2nd QUARTER 2021: Amtrak celebrates a milestone marking 50 years of service to rail travelers. HO Collector looks back the first ready-to-run models produced in Amtrak livery from the early 1970s. This edition also introduces a new series by Tim Garner on his time working for Life-Like. All this and more in the 2nd Quarter 2021 issue of HO Collector!

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First Quarter 2021

Vol. 5, No. 1


Amtrak’s French Connection: Jouef’s Turboliner

by Tony Lucio — As Amtrak turns 50 years old, co-editor Tony Lucio has an interesting European model to share that reproduces the French Turboliner train set brought to the U.S. in the 1970s.

TYCO’s Claim to Amtrak Fame

by Tony Cook — What was the first mass-produced Amtrak models in HO scale? Co-editor Tony Cook presents TYCO’s F9A and streamlined passenger cars that made up the line’s “Inter-City” set in 1972.

My Life at Life-Like

by Tim Garner — Ever wonder what it was like to work for one of your favorite hobby companies? Tim Garner presents a brief history of Life-Like as he introduces you to his experience of working for them.

A Cab Forward from Akane

by Tony Cook — This Southern Pacific articulated giant was imported in 1959 from Akane. Akane was owned by the same guys who brought you Lifoam coolers and Life-Like model trains.

Going in Circles: Future Collectibles

by Tony Cook — Are you missing out? Why keeping up with current releases is important to collectors and a pair of interesting Amtrak releases you don’t want to miss!

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