From The Archive
Welcome to From the Archive! Here you’ll find some of our favorite historical anecdotes about the model railroad industry, researched by our team of editors and writers.
January 9, 2023
A Boxcar 50 Years in the Making: Micro-Trains Celebrates a Half-Century
Micro-Trains Lines marks 50th Anniversary.
September 12, 2022
Yellowbonnet Turns 50
Santa Fe’s Yellowbonnet livery was introduced a half-century ago.
August 18, 2022
Remember Your First Car? HO’s early plastic vehicles of the 1950s and early 1960s
Rapido Trains’ recent release of HO-scale Chevrolet Caprice and Impala vehicles may have you wondering about early 1:87 vehicle offerings.
April 24, 2022
About That Stock Car
What’s the prototype for this vintage-tooling Atlas N-scale stock car?
February 14, 2022
From The Archive: The Milwaukee Road Bucket List Steam Locomotive
Have you seen an example of Rivarossi’s 1950s era Hiawatha steam locomotive model? It’s an uncommon release to find today.
November 19, 2021
From The Archive: Lionel’s Southern Pacific Daylight from 1983
Chris Raines of RBP Trains takes a look at classic Lionel O-gauge Daylight releases.
September 12, 2021
From the Archive: Road-Specific HO-scale NYC GP20 in 1960
How does a 1960 HO-scale GP20 pass the road-specific test?
August 19, 2021
From the Archive: In Pursuit of the Ultimate HO U25B
Is the coming Rapido Trains’ HO-scale U25B going to be the ultimate reproduction of this General Electric landmark locomotive?
July 7, 2021
Obtaining a high hood the old-fashioned way
There was a time when having a high-hood on your railroad was a bit of work.
March 16, 2021
Fact or Fiction: Conrail F-units
They were easy to find in HO, but did Conrail own and operate fully painted and decorated F-units?