3rd QUARTER 2017:  From the publishers of Railroad Model Craftsman and Model Railroad News comes the new HO Collector, a new quarterly magazine dedicated to collecting and operating vintage HO scale trains! Check out our timeline of “Blue-Box” era Athearn diesels, followed by our continuing examination of TYCO pre-production samples, an introduction to Gilbert HO, and we take a closer look at TYCO/Mantua’s Plymouth CR-4 diesel. All this and more in the 3nd Quarter 2017 issue of HO Collector!

Mighty-Mite: Plymouth CR-4 Diesel from TYCO/Mantua

Mighty-Mite: Plymouth CR-4 Diesel from TYCO/Mantua

Plymouth Locomotive Works’ CR-4 diesel-hydraulic locomotive of the 1960s, and the HO-scale model of it made by TYCO/Mantua, have been a topic of interest to collectors for many years.


Coming Soon: Athearn Blue Box

Coming Soon: Athearn Blue Box

HO Collector’s third edition arrives this summer with Athearn Blue Box diesels on its cover! The new 3rd Quarter 2017 edition of HOC presents a 12-page Athearn Blue Box-Era Diesel Timeline, a continuing examination of TYCO pre-production models, the unique TYCO/Mantua Plymouth Diesel, and a look at the early HO scale trains from Gilbert!


Atlantic Coast Line SW7 by Revell

Atlantic Coast Line SW7 by Revell

The Electro-Motive SW7 diesel locomotive saw production from 1949 to 1951 with nearly 500 examples going to work for railroads across the U.S. The first plastic model to reproduce this versatile 1,200-hp diesel switcher came from Revell in 1956.


Athearn Blue Box Era Timeline

Athearn Blue Box Era Timeline

The purpose and goal of this HO Collector presentation is to provide a chronological listing of HO-scale diesel locomotive models produced by Athearn during the company’s “Blue Box” era. Consider this to be an introduction or general survey of those well-known Athearn models and not an in-depth examination of any particular one.


Unusual All-Door Boxcars: Pullman-Standard Prototypes

Unusual All-Door Boxcars: Pullman-Standard Prototypes

The all-door concept for boxcars had the goal of taking this common freight car type and opening up its sides to provide the easier access of a flatcar. The design intent was to combine the better freight handling offered by flatcars with the protection provided by a boxcar. Evaluation and ultimate adoption of the prototypes appears to favor the lumber industry, though the cars were promoted as ideal for a variety of uses when unveiled in the 1960s.


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