@New Haven Joe posted:
My HO model railroad club gets this kind of stuff donated all the time. We have a hard time selling it and giving it away. Track and transformers are almost worthless.
Most kids (anyone under 18) that are into HO model railroading have better equipment that many of us old timers. Parents and grandparents pick up the tab. The new models of engines and cars are super accurate. Engines come with DCC sound, smoke, and light effects. The special features of new HO engines are as good if not better than Lionel's and MTH's offering. Best of all for youngsters, they can run their trains at the club using their cell phones. NH Joe
This is very true. Recently, I was considering upgrading a HO Athearn blue box locomotive to DCC and sound. After doing some research I found that the cost is almost as much as a new locomotive which would be better detailed and a better runner. Then I found a MTH GP38-2 with PS3 on the Bay for $140 (includes tax and shipping). I could not upgrade my old locomotive for that price. Primarily because besides electronics it may need a motor upgrade. Looking at the picture I don’t see much of any value. Maybe the power packs could be used for accessories and as D500 said the brass could be used for raw materials. The trains could be used as a wreck scene
One time a co worker gave me something similar. Basically, HO junk trains. No power pack. I let the kids play with it a little bit and then I think it got thrown out.