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Post  rsv1cox on Wed Dec 19, 2018 12:16 pm

Every Christmas my mind turns to model trains. HO gauge mostly.

I remember when department stores (pre-Walmart) used to lay out on sale tables piles of Rivarossi (AHM mostly European imports) locomotives, box and passenger cars and accessories at really low prices. I stocked up.

Been years since I have bought any HO item but yesterday searching Cox on ebay I came across a Cox HO gauge GP9 "Trials" Locomotive that Cox maybe mis-labeled "Train" and bought it.

From what I have seen of Cox locomotives and other HO items, Atlas, Proto2000, and Rivarossi blows them away. I doubt if this made in China loco is any different. But we shall see.

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Post  Jason_WI on Wed Dec 19, 2018 4:45 pm

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Post  roddie on Wed Dec 19, 2018 6:20 pm

Keep an eye-out Robert, for Cox HO model-railroad accessories.

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There's a special place in my heart for model railroading. The "scale" doesn't really matter.. as long as the modelling is good.
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Post  MauricioB on Wed Dec 19, 2018 8:58 pm

Dear: ... I just thought ... drunken
Thanks to all these contributions and information, I discovered that Cox, has really been a company of many types of toys "or hobbies ... always, I thought that Cox was a company clearly related to models of aircraft and engines, ie" aeromodelling".
However, I had already read in this forum friend Balog, during one of his visits there in California, that someone had told him that he remembered that there was a toy factory in that place.
It is very broad for me to think about the great size of this factory when in fact it was dedicated to many types of models of small sizes, that is, trains, trucks, airplanes, helicopters, etc., etc., etc.
You think that in my country, I only saw models and aircraft engines, nothing else, therefore, I thought that Mr. Leroy Cox, was a modeler, nevertheless, he was a brilliant entrepreneur, who was practically covering many forms of reduced models .... is something incredible, today thanks to all of you, I know that it must have been a really giant company at its best ... matrices, designs, mechanics, etc. etc ..... how beautiful it would be to see everything in motion ... I just thought. drunken
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Post  Cribbs74 on Thu Dec 20, 2018 10:18 am

I was an avid Model Railroad fan as a kid. I liked HO scale, I bought a new in package Cox orange CP rail F series locomotive in the early 80’s. The quality was very poor, but it was quick and took some serious abuse. I still have it, but it is no longer functioning. The motor released the smoke a few years back.

I also have several Cox rolling stock, quality is also poor. I wouldn’t buy them today, but they were good enough for a 10yr old boy and served their purpose.

I was also big into AFX HO slot cars, although they are not really HO scale. I still have many that are in excellent shape, but the slot car market dropped out a few years back. Cox slot cars are on the up and coming in the collector world.
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Post  GallopingGhostler on Thu Dec 20, 2018 10:44 am

Back in the early 1960's when I was in the second grade, I had an A.C. Gilbert entry level basic train set. It had a variable speed AC motor. Loved the burnt electrical smell of the brushes sparking along the track as it ran. Track was in a complete circle, gauge was half way between HO and O. It seemed to be of reasonable quality, was very sturdy, had it with me I think up through junior high. My parents may have given it away.

When I was in the 5 or 6th grade, had an Athearn train set. It was true quality, even had springs in the truck carriages. The diesel locomotive had a headlight set. I vaguely remember the Cox sets. They were very basic in comparison. Then in junior high latter 1960's, I received as a gift a smaller gauge train set of a mining train. It came with a complete landscape on a 3'x3' board, even had its own little village with people and a tunnel in one corner. Can't remember the maker, may be Kenner?
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Post  rsv1cox on Thu Dec 20, 2018 11:01 am

Fits the description of "Brand Engineered."

Coxes only fault was sourcing them from China rather than building them themselves or buying from European hobby manufacturers who were so much more advanced in the quality department at the time.

These were made in Italy, but I have many that were made in Yugoslavia and Austria.

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