FIRST QUARTER 2020: In this issue we unpack PEMCO’s brief appearance in the model train industry. Learn the interesting history behind this short-lived product line and its connections with Aurora and TYCO. No other line has generated so many questions from collectors. You may have come across this product line with its bold black-and-gold packaging and wonder where they came from and what happened to the company? All this and more in the First Quarter 2020 issue of HO Collector!

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First Quarter 2020

Vol. 4, No. 1


Unpacking the Pemco Railway System

by Tony Lucio — Co-Editor Tony Lucio shares his research into the development and marketing of the Pemco and Aurora model train lines from 1980.

Pemco’s One and Only Catalog

by Tony Cook — Collecting catalogs and related promotional literature is an equally important and enjoyable aspect of collecting model trains. Co-Editor Tony Cook shares Pemco’s 1980 catalog.

Classic Steam: Reading’s I10sa-class 2-8-0 Consolidation from Bachmann

by David Otte — Serving in Bachmann’s line from the mid-1970s into the early 1990s, this reproduction of a Reading prototype is an intriguing release. David Otte examines the model, its many incarnations, and the prototype.

Tenshodo Brass Geeps

by Tony Cook — One of the first HO-scale Geeps came from Japanese brass maker Tenshodo and sold in Pacific Fast Mail’s catalog. Co-Editor Tony Cook shares a Great Northern GP9 example.

A Step in the Right Direction: Front Range Products’ Geep

by Tony Cook — Enjoy a look at the late 1980s Front Range efforts to reproduce a high-quality example of GP7 and GP9 diesel locomotives in HO scale. Co-Editor Tony Cook presents these now-classic models.

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