HObbyline HO trains.

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I have another of my needed HObbyline items, a second B&O FA-1. I acquired it as a body only and receiving it today Put a drive in it and the necessary small parts. The last owner painted the roof black which is not HObbylines style. I will try to remove the black paint from the roof.
Here is today's FA-1 together with my first one.
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Now for the 1956 catalogs. There are 2 just like 1955 had. A preview catalog and then the retail catalog.
Here is the preview catalog for 1956. 1956-1.jpg
 

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The first set for 1956 is #412 The NYC 0-4-0t Shuttlebug. The road names on the cars match those seen in the catalog.

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Next for 1956 is the set # 417, the B&O Pacemaker. B&O FM H12-44 #1020, A Hopper, A Boxcar, A Gondola, and a caboose.

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Now the 1956 set # 422 "The Yard Master" . Their are 2 #440 Yard Master sets released in 1954 and 1955. They differ only in the caboose road-name. This Yard master set has one less frieght car and use's the 1956 released Hopper car along with the tank car and the new horn-hook couplers.. 422-1 1956 The Yard Master PRR - S.JPGaster. A PRR 0-4-0 switcher with Hopper, Tank Car and Caboose
 
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Next is another PRR freight set #426 The Hot Shot. A twin set of FA-1 power this set with a flat car with the new wood pallet load, tank car, Box car, Hopper car and caboose.
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Next and last set for 1956 and the last passenger set HObbyline will ever make, is the PRR Streamlined passenger set #431 The Silver Meteor.
Penn Line and latter on Varney will both have released what appears to be the same set. Both of these new set will have in them and have access to newer cars of the same basic Streamline Pullman style dinner, baggage single dome and large dome type cars. Their paint scheme, name and numbering system is the same as the HObbyline cars and blend in perfectly.
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Awesome write up. What a collection!! :)
 

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The second 1955 set is #430 "The Train Maker" the repeat set from 1954. An identical set to the 1954 Train Maker A5 Conbine & 2 coaches.
The photo can be the same.
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On that same day I got the Cotton Belt hopper in black. The first one I was able to get anywhere. Here is it with another Cotton Belt Hopper in red That came on the same day.
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Another 1957 car I received with the black cotton belt is another Union Pacific caboose. This is a kit car I wouldn't have gone after one of these because I have the 2 different ready to run ones already. It came as I said with the Black cotton belt hopper. It is factory painted yellow with the decals applied by the last owner of this car. It is in great condition. You can see that all lettering is decals.
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There is another item added to my collection. A small HObbyline train set from 1956. Set # 412 The Shuttle Bug". This set has a piece in it that I didn't have and actually made one from a spare loco to use in photos. The loco is a NYC 0-4-0t saddle tanker first released in 1956 with this set.. This is the only New York Central locomotive ever released by HObbyline. The worst thing about this set is the Missing torn off box cover that and its 1956 style art work on it.
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I guess I am here alone again. Here is the last ready to run box-car I was trying to find. It is a HObbyline PRR ready to run box cars. It was first released in their first year 1953. This completes my HObbyline collection of ready to run cataloged box-cars. I would still like to find a Central of Georgia KIT box car. Because their was no ready to run version of it If found I would if made properly display it with my other HObbyline box cars. I don't like collecting theses decaled cars unless I can find one's who's decals have been applied properly and haven't broken apart. The large percentage of these decaled car have had their decals fall apart and are not worth collecting. This Pennsylvania railroad ready to run box-car seen below shows all its original lettering and logo. These I try to collect and stay awy from if made their decaled doubles.IMG_2778 M.JPG
 
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Here is another pair of HO scale cars. Both say Varney on their car bottom. They say Varney but weren't made by Varney for Varney., They were made by Varney for another model train company. Here the black tank car has a Sinclair company name on it #8847. Yep Varney did make Sinclair tank cars. Theirs's were silver with black lettering and numbered 38001. What few Varney modelers know is Varney also made Silver Sinclair tank cars numbered 38000. I have one. was this a car made for sale by another model train company also. In four or 5 days, I hope less I will receive Greenburg's Guide to Varney trains and I will get my answer there. Seen in this attached photo the Black Sinclair tank car which makes it 3 different tank cars with the Varney brand on their bottom side. I wonder what I will find out from info in the Greenberg's Varney guide book? Hummmmmmmmmmm!
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