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.


From The Archive: Lionel’s Southern Pacific Daylight from 1983

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.

From the Archive: Road-Specific HO-scale NYC GP20 in 1960

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?

From the Archive: In Pursuit of the Ultimate HO U25B

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?

Obtaining a high hood the old-fashioned way

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.

Fact or Fiction: Conrail F-units

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?

AHM’s “Center Flow Hopper”

February 24, 2021

AHM’s “Center Flow Hopper”

This AHM freight car was a popular subject for modelers for many years. In March 2021’s Model Railroad News, this model is included in “From the Archive.”

Looking Back at BLI’s New York Central Niagara

January 20, 2020

Looking Back at BLI’s New York Central Niagara

This model is a fitting tribute modern New York Central steam power. Broadway Limited brings not only the looks, but the sound and action in this HO scale model.

From the Archive: A Brief History of Lionel HO

November 15, 2017

From the Archive: A Brief History of Lionel HO

Much has been written about Lionel and its place in history. The upcoming holiday season, along with Model Railroad News’ examination of the latest group of Lionel releases for the HO market, presents an excellent opportunity to take a look back. There is far too much history to cover in “From the Archive,” but here’s a brief journey through Lionel’s history with HO model trains.

From the Archive: The Debut of Atlas O Scale

July 27, 2017

From the Archive: The Debut of Atlas O Scale

Atlas’ first entry into the two-rail O scale market was short-lived, but made an impact on the hobby and opened the door towards an expanded product line from the popular model railroad manufacturer.

From the Archive: Chessie System Steam Models

July 11, 2017

From the Archive: Chessie System Steam Models

The Chessie Steam Special was a whirlwind schedule of steam excursions launched in 1977 to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad. Hobby companies quickly saw merit in applying Chessie System colors to existing steam locomotive models well before the real example arrived in early 1977.