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New York Central System Historical Society 50th Anniversary Boxcar

November 9, 2020

New York Central System Historical Society 50th Anniversary Boxcar

The New York Central System Historical Society marks its 50th anniversary in 2020 and the group has a specially made model offering commemorating this milestone. A New York Central 40-foot sliding door boxcar produced by MTH Trains for the society.

Attention Collectors: Menards Exclusives for 2020

September 1, 2020

Attention Collectors: Menards Exclusives for 2020

Menards Collectibles has two exclusive HO trains sets from Bachmann for the 2020 holiday season.

Classic 1950s Athearn Budd RDCs in HO

August 27, 2020

Classic 1950s Athearn Budd RDCs in HO

The first HO-scale Budd RDCs from Athearn were metal kits in the early 1950s, which were followed by plastic releases by the end of the 1950s.

TYCO’s 62-foot Tank Cars

August 27, 2020

TYCO’s 62-foot Tank Cars

A giant in the world of 1970s HO-scale freight car models was this infamous 62-foot triple-dome tank car. Read about these releaeses in the 3rd Quarter 2020 HO Collector.

Collecting Burlington Northern’s First Decade in HO

April 13, 2020

Collecting Burlington Northern’s First Decade in HO

The Burlington Northern merger took effect on March 3, 1970, and with it came a number of new HO scale releases (both real and imagined) wearing the colorful Cascade Green.

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.

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.”