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Athearn’s 1972 Computerization

October 18, 2019

Athearn’s 1972 Computerization

The early 1970s saw many companies employ computers for the first time. Model train maker Athearn added IBM’s System/3 Model 6 for use in keeping track of the company’s products and production.

Classic Literature from Revell Trains

July 18, 2019

Classic Literature from Revell Trains

One of the challenges in presenting past hobby company histories is documenting the promotional materials produced by those manufacturers. Do you have catalog or promotional materials from the Revell HO scale train line you could share with us?

The Little Engine That Could: The Ubiquitous Dockside Switcher

January 17, 2019

The Little Engine That Could: The Ubiquitous Dockside Switcher

Baltimore & Ohio’s stubby little C-16 class steam locomotive has provided the inspiration for HO scale models in plastic and metal since the 1950s.

Things We Never Kept

January 17, 2019

Things We Never Kept

What makes vintage HO literature challenging is not the lack of publications and related materials produced over the years, but the lack of retention of those now-precious items.

Looking Back at Campbell Scale Models

November 19, 2018

Looking Back at Campbell Scale Models

One of the many product lines HO Collector is researching and seeking additional materials is Campbell Scale Models. The company has been producing craftsman-level kits for more than half a century.

The Iconic Athearn Hustler

October 26, 2018

The Iconic Athearn Hustler

Offered in many variations over the years since 1957, Athearn’s “Hustler” is not a prototype of anything, but it is a neat-looking, little locomotive that “might have been.”

Planning Ahead: Managing Your Collection

October 23, 2018

Planning Ahead: Managing Your Collection

As in all life matters, planning ahead makes a big difference to any outcome. Too often our heirs have no concept of our collections. While we are happily accumulating all the various bits and pieces involved in the pursuit of the hobby it makes sense to take a few moments to document our holdings.

Auction Excitement

July 26, 2018

Auction Excitement

Looking over a local auction ad, I saw that an assortment of HO-scale model trains was promised for the offering at this event. How could I pass it up?

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.