4th 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! We explore the history of Associated Hobby Manufacturers (better known as AHM) and check out variations of their iconic Hudson-type steam locomotive. Functioning crossing gates were offered as an accessory by many manufacturers, but which were the most realistic and reliable? Finally, we take a sidetrip into the world of collectible free-lance roadnames. All this and more in the 4th Quarter 2017 issue of HO Collector!
I would guess that even today serious model railroaders would be few and far between who never owned some Rivarossi model train equipment. This Italian company, now part of international conglomerate Hornby, manufactured for years in the resort town of Lake Como, Italy, on the border of Switzerland.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of another great wish book that brass importer Alco Models launched in late 1967. The company is familiar to many seasoned modelers. Alco Models was a mainstay in the hobby for a number of years, peaking in the late 1960s and continuing into the 1980s.