Mantua HO trains

Mantua was originally Mantua Metal Products, founded in New Jersey in 1926. The company first began manufacturing wood and metal sailboats.

In 1932, a friend from England showed John Tyler, one of Mantua’s founders, a British-made HO locomotive. He told John that British model railroad enthusiasts were going crazy over these small-scale model trains.

But the  motors available at that time were only powerful enough to haul short trains. John Tyler immediately began experimenting with a more powerful motor for HO scale engines.

World War II slowed the company’s progress in model train manufacturing.  During the war Mantua’s manufacturing facility was used to make precision measuring and mapping equipment for the war effort. Mantua’s machines were operated twenty-four hours a day by three shifts of workers to turn out stainless steel scale map-reading rules and protractors for the Army and Navy and beam compasses for the Army Air Corps.

After  converting the plant back to producing model railroad products after the war ended, in mid-1946 Mantua announced that it was back in production. An all-metal gondola was the first new model of the post-war production era.

In 1967, Mantua Metal Products became part of TYCO Industries, Inc. After the acquisition by Tyco Industries, the Mantua brand name was retired. Although the Mantua name was no longer used, many locomotive kits were still sold but under the Tyco name.

In 1970 Consolidated Foods bought Tyco Industries. In 1973 when Consolidated Foods decided to move more production to the Far East,  the Mantua facility was put up for sale.

Later bought by John Tyer’s relatives, the company eventually shut down in 2001.

 

Product listing

vintage TYCO CB&Q RED Open Hopper Car MANTUA HO scale train lot 1

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Mantua HO Scale "Mobilgas" SOVX 78901 Single Dome Tanker Freight Train Car

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HO Scale Mantua "Kahn's Sons Co" Brine Tank Reefer Box Car / EKSX 3794

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Mantua Brand HO Scale 40' "Swift" Reefer Freight Train Box Car 4226

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Mantua Tyco HO Vintage 40' Covered Gondola, Burlington, Exc

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NOS Mantua Tyco HO Vintage Old Time PENNA Caboose 9450 New in Box

NOS Mantua Tyco HO Vintage Old Time PENNA Caboose 9450 New in Box
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Model Power Mantua 06 070200 Rolling Stock 24pc Asst HO Exclusive CSMU7020 GP

Model Power Mantua 06 070200 Rolling Stock 24pc Asst HO Exclusive CSMU7020 GP
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Vintage Mantua HO Train Tracks,32 Pc,OB,

Vintage Mantua  HO Train Tracks,32 Pc,OB,
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