1st QUARTER 2018:  This year marks the 50th Anniversary of the ill-fated Penn Central. What HO-scale model trains were produced when the railroad was alive and active between 1968 and 1976? We also continue our series on Tyco “Preprods,” and a look at the early Mantua-TYCO streetcar. We explore the heritage of early brass imports with Overland Models’ GP40X, while noted hobby historian Dle Smith presents the history of Gilbert’s six-axle Alco DL-600/RSD-7 diesel locomotive model from the mid-1950s. All this and more in the 1st Quarter 2018 issue of HO Collector!

Streetcars from Mantua and TYCO

Streetcars from Mantua and TYCO

As early as 1955, the street car was advertised under the TYCO banner, as ready-to-run, showing a multicolor paint scheme on an unlettered model. Whether you prefer to call it a street car or trolley, what’s the scoop on this model?


Collecting Penn Central Models: 1968-1976

Collecting Penn Central Models: 1968-1976

Being a new railroad during a boom period in model railroading benefited Penn Central and the HO enthusiast during the late 1960s and first half of the 1970s, with offerings both factual and fantasy from a variety of manufacturers.


From Current to Classic?

From Current to Classic?

When does something in your life go from being current everyday over to nostalgic memory? I can pinpoint when my interest in older model trains was sparked and when I began to see those items in a different light.


Preserved Freelance: Allegheny Midland 3101

Preserved Freelance: Allegheny Midland 3101

I spotted this locomotive in the estate of an elderly gentleman downsizing his life’s collection. It turned out to be brass, an Alco at that, and I recognized the road name…


My Memories of AHM: The Rivarossi Connection

My Memories of AHM: The Rivarossi Connection

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.


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