Illustrations of Joe Works and Sango HOn30 models from the 1980s

This page includes catalog illustrations of the Joe Works, Joe Works Miniland and Sango models, including some planned but never released pieces. These drawings are scanned from a catalog put out by Railworks hobbyshop of Wakefield, RI

joe works, page1

These are some of the non-characture models. Note that each is shown with detailed wheels and rods/valve gear. The "BLW" loco is a Kiso Forest Railway engine build in the U.S. by Baldwin. Removing the tall coal bunker and changing the stack would make a creditible U.S. contractor or plantation locomotive.

Joe Works, pg. 2

The Amenomiya locomotive is another detailed model. The Kyosan and German Kraus models appear to use the standard "Miniland" chassis which could be built with either two or three axles.

joe works, pg.3

Both forney models use the "Miniland" chassis (which has been referred to as a "slot train" for its limited performance). One version of the shay also used a pair of these chassis for the trucks; I'm not sure if it is the Mich-Cal or if it was a version of the Class A shay on the first page.

joe works, pg 4

More "Miniland" drive units. The 0-4-0 porter is most appealing to me.

This was part of the real "Rio-Grande Miniland". I believe some of these pieces were offered in real HOn3 as well as HOn30 gauge.

Part of the same series. The superstructures of all the Miniland pieces are very nice, although some are a bit small for their prototypes. The forneys on the third page (above) would probably look very good with a better drive having larger wheels and main rods. It is a question of the owner's willingness to modify an engine that may be a collector's piece.


Sango pg. 1

Sango engines are of far better quality. Of those shown on this page, only the railbus and the #18 were actually sold IFAIK.

This is the "Dachshund". Originally imported by "The Car Stop" in Canada as a partially assembled kit containing a built up frame, rolled and soldered boiler and bent and soldered cab and tender. Later sold directly without any assembly. The later version included some other changes (can motor, different pilot and coupler mounting).

These drawings from the instructions of the original Car Stop 'Dachshund' model show the tank version (I have not seen any other illustrations of this version). These instructions were included even though the Car Stop version was a tender engine! Note that on the original, the pilot was attached to the lead truck if a 2-6-x version was desired.


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