Tag Archives: brass trains

All Aboard the Money Train: 5 Reasons to Sell Your Model Train Collection

Are you selling a model train collection? Whether you’re downsizing, selling collectible model trains left to you in an estate, or you simply have a few of your own locomotives to sell (so you can have room for more, of course 😉), there are several key benefits to consider. At Nightwatch Trains, we’re passionate collectors […]

Rare Brass Trains: Grand Trunk Western 4-8-4 U-4-b Steam Locomotive

Welcome to the RARE BRASS SHOWCASE… Today, we’re shining a spotlight on a favorite from the Nightwatch Trains private HO Scale brass train collection: The Grand Trunk Western Railroad 4-8-4 U-4-b Northern type HO scale brass locomotive This rare gem is for sale! Click here to see the listing. One of just 75 factory painted […]

Collectible Brass Model Trains: A Quick Primer

What you’ll read today: Nothing compares to brass trains Early beginnings: the Postwar Era Why brass for model trains? Common importers of brass trains Well-known manufacturers of brass The future of brass model trains For the collector of brass model trains, nothing quite compares to the instant you lift the cover off the old box […]

Why is HO Scale So Popular? History Tells the Story.

Model railroading has long been a cherished hobby for children as well as adults. Its immense popularity is twofold: It lets adults be kids again – and allows kids to dream of being grownup railroaders. From O Gauge to HO Scale: A Brief History The roaring twenties was a dramatic time in history, ushering in […]

The Appeal of Old School HO Scale Brass Trains

Maybe I’m just old school, but I prefer brass locomotives in my HO scale train collection. One day, I might just make it my mission to convince all of you out there who pass on brass to reconsider 😊 A top grumble that some in the model railroading community often mention is that the older […]

Mikados, Decapods & Hudsons in Brass HO Scale Trains…Oh My!

Continuing on with our trip down memory lane, this post covers Mikados, Decapods & Hudson vintage steam locomotives as offered in the 1969 Pacific Fast Mail HO scale locomotive catalog. To see other posts in this series,  HO Scale Brass Trains: Geared Locos & Switchers from Pacific Fast Mail Pacific Fast Mail Brass Locomotives History: […]

HO Scale Brass Trains: Geared Locos & Switchers from Pacific Fast Mail

Many HO scale collectors hear “brass trains” and automatically think of Pacific Fast Mail, an early, widely known importer. Recently I came across my 1969 Pacific Fast Mail catalog, so I thought I’d share another post, this one on some of their steam locomotive offerings of the time. Brass Model Trains: A Legacy of Quality […]

Pacific Fast Mail Brass Locomotives History: 1969 Product Catalog

Recently I came across the 13th Edition of the Pacific Fast Mail catalog, complete with a price list dated June 1, 1969. I thought I’d share a few excerpts from this relic of the past. Brass Locomotives: A Collector’s Favorite Brass HO scale model trains have long been popular among collectors because of their often […]