3rd 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! Check out our timeline of “Blue-Box” era Athearn diesels, followed by our continuing examination of TYCO pre-production samples, an introduction to Gilbert HO, and we take a closer look at TYCO/Mantua’s Plymouth CR-4 diesel. All this and more in the 3nd Quarter 2017 issue of HO Collector!

Current Issue

3rd Quarter 2017

Vol. 1, No. 3


TYCO Preprods 2: Fantasy Roads

by Tony Lucio — Tony Lucio continues his look at the world of never-released pre-production models or “preprods,” from TYCO with a surprising group of fantasy road schemes.

Mighty Mite: Plymouth CR-4

by Lawrence C. Gibbs — Lawrence C. Gibbs shares his years of research and collecting of Plymouth’s CR-4 industrial switcher model produced by TYCO in the 1960s and Mantua in the 1980s.

Intro to Gilbert: Tru-Model HO

by Rick Tonet — One of the oldest lines of HO-scale model trains may be even older than you might imagine. Rick Tonet provides an introduction to A.C. Gilbert in HO with a look at the Tru-Model line.

Athearn Blue Box-Era Diesel Timeline

by Tony Cook — It would be impossible to enjoy HO-scale model trains and not have owned, experienced, and enjoyed an example of Athearn’s Blue Box-Era kits. See the company’s diesel locomotives presented by year of issue from 1954 to 2000 in this HO Collector cover story.

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