All About Aurora Postage Stamp Trains
All kits were manufactured by Faller in Germany, including the American style buildings. Many of these kits, now over 50 years old, are still in production. Note that I've never found any evidence that 4163 (which appears in the bus set instruction booklet) was ever released by Aurora.
The choices Aurora made as to which kits to import are puzzling. Homes and churches dominate the line, including a number of distinctly non-American chalets, whereas railroad-related structures are limited almost exclusively to passenger stations. Meanwhile, industries are completely non-existent, despite the fact that Faller made dozens of kits from which to choose, including a nice series of quasi-modular brick buildings. The bridge assortment is adequate, but overall the mix is strange.
Notes on the product detail pages: All of the contents of every kit are shown. Images of the parts are all presented at a consistent visual scale (note, there are many images). Parts colors are typical, although variations are frequent. All instructions are reproduced in their entirety (note, these are large images). Examples of Faller's original packaging, as well as rebrands, where available, are included.
Buildings and Bridges Index
Buyer alert: Because it's rare to find kits that are still sealed, there's a chance that ones for sale are incomplete, or possibly stuffed with partially-assembled walls or even random parts from other unrelated kits (ask me how I know this). Sellers don't always verify what's in a box, or know what to look for if they do open it to check. Before buying any unsealed kit, ask for images of the contents, and compare them with what's on the detail pages in this section. More recommendations here.
Postage Stamp Trains is a Trademark of the Aurora Plastics Corporation.