The Röwa American-prototype N-Scale items (above) were marketed in the United States by Model Rectifier Corporation for a period of a few years. Both the locomotives and passenger cars were subsequently marketed by other companies in successive years. For example, Brawa and Con-Cor marketed the N&W Y-6b Mallet-type, and the Berkshire may have also been marketed in the same way. Con-Cor owned the passenger car tooling for a period of time, producing until the die-molds went out of production tolerances. Not pictured is another car, a Slumbercoach.
The passenger cars are interesting since they are partly based upon prototypes for the ill-fated Chesapeake & Ohio “Chessie” train. Although orders were placed for some of the Chessie’s passenger cars, the train itself never ran and the equipment was sold to other railroads. For example, similar dome cars were operated on the Baltimore & Ohio and the coach cars ended up on both the Seaboard Air Line and Denver & Rio Grande, along with others. Like most model railroad items, the cars are not “exact”, but they are close and even by today’s high standards, the Röwa passenger cars are still nice.
The German prototype production was equally interesting: