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HO-Scale Trains Resource

This HO-Scale Trains Resource EXTRA looks at the E-R Models line of Diesels and Passenger Cars.  E-R Models is no longer in business today, but did offer a few interesting and unique pieces to the HO-scale model train world.  This not considered to be any completely inclusive review, but a collection of items that might present something you haven't seen before and could be of interest. 
The "E-R" stood for "Euro-Rail" and the company's first appearance that my casual search in back issue of magazines appears to be around 1990.  E-R Models imported items in N-scale, in addition to HO-scale.  Well known vehicle maker Busch made auto and truck releases that were exclusive to E-R Models.  E-R also offered a couple tunnel portals; a bridge; and a track cleaning car.  The E-R Track Cleaning Box Car was the Roco 40' Plug Door Box Car with cleaning pad attached to the car's underframe.
Roco's products were a major part of the E-R Models line as you can see in this review.  The October 2005 edition of Model Railroader carried a story on Roco declaring bankruptcy.  E-R Models is not mentioned in the MR news story regarding Roco.  I have other unconfirmed information that E-R Models went out of business in early 2004 and their magazine ads do disappear not long prior to this date.
For those wondering, the E-R Models website is gone.  If you put in their former address, you'll be taken to a fake webpage that is not related to E-R Models.
Of some curiousity and fodder for speculation discussions by model railroaders is the promised, but never delivered, HO-scale GP-40-2; AC4400 CW; and re-tooled FP-7 models.  Below you'll find information and links to view the E-R Models annoucements for these items and more...

Diesels and Passenger Equipment
of E-R Models

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
Reading #901
Reading #902
SOO #500A
SOO #501A
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 FP-7...

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
Lehigh Valley
Lehigh Valley
New Haven (green/yellow)
New Haven (green/yellow) -2nd number
Rock Island
Seaboard (green/yellow)
The advertisement below is from the February 1994 issue of Model Railroader magazine.

RF-16 Sharnose
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 magazine.
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
Monogahela #1205
Monogahela #1210
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).

Talgo Cars
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
Bar TC6
Restaurant TR6

DCC Accessories
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 by Roco. 
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

DCC Accessories