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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.

Athearn Blue Box Era Timeline

July 11, 2017

Athearn Blue Box Era Timeline

The purpose and goal of this HO Collector presentation is to provide a chronological listing of HO-scale diesel locomotive models produced by Athearn during the company’s “Blue Box” era. Consider this to be an introduction or general survey of those well-known Athearn models and not an in-depth examination of any particular one.

Unusual All-Door Boxcars: Pullman-Standard Prototypes

May 31, 2017

Unusual All-Door Boxcars: Pullman-Standard Prototypes

The all-door concept for boxcars had the goal of taking this common freight car type and opening up its sides to provide the easier access of a flatcar. The design intent was to combine the better freight handling offered by flatcars with the protection provided by a boxcar. Evaluation and ultimate adoption of the prototypes appears to favor the lumber industry, though the cars were promoted as ideal for a variety of uses when unveiled in the 1960s.

Krauss-Maffei ML-4000 Diesel-Hydraulic

May 10, 2017

Krauss-Maffei ML-4000 Diesel-Hydraulic

For the budding model railroader of the 1970s, the AHM (Associated Hobby Manufacturers) production line was a staple. While each of us may have a particular favorite, AHM’s Krauss Maffei (K-M) ML-4000 diesel-hydraulic locomotive certainly resides near the top of the list for many a seasoned hobbyist.

TYCO Preprods

April 25, 2017

TYCO Preprods

Ever daydream about the mayhem and creativity you’d unleash, if given the keys to a factory’s resources and R&D department for a day? The answers, such as they are, may be found in the true rarities of HO collecting: factory prototypes, pre-production samples, and one-off proposals. The challenge lies in authenticating such examples, if at all possible.

Bachmann’s Action Caboose

January 13, 2017

Bachmann’s Action Caboose

Operating accessories add to the fun of model railroading. Examples exist in every popular hobby scale. The HO market enjoyed a boom in this segment during the 1970s. Among the prolific producers of these items was Bachmann Trains.

Pacific Fast Mail’s Pioneering SD45 in Brass

December 20, 2016

Pacific Fast Mail’s Pioneering SD45 in Brass

Pacific Fast Mail was the biggest name in model railroad brass imports from the 1950s into the 1980s. While the majority of PFM’s brass releases were HO-scale steam locomotive replicas, the line included a number of diesel locomotives over the years.

The 1966 World of TYCO

November 22, 2016

The 1966 World of TYCO

Wishing for a train set for Christmas is a well-remembered investment of a young model railroader’s time. What could have appeared under your tree 50 years ago?