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McCoy Standard gauge Reproduction #408E Lionel Locomotive McCoy Reproduction Standard gauge Lionel #5 N.Y.C.&H.R.R.R. 0-4-0 steam loco and tender McCoy Manufacturing was a small American toy train producer based in Kent, WA, founded by Bob McCoy Sr. and his family. McCoy was known for creating larger scale stamped steel trains, and was part of a group of modern era Standard gauge train manufacturers. Between 1957-61 McCoy Manufacturing specialized in crafting Standard gauge and 2⅞" gauge reproductions of Lionel's train line from the 1900's-20's, and select American Flyer pieces as well. Along with Model Engineering Works and the Treasure House, McCoy also had a very successful business manufacturing Standard gauge parts. By the 1960's the major manufacturers like Lionel and American Flyer had long ago abandoned production of Standard gauge trains and parts. But train enthusiasts and collectors who owned and operated their pre-war era Standard gauge trains had a strong need for repair and replacement parts for these treasured items. The flourishing demand for Standard gauge parts facilitated the ability for McCoy to begin funding the manufacture of the reproduction Lionel and American Flyer products.

McCoy Standard gauge Reproduction American Flyer 4-4-2 prewar #4694 steam loco and tenderMcCoy Lionel #381E Standard Gauge State EngineMcCoy reproduced Lionel's #5 Special 0-4-0 and the #7 Standard gauge 4-4-0 steam outline locomotive in brass and tinplate, as well as the electric outline #408e and the #381 4-4-4. An American Flyer prewar 4-4-2 Standard gauge #4694 steam outline loco and tender were also reproduced. McCoy also made reproductions of the Lionel early 1900's 2⅞" gauge trains. Unlike the originals, these came unpowered, but could be motorized. McCoy Manufacturing ceased building reproduction Lionel 2⅞" gauge and Lionel and American Flyer Standard gauge items in 1965 after its owner, Bob McCoy, learned that people were artificially aging them and then selling them as originals. Molds and tooling for the 2⅞" gauge reproduction products were later acquired by James Cohen.

McCoy reproduction of the Lionel 2 7/8 inch gauge #800 Metropolitan Street car or Jail car made of copper and brass and Given to Russ Hafdahl for his birthday in 1961 McCoy reproduction Lionel 2 7/8 inch gauge #100 locomotive McCoy Standard gauge Reproduction Lionel Brass #7 Loco and tender In 1966 McCoy introduced its own Standard gauge line of trains. First issues were freight and passenger cars. The operation was financed by making pulleys for rock tumblers. The inital catalog was only six pages, but by 1974 the catalog was up to 32 pages. In 1969 the first electric locomotive was made in the form of The Cascade Railroad's #1 4-4-0 "Chief Seattle" steam engine. This engine was modeled after the Lionel pre-war Standard gauge #7 locomotive. McCoy also built their own electric motors. Eventually diesel and electric outline engines were also produced. The Chief Jeremy 4-4-2 steam outline locomotive was modeled after the American Flyer #4694. The 0-4-0 Little Chief steam outline loco was modeled after the Lionel #5. The McCoy Pacific Northwest electric 4-4-4 was modled after the Ives #1764E 4-4-4.

McCoy Hand Made E2 Prototype in Standard Gauge. This is the loco hand made by Herb Morley from hand cut and riveted parts with modified Lionel motors By 1974 McCoy Manufacturing had made over 2,000 locomotives and 35,000 cars. By 1978 they were manufacturing 11 different loco types, 70 freight car types and 5 passenger types. Locomotive types in steam outline included the 0-4-0 Little Chief, the 4-4-0 Chief Seattle, a 4-4-2 Chief Jeremy (American Flyer type) and a 4-6-0 Chief Cle Elam. Electric outline locos included the 0-4-0 mini-brute, the 4-4-4, a Steeple Cab, and a 4-4-4-4 E-2 Cascade electric type.

McCoy Camden Station #12 Trolley made 1976 Various individuals had input into the design of the McCoy trains. Herb Morley created the caboose, tank car, hopper and passenger cars. Morley also designed and built the E2 Prototype 4-4-4-4 locomotive using hand cut and riveted parts with modified Lionel motors. Bob McCoy developed the box car, gondola, stock car, log car, bulkhead car, flat car, pipe car, reefer, and drover caboose. George Templin also did designs for McCoy. McCoy also offered a couple of different types of trolleys, a cable car, a hand car and a very popular interurban set. Over the years McCoy also manufactured tinplate Standard gauge track in both 14⅜" and 16" straight sections as well as 42" radius 18" long and 72" radius curved sections. In 1978 they produced a detailed operating 30 horse carousel accessory with hand-painted horses and figures.

McCoy #6 Standard gauge 4-6-0 Loco and matching tender black paint sample Over the years McCoy offered complete train sets in both freight and passenger consists. Freights included a rare Great Northern set and a Black Diamond Shortline logging set. Passenger offerings included a McCoy family set with coaches named for each McCoy family member, and a Cascade railroad set. A McCoy product that is very popular with collectors is their 28-car TPC (Tin Plate Collector) circus train.


McCoy TPC Circus Sets - Freight, Passenger and Motive Power
McCoy TPC Circus Train with #72 Chief Jeremy Locomotive and passenger cars in Standard gauge
McCoy TPC Circus Train cars in Standard gauge
McCoy TPC Circus Train cars in Standard gauge
McCoy TPC Circus Train cars in Standard gauge

McCoy production differs from earlier vintage tinplate standard gauge production in its use of thicker steel and its use of silkscreening processes, rather than lithography, decals, rubber stamps, or brass plates, which were the methods of lettering McCoy #45 Circus Clown Handcar in Standard gauge. Fantastic adaptation for Bob McCoy only 3 of these were produced McCoy #45 handcar first produced in 1980 cars in the 1920's. However, McCoy kept with the simplicity of the vintage designs, choosing not to add large amounts of detail to his trains. They were very colorful and ran the gambit from having actual real prototype liveries of actual train lines to bearing humorous road names and designs. Many of the train items were almost whimsical, and provided a great amount of play value. McCoy even incorporated operating music boxes manufactured by Sankyo in Japan in some cabooses, the circus bandwagons, and of course, in the carousel. Early cars employed trucks with solid side frames, while later ones were fitted with open side frame trucks. It was a family operated business, with Bob McCoy acting as the brains of the outfit (as per Margaret McCoy), Margaret McCoy as expert spot welder (also as per Margaret McCoy), Bob McCoy Jr. as painter and Kevan McCoy as worker on everything. Pat Fowler individually handpainted the comical character figures that appeared on the McCoy motorized hand cars.

McCoy #1965 Standard Gauge 4-4-4 Pacific Northwest Electric Locomotive, #1966 Wells Fargo Express US Mail Baggage Car, #1967 Robert F McCoy Combination Car, #1968 Margaret Frances and #1969 Kevan Ann Coaches

McCoy E2 Cascade 4-4-4-4 electric with dual motors first produced in 1971 McCoy had special relationships with the Train Collectors Association and the Toy Train Operating Society, creating many Standard gauge convention cars, club cars and locomotives for these organizations. Between 1966 and 1981 and then between 1988 and 1998, McCoy manufactured a series of freight cars for the various divisions and chapters of TCA that hosted National conventions. From 1982 to 1987 they made a series of 6 different passenger cars for the TCA National conventions. These cars were built by McCoy but were only sold directly to club members via the TCA. Many of these cars are displayed here on this page (below). McCoy also created several one-of-a-kind pieces for the TCA that were given away as door prizes at conventions. These items have become quite sought after and collectable, especially the ones made in an all chrome finish.

McCoy Main Street Diner accessoryBob McCoy, the company founder, died in 1995. His wife and son, Bob Jr., ran the company until 1998, when they ceased operations and permanently closed the factory in Kent. Bob McCoy, Jr. moved east to Otis Orchard, WA. This small town near the eastern border of Washington became the new home to McCoy Trains as Bob Jr. set up a new shop there. In the new shop, Bob Jr. made repairs to McCoy and other trains and continued to produce a limited line of new 2nd generation McCoy trains and parts.

Although not widely known, McCoy offerings have a following with Standard gauge collectors, particularly because the company often did very small production runs of its cars. The series of McCoy McCoy No. 1 Wapid Wabbit standard gauge rail bus locomotivecars that is the most cherished and sought after are the Christmas cars. These cars were made by hand in very limited quantities (12 or less) starting in 1966, and were given by Bob and Margaret McCoy to their closest friends as gifts.

McCoy also had a whimsical side - creating a "Wappid Wabbit" rail bus and an animated #45 handcar. McCoy Manufacturing was the largest producer of Standard gauge trains subsequent to the golden age of Lionel Standard gauge. They produced tens of thousands of pieces. In fact, the McCoy family fabricated Standard gauge trains for just as many years as Lionel did sixty years earlier.

McCoy Cascade RR passenger train Chief Seattle 4-4-0 steam loco, #1 Cascade R.R. tender, #2 Wells Fargo baggage, #3 Mukilteo combo car, #4 Duwamish coach, #5 Suquamish coach, and a #6 Puyallup Observation Car
McCoy Black Diamond R.R. Minig train with #22 Little Chief loco
McCoy Great Northern Set E2 Cast locomotive, Reefer, Caboose, Cattle car, Tank Car, Flat car with logs, and bulk head flat car

McCoy Standard gauge Motive Power
McCoy Cascade RR Chief Seattle 4-4-0 Standard gauge Steam Outline Locomotive and tender McCoy 4-4-4 Standard gauge Electric Outline Locomotive McCoy Standard gauge Little Chief 0-4-0 Locomotive McCoy #95 Mini-Brute 0-4-0 Standard gauge electric circa 1974-76
Mccoy Interuban Pacific Northwest Electric powered combine with matching trail car McCoy Union Trolley & Trailer McCoy Standard gauge Pacific Electric Steeple Cab prototype
McCoy Chief Jeremy 4-4-2 Cascade RR loco and tender McCoy #6 Chief Cle Elum 4-6-0 Steam Locomotive and Cascade RR Tender McCoy Standard gauge San Francisco Cable Car

McCoy Standard gauge Box Cars
McCoy #252 Standard gauge Schutz Brau Box car made 1966-73 McCoy Standard gauge #253 Tin Plate Collectors of America Fun For Any Age Promo Box Car made 1966-67 McCoy Standard gauge #254 Knott's Berry Farm Ghost Town boxcar made 1966-67 McCoy Standard gauge #257 Northern Pacific box car numbered #67111 made 1966-86 McCoy Standard gauge #258 Great Northern box car made 1966-70
McCoy Standard Gauge Trains #259 Old Dutch Cleanser Cudahy Refrigerator Line box car made 1967-86 McCoy Standard gauge #262 New Haven Box Car numbered 68079 made 1973-86 McCoy Standard gauge #266 Anheuser Busch Budweiser Box car 1967-73 McCoy Standard gauge #266 White Anheuser Busch Budweiser Box car - only 6 examples were produced in white, regular production is light green McCoy Standard gauge #267 Linde Union Carbide Industrial Gasses box car made 1972-86
McCoy Yakima Valley Apples box car in Standard gauge made 1972-78 McCoy Standard gauge #269 Boston & Maine box car made 1972-86 McCoy #272 Olympia Brewing Box Car 1974-78 McCoy Standard gauge #273 Pabst Blue Ribbon Beer box car made 1974-78 McCoy Standard gauge #274 Minneapolis & St. Louis Peoria Gateway Box Car made 1972-86
McCoy Standard gauge #274 Western Pacific box car McCoy #277 Campbell's Tomato Soup Standard gauge box car with NRA logo first made in 1974 McCoy Standard gauge #278 Dayton Tires Rubber Manufacturing box car made 1974-84 McCoy Standard gauge #279 Morrison Ranch Supply Co. Studebaker Wagons Fargo North Platte RR Boxcar (50 produced in several variations) circa 1974-76 McCoy Standard gauge #290 Pacific Electric R.R. Co. only 6 made from 1984
McCoy #294 McCloud River Railroad Company McCloud California box car #87123 from 1986 McCoy Standard gauge Model Trains #294 McCloud River Railroad Company Alberta McCoy Standard Gauge Model Trains #296 Akron, Canton & Youngstown (ACY) Yellow Boxcar made 1986 McCoy Standard Gauge Model Trains #296 Akron, Canton & Youngstown (ACY) Blue Boxcar made 1986 McCoy Standard Gauge #298 New York, New Haven and Hartford NH64903 Box car made 1986
McCoy #298 New York, New Haven and Hartford NH66807 Standard gauge box car made 1986 McCoy Standard gauge #299 Hatfield and McCoy Arms Company Explosives Box Car from 1986 McCoy Oregon Washington Railroad and Navigation Co. Furniture Car #12578, 31 produced McCoy Dutch Bunch Train Collectors Higal Reigel Waig Freund Box Car McCoy Memorial box car Bob McCoy 39 Years of Dedication to Standard Gauge Trains 1957-1995

McCoy Standard gauge Refrigerator Cars
McCoy #293 Standard gauge Granville Island Brewing Company reefer McCoy Miller High Life Beer reefer car in Standard gauge McCoy Standard gauge Schlitz Beer reefer car McCoy Standard gauge Pabst Blue Ribbon Beer reefer car McCoy Standard gauge New England Shellfish reefer car
McCoy Standard gauge Trains Molson Beer Reefer Expo 86 #295 McCoy Standard gauge #272 R Olympia Beer reefer McCoy Standard Gauge Trains Page Milk Co. North American Dispatch Plug Door Reefer #287 McCoy Standard gauge #288 Red Wagon Northwest Apples Plug Door Reefer McCoy Standard gauge #268 R Yakima Valley reefer reefer car

McCoy Standard gauge Tank Cars
McCoy Union 76 Tank Car in Standard gauge McCoy Standard gauge #281 Shell Chemical Company single dome tank car McCoy Standard gauge #264 Hooker Chemicals Single Dome Tank Car McCoy Standard gauge Triple Dome Hooker Chemicals Tank Car GATX #98390
McCoy Standard gauge New York Central & HRRR 2 Dome TCA Tank Car 1983 McCoy Standard Gauge #85119 Nickel Plate Road 2-Dome TCA Tank Car McCoy Standard gauge Rio Grande Double Dome Tank Car McCoy Standard gauge #283 McCoy Quaker Oats 3 Dome Tanker made 1977
McCoy Standard gauge #282 Petro-Tex Chemical Company single dome tank car McCoy Standard Gauge #306 Bonner Oil Company Single Dome Tank Car McCoy Standard Gauge #307 Bonner Oil Company 2 Dome Tank Car McCoy Standard Gauge #308 Bonner Oil Company 3 Dome Tank Car

McCoy Standard gauge Stock Cars
McCoy Standard gauge #261 Virgian Red Stock Car McCoy #276 TPC Pig Palace stock car in Standard gauge circa 1972-86 McCoy Tukwilla Police Department Pig Palace stock car McCoy Standard gauge #271 Great Northern Red Stock Car

McCoy Standard gauge Miscellaneous Freight Cars
McCoy Standard gauge Twin Pines Lumber Company Lumber Car McCoy #291  Shawnigan Lake Lumber Co. LTD with Logs in Standard gauge made 1984 McCoy 'Thank You For Visiting' gondola given to visitors who toured the manufacturing facility in Kent WA McCoy Standard Gauge Model Trains #251 Canadian Pacific Blue Gondola McCoy Standard Gauge Model Trains #292 Great Northern R.R. Bulkhead flat car with pipes
McCoy Standard gauge #260 Great Northern Red Caboose McCoy Standard Gauge #265 Erie hopper McCoy Standard Gauge Twenty Mule Team Borax Hopper #284 McCoy Standard gauge #5590 Rio Grande Caboose built with 2 right sides McCoy Standard Gauge Model Trains #297 Union Pacific O.W.R.& N. Cupola Caboose

Toy Train Operators Society National Convention Cars made by McCoy
McCoy TTOS 0-4-0 Little Chief Standard gauge Steam Outline Locomotive McCoy Standard gauge TTOS 10th Anniversary Utah 1976 Baggage car McCoy Standard gauge 1977 TTOS 11th Anniversary Ohio Combo Car McCoy Standard gauge TTOS 12th Anniversary California 1978 Coach McCoy Standard gauge TTOS 13th Anniversary New York Parlor Car
McCoy TTOS 0-4-0 Little Chief Prototype Standard gauge Steam Outline Locomotive McCoy Standard gauge TTOS 10th Anniversary Utah 1976 Baggage car - White McCoy TTOS 1979 New York Convention Coach in Standard gauge. TTOS passenger cars were usually red & blue. Only 3 of this color choice were produced
McCoy TTOS Circus Chief Locomotive and tender from 1981 McCoy TTOS San Diego Convention Circus 1981 Reptile Wagon McCoy TTOS Standard gauge 1980 Oklahoma Circus Bobber Caboose

Toy Train Operators Society Canadian Division Freight Train Issued 1987-88
McCoy TTOS Canadian Division White Pass & Yukon Route double dome tanker in yellow, 107 produced McCoy Standard gauge #904 TTOS Canadian Division Esquimalt & Nanaimo boxcar light yellow with dark green roof, 130 produced McCoy Standard gauge 4-4-0 steam locomotive marked 10985 tender marked Canadian Pacific in grey with black curved roof, 65 produced
McCoy TTOS Canadian Division Howe Sound, Pemberton Valley & Northern Railway drover caboose in grey, 105 produced McCoy TTOS Canadian Division Temiskaming & Northern Ontario Railway refrigerator car in white, 115 produced McCoy Standard gauge TTOS Canadian Division British Columbia Railway flatcar with wood load in green, 120 produced McCoy Standard gauge TTOS Canadian Division Quebec, North Shore & Labrador Railway hopper car in white with red lettering, 109 produced

Toy Train Operators Society Southern Pacific Division Freight Cars Issued 1976-81
McCoy TTOS 1977 Anaheim hopper car #SLB-1004 - blue with white lettering McCoy TTOS 1978 Standard gauge Hollywood flatcar with lumber load #JSB-1005 green with white lettering McCoy Standard gauge TTOS 1978 Hollywood searchlight car #JSB-1005 all silver, only 6 produced McCoy TTOS #1007 1980 Oklahoma stock car white body, black roof and doors, orange/black/white lettering McCoy TTOS 1981 #1008 San Diego Drover caboose - orange body with black doors and roof
McCoy TTOS Southern Pacific Division 1979 Niagara Falls Convention McCoy TTOS Southern Pacific Division Standard Gauge Centennial Boxcar Paint Sample McCoy Standard gauge TTOS Southern Pacific Division Standard gauge Hopper Only 3 of these were made in Orange McCoy TTOS Southern Pacific Division Prototype Oklahoma 1980 Convention Stock Car with Hobo McCoy TTOS Southern Pacific Division orange Chief Seattle 4-4-0 Loco only 1 made


Train Collectors Association National Convention Cars made by McCoy
McCoy 1966 TCA National Convention Western Division Standard gauge Box Car McCoy 1967 23rd TCA Convention Standard gauge hopper car representing the W. B. & A. Chapter of the Eastern Division in Baltimore Maryland McCoy Standard gauge 1968 24th TCA National Convention Lake Erie Division cattle car McCoy Standard gauge 1969 Southern Division gondola 25th TCA National Convention car McCoy 1970 16th TCA Convention Standard gauge tank car representing the Midwest Division in Chicago Illinois
McCoy 1971 17th TCA Convention Standard gauge stock car representing the Western Division in Los Angeles California McCoy 1972 18th TCA Convention Standard gauge #1000-72 Philadelphia Flatcar & Bandwagon Circus Car representing the Eastern Division in Pennsylvania McCoy 1973 19th TCA Convention Standard gauge supply car representing the Great Lake Division in Dearborn Michigan McCoy 1974 TCA 20th Convention Standard gauge supply car representing the Pacific Northwest Division in Seattle Washington McCoy 1975 21st TCA Convention Standard gauge kitchen car representing the Southern Division in Orlando Florida
McCoy 1976 22nd TCA National Convention Standard gauge Circus Flat car with Ticket & Water Wagons Spirit of '76 Host Delaware Valley Chapter, held in Philadelphia Pennsylvania McCoy 1977 23rd TCA Convention Standard gauge 2 dome tank car representing the Lone Star Division in Houston Texas McCoy 1978 24th TCA National Convention Standard gauge caboose representing the NETCA Division in Boston Massachussettes McCoy 1979 25th TCA Convention Silver Jubilee Standard gauge reefer car representing the Western Division in Los Angeles California McCoy 1980 TCA Midwest Division Hopper Car in Standard gauge made for the Train Collectors Association 26th Annual Convention held in Chicago, Illinois

McCoy 1981 27th TCA National Convention Standard gauge Box Car Spirit of St Louis, Hosted by the Ozark Division in St. Louis , Missouri McCoy 1988 Standard gauge 34th TCA National Convention San Francisco Cable Car Northern California Division McCoy 1995 Standard gauge 41st TCA National Convention Pike Place Farmer's Market Pacific Northwest Division reefer McCoy 1996 42nd TCA National Convention Standard gauge reefer car representing the Lone Star Division in Dallas, Texas
McCoy 4-4-0 electric powered steam locomotive and 8 wheel tender in Standard gauge made for the Train Collectors Association McCoy Standard gauge two dome Strasburg Water tank car repainted by Newbraugh Brothers for the 1983 Convention McCoy Standard gauge Churchill Downs baggage car made for 1983 TCA National Convention - Great Lakes Limited.jpg McCoy 1982 TCA Denver Combine Car.jpg
McCoy Standard gauge 1984 TCA Convention Pittsburgh Passenger Car McCoy Standard gauge 1987 Carolina TCA Convention Advance Advertising TPC Circus Car McCoy Standard gauge 1985 TCA Convention Seattle Cascade Limited Passenger Car McCoy Standard gauge 1986 TCA Convention New Orleans Panama Limited Observation Car

Herb Morley's Train Collectors Association Special Division Cars made by McCoy
McCoy 1966 TCA Western Division Standard gauge box car #1001 McCoy 1967 TCA Great Lakes Division #1009 Standard gauge Carlisle & Finch Reefer #1009 McCoy Standard gauge TCA 1967 Pacific Northwest Division boxcar #1006 McCoy Standard gauge New York New Haven TCA Northern California box car #1004 McCoy 1967 TCA Ozark Division Standard gauge box car #1011
McCoy 1970 TCA Midwest Division Standard gauge box car #1007 McCoy 1971 TCA Rocky Mountain Division Standard gauge box car #3226 McCoy 1971 TCA Desert Division Standard gauge box car #1971 McCoy 1974 TCA Eastern Division Standard gauge box car #1003 McCoy Standard gauge TCA Go National Caboose #1002

McCoy Special Christmas Gift Cars
McCoy Christmas Greetings Standard gauge 1967 Christmas hopper McCoy Season's Greetings 1969-1970 From the Pacific Northwest caboose McCoy Christmas Greetings Standard gauge 1975 Christmas Party coach McCoy 1977 Standard gauge Merry Christmas Happy New Year Gondola McCoy 1978 Seasons Greetings Reefer McCoy 1979 Christmas Greetings Bobber caboose with Bob McCoy framed in holly with music boxes, white with red roof
McCoy Standard gauge Christmas 1980 boxcar McCoy Christmas Gift Car Standard gauge 1981 boxcar McCoy Christmas Greetings Standard gauge 1982 Bingle Jells Christmas boxcar McCoy Christmas Standard gauge 1983 flat car McCoy Standard gauge Christmas 1984 Short Line side dump car McCoy Standard gauge 1985 Merry Kiss Moose stock car

McCoy 30 horse carousel first made 1978

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