Made by Roco in Austria, the E-R Models FP-7 was another release of the
tooling first introduced in 1975 and sold first under the Atlas name in the United States. A review of the E-R Models
FP-7 may be found in the May 1999 issue of Railmodel Journal magazine.
The 2003 Walthers catalog includes E-R Models Baldwin RF-16 Sharknose and
EMD FP-7 diesels. Walthers lists the FP-7 from E-R Models as available in Soo; Reading; Southern Pacific; and Canadian
Pacific. Undecorated examples are listed for FP-7 models with Single or Double Headlights apparently without dynamics
though it is not stated and there is a Single Headlight Dynamic equipped example. All are listed at $99.95
retail that year.
Canadian Pacific #4028
Canadian Pacific #4029
Katy -2nd Scheme
Katy -2nd Scheme
Milwaukee Road #104A
Milwaukee Road #105A
Southern Pacific #6460
Southern Pacific #6461
Undecorated Dual Headlight Dynamic
Undecorated Single Headlight Dynamic
Undecorated Dual Headlight
Undecorated Single Headlight
E-R Models was planning a new release of HO-scale FP-7 models in 2003. These new FP-7 diesels,
also to be produced by Roco in Austria, would have included separate grabs and handrails; separate metal grillwork; unspecified
road specific details; and DCC and Sound examples.
Below is the link to E-R Models announcement for the new and improved, but never delivered HO-scale
|E-R Models unreleased FP-7 from 2003
E-R Models imported their HO-scale Alco FA-1 from Frateschi of Brazil.
Frateschi also produces its FA-1 in both American roadnames and South American roads and sells them under their own name outside
the U.S. The E-R Models FA-1 is reviewed by Railmodel Journal first in October 1993 and again in December
1995. The Fall/Winter 1995 E-R Models run of FA-1 diesels were priced again at $59.95 and included Lehigh Valley;
New Haven (grn/ylw); Seaboard; and Lehigh & New England.
Lehigh & New England
Lehigh & New England -2nd roadnumber
New Haven (green/yellow)
New Haven (green/yellow) -2nd number
The advertisement below is from the February 1994 issue of Model
The E-R Models HO-scale RF-16 Sharknose A-unit was produced by Roco in
Austria. A flyer collected at the Chicago Hobby Show of 2000 called for Shark B-units to be released, but I don't believe
the HO-scale B's ever arrived from E-R Models.
The E-R Models RF-16 Sharknose is reviewed in the March 1999 issue of Model Railroader
An N-scale Shark A and B was also sold by E-R Models. As E-R Models
exited the business, Bachmann included the N-scale Sharks for a time. A Bachmann catalog of a few years ago states
the N-scale Sharks were produced at the same plant as Bachmann's line of trains, which one would assume means Kader in China.
A check of the 2003 Walthers catalog shows E-R Models with the Shark and
FP-7 in the Locomotives section of the catalog. E-R Models' Sharks that year included a Baldwin Demonstrator, Delaware
& Hudson, New York Central, B&O, Pennsy, Monongahela, and Undecorated.
There has been unconfired rumor that perhaps Bachmann may bring back this Sharknose model and
include it in their HO-scale line as a future release.
Baldwin Demonstrator #6001
Baltimore & Ohio #4212
Baltimore & Ohio #4213
Baltimore & Ohio #4210 -2nd Generation
Baltimore & Ohio #4211 -2nd Generation
Delaware & Hudson #1216
New York Central #3806 -Lightning Stripe
New York Central #3807 -Lightning Stripe
New York Central #1211 -Cigar Band
New York Central #1212 -Cigar Band
Pennsylvania Railroad #9734 -Single Stripe
Pennsylvania Railroad #9738 -Single Stripe
Pennsylvania Railroad #9730 -Single Stripe
Pennsylvania Railroad #9740 -Single Stripe
Pennsylvania Railroad #2000 -5 Stripe
Pennsylvania Railroad #2002 -5 Stripe
|E-R Models Shark and FP-7 with Shark B announcement
Here's an interesting release that never happened from E-R Models Roco
in 2003. An HO-scale GP-40-2 model was planned for release in the Fall of '03 with many nice features including DCC
and Sound as options. To date, Athearn has the HO-scale GP-40-2 market to itself and did recently improve its Ready-To-Roll offering
with separate grabs. The serious "rivet counter" though still is holding out for a more serious attempt at the GP-40-2
and who knows this might have been it.
Below is the link to the E-R Models Roco 2003 annoucement for the never made GP-40-2...
|E-R Models Roco never released GP-40-2
GE AC4400 CW
Planned for a late 2003 release and to have been produced by Roco for E-R
Models was an HO-scale model of the modern General Electric AC4400 CW.
The link for the announcement of the never issued diesel is found
below and promised what may have been a nicely done loco.
|E-R Models Roco never produced AC4400 CW
Talgo Passenger Car Set
Originally retailing for $124.95 and new in 2003 was E-R Models Amtrak
Talgo Passenger Car Set. The set featured a pair of service vans (one TG6z and one TG6); three second-class coaches
(TB6's); and a single first-class coach (TA6).
Available individually, the E-R Models Amtrak Talgo cars sold for $24.95
each and were released in the following styles...
First Class Coach
Second Class Coach
An interesting attempt at a line of DCC controlled items began being offered
by E-R Models. Again like many items from E-R Models, these items are or in some case were to have been produced
DCC Starter Set
The old Roco GP-40 tooling originally sold through Atlas beginning in 1975 was dusted off and
put to use as power for E-R Models and Roco's DCC Starter Sets. A Union Pacific GP-40 with a DCC decoder and unique
to this release paint job was found in one set; the other set featured an Eastern flavor with CSX power. The E-R Models
DCC Starter Set was reviewed in the November 2003 issue of Model Railroad News magazine.
|DCC Starter Sets Announcement