Keddie Roundhouse Kit, HO Scale, By Scientific
This HO scale Keddie Roundhouse is a replica of the iconic building on the Western Pacific line near the Keddie Wye in the Sierra Nevada Mountains in California. This four-stall basswood laser-cut roundhouse kit was designed by Donald Becker of Scientific Models (SMI) and is manufactured at the Berkeley Heights, New Jersey facility. The HO design was created from the original blueprints from the Western Pacific Railroad company.
The roundhouse is named for Arthur Keddie, who purchased the survey rights to, and the right to build a railroad through, the Feather River Canyon. In 1909, the Western Pacific Railroad (now part of the Union Pacific) built the line that completed the route from San Francisco to Salt Lake City, providing an alternate route to the Donner Pass. The roundhouse provided service to 2-6-6-2 locomotives, reflective of the Golden Age of steam engines.
The Keddie roundhouse works well with the Walthers® Cornerstone Motorized 90' Turntable, Item #86768, also available from Micro-Mark. The box cover, shown in the images at left, is a copy of the exclusive print commissioned from renowned railroad artist Peter A Lerro, Jr., exclusively for Micro-Mark. The actual print is also available at Micro-Mark. The four chimneys are 3D printed by Micro-Mark and each kit includes a certificate of authenticity with an individual number. Only 250 kits will be made in this series, making this kit a true collectors' item. SMI used to design and manufacture model kits, including ship kits and structures. On the company's 90th anniversary, in 2018, the company restarted production of "Made in the USA" structure kits. The SMI line includes several structures and new structures are added weekly.