Rivarossi Heisler Steam Locomotive

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Rivarossi Heisler Steam Locomotive St. Regis Paper Company #92 3-Truck Model HO Scale w/DCC Sound Decoder Model Train HR2948S

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Some History of Rivarossi

Early years (1945-1960s)

  • Founded in 1945 by Alessandro Rossi and Antonio Riva in Como, Italy.
  • Initially produced mostly O scale steam locomotives, but later expanded into HO scale.
  • Pioneered the use of die-cast metal for locomotive bodies, resulting in more accurate and durable models.
  • Introduced innovative features such as working headlamps, smoke generators, and articulated passenger cars.

Golden age (1970s-1980s)

    • Became a leading manufacturer of HO scale model trains, particularly known for its accurate European and American prototypes.
    • Produced a wide variety of locomotives, passenger cars, and freight cars, all with exceptional detail and running smoothness.
    • Won numerous awards for its models, including the prestigious Model Railroader “Best of Show” award on multiple occasions.

Expansion and acquisitions (1990s)

  • Acquired Lima (1992), Jouef (1997), and Arnold (1997), expanding its reach into other scales and markets.
  • Became one of the largest model train manufacturers in the world.

Challenges and restructuring (2000s-present)

    • Faced financial difficulties in the early 2000s due to increased competition and a decline in the model train market.
    • Went into receivership in 2003.
    • Assets were acquired by Hornby Railways in 2004.
    • Production moved to China.
    • Rivarossi brand continues to be used by Hornby, but the focus has shifted to more affordable models.


  • Rivarossi is considered one of the most important model train manufacturers of all time.
  • Its models are prized by collectors for their accuracy, detail, and running performance.
  • The company’s legacy continues to inspire current model train manufacturers to strive for excellence.

I hope this brief overview gives you a good sense of Rivarossi’s history and place in the world of model trains. If you’d like to learn more about a specific aspect of the company, please let me know.

Additional information


Rivarossi, an Italian manufacturer and now part of the Hornby Hobbies family of brands,



DCC Equipped

equipped 21 Pin Socket ESU LokSound 5.0 Decoder for Digital Circuits HO 1:87 and OO 1:76 Gauge railway layouts. Rivarossi locomotives and rolling stock feature knuckle couplers.


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