Timing is everything, so the saying goes. The September 1972 debut of the Chessie System did
not go without notice to the makers of HO-scale model trains. The 1970s represented a time in the hobby industry when a number
of companies entered, and often exited the market, while others saw great expansion and growth.
The attractive paint scheme chosen for the Chessie System made for attractive HO-scale replicas.
This website presents the many and varied examples of Chessie System's famous paint scheme, as it was found on HO-scale (1/87th
actual size) model trains. In addition to information regarding who made what and when, comparison to the prototype Chessie
roster is also presented. There were Chessie F-units in HO-scale for example, but did they exist in the real world?
Click through the pages and enjoy the many Chessie System HO-scale models. Perhaps you'll find
some you remember owning as a kid or find some you want to begin searching for today to add to your collection.
Lionel was among the many model train makers to offer Chessie System items. Above is Lionel's
announcement ad from 1974 that the company was returning to the HO-scale market. Lionel used its replica of the the Chessie
System gold GM50 diesel in both large 027 and HO-scale in this ad. Lionel utilized a GP9 for its gold GM50, rather than the