Going In Circles

Who Made That?

June 23, 2021

Who Made That?

Who was Charmerz and what did they offer?

Future Collectibles

April 27, 2021

Future Collectibles

What’s available now or coming soon that will be tomorrow’s Amtrak collectible in HO scale?

Emptying My Piggy Bank for Amtrak

March 25, 2021

Emptying My Piggy Bank for Amtrak

Remember buying a model with your own money when you were a kid?

Overlooked Pioneers

February 26, 2021

Overlooked Pioneers

The prototype is one of the first diesel locomotives produced and the model is well-remembered Roundhouse release that is long out of production.

Tracing Shorty Heavyweights

January 8, 2021

Tracing Shorty Heavyweights

A classic set of models with a long history in the hobby is this shorty heavyweight passenger car collection.

TYCO’s 7603Q Train Set

November 30, 2020

TYCO’s 7603Q Train Set

Collecting and documenting promotional train sets is always a challenge so many years after their release.

Collecting MTH Trains

October 17, 2020

Collecting MTH Trains

MTH Trains announced in mid-2020 that the company’s owner was retiring … what does this mean for collectors?

Varney in the late 1960s

September 25, 2020

Varney in the late 1960s

An HO pioneer, Varney was nearing the end of its run in the hobby by the late 1960s.

The Big, Small, and Surprising Things to Watch for when Collecting Catalogs

July 20, 2020

The Big, Small, and Surprising Things to Watch for when Collecting Catalogs

Annual catalogs and back issues of hobby magazines provide a wealth of information to help educate and guide the collector on what was made and when by various companies.

Things We Never Kept

January 17, 2019

Things We Never Kept

What makes vintage HO literature challenging is not the lack of publications and related materials produced over the years, but the lack of retention of those now-precious items.