Critter Gallery

Scale Models based on the small diesel switchers from

the H K Porter Company, Davenport, Plymouth and others


Small switchers powered by internal combustion engines are often called "critters" in the commercail press. I suppose some hobbyists and rail fans do so as well and have adopted the name. Some of the models pictured here are based on general design concepts rather than any specific prototype. Contributor Brad Smith has pointed out that they all have front radiators and would therefore not really require roof fans. Athearn used some of the designs from their larger EMD diesel switchers for the elements on the tops of the hoods. Lionel carried that forward for their HO Husky locos since those models were made from modified Athearn molds. Then, Lionel used very similar architecture on their O-Scale critters. The very slightly larger Marx shells also borrowed some of the concepts including two fans and the front radiator. Since the Model Power shells used the Marx molds, we see a lot of similarity among all of these models.

There is some good information about these critters on the following page: Prototype Information on Critters

Athearn


Custom decorated Hustler - Left Side

Silver Hustler Number 58

Yellow Hustler Number 60

Custom decorated Hustler - Nose

Custom decorated Hustler - Right Side

Custom decorated Hustler - Rear showing difficult entry for the operators

Custom Made Hustler Calf and Cow
Mike Sloane made this pair. The electrical systems are interconnected so that the combination has all-wheel pickup. His original intent was to complete the interior of the one with the cab - I guess that is the Cow part.

Click on the photo to visit his site and read more about this project and others.

Lionel


Lionel Husky Union Pacific number 0057

Note the details that match the Athearn shell

Lionel Husky Nose - A Little Worse for Wear

Lionel M ST L w/o snowplow number 0055

Dust is free - horns are missing
If you know of a source of the metal Lionel horns in HO size, please contact me and let me know.

Shows the frame from Athearn, motor from (perhaps) Mantua and the plastic label plate.

Marx


Some of the Marx Versions on the Number 10 Industrial Switcher
There are more including a gray number 10 and a blue & gray number 10
Also, there were three produced inspired by prototype livery

For more information visit Steve Winter's handy reference for Marx Trains - especially HO-Scale


Marx New Haven variety 1 number 1621

Marx New Haven variety 2 number 1621

Marx Rock Island number 1962

Model Power


Model Power Southern Railway

Model Power Nose - Good match for Marx

Model Power Union Pacific number 270

Putt Trains - S-Scale


From the collection of Bruce Weidner
Side view with a clear shot of the roof
- used by permission -

From the collection of Bruce Weidner
The two locos in the background are modern production American Flyer by Lionel - Pacific and Mikado
- used by permission -

From the collection of Bruce Weidner
Nose Detail - Bruce added the engineer- used by permission -

From the collection of Dean Hall
Putt Critter Right Side View - used by permission -

From the collection of Dean Hall
Putt Critter 3/4 view - used by permission -

From the collection of Dean Hall
underside view showing the drive mechanism - used by permission -

From the collection of Dean Hall
Putt Critter Top View Horns and Stacks - used by permission -

From the collection of Dean Hall
Putt Critter Rear 3/4 View - used by permission -


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