Thursday, September 20, 2012

The Straco Layout, Part 27 - Local Power to the People!

The Potomac Electric Power Company truck from Line Mar.
I honestly thought I was through adding vehicles to the Straco layout (read more about the whole project here) when I added a set of six Namura cars and trucks ( (Part 26 - Maxing out the Motorway). But then an oddity came to my attention.  

A few months ago I noticed a LineMar vehicle on eBay. LineMar was the Japanese subsidiary of Louis Marx & Co, a major toy manufacturer. The vehicle was a Potomac Electric Power Company truck.

I grew up in the metropolitan Washington, DC area, and was well familiar with Pepco. I suspect this was made for promotional purposes (Collecting - and collecting information 5). It would have been a nice addition to the layout, especially when I display it as part of my presentation to a Washington area-based toy car collector's club.

The bustling Straco layout/display. The Pepco truck is just turning the
corner in the upper left-hand corner of the photo.
Nice, but not at the asking price. The first offering I saw for this vehicle was priced at $49.00. That was far more than I wanted to spend.

Everything on this layout has been relatively inexpensive because there's nothing here that I needed to have. Just things that I thought would be nice to have. In fact, the entire project came about on a whim, and funded accordingly.

But then another Pepco truck came up for auction, and this time the price was right ($8.50). So I now have a Japanese tin toy that most likely was only distributed locally. And since it's a locality that means something to me, the truck's a welcome addition to the display.

With all the cars jamming the roads now, the display itself is beginning to resemble Washington area traffic!

Total cost for the project:
Layout construction:
  • Pegboard: $4.95
  • Flathead Screws: $0.40
  • Molding: $2.49
  • SilClear: borrowed from a friend
  • Green Paint: left over from another project
  • Wood Screws: $3.60
  • Felt Pads: $1.99
Power Pack: $5.90
Small Houses: $3.00
Testor's Gray Paint for road: $1.29
Bandai Areo Station: $8.99

Vehicles:
  • Two Japanese toy cars: $2.00
  • A.W. Livestock truck: $4.99
  • Taxi: $2.99
  • Ambulance: $2.99
  • Two Japanese patriotic cars: $6.99
  • Namura Police Car $2.52
  • Haji three-wheel sedan $3.00
  • Namura lumber truck $3.48
  • 1950's sedan $2.99
  • 6 Namura vehicles $16.99
  • LineMar Pepco Truck $8.50
Total Cost: $90.05

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