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WHEN DID COX BEGIN
OFFERING HO-SCALE TRAINS?

In the early 1970s, COX begins offering a line of ready-to-run HO-scale model trains.  Full-page ads for the product line may be found in 1971 issues of MODEL RAILROADER and RAILROAD MODEL CRAFTSMAN magazines. 
 
The initial group of trains are blue and later yellow boxed items that were produced for COX by Athearn Trains of California.  Athearn was a well-known and respected player in the HO-scale model train market.  Prior to producing trains for COX to sell, Athearn had produced trains for Lionel's first round of HO-scale trains in the late 1950s and early 1960s.  Not long after producing trains for COX, Athearn supplied freight cars for ATLAS to sell with its Roco-made diesel locomotives in train sets in the late 1970s. 
 
The first Athearn-made COX items are generally right off the shelf examples taken directly from the existing Athearn catalog of products.  See the section of this site concerning Athearn-produced Cox trains for more information.

WHEN DID COX STOP
OFFERING HO-SCALE TRAINS ?

The final COX catalog to include HO-scale Trains was the company's 1977 edition.  From viewing the pages devoted to trains, one can see the shrinking variety of items when compared to the 1975 and 1976 catalog listings.
 
The April 1978 issue of MODEL RAILROADER magazine reported on the 41st Annual Hobby Industry of America Trade Show. Among MR's notes regarding Model Power's new items for '78 is a mention that Model Power had purchased the Cox HO scale train line and its accessories. MODEL RAILROADER adds that Model Power has stated it will be marketing the former COX items with new road names and paint schemes in the near future.
 
In addition to Model Power, former COX items have turned up in the AHM product line of the early 1980s and later in Walthers' Trainline products of the 1990s and now.

Please note that this site was created for use by those with an interest in HO-scale model trains and does not necessarily represent the current line available today. The author is not affiliated with, nor representing Cox in any way. This site is intended for your enjoyment and information only.
Images and information presented on this site comes from a variety of sources including magazines, internet, catalogs, visitor input, and the author's collection.