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August 27, 2020
The first HO-scale Budd RDCs from Athearn were metal kits in the early 1950s, which were followed by plastic releases by the end of the 1950s.
August 27, 2020
A giant in the world of 1970s HO-scale freight car models was this infamous 62-foot triple-dome tank car. Read about these releaeses in the 3rd Quarter 2020 HO Collector.
April 13, 2020
The Burlington Northern merger took effect on March 3, 1970, and with it came a number of new HO scale releases (both real and imagined) wearing the colorful Cascade Green.
October 18, 2019
The early 1970s saw many companies employ computers for the first time. Model train maker Athearn added IBM’s System/3 Model 6 for use in keeping track of the company’s products and production.
July 18, 2019
One of the challenges in presenting past hobby company histories is documenting the promotional materials produced by those manufacturers. Do you have catalog or promotional materials from the Revell HO scale train line you could share with us?
January 17, 2019
Baltimore & Ohio’s stubby little C-16 class steam locomotive has provided the inspiration for HO scale models in plastic and metal since the 1950s.
November 19, 2018
One of the many product lines HO Collector is researching and seeking additional materials is Campbell Scale Models. The company has been producing craftsman-level kits for more than half a century.
October 26, 2018
Offered in many variations over the years since 1957, Athearn’s “Hustler” is not a prototype of anything, but it is a neat-looking, little locomotive that “might have been.”
October 23, 2018
As in all life matters, planning ahead makes a big difference to any outcome. Too often our heirs have no concept of our collections. While we are happily accumulating all the various bits and pieces involved in the pursuit of the hobby it makes sense to take a few moments to document our holdings.
May 21, 2018
American GK Locomotive Works would be the first to offer modelers a rendering of the General Electric E60 series locomotives. The Chatsworth, California-based company contracted with Athearn to produce HO kits of both an passenger and freight version.