All About Postage Stamp Trains
The FM H-12-44 was a yard switcher produced by Fairbanks-Morse; a total of 336 units were manufactured from 1950 to 1961. Beginning in 1952, the body styling was simplified as a cost-saving measure: cabs were squared off, the slanted-nose was discontinued, and the roof visor was eliminated.
While they were announced in 1969, I believe they reached the market no earlier than 1970; indeed, Minitrix didn't publish actual photos of them until 1971. Thus, to my knowledge they were never released under the Postage Stamp Trains brand, which explains why a number of train sets were never released as well. Incidentally, it's possible that the later style of the prototype was chosen for the model because it was similarly more economical to manufacture; compare the catalog illustration with the actual product.
In the early 1970s, American Tortoise (a.k.a. Model Power) became the sole importer of these locos. Production continued until the late 1990s, when Trix went bankrupt, and their new owner, Märklin, ended production of all North American models.
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Postage Stamp Trains is a Trademark of the Aurora Plastics Corporation.