In the 1950’s and early 1960’s, „Sakai Seisakusho Ltd.“ Tokyo/Japan US freight cars manufactured and sold in USA which closely resemble the box and refrigerator cars manufactured by Fleischmann.
The bodies of the wagons and the underside of the wagons are exactly copied from the Fleischmann models. However, other railway companies were chosen.
Although not manufactured by Fleischmann, the wagons are an addition to a comprehensive Fleischmann collection.
8 different wagons were made:
|Refrigerator car „Canadian National“ #CN 24015 Silver|
walls with brown lettering, roof, end walls and floor dark brown
Box car „New Haven“ #NH 512
|Box car „Baltimore&Ohio“ #24520|
Walls blue/orange, roof, bulkheads and floor blue.
The rarest Sakai car.
|Refrigerator car „North Western“ #520|
walls yellow/green, roof, end walls and floor brown
Refrigerator car „Railway Express Agency“ #0475200
|Box car „State of Maine“ #25702|
Car walls blue/white/red End
walls, roof and floor brown
|Refrigerator car „Pacific Fruit Express“ #4025|
Car walls yellow, roof, end walls and floor brown
|Box car „BM“ #522|
Car walls blue, roof, end walls and floor dark blue
the car This is an exact replica of the Fleischmann models. The bogies are simpler and made of plastic. Small plastic wheels. Bottom embossing: „Made in Japan“
The 8 wagons were also sold in the USA in a set together with 4 hopper cars, which are similar to the Fleischmann wagons 1437 and 1438, but are 8 mm shorter and therefore look a little less to scale.
The set has the catalog number 578/116.
Hopper car B&O
Hopper car Wabash
Hopper car N&W
Hopper car NYC
|I would like to thank the following for their kind assistance:|
|Jean Francois Richard, USA|