Arnaldo Pocher was born in Trento on 23 September 1911, where he spent his infancy and first years of youth, and where he concluded his scholastic career by attending the school for goldsmith-engraver and started work in a goldsmith workshop. In 1932 he moved to Turin to carry out his trade.
In the first years of the post-war period he came into contact with railway modelling and in 1948/49 he realised his first production of some components for a Turinese store, followed in 1950/51 by train signals and platforms. In 1951/52 he founded the "Pocher Micromeccanica S.n.c." together with Corrado Muratore (who took care of the administrative and commercial duties) producing from 1952 train signals, platforms and points, using innovative production techniques.
Pocher had the idea to make an even more refined semi-artisan creation, not only for the internal market, but especially for the foreign market. They founded the "Corrado Muratore and Arnaldo Pocher Company": the first one was the manager, the second one the technician. The company was situated in a small suburban villa with annexed workshop, in the Via Foglizzo number 2; the number of staff could be counted on the fingers of one hand. Arnaldo Pocher was a skilful engraver, with great patience and a fiery passion, ideal characteristics for the work he was undertaking. Muratore was a man full of initiative, with all the necessary qualities to start a company from scratch and to achieve ambitious goals. The first catalogues presented ingenious accessories for plastic railways, freight and passenger carriages in white metal and later locomotives and motor carriages. They issued authentic masterpieces that excited those who love true modelism and they soon presented a tough challenge for the big companies.
In 1963, Pocher is transformed into an S.p.A. and capital comes in from Rivarossi, of Alessandro Rossi, which provides the resources for placing the model railway production that is now consolidated, next to the new automotive passion that, thanks to a carefully chosen reproduction scale, could stupefy the enthusiasts with a quality never seen before.
In 1968 Mr. Pocher leaves the company and is succeeded as production manager by Mr. Gian Paolo Altini, also a very skilful modeller, expert of cars and trains, already in the company since 1960.
The bankruptcy of Rivarossi and its sale in block to the English company Hornby have concluded the history and the production of Pocher.
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