It’s also for “Sorry; Those are no longer available”.
Of all the products no longer available in this hobby, I bet the beautiful switch stands from Alder Models are the products missed most by Canadian model railway enthusiasts. These white metal kits were offered in S, HO, O and large scales, and could be made to operate. Alder even included a mechanism that sat under the head blocks to make this happen.
Throw the switch and the handle and target would rotate through 90 degrees. It was fiddly to get them working right – but when they did? Wow!
I know many Canadian model railway enthusiasts who are furious – and, at the same time, sad – that the company that purchased Alder failed to continue the line. I understand that several people have attempted to buy the moulds, but without success. (Alder also did some really nice resin structures in HO, including this lovely barn, shown on the layout of my friend Bill Meek.)
Fortunately, I have eight of the S scale Alder switch stands in my collection – one for each switch on the layout. This week, I installed them. Here’s an Alder switch stand near the apple orchard in Port Rowan:
The photo can’t show it working, of course – but it does.
Now that I have the stands installed and working, I can finish installing terrain and mount the fascia.