4th QUARTER 2017:  From the publishers of Railroad Model Craftsman and Model Railroad News comes the new HO Collector, a new quarterly magazine dedicated to collecting and operating vintage HO scale trains! We explore the history of Associated Hobby Manufacturers (better known as AHM) and check out variations of their iconic Hudson-type steam locomotive. Functioning crossing gates were offered as an accessory by many manufacturers, but which were the most realistic and reliable? Finally, we take a sidetrip into the world of collectible free-lance roadnames. All this and more in the 4th Quarter 2017 issue of HO Collector!

Current Issue

4th Quarter 2017

Vol. 1, No. 4


Crossing Gates

by Tony Lucio — One of the most common and most popular action accessories for your layout was an operating crossing gate. This article takes a look at a number of examples dating back to the 1950s.

New York Central’s Hudsons

by David Otte — One of AHM-Rivarossi’s most beautiful steam locomotive models was its streamline Hudson. Examine AHM’s 4-6-4 Hudsons, including the streamline Dreyfus and J-3a versions.

My Memories at AHM

by V.S. Roseman — A noted hobby writer shares his experiences with AHM founder Bernie Paul and discusses the North American company’s relationship with Rivarossi of Italy.

Collecting Freelance Railroads

by Tony Lucio — You probably see more examples than you might be aware of. Here are some of the more famous freelance railroads, as well as insights and suggestions for collecting them.

Going in Circles

by Tony Cook — When does a model go from current to classic? The author relates the day when he rediscovered older model railroad releases and what they have become for him in collecting.


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