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: 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.

From the Archive: Denver & Salt Lake’s 2-6-6-0 from PFM

October 31, 2016

From the Archive: Denver & Salt Lake’s 2-6-6-0 from PFM

While Denver & Salt Lake is certainly not in league with Union Pacific or Pennsylvania Railroad, the number of times PFM imported this 2-6-6-0 is a testament to its popularity.

The First GP38-2 in HO

January 15, 2016

The First GP38-2 in HO

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.

Looking Back at Bachmann HO Cabooses

November 12, 2015

Looking Back at Bachmann HO Cabooses

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.