The Bee Hopper
Photo by Carl Baskin, Illinois Live Steamers
Tom Bee has been making 1.5" scale railroad equipment
for many years. He got started when saw how scale freight car trucks and
couplers at the time were made and how expensive they were. He knew he could
offer better quality at a better price. For a long time the legacy of Tom Bee
couplers and trucks was known only to a few clubs in Illinois and Michigan.
Eventually members of clubs in Florida began using his products. Not only did
they enjoy the quality, they also found the price and service was tough to beat.
only advertising Tom had was by word of mouth and a few postings by various
clubs. Tom's product line grew to include flatcars, gondolas, and hopper cars.
And like his couplers and trucks, he demands quality in his freight cars.
got involved when I heard this story from some of Tom's customers. But Tom
never had a website. That was because he did what he does best. That is build
high quality large scale railroad equipment. He didn't have the time for website
design. I on the other hand have much less experience in craftsmanship but tons
of web-server space I'm paying for and not using. So I told Tom if he'd send me
a price list and some photos I'd put up a website for him. http://iprr.topcities.com/tombee/
And like he does for many customers, he sent me exactly what I asked for.
This picture story, taken from one of
the pages of the Tom Bee website, takes a peek into the workshop of one of Tom's
talented carbuilders. I wish he'd teach me to weld like that!
The first thing to decide is which
length of car to buy. What are the choices?
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