Greenberg's Guide to Lionel HO Volume 1 1957 - 1966 by Horan & Rosa Hard Cover
Greenberg's Guide to Lionel HO Volume 1 1957 - 1966 by Horan & Rosa Hard Cover
Greenberg's Guide to Lionel HO Volume 1 1957 - 1966 by Horan & Rosa Hard Cover
Greenberg's Guide to Lionel HO Volume 1 1957 - 1966 by Horan & Rosa Hard Cover

Greenberg's Guide to Lionel HO Volume 1 1957 - 1966 by Horan & Rosa Hard Cover

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Greenberg's Guide to Lionel HO Volume 1 1957 - 1966 by Horan & Rosa Hard Cover
 
Greenberg's Guide to Lionel HO Volume 1 1957-1966 by George Horan & Vincent Rosa
Greenbergs Guide to Lionel HO Volume 1 1957 to 1966 by George Horan and Vincent Rosa Hard Cover 1993 143 Pages
This book is a revision and expansion of a book I coauthored with Vincent Rosa, entitled Greenberg's Guide to Lionel HO Trains, published in 1986. In its new form it is the first volume in a new series of Greenberg books on Lionel HO. This one covers the early production, 1957-1966; a second volume, written by me and appearing shortly in its first edition, covers the MPC (Model Products Corporation) line, 19741977.
It should be noted that since Vincent Rosa was unable, due to personal commitments, to contribute to this new book, any use of "I" in this volume should be understood to mean George Horan.
As I prepared in the late 1970s and in the 1980s for publication of the first book on Lionel HO, my sole purpose for getting involved was to inform the new collector and enthusiast about the line marketed from 1957 to 1966. I knew this area of HO would provide a challenge to both the novice and the seasoned collector of Lionel models.
Many 0 Gauge collectors are unaware that the loads used on HO-scale cars were often the same ones used on the larger cars. They may even be surprised to find that many of the popular 0 Gauge operating cars, as well as popular road names on the more traditional items, were duplicated in the smaller line. Lionel HO is an exciting field of study -one that contains a number of challenges. As we shall see, Lionel's trains were manufactured by several producers, who did not always use the Lionel catalogue numbers on the models they produced for Lionel. Thus, collecting these trains can present some interesting problems. While the familiar Lionel logo, an L within a circle, appears on many of the items, its absence on others provokes some questions. This book will address some of these questions and present others.
I have spent over a dozen years compiling information. To aid the new collector in identification of pieces, I have attempted to describe the smallest details. It has been my hope that this approach will stimulate interest and help those who have the interest but not the experience in collecting.
Now I wonder if I have instead done a disservice to my fellow collectors. I refer to the new chapter in this book, Chapter VIII, that covers the forgeries that have surfaced in four different states in the last few years. Has increased appreciation of Lionel HO encouraged imitators? It was terribly difficult for me to admit that this practice by some brought a need for such a chapter. Please notice: I use the word "some," and not "some collectors." That is because I consider this type of individual an "anything-for-a-buck" guy - not a collector of anything but dollars. I am at least thankful that this chapter does not need to take up too much room in this book, even if it is necessary. I hope it will serve the same purpose as the small notice about the "unmarked" reproduction boxes I had seen and recognized, which appeared on page 67 of Greenberg's Guide to Lionel HO Trains. That notice seemed to cause the repro boxes to suddenly disappear from the market. It also prompted some letters from LCCA and TCA officials inquiring as to the name of the seller - which I have not disclosed since the boxes have not been seen since late 1986.
It is my hope that the rubber stamps being used to reproduce the Athearn-made Lionel cars will also disappear quietly. I would not hesitate one minute to move on this situation if I had a name of a manufacturer of these remade stamps (which are poor to say the least). The bottom line is that the Athearn-made cars only held the two sizes of rubber-stamped Lionel logos in the sizes stated in the previous book, and they had fairly sharp clear edges, although the circle was not always complete on every car's side. The letter "L" within the circle never appeared with straight legs on any Lionel product this author has ever seen. And the point is, let's all pay more attention to what we're paying for and help keep things clean.
The prices on more than half of the collectible pre-1966 Lionel have risen dramatically from 1986 to date, but we still have the never-satisfied type out there we must watch for. (More about values will be found in the Introduction.) I can assure my fellow collectors that also in writing the book on Lionel's 1974-1977 HO items, I have done my utmost to give the most detailed identification information possible and keep the "buck" guys out of our hobby.
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