|Judging by the photo, these two Cragstan/Nomura trains|
are virtually identical. In reality, though, there are
some important distinctions.
In 2010, I posted The Straco Express and the Mystery Train(s). I didn't know much about the Japanese tinplate train I had as child, and was hoping someone online would. They didn't. But since that time, I've learned that the train I had was imported by Cragstan, and manufactured for them by Nomura, probably around 1961. (click on images to enlarge)
And recently I learned something else -- this particular model was made earlier, and underwent some design changes along the way. I found a similar set online and purchased it. The cars had different graphics, and I was thinking of making a longer train.
|Placed together, it's easier to pick out the newer boxcar. Note the |
difference in the style of the graphics.
|A simple hook (left) vs. a complicated ratchet-and-box |
coupler (right). No wonder Nomura made the change!
So now I know a little more about this Santa Fe set. And the information wasn't readily apparent from the photos of the train. Only after I had the train in hand and could do some side-by-side comparisons was I able to see a little of Nomura's history.