Lone Star Treble O…the original N scale…

Soon after Lone Star, an English company that introduced these in the early 1960s as small diecast toys, intrepid modelers were figuring out ways to power them. A market was created and thus, N scale as we know it was introduced around 1967…

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I recently acquired one of their KCS cabooses and an unmarked flatcar they offered with a flatbed tractor/trailer tied down to it with very unprototypical rubber bands. Alas, the flatcar is missing its load…

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The caboose is actually quite nice when you take into consideration the fact that most of the detailing is two zinc castings comprised of the roof and body…

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Mercifully, it wasn’t long before Arnold Rapido came out with the more compact Rapido coupler. These resemble most European HO couplers–even in size…yikes.

 

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