Extra Board

Welcome to HO Collector’s Extra Board!
Extra Board welcomes your submissions. Please send your inquiries to the Webmaster for consideration.

Modeling Nostalgia

May 21, 2018

Modeling Nostalgia

Model too seriously, and face derision for losing sight of the fact that model railroading is supposed to be fun. Model for pure fun, you’re derided for simply playing around because after all, it’s supposed to be a model railroad, not a toy train. Where is the line in the balance?

General Electric E60 Electric Locomotives

May 21, 2018

General Electric E60 Electric Locomotives

American GK Locomotive Works would be the first to offer modelers a rendering of the General Electric E60 series locomotives. The Chatsworth, California-based company contracted with Athearn to produce HO kits of both an passenger and freight version.

O Scale Trains Magazine joins the WRP Family of Publications

March 5, 2018

O Scale Trains Magazine joins the WRP Family of Publications

White River Productions is pleased to announce it has acquired O Scale Trains Magazine from publisher Jaini Giannovario, effective immediately. Brian Scace will remain the editor of OST, along with his crew of regular columnists.

Streetcars from Mantua and TYCO

February 6, 2018

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

February 1, 2018

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?

January 2, 2018

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

January 2, 2018

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

December 8, 2017

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.

Alco Models 1967 Wish Book

November 29, 2017

Alco Models 1967 Wish Book

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.

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

August 1, 2017

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.