John Whitby Allen

John Whitby Allen

Father of Model Railroading
Born Jul 2, 1913
Died Jan 6, 1973

John Whitby Allen was an American model railroader who created the famous HO scale Gorre & Daphetid model railroad in Monterey, California and authored numerous magazine articles on model railroading starting in the 1940s. Allen was renowned for his skill at scratch building and creating scenery and he pioneered the technique of weathering his models to improve realiism.… Read More

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1913 Birth Born in 1913.


1934 21 Years Old In 1934, John and his brother went to the World's Fair in Chicago, and saw scale model trains in operation, and he was impressed. … Read More
1935 22 Years Old In 1935 John's paternal grandparents died, and his inheritance was about $1900 (the equivalent of a year's salary for a middle class man). … Read More


In 1946, John sold his business, invested the money, and decided to retire. … Read More


1953 40 Years Old In 1953, he decided he needed more room, and decided to move. … Read More


John Allen suffered a fatal heart attack on the evening of January 6, 1973. … Read More
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