Kidder Items

Below is a very tentative list of model railroad items imported by Ken Kidder.  It seems that there was never a Ken Kidder “catalog” as such, but rather a series of catalog sheets which listed what was available at that time. I have reproductions of some of these sheets from the period between 1964 and 1972.  The following information is derived from them and, as such, cannot be considered a complete list of what Ken Kidder imported into the United States from Japan.

Additional items will be added as information becomes available.

Item Number

Description

Scale

Track Gauge

 

 

 

 

2000

Passenger Car Trucks

H0

Std

2001

Harriman 60’ coach, Illinois Central

H0

Std

2002

Harriman 60’ coach, Southern Pacific

H0

Std

2003

Harriman 60’ coach/baggage SP

H0

Std

2004

Harriman 39’ 6” Railway Post Office

H0

Std

2005

Harriman 60’ baggage car

 

 

2006

Harriman 60’ baggage/Railway Post Office

H0

Std

2007

Harriman 70’ observation, Illinois Central

H0

Std

2008

Harriman 60’ observation

H0

Std

 

 

 

 

2050

70’ Subway Car, Japanese Proto, powered

H0

Std

2051

70’ Subway Car, Japanese Proto, trailer

H0

Std

2052

Passenger / RPO combine, Indiana RR 375

H0

Std

2053

Double truck Birney streetcar

H0

Std

2054

Key System Bridge Unit, powered

H0

Std

2055

Key System Bridge Unit, unpowered

H0

Std

2056

85-ton Electric Freight Motor, CSS&SB

H0

Std

2057

Electric Freight Motor, Cin. & Lake Erie

H0

Std

2058

57’ Japanese Rapid transit Mail/baggage

H0

Std

2059

57’ Japanese Rapid transit coach, powered

H0

Std

2060

57’ Japanese Rapid transit coach, unpow.

H0

Std

2061

Single truck Birney

H0

Std

2062

4-wheel 27’ Traction 2-container flat car

H0

Std

2063

4-wheel 27’ Traction 3-container flat car

H0

Std

2064

Separate container

H0

Std

2066

Passenger/baggage comb., Indiana 370 ser.

H0

Std

2067

Parlor, unpowered, Indiana 390-391

H0

Std

 

 

 

 

2101

0-4-0T Plantation steam engine, Kit or RTR

H0

Std

2102

0-4-0 steam engine with tender, Kit or RTR

H0

Std

2103

0-4-0T “Mudhen” steam engine, Kit or RTR

H0n3

Narrow

2111

0-4-0 Industrial steam engine, Kit or RTR

H0n3

Narrow

2112

Separate tender

H0n3

Narrow

2114

0-4-0T “Factory Engine”

H0

Std

 

 

 

 

3509

2-6-0 Porter “Mogul” (1880 locomotive)

H0

Std

3512

4-6-0 “Ten Wheeler” LS&MSRy

H0

Std

3526

0-2-2T “Steam Dummy, Nat. Iron Works

H0

Std

3538

4-4-0 Buchanan NYC&HR

H0

Std

3540

McKeen Motor Car

H0

Std

3541

2-6-2T Side-tank locomotive, 41” drivers

H0

Std

3554

0-2-2T “Steam Dummy, Nat. Iron Works

H0n3

Narrow

3555

2-6-0 Porter “Mogul”

H0n3

Narrow

3556

0-4-2T Baldwin

H0n3

Narrow

3557

4-wheel passenger car

H0n3

Narrow

3558

4-wheel baggage car

H0n3

Narrow

 

 

 

 

4001

Japanese National Railways ED-11 electric

H0

Std

4002

Japanese National Railways EF-61 electric

H0

Std

4003

Japanese National Railways ED-71 electric

H0

Std

4004

Japanese National Railways ED-17 electric

H0

Std

4005

Japanese National Railways EF-80 electric

H0

Std

4006

Japanese National Railways C-56 2-6-0

H0

Std

4007

Japanese National Railways EC-40 electric

H0

Std

4010

Japanese National Railways EB-40 electric

H0

Std

 

 

 

 

4020

Side-door coach, 4-wheel

H0

Std

4021

Baggage car, 4 wheel

H0

Std

4022

Side-door coach/brakeman’s cabin, 4-wheel

H0

Std

4023

Tank car, 4-wheel

H0

Std

4024

Box car, 4-wheel

H0

Std

4025

Flat car, 4-wheel

H0

Std

4026

Gondola, 4-wheel

H0

Std

4027

Side-door caboose, 4-wheel

H0

Std

4028

Double-platform caboose, 4-wheel

H0

Std

4029

Hopper car, 4-wheel

H0

Std

4030

Refrigerator car, 4-wheel

H0

Std

4031

Livestock car, 4-wheel

H0

Std

 

 

 

 

6000

0-4-0T “Plantation”, DC, two-rail

0

Std

6001

2-6-2T tank engine, available in either 2-rail DC or 3-rail AC

0

Std

6002

Brass clerestory roof, 42’

0

 

6003

57’ Japanese Rapid transit, 3-rail AC

0

Std

6004

57’ Japanese Rapid transit, unpowered

0

Std

6009

4-wheel Boxcab electric, 2-rail DC

0

Std

 

 

 

 

6006

Station Platform

0

 

6007

Station Platform

0

 

6008

Station platform

0

 

6054

Pantograph

0

 

6055

3-Rail straight track section

Tinplate

 

6056

3-Rail curved track section

Tinplate

 

6057

3-Rail Turnout, RH

Tinplate

 

6058

3-Rail Turnout, LH

Tinplate

 

6062

Track lock-on for power connection

Tinplate

 

6063

Automatic crossing gate

0

 

6064

2-light Signal

0

 

6065

Semaphore signal

0

 

6066

3-segment Bridge

0

 

6067

2-segment Girder Bridge

0

 

6069

Trestle bridge

0

 

6070

Tunnel - 12” in length

0

 

Caveat

As noted earlier, the above list is far from complete. Various sources establish the start of Kidder’s import operations as being in the late 1940’s, and the table above is derived from catalog sheets for the period between 1964 and 1972. And, I have at least two items in my collection that are not shown above, so this is a work still in process.

A Few Observations

In preparing the table from the catalog sheets, I have left out a lot of smaller items. Kidder also sold “Parts Items”, much of which were parts that were used in the manufacture of the line items imported from Japan.  So, you could buy individual siderods and crossheads for use in other projects.  Likewise, Kidder sold drive wheels, trucks and track parts for H0n3 layouts; this at a time when H0 narrow gauge was a rarity.  All of which proved to facilitate the model railroad hobby in an interesting sector. Many of those buying a Kidder locomotive promptly set about modifying it to meet their individual needs.

Some of the items imported by Kidder were clearly items that had originally been manufactured for the Japanese market. Items in the 4000 series were all originally meant for the domestic market, but Kidder brought them into the United States, probably in small quantities. Again, this was to serve the possible needs of American modelers who wanted to modify them further.

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