4th QUARTER 2018: Varney’s Aerotrain and TYCO’s Talgo Train team up for HO Collector’s “When the Future Came to HO” cover story. Larry Gibbs presents the HO-scale version of General Motors’ Aerotrain made by Varney in the late 1950s. Tony Lucio examines TYCO’s Talgo Train from the same era. These sleek and futuristic attempts at breathing new life into the U.S. rail passenger business saw short careers, but ultimately enjoyed longevity in the hobby. All this and more in the 4th Quarter 2018 issue of HO Collector!

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4th Quarter 2018

Vol. 2, No. 4


The Varney Aerotrain

by Larry Gibbs — Sleek and modern, it was among Varney’s first plastic offerings in HO scale. Larry provides the story on General Motors’ Aerotrain, Varney’s model, and more.

TYCO Talgo Train

by Tony Lucio — Based on American Car & Foundry’s Talgo cars with a eye-catching, if fanciful, locomotive, Tony documents the 1950s Mantua-TYCO Talgo train.

Aristo-Craft Metal Steam Locomotives

by Tony Cook — By reader request, Tony presents a survey of Japanese-made metal steam locomotive models imported by Aristo-Craft in the early 1960s.

2-8-8-2 Mallet from AHM-Rivarossi

by David Otte — David provides the story on the prototype and the model of HO’s first plastic, ready-to-run Mallet-type steam locomotive.

Southern Pacific Popsicles

by Tony Lucio — An experimental livery applied to a trio of U25B rebuilds enjoyed release in HO on a variety of diesel locomotive models. Tony shows you Southern Pacific Popsicles in HO.

Lionel HO for the Ages

by Dr. Geoff Bunza — Dr. Bunza brings you an introduction to Lionel’s efforts in HO. With an emphasis on the company’s first period (1957 to 1966), you’ll get a primer on Lionel HO.


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