. Thus a new hobby to delight both child and adult took root − the world of model trains.

This new hobby grew through the pioneering efforts of the first manufacturers. In the United States every enthusiast certainly know each train model made by the Lionel Corporation as well as those created by American Flyer. In Germany, the Marklin Corporation had similar fansc; Soon the trains of other model makers began appearing and, as the clouds of World War II were forming, a model in a new scale − HO − was introduced.

It was a precise scaling down of one foot to 3.5 millimeters − to one eighty-seventh the size of existing trains, a reduction from the standard track gauge of four feet and eight and half inches to just sixteen and a half millimeters − truly an amazing shrinkage into the land of Lilliput! And once World War II was over, HO-scale train models became the preferred size, capturing the hearts of enthusiasts everywhere.

Another post-war development occurred − the emergence of Japan both as a market for and, later, as an exporter of model trains. There had been an eager band of Japanese model rail enthusiasts in pre-war times and their numbers now had increased. They were − and still are − the largest group of model lovers in all of Asia. Some even made model trains and hobbyists among the occupation forces began purchasing them, their amazement at discovering such fine workmanship perhaps not unlike the astonishment of Marco Polo on first glimpsing the wonders of Asia.

That the Japanese made their own model trains should not have been surprising. They were experienced with miniaturization, having long produced tiny ornaments as well as western-type toys for export. And a new market seemed to be in the making for, judging from sales to these foreign enthusiasts now in their midst, certain manufacturers decided that their model trains might prove to be a profitable export.

Just how profitable was not realized in the early fifties when the first overseas orders began trickling in. Yet the demand grew dramatically. Today these exporters can look back with pride knowing that hundreds of thousands of their brass rolling stock are greatly treasured by hobbyists in the United States, Australia, the countries of Western Europe and in other nations of the world.

Kumata & Company Limited − the firm selected for this first volume on brass model trains − was one of these enterprising manufacturers. Hobbyists everywhere value the quality of their products and the rich variety of their stock. Their K.M.T. label is found on models ranging from large electric locomotives in 0-scale that extend to two feet to Rail Speeders in HO-scale that are less than two inches! Their various model trains number over a thousand and continues to mount. Two factories under direct management and their designated sub-contractors are full-filling orders at an output averaging one item every two weeks! Rail models no longer produced are collectors' items, commanding prohibitive prices whenever they can be found.
In this book are found these rare pieces as well as the many other outstanding brass rail models bearing the famed K.M.T. label. Each photograph is clearly identified and is accompanied by its pertinent manufacturing data. For this we are indebted to Kumata & Company Limited for their unstinting cooperation in bringing this first volume of The Art of Brass to fruition. We strongly hope that this book will be welcomed by all model rail lovers. It is certain to enrich the lives of those intimately involved with this tiny world of precision − the model retailers, hobbyists and collectors wherever they may live. As publishers, however, we do have one concern. The glorious model trains contained herein may stir certain readers into pursuing their hobby of collecting even more vigorously. But if this brings them pleasure, then we plead guilty.

About the author . . .
Mr. Seichi Kumata − the President of Kumata & Company Limited − is a businessman, a successful one in the highly competitive world of model train manu-facturing. And while we know that success requires a unique blend of intelligence and the ability to make sound judgements, it does not harm to be reared in a family where business has been an ever-present part of its ancestry.

In Mr. Kumata's case, all three factors are more than fulfilled. He comes from a long line of able Tokyo merchants who have dealt in textiles for over sixty years. And the family tradition survives for a division of Kumata and Company Limited still deals in textiles.

His interest in the model rail industry can be traced back to his boyhood when model trains became an abiding passion. And, once an adult, it seems like fate took over the ordering of his future for his first job on graduating from the Tokyo University of Commerce was in the toy department of a large exporting firm.

From there to becoming the owner of a model rail manufacturing concern was a series of logical progressions. Coming to know the export trade, he left to establish himself and in 1950 began exporting model trains produced by the New One Manufacturing Company. With time, he also began handling the products of other makers and, to insure the quality of what he sold, he ultimately went into the field of manufacturing.

To train lovers everywhere the name of Kumata & Companay Limited and their famed K.M.T. label need no introduction. Those unfamiliar with their products have only to leaf through this book. Here are found the unique trains models that they have created, all under the guidance of one man's capable hand.

But apart from this visual proof of Mr. Kumata's talent in the realm of business, this book has another surprise in store − his talent as a writer, this ample revealed in the engaging Preface he has written that introduces this book! It takes the form of a memoir of his life in the World of Model Trains.

It is the straightforward story of a businessman who works with a will to achieve success. Yet in the telling −when things look their darkest, we can detect the author's optimism and enjoy his unfailing sense of humor. Brief though it may be, it is a pleasure to read. What a pity that the pressure of business has prevented Mr. Kumata's literary talent from blossoming until now. Let us hope that he soon takes up the pen again.


Volume 2, Presse Eisenbahn 1986, 256 pages
Adachi, Akane, Endo, Fujiyama, G.O., Jonan, Kawai, Kodama, Kyodo, Microcast-Mizuno, Nakamura, Nippon Alps, Olympia, Orion, Sugiyama, Tetsudomokeisha, Toby, Toho, Tsubomi, United (Atlas), Fomras, Fuji, Imai, Mochizuki, Nozawa, Nakayama, Pioneer, Sakatsu, Sakura, Sato, Sano, Takada, Takumi, Tamac


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Ladd Checklist series

Ladd Publications, Inc. 1968? - 1996?

 基本的には品名や発売年等を列挙した単なるリスト集だが、インポーターやメーカー別にまとめている点が類書に見られない特徴である。また、Brown BookLenahan's Locomotive LexiconはHOゲージの動力車に限るが、客車や貨車、OやSスケールも掲載する。The Brass Trains Guide Bookに無いモデルも多数リストアップする。輸入された日本型や欧州型などの一部を含む。StandardスケールはModel Engineering Worksの1種、TTスケールはScale Rail Miniaturesの1種、NスケールはGemの2種類などわずかに掲載し、OOスケールは含まない。Kemtronはナローのみ掲載。
 出版社は他にLionelやAmerican Flyer、Nゲージの同様書を発行した。

Brass Locomotive Checklist, 1949 to 1969
1970, US$3.00, soft cover, 73 pages, 97×227 mm

Akane USAからWestsideまで37のメーカーの、機関車、貨車、客車のHO、S、Oモデルを紹介。PFMについては見開き6頁に10両の機関車写真を掲載。写真以外の情報は全て1949-1975年版に引き継がれている。

P37-38 From the Shops of Pacific Fast Mail

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