For a layout you select locomotives and cars.
But that is only one part of the story.
Adding realistic road vehicles also can be an interesting aspect of the hobby.
Like for rolling stock also for trucks you have to check wether they fit.
One essential aspect is the epoch.
For my "Orange Empire" I have to select vehicles, that were operated in the fifties.
Thus a part of the operated trucks can have a building date of the fifties. But at least a similar number of trucks have to be built in the forties. And some even could be older.
There is another topic to take care of.
It is the scale of the trucks. O-Scale layouts are defined as 1:48 - so also the vehicles should use that scale.
For railroad rolling stock you do not have to care about. But road vehicles are a bit tricky.
The manufacurers apply different scales - when selecting a vehicle the scale has to be checked carefully.
A large part of trucks are built in 1:50 - that fits very good with O-Scale.
However many pickups and cars are built in 1:43 - they are too large for O-Scale - thus I do not use them.
I will show in this topic the vast variety of vehicles you can select.
I explain how I modified them.
I hope you enjoy this and it helps you to do similar activities.
vast variety of models
One of the most interesting item of the postwar period is the variety of different manufacurers.
Kenworth, Diamond, White, Mack, Autocar, Peterbilt did produce their trucks.
But also Ford, GMC, Dodge, Reo, International, Sterling and Freightliner were on the market.
Many companies were sold and merged to larger manufacturer.
Trucking companies could chose different configurations - gas or diesel powered trucks, single or double axle, short or long wheelbase.
Also in the model world there are many versions available:
Cast metal models with different detailing level, plastic kits or resin custom series or even highly detailed plastic models.
My foto shows from left a Kenworth 3-axle truck, followed by a Diamond 1948 T-model, a White truck, another Diamont 1953 T-model, a Mack L-Series and a Autocar C-Model.
Peterbuilt three axle semi truck
This semi truck is a late forties version with the round cooling grill.
The model of the cast metal semi truck is paired with a flatbed trailer build from a resin kit.
Kenworth 1949-50 tractor
The three axle semi truck with the typical needle nose was very popular in western states. The truck is also equipped with the large western style mirrors.
The model is a plastic kit - I decided to keep the hood on the left hand side open to show the detailed motor inside.
Kenworth 1949-50 rig
The three axle tractor is mated with a two axle flatbed trailer - an early version of the 18 wheeler.
The model is a modified plastic military kit. From this side the engine block is visible.
Autocar diesel tractor DC-100T from 1954
The tractor is equipped with a sleeping cab. It pulls a loaded two axle flatbed trailer.
The tractor is a highly detailed plastic model.
The trailer is a modified cast metal model with a covered load.
White 3000 COE model introduced 1949-50
The PMT cab-over tractor moves a trailer over the loading ramp onto a flat car.
The tractor is an old plastic kit that I found on a secondhand marked. I build it and made some modifications on it.
The trailer is a resin kit with the great looking Southern Pacific PMT look.
White WC tractor with lowboy trailer
White introduced the WC-model in 1949.
I bought the cast metal model as it is.
Diamond T-tractor 1948
As the "Cadillac of Trucks" the Diamond T-tractor had an enviable reputation.
My model is a cast metal tractor that I mated with a second hand flatbed single-axle trailer.
Diamond T-tractor 1953
The successful T-series was further developped - the later versions had an altered chrome design on the grill with a rounded motor-hood.
My combination uses cast metal models, I did some modifications - the tractor, the lowboy-trailer, the loaded crawler.
Mack LJ built 1940-60
The LJ was a very successful construction that was produced for more than two decades - the perfect heavy truck for the transition periode.
The LJ have a straight angular motor hood.
My model is a tractor-version used for lumber transport service - it is equipped with the blue cab-protection against a shifting load.
I modified the cast metal model by adding two long stacks and chains pulled over the cab-protection, used to fix trees on the rig.
Chevrolet COE built 1947
The Chevrolet cab over engine tractor looked from the dimensions very similar to the GMC tractor.
My model uses a cast metal frame and a resin cab, it is custom built.
I plan to do some weathering.
Mack introduced the famous B-series in 1953, it became a very popular truck used in all states.
My model is made from cast metal.