Does anyone miss the MDC/Roundhouse company as I do?
No, I don't mean the Roundhouse company that is now owned by Athearn, but the old company before it was sold? I have heard the arguments about the quality and inferior details compared to what we have today, but I really miss the fun 3-n-1 kits they used to put out. I recall as a younger lad leafing thorough Model Railroader and RMC and seeing those neat ads. It could be the "Battle Mountain Old Timer" series, or the "Snow Fighting Series".
Many images here below to HOSEEKER and his website, a visit for some great historical catalogs and diagrams.
Maybe I'm just behind the times, but I enjoyed the western theme (true or not) of these models. Having grown up out west, that's what I love. It just seems that these days, a lot of modelers are going modern, with modern diesels and unit trains or intemodel. I find that boring as hell in a lot of cases. I have always liked the transition era, for all of the reasons we have heard before. But this era had personality that doesn't exist on today's Class A railroad.
John Olsen's Muleshoe Meadows
The Jerome & Southwestern and Mescal Lines;
and Malcolm Furlow's San Juan Central.
The original MDC/Roundhouse company, they are long gone but you can still pick up a lot of kits on Ebay (thats where I acquired mine). For those of you who may be like me, and would like to take a trip down memory lane by viewing some of these old kit instructions, follow the links below.