Beginning around 1960, Mantua's TYCO products started appearing in red
colored packages. This Red Box Era for TYCO would last until the early 1970s and the sale of the TYCO name and line
to Consolidated Foods.
During the Red Box Era of the '60s, TYCO would greatly expand its HO-scale train line and become a
major player in the hobby market. It is during this period of TYCO's history that the familiar GP-20 and Alco 430 join
the line; the first Action Accessories arrive; and much more. See it all at The TYCO Red Box Ho-Scale Trains Resource.