Now in development for HO Collector, the many reproductions of all-door boxcars will be examined. These miniature efforts date to the early 1970s. While there are only a handful of models, a number of hobby companies sold these models over the years.
Life-Like’s mid-1970s Thrall all-door, illustrated with Illinois Terminal and A&P Lumber Products examples, includes variations in its tooling over the years. This model also saw a release under at least two other company names. Later this all-door boxcar saw an upgrade and re-release as a Proto 1000 model. There’s more to tell and you’ll see and read about it in HO Collector.
Put into service by Southern Railway in the early 1960s, this model also includes variations to its design over the years. There are numerous colorful and fanciful paint schemes to note too. Similar to Life-Like’s all-door boxcar, this Evans prototype saw inclusion in a handful of hobby company catalogs beginning in the early 1970s. You’ll see them and find out more interesting details in HO Collector. Also part of this feature will be a look at wood craftsman kits produced for both Evans and Thrall all-door boxcars.