2nd 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! While German diesel-hyraulic technology did not catch on here in the United States, models of these unique diesels were produced by AHM and Rivarossi for years. Tony Cook explores the history and development of the prototype and model. Tony Lucio explores the world of identifying and collection TYCO preproduction models. All this and more in thre 2nd Quarter 2017 issue of HO Collector!

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.


Krauss-Maffei ML-4000 Diesel-Hydraulic

Krauss-Maffei ML-4000 Diesel-Hydraulic

For the budding model railroader of the 1970s, the AHM (Associated Hobby Manufacturers) production line was a staple. While each of us may have a particular favorite, AHM’s Krauss Maffei (K-M) ML-4000 diesel-hydraulic locomotive certainly resides near the top of the list for many a seasoned hobbyist.


TYCO Preprods

TYCO Preprods

Ever daydream about the mayhem and creativity you’d unleash, if given the keys to a factory’s resources and R&D department for a day? The answers, such as they are, may be found in the true rarities of HO collecting: factory prototypes, pre-production samples, and one-off proposals. The challenge lies in authenticating such examples, if at all possible.


Coming Soon: Krauss-Maffei by AHM Rivarossi

Coming Soon: Krauss-Maffei by AHM Rivarossi

HO Collector’s second edition arrives this spring with AHM’s Krauss-Maffei on its cover! David Otte will examine this 1960s unique diesel hydraulic model. Learn about the prototype and discover more about this popular release!


Tenshodo GP9 Diesel

Tenshodo GP9 Diesel

Collectors will recognize the shiny silver box lid that came with many early Tenshodo-made brass models distributed by Pacific Fast Mail (PFM) in the U.S. and Canada.


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