A little bit about Alpine Division
The owner of Alpine Division Scale Models,
Orange Vista Traction Products and The Innovator Line was born
and raised in Southern California. The Pacific Electric Southern
District four track line was located a mere two blocks from his
childhood home. Box motors, "Blimps", "'Hollywood"
cars, Tower cars, both electric and diesel powered long freight
trains of PFE reefers and tank cars plus long hikes to Mount Lowe
quickly made him a life long fan.
His first train set was from A.C. Gilbert, an American Flyer Alco
PA-1 Silver Comet freight train. The following year he acquired
the American Flyer Union Pacific 4-8-4 steam engine. One day he
discovered HO scale at the local hobby shop with prices that enough
lawn mowing and car washing could allow him to begin purchases.
An as you can surmise, mat board building kits, brass street cars,
and plastic engines and cars began to accumulate.
After returning from his tour in the U.S. Army, a membership in
Orange Empire Railway Museum became a fine way to work on full
size models and learn the building trade, machine shop, paint
shop and wood shop practices. These experiences helped him in
scale model building and provided an excellent way of using leisure
The chance to buy a large portion of what was formerly E. Suydam
& Co. came about and he started Alpine Division Scale Models
(ADSM) in 1996. He felt that there still was a need for craft
model kits in the model railroading hobby and he wanted to improve
the mat board and wood kits and update the corrugated steel buildings
with the technology acquired over the past twenty years.
Orange Vista Traction Products (a division of ADSM) was formed
in 1997 when the quality line of solid brass overhead catenary
poles, formerly manufactured by E. Suydam, became available. As
in the case of the mat board and corrugated steel buildings, improvements
in technology allowed Michael to make improvements to then traction
staples. As a result, a reliable source of these poles will be
available to traction modelers,
It's B a a a a ck!. The Innovator Line of excellent walk around
throttles was purchased recently from ITTC and returned to the
market with quite a bang. Orders for the HO scale Innovator 3500
and the designed for N scale Innovator 1400 continue to arrive
and the units are delivered as soon as built and tested. Both
throttles have been the subject of outstanding reviews in Model
Railroader, Model Railroading and other hobby magazines.
Michael S. De Ghetto, the owner of Alpine Division Scale Models, will continue to expand with new
products and to improve existing products so that your model railroading
experience will continue to be a rewarding and enjoyable one.
P.O. Box 641154
Los Angeles CA 90064-1154
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