In earlier years, Kidder had brought in a number of brass 0-Scale traction models. Not shown in the accompanying list, but apparently attributed to Kidder are a Gary, Indiana trolley, Ohio Electric No. 98 (a traction combine), at least one Pacific Electric car body (a “Hollywood” car) and it is assumed that there are a number of others.
In some cases, such as the Cincinnati & Lake Erie freight motor in H0 (and possibly 0-Scale, too), the prototype being modeled later showed up on California railroads.
Regardless, this web page is a small beginning to a larger amount of information about Ken Kidder. Only small bits and pieces are known about Ken Kidder based upon what is online. In my years of collecting books and reading the magazines, I don’t remember seeing anything about the man.
The 1972 catalog sheet clearly indicates that things were winding down. Where once there had been more than a dozen locomotives in H0 alone, now there were only the 2101 Plantation Engine and the 4010 Japanese electric. There were still some individual parts, along with H0n3 track parts and a switch machine. It is possible that the 1972 catalog sheet had been prepared by Kidder’s heirs & assigns as part of the closing of his personal estate.
At the top of the 1972 catalog page was a two-truck Birney streetcar which was to be delivered to the U.S. in December, 1972. In earlier days, Kidder had brought in Birneys made of brass, but there also have been Birneys with plastic bodies. This promised Birney for December, 1972 is probably the same plastic body unit.
Ken Kidder was quietly influential in the model railroad hobby, an interesting importer that many modelers found to be of great value. While there were some who collected the Rubys and Crowns from Tenshodo, there were others who opened a Kidder box and moved over to their workbench with an idea in mind.