White River Productions announces a new quarterly magazine publication coming for 2017. HO Collector will fill a void in the hobby market by serving those with an interest in older, vintage, and classic model trains. Devoted exclusively to 1/87th or HO-scale products, HO Collector launches as a quarterly publication joining Railroad Model Craftsman and Model Railroad News in White River Productions’ expanding line of hobby-related magazines. HO Collector is a new quarterly magazine dedicated to the history of HO scale 1:87 model trains! Relive the early days of the hobby, trace the lineage of models both popular and obscure, and learn how to keep those classics running. HO Collector is for all collectors and operators of vintage toy trains!
Bringing his lifelong experience in the hobby collecting HO trains, Tony Cook will serve as editor for this new publication. “For years, I have witnessed the growing interest in understanding and collecting HO model trains. HO Collector will provide a resource for this largely untapped segment of the hobby,” said Cook. “I have watched my own HO-Scale Trains Resource go from a few web pages chronicling TYCO’s line to hundreds of pages covering a wide variety of hobby manufacturers in its 16 years online.” The combination of online traffic at HO-Scale Trains Resource and positive response to Model Railroad News’ “From the Archive” column helped demonstrate the value of and interest in this new magazine. HO Collector will focus primarily on plastic models produced from the early-1950s to the present. Tony Cook recently celebrated five years as editor of Model Railroad News and serves as associate editor of Railroad Model
HO Collector’s first issue plans a look at The Lindberg Line of models introduced in the 1960s, including the never released U25B diesel. You will see a roundup of Railbox models, both prototype and non-prototype, produced from the mid-1970s to today. Tony Lucio will demonstrate how to take a childhood memory and make it ready for 21st century running with his install of a new Bowser drive into a vintage TYCO Century 430 diesel. In addition, you’ll discover how an operating accessory goes together with Bachmann’s late-1970s Action Caboose from blueprint design to finished model.
Look for a sneak peek at HO Collector later this year. Subscribers to Railroad Model Craftsman and Model Railroad News will receive a sample HO Collector later this year. Each issue of HO Collector will retail for $8.99 (US) and $10.99 (Outside U.S.) per issue. An annual subscription for four quarterly issues is available for $32.00. An introductory $28.00 annual subscription is available for a limited time. The magazine will be available through your local dealer, online at shop.whiteriverproductions.com, or by calling toll-free (US) 877-787-2467. Outside the U.S. 1-660-695-4433.