Posted 2 years ago
Penn Line produced a line of model railroad products starting in the late 1940's. They were known for their line of HO Scale steam locomotive model kits that represented those found on the Pennsylvania Railroad. One of their earliest models however was one that represented the famous Reading Railroad's Reading Crusader. These Penn Line streamlined model locomotives were only produced for a few months and then production stopped. Estimations of as little as 200 were produced. Making these models very hard to aquire, both then and even more so today. How many survive to this day? Not a whole lot! In my years of collecting, I never saw one in person. I acquired these two just in the last 3 years. I can count on one hand the others I had seen in online collections. Evidently many of the original Crusader models didn't survive from the production year of 1948 til now, 2021.