About the prototype
Alan's model is a 1:87 replica of Jersey Central no. 840, a steam powered switcher that was in service at least through the 1940s. When this model appeared on the cover of the Late Winter 2011 Micro-Mark catalog, another Micro-Mark customer -- Alan E. Gruening of Arizona -- sent us pictures he had taken in the late '40s of the actual locomotive. Mr. Gruening says that he rode the railroad all the time when he was living in New Jersey, and that locomotive no. 840 was a favorite of his. You can see from these great vintage photographs that Alan Mende really did his homework, capturing the very essense of this diminuative locomotive's every detail in miniature.