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Friday, April 18, 2014

Model Power Trucks Part 1 - Wagner Car Company

We open the topic of power trucks with the Wagner Car Co. catalogue from 1957-1958. Rich Wagner had started making power trucks in the early to mid 1950's. He continued to make power trucks until his death.

Rich's wife, "Birdie", sold the power truck and model parts business to Ed Miller of Current Line Models who has continued to supply power trucks. A link to Current Line Models can be found at the bottom of this blog.

The catalogue is presented for information only. Note the different configuration of power trucks available - how the motor is mounted. Rich Wagner includes information about the power trucks and how to maintain them.

The pages of the catalogue were scanned into my computer full page. The insertion into this blog page reduced the size of the pages. If the reader has the capability perhaps the pages can be printed full 8-1/2" x 11". The front and back covers were printed on yellow card stock. When the covers were scanned the color was lost.

Since the catalogue is over 50 years old, Current Line Models web site should be consulted to see what is currently available.

I hope you are able to print out the catalogue full size. Comments about the wheel and track standards plus maintenance of the trucks will be made in following posts regarding power trucks.

Some "things" to take away from looking at the various power truck designs are the "parts" of a power truck. A power truck is made up of:
  • a motor.
  • a gear box (worm, gear, and casing),
  • wheel sets (wheels & axels ready to mount),
  • a method to power both axels,
  • sideframes, and
  • a method of mounting the power truck in the model.
These "parts" will be looked at further in a future post.


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