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August 4, 2016
In 1946, the C&O took five of its Class F-19 Pacific 4-6-2 locomotives and converted them into Class L-1 Hudsons. These limited edition HO scale hybrid models will be available from Broadway Limited, expected November 2016.
May 1, 2016
Rapido Trains introduces a new series of high-quality value-priced model releases under its newly inaugurated Prime Movers by Rapido name. This announcement marks Rapido’s first effort in the HO modern diesel category.
April 4, 2016
Six road names will come in the first release: Burlington Northern, Chesapeake & Ohio, Erie Lackawanna, The Milwaukee Road, Santa Fe, and Southern Pacific. This all-new model will include road-specific details on its shell and will come equipped with a five-pole, skew-wound, high-torque, and high-efficiency can motor with flywheel.
April 4, 2016
Menards recently introduced a tank car and hopper car to its collection of O-gauge trains. The tank car is a threedome example consisting of a sturdy molded plastic tank screw-mounted to its plastic frame. The new Menards hopper car is a fourbay open example with coal load.
January 15, 2016
Today, a wide-range of “Dash 2” EMD diesels are available to the hobbyist, but in 1976 — just four years following the introduction of these prototypes — only Life-Like’s GP38-2 made up the plastic HO “Dash 2” diesel market.
November 12, 2015
Since its 1970 introduction, Bachmann has offered a number of HO caboose models. Ranging in prototypes including wood and steel bodies, and many road names both real and imagined, Tony Cook reviews the many variations of cabooses offered by Bachmann over the years.