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RLW 2462 Koppel Ore Car Kit -- $10.95

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N (1 foot is 160 scale feet in N)
NA(Gauge does not apply to this item.)
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Republic Locomotive Works
This is a kit of brass etchings of the Koppel rectangular side dump ore cars. The etchings were designed, drawn and made available by Chris Schmuck. For more information on the this ore car and its builder see the following:
Cole, Wayne
Ghost Rails Volume 4, Industrial Shortlines. This book has a history of the Arthur Koppel Car Company in Koppel Pennsylvania as well as railroad equipment. This book is available from Ron"s Books Search on Wayne Cole to find the book fast.

The following is from the Mid-Continent Railway Museum in North Freedom, Wisconsin:

Arthur Koppel began in the light railway business at Berlin, Germany, in partnership with Benno Orenstein 1 April 1876, doing general manufacturing as Orenstein & Koppel.

About 1885 the partners somehow divided the company—whether physically, or simply into two divisions we don’t know—with the Orenstein & Koppel firm continuing with the German market, while the Arthur Koppel Company concentrated on development of overseas business.

Although the Arthur Koppel Company built and supplied track and rolling stock, it did not build locomotives, but subcontracted them through other manufacturers including, of course, Orenstein & Koppel.

In 1905 or 1906, the Arthur Koppel Company purchased 558 acres of land above the Beaver River in Beaver County, Pennsylvania, and began constructing a plant and a company town. The plant appears to have built primarily—if not exclusively—industrial type cars such as dump cars and service cars for steam and electric railways, largely of narrow gauge. It is known that they built some 45 ft. 4-motor electric cars for the Chicago Railways Company in 1910. The firm had several sales offices, including one in Chicago.

Arthur Koppel died in 1908, shortly after the Pennsylvania plant was built, and the two companies re-integrated, doing business for some time under an awkward combination of names such as Orenstein & Koppel & Arthur Koppel Co. or Orenstein-Arthur Koppel Co. (sources differ). Eventually the name was simplified to the original Orenstein & Koppel, under which the German company still does business today, though they have not manufactured railroad cars since 1981. Last single pack left.

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