Thanks guys- Postwar Lionel F-3's are my favorites- have been for 42 years. Years ago(1970's-80's) there was no MTH, Weaver, Kline, Williams.. so I scoured local neighborhood's garage sales & local classified ads. I operated in a 'cleanup, fixup mode' all the time and did "upgrade" collecting and selling. Also got into painting and restoration... Things were cheap. They had to be (I had a young family to support struggling in my early business career and saving for a house etc.) There wasn't any big money left over for trains. $100.00 was a huge, rare expenditure for me.
I stuck with it and have enjoyed the ride. There is a saying- "A laborer works with their hands. A craftsman works with their hands and head. An artist works with their hands, their head and their heart." That's the difference in anything you decide to do. Passion. And the thrill of the chase....to find the next project.
We have a responsibility to preserve the past for future generations- Made in America by Americans- the best that ever was. Made to last- simple, sturdy stuff. Not high tech, expensive, finicky junk- that will not endure into the future (no circuit boards). Gotcha!
How about a car from that time period - say a 1955, 56 or 57 Chevy BelAir ? Same principles apply..
I am glad to be a 'baby boomer'- and posterity of the 'greatest generation' that ever lived - who went thru the Depression with nothing, started to recover from it, only to go off to WWII at great sacrifice again. Wow.
A few more pictures of F3's to enjoy including the next generation...