HObbyline HO trains.

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HObbyline was in business from 1953 to 1957. Their catalog for 1953 combined the HO lines of the parent company," John English" with it's start up company HObbyline. I do not have this catalog but some info from a posting in another forum. The posting person was Raydean.
 
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In 1953 2 sets were listed set 1 and set 2.
In 1954 10 sets were listed. sets 410, 415, 420, 425, 430, 440, 450, 455, 460, 465.
In 1955 11 sets were listed. sets 411, 416, 421, 430, 440, 446, 451, 456, 461, 466, 467. sets 430, and 440 are redone from 1954 so only 9 new set made.
In 1955 There was an unlisted train set. Set #462 The Royal Blue, a B&O set. This makes it 12 sets for 1955, 10 are new sets.
In 1956 5 sets were listed. sets 412, 417, 422, 426, 431.
In 1957 2 sets were listed. sets 2500, and 3500

30 sets are listed but two are identical sets that were repeated 430 and 440.
29 Different train sets were made by HObbyline which includes the one unlisted B&O set.
 
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Here is a list of all 29 HObbyline train sets by set number not date.
set #1. no name, 1953, PRR H12-44, box car, flat car, gondola car and a PRR caboose.
set #2, no name, 1953, PRR Twin FA-1's, two box cars, 2 gondolas, one flat car, and a PRR caboose.
set #410, The Commuter, 1954 PRR H12-44, 1 PRR HW combine, 2 PRR HW day coaches.
set #411. The Wall Street, 1955 LVR H12-44, 1 LVR HW combine. 2 LVR HW day coaches.
set #412, The Shuttle Bug,1956, NYC 0-4-0t, 1 tank car, 1 box car, and a HObbylne caboose.
set #415, The Suburbanite, 1954, UP, H12-44, 1 UP HW combine, 2 UP HW day coaches.
set #416, The Prospector. 1955, ATSF H12-44, 1 flat car, 1 box car, and a HObbyline caboose.
set #417, The Pacemaker, 1956, B&O H12-44, 1 box car, 1 hopper, gondola, and a HObyline caboose.
set #420, The Wayfarer, 1954, PRR H12-44, 1 Gondola, 1 flat car, 1 bor car, and a PRR caboose.
set #421, The Whistle Stopper,1955, C&O H12-44,1 gondola, 1 tank car, and a HObbyline caboose.
set #422, The Yard Bird, 1956, PRR 0-4-0, 1 hopper, 1 tank car and a PRR caboose.
set #425, The Hill Topper, 1954, UP H12-44, 1 gondola, 1 flat car, 1 box car, and a UP caboose.
set #426, The Hot Shot, 1956, PRR TWIN FA-1's, 1 flat car, 1 tank car, 1 box car, 1 hopper car, and a HObbyline caboose.
set #430, The Train Maker, 1954-1955, PRR 0-4-0, 1 PRR HW combine, 2 PRR day coaches.
set #431, The Silver Meteor, 1956, PRR Twin Fa-1's, 2 PRR SL Pullmans, 1 PRR SL Observation.
set #440 The Yard Master, 1954-1955, PRR 0-4-0, 1 gondola, 1 box car, 1 tank car, and a HObbyline caboose
set #446, The Ridge Runner, 1955, PRR FA-1, 1 boxcar, one tank car, 1 hopper car, 1 flat car, and a HObbyline caboose.
set #450, The Metropolitan, 1954, PRR Twin FA-1's, 1 PRR HW combine, 3 PRR HW day coaches.
set #451, The Lake Cities Express, 1955, Erie Twin FA-1's, 1 Erie HW combine, 3 Erie HW day coaches.
set #455, The Canyon Clipper, 1954 UP Twin FA-1's, 1 UP HW combine, 3 HW day coaches.
set #456, The Trail Blazer, 1955, PRR Twin FA-1's, 3 PRR SL Pullmans cars, 1 SL PRR Observation.
set #460, The Growler, 1954, PRR Twin-FA-1's, 1 gondola, 1 tank car, 2 box cars, 1 flat car, and a PRR caboose.
set #461, The California Zephyr, 1955 WP Twin FA-1's, 3 WP Zephyr Pullman cars, 1 WP SL Observation.
set #462, The Royal Blue, 1955, B&O Twin FA-1's, 1 B&O HW combine, 3 B&O HW day coaches.
set #465, The Mountaineer, 1954, UP Twin FA-1's, 1 gondola car, 1 flat car, 1 tank car, 2 box cars, and a UP caboose.
set #466, The WP Frontiersman, 1955, WP Twin FA-1's, 1 gondola, 1 flat car, 1 tank car, 1 box car, 1 hopper car and a HObbyline caboose.
set #467, The Pennsy Frontiersman, 1955, PRR Twin FA-1's, 1 gondola, 1 flat car, 1 tank car, 1 box car, 1 Hopper car and a HObbyline caboose.
set #2500, The Rocky Mountain, 1957, UP 0-4-0t, 1 box car, 1 tank car, 1 hopper car and a UP caboose.
set #3500, The Allegheny, 1957, PRR 0-4-0, 2 box cars, 1 tank car, 1 hopper car, 1 gondola, 1 flat car, and a PRR caboose.
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Set #1 1953 is a small set powered by a FM H12-44 diesel. The set pulls a flat car, a box car, a gondola, and a PRR caboose.
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Set # 2 1953. This set had no name. Because it came with a twin FA-1 locomotive set of 1 powered and 1 dummy, this was the first set released with the FA-1 power.
Along with the FA-1's were 2 Box Cars, 2 Gondolas, 1 flat car and, a Pennsy' caboose. There were no tank, or hopper cars at this time. The tank car would be released in 1954, and the hopper car in 1955. I do not have a 1953 catalog so I don't know if the Pennsy A4 0-4-0 steam switcher was offered at this time. I do know that it was offered in the 1954 catalog. In 1956 a 0-4-0t saddle tank locomotive would be offered in the set The Shuttle Bug in NYC livery, ready to run versions were also available.
Here is set #2;

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This ends the 1953 catalog The only one I know of.

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The first HObbyline train sets came out in 1953. They were given single-digit numbers and there were only two of them Set #1 and Set #2. I have previously shown these sets. Now to move on. In 1954 HObbyline started a new way of numbering their train sets. They would now use 3 digit numbers. In 1954 10 sets are released.
#410 "The Commuter", 415 "The Surburbanite", 420 "The Wayfarer", 425 "The Hilltopper", 430 " The Train Maker", 440 "The Yard Master", 450 "The Metropolitan" 455 "The Caynon Clipper, 460 "The Growler", 465 "The Mountaineer". As I have already I will post each set in its turn with a photo of the set using trains from my collection. Here i will show you the first one.
#410 "The Commuter". This set is powered bt a Fairbanks Morris H12-44. This is the streamlined model designed by Industrial Designer David Lowery and not the basic square looking locomotive FM made.
Set 410 is a Pennsylvania Railroad passenger set puling Heavyweight Cars. One Combine and two Daycoaches.

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The second set listed in the 1954 catalog is #415 "The Surburbanite". This is a Union Pacific Railroad passenger set. In 1954 all set issued were either PRR or UPRR.
It is powered also by an FM H12-44 diesel which pulls the same consist but colored and lettered for the UPRR. It has 1 combine and 2 daycoaches.
here it is:

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The next set is the first freight set for 1954 set #420 "The Wayfarer". Freight sets for the year 1954 have matching road-names on their cabooses.
The set is powered by the FM H12-44 and pulls 1 tank car, 1 gondola, 1 boxcar, and a PRR caboose.
Here is the set;

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The next set in this 1954 catalog is #425 "The Hilltopper". This is the first Union Pacific RR Freight and will have a matching caboose.
This set is powered by the FM h12-44, it pulls 1 Gondola, 1 flatcar, 1 boxcar with a UPRR caboose.
Here is the set in it's box.

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The next set for 1954 is #430 "The Train Maker". This is another PRR Passengers set using 1 Combine and 2 Daycoaches.
Power is steam this time using the PRR A5 0-4-0. This set also in listed in the 1955 catalog.
Here is the set on the layout.IMG_6716 set 430 Train Maker 1954-55.JPG
 

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Set #440 is next for 1954, it also is in the 1955 catalog. 430 and 440 are the only sets to appear in 2 catalogs of different years.
Pulling the is set is also the PRR A5 0-4-0. it pulls a gondola, a tank-car, a boxcar, and a PRR caboose.
H This is the set on the layout.440-1 S Yard master 1954-55.JPG
 

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Set 450 is another PRR passenger set using heavyweight cars. This is a larger set having Twin Alco FA-1's to power it.(2) and pulling 1 combine, and 3 Daycoaches.
Here is a photo on the layout.

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Again for 1954 is another large passenger train set #455 "The Canyon Clipper of the UPRR. It like set #450 has 1 Combine and 3 Daycoaches.
Here it is running on the layout.

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The last 2 sets for 1954, #460 "The Growler" PRR and 465 "The Mountaineer"UPRR are both freight and both have identical consist 1 gondola, 1 flatcar, 1 tank-car, and two boxcars and matching cabooses. I will put both photos here so you can compare them.
This is set #460 The Growler PRR.

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This is set #465 "The Mountaineer" UPRR.

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