Manufacturers of fine quality kits for discerning model railroaders
32229 Sylvan Road, RR # 2, Parkhill, Ontario, NOM 2KO
Our factory, on grand opening day, August 1997.
We welcome this opportunity to introduce you to our company, Sylvan Scale Models. Our factory is located in a small hamlet 35 minutes north-west of London, Ontario, Canada. We manufacture fine quality cast polyurethane resin model railroad kits, which are prototypically accurate and finely detailed.
Sylvan Scale Models is owned by Clare Gilbert. Clare has been active in the model railroad hobby for over 25 years. Clares models have won him many awards at shows, and he has four certificates so far in the MMR program.
Clare has had articles published in Canadian Railway Modeller, NMRA Bulletin, and other periodicals. He is also the author of the book The St. Clair Tunnel: Rails Beneath the River, published by Boston Mills Press.
In addition to manufacturing cast resin model railroad kits, Sylvan Scale Models has built custom models for corporate customers, including Canadian National Railways, Toronto Transit Commission, Lovat Tunnel, Union Gas, Railworld Inc., Sifton Properties (London), Trojan Technologies Inc., GATX, and Freightcar America (formerly Johnstown America). Both floors of our shop have now been put into use, to meet the increasing demand for our products.
We do, or have done, custom castings for various hobby and gift manufacturers, including: Sunblossom Solar Gifts, Bethlehem Car Works Inc., TCS Models, Rutland Car Shops and TLA Models.
The master patterns for our kits are crafted by either Clare Gilbert or Cindy Slaney, with the exception of the CP, TH&B, and ONR Wide Vision Cabooses in N and HO, and the Slab Sided Hoppers in HO, which are the work of pattern maker Bill Brown.
We make all of our own moulds, and do all of our own casting on site. Our instructions, labels, and artwork are all designed and printed in house. We also write and layout our own catalogue.
Hopefully this outline has provided you with an insight into our company.