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Re: Storing All of Those Manuals...

Lionelzwl2012 ·
Nice find barry. I am going to have to do this. My manuals are getting out of control as I buy more locos. Thanks for the links.
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Dennis ·
Good find, Barry. Thanks. Dennis
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rtr12 ·
Thanks for posting that. I may just give that a try. I have everything in 8.5" x 11" binders and sheet protectors now. Some things fit nicely, but there is lots of slop with the engine manuals.
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Storing All of Those Manuals...

Barry Broskowitz ·
I own a fair number of engines and accessories, and the predominant size of each instruction manual/user guide is approx. 8.5" X 5.5". I've always thought about how to store these documents in a way that would allow ready access to them in an organized fashion. Last week I resolved the issue and I thougth that I'd share it with others who might be a situation similar to mine. I found the following two products on Amazon.com that, together, became my solution: Avery Mini Durable Binder for...
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D500 ·
I just memorize them. Wait - what were we talking about?
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Antique Store Finds?

Khayden93 ·
Find anything at antique stores or thrift stores?
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Farewell to Dot and Jim of Sidetrack Hobbies

Zach K ·
Folks, it is with a heavy heart that I must inform you that Dot and Jim of Sidetrack Hobbies will be leaving today after being with the store for nearly 10 years. Those of us who were fortunate enough to know Dot and Jim will give nothing but positive praise of their great service and professionalism. Without them and Sidetrack itself I personally would never have gotten into of the wonderful world of O-Gauge trains. For more than five years I enjoyed the drive down to the store, whether it...
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Re: Farewell to Dot and Jim of Sidetrack Hobbies

Sunrise Special ·
Sad to see this....I will miss them for sure. Sidetrack will not be the same without them. Sunrise
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Re: Farewell to Dot and Jim of Sidetrack Hobbies

Rigatoni Express Railroad ·
Sorry to hear they're leaving. Great people with which to do business. Joe
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CAPPilot ·
What the ..... Those two have been with SideTrack for as long as I have been going there, and I have been going there a looooooong time. I Talk to Jim a lot, and he was very knowledgeable on their products. Dot was always a joy to see and talk to when you first entered the building. I was going to go down there today to pick up a BPC2 but decided to wait; wish I went. They will be missed.
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Re: Farewell to Dot and Jim of Sidetrack Hobbies

Rocky Mountaineer ·
Sidetrack Hobbies is a first-class operation all around. Al and Libby are terrific co-owners, who I always enjoying talking with at York. But easily 70-80% of my phone transactions were always handled by Dottie and Jim. Anytime I'd call, they'd ALWAYS treat me with the utmost professionalism -- much, MUCH more than I receive when calling my power, telephone, or cable utility customer service phone number. Jim and Dottie could run circles around Corporate America's vision of customer service...
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Re: Farewell to Dot and Jim of Sidetrack Hobbies

yamawho ·
I have spoken to Jim a few times when ordering. Unlike most places, since I don't live in the US they had no issue shipping to a hotel I was staying at.
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Re: Antique Store Finds?

ReadingFan ·
A few months ago I was walking through Black Diamond Antiques in the Schuylkill Mall at Frackville, PA (north of Pottsville and St. Clair, by I-81). I glanced inside a display case and saw a set of K-Line Reading Heavyweights. The observation car was Reading Business Car No. 10, now back in her original P&R paint scheme at Strasburg. I was so happy! There are usually some trains there on consignment, mostly "O" Gauge, including locomotives and cars from the "O" Gauge layout in the mall.
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c.sam ·
Rarely - unless you count a Scout set or other small steamer that is "exceedingly rare" for an exorbitant price!
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djacobsen ·
Whenever I accompany SWMBO on the occasional day out Antique & Junque Shop-ing, I'm always on the lookout for trains. After many years of viewing various pieces of junk box trains priced as if they were made of gold & platinum, I found a Marx 6" tin plate C*R*I*P Gondola sans wheels & axles for $3.00. Not exactly a momentous find, but I didn't have one of those in my collection. Happy Rails! Dave
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RoyBoy ·
I agree with C.Sam. Antique stores usually price common items as if they were rare.
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jim pastorius ·
I always look in antique stores for pre and post war Lionel, AF and oters. I have picked up some nice old trains and engines. Some need TLC but I look past the dust and dirt and check fo abuse and wear. I always wanted a pair of Liomel F units but at shows they were way to much for me. but I saw a set that needed some clean up and they were affordable. Eventually they needed some repair work ut I was still money ahead. Sunday I picked up a Lionel #97 coal loader that needed a little bit of...
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Forty Rod ·
Got a Marx tinplate B&O diesel engine last Sunday for under $25.00. Missing horns and has some 'schmutz' one one side, otherwise looks and runs great. Going to check out more this Saturday. Guy's bringing a pile of 'trains' (over 400?) in to one antique store but the owner has no idea what it all is. I'll go look.
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Former Member ·
All the time.It all depends where you are. For me,I find a lot of good deals in Ohio and Pennsylvania,nearly every antique shop or antique mall has at least showcase or two full of trains.On my last trip to the Harrisburg area.I found several good deals on some postwar rolling stock and locomotives.Many items were priced to sell meaning better than "meet" prices and "our favorite online auction site". The worst areas IMHO are the Southern States.Little or no trains at all and IF you see...
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Joe Hohmann ·
I visit antique shops/malls and large flea markets often. In the vast majority of cases, the prices for vintage trains are a joke. However, they expose the public to toy trains, so one purchase may lead to a lifetime hobby. I that case, it was money well spent. I've purchased a lot of "stuff" from these places over the years, but not trains...although I did get a nice pre-war Lionel "O" set at a church sale cheap.
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Popi ·
2 items found, one at antique store and one at flea market. found a prewar Lionel 1666 tinplate freight set complete with loco box car, tank car, caboose for $60. Found a Lionel postwar 2065 Hudson with whistle tender at a Flea market for $80. woo hoo
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Andy Hummell ·
This past Saturday, I hit a couple of antique stores I had never visited before about an hour away from home. I came home with a round RR crossing sign and a Marx tinplate PRR merchandise boxcar that I only paid $4 for due to the paint being faded on one side (must have been in a window somewhere for a long time). I've picked up a few other items at flea markets and antique stores over the years. My best finds have been some RR wrenches from the late 1800's and early 1900's. Andy
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colorado hirailer ·
My experience duplicates that of C. Sam and Boomer. When assigned to a school in Alabama for about two months, I spent the weekends raiding antique shops from the Mississippi River to north Florida, Atlanta, etc. I came away wondering if Sherman went through last week, because trains were not to be found. (I did find long strings of real Railbox cars covered in kudzu, that I would think would be impossible to move unless you went in first with chain saws) When I first got back into three...
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TrainsRMe ·
I never found anything at a thrift store, but antiques stores, yes. One had a box of Marx cars, and the owner allowed me to pick out just the one I wanted, at a reasonable price, too. And, I was leaving a train show one time without any purchases, and decided to stop at an antiques store on the way home. Picked up an Ives car I had been looking for, and at a January discount. That seems to be a slow month for that business, and there will be discounts, at least in my area.
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Bob Severin ·
Originally Posted by colorado hirailer: My experience duplicates that of C. Sam and Boomer. When assigned to a school in Alabama for about two months, I spent the weekends raiding antique shops from the Mississippi River to north Florida, Atlanta, etc. I came away wondering if Sherman went through last week, because trains were not to be found. (I did find long strings of real Railbox cars covered in kudzu, that I would think would be impossible to move unless you went in first with chain...
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CP BOB ·
Thrift stores have been good for Christmas/Halloween buildings and tin buildings. I agree that antique stores are overpriced on trains. Just because it is stamped Lionel, sellers think that is worth hundreds of dollars. I laugh when I see what they are charging. However, I still look and last summer I found some prewar stuff cheap along with a nice Marx set. There were all in extremely good condition. My wife and go antiquing regularly so I always ask about trains. Bob
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AMCDave ·
I have found a number of train items at antique and thrift stores. Never bought any.....in O 3r they think they are made of GOLD.....OR they are HO scale cheap Tyco at a rare standard gauge price. I've always passed. My sister did find a number of items for me at yard sales that were good deals.
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Steve24944 ·
I picked up a 6560 Bucyrus Erie Crane Car at an antique store in Grand Junction Colo. The boom had a small part broken out that I patched up with some styrene and flat black paint. From the same store they had a 6019 Control Track with the controller. I took the 6019 apart so to splice the un-couple magnet into my O-31 tubular track. The controller I re-wired so the buttons operated 2 un-couple magnets. Steve
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oscar golf ·
If you live on the West Coast, the biggest monthly swap meet is Alameda at the former Naval Base and well worth your time. While it is mixture of everything imaginable of trash and treasure, there can be some model trains (Marx to Aster - although priced accordingly) and even 1:1 scale items. Los Angeles has both the Rose Bowl and Long Beach monthly swap meets although the Rose Bowl with its narrow aisles and those miserable two-wheel shopping carts can be a challenge. Paying the early...
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Steamer ·
a Lionel Prewar 655 boxcar ,box of Marx, including a 999 missing a lot of paint, but ran great and some 3/16" cars for .Just bought a couple of months ago I picked up an MPC Broadway Limited (IIRC) set for what the cars go for. Lot of times I'll see a box of beat to death Marx for a ridiculous price, or the usual HO stuff, but some have a nice selection of Lionel.
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jim pastorius ·
I have developed a friendship with an antique store owner in an old town and we wheel and deal. i have traded a lot of antiques my wife and I had collected over the years ans, in return, I have picked up a lot of decent Lionel post war engines and cars. He gets in hard to find, unusual items. Some need lubed and cleaned to get them running.I have some that look like they have never been un. I also have started doing minor repairs for him to get things like engines and accessories running.
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Former Member ·
One of the funniest experiences I had at an antique store was that the owner thought "any and all" trains were Lionel trains.She owner was real hoot,a little spry,gravel voiced,chain smoking lady about 75 years old. She had a shelf full of really nice deluxe plastic Marx (WP E7's and pass cars,Boxed UP E7 set,etc..)and it was priced right. I told her I wanted to look at the Marx trains.she said you mean those "Lionel" trains.She rattled off "Honey,Those are Lionel Trains by Marx,I have been...
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store fronts and doors

trainman129 ·
Where do you go for pictures of store fronts and warehouse doors that can be used on models? All that I have found aren't free and can cost big bucks to use.
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Train store still in Chambersburg Pa???

kountry mailman ·
   At one time there was a small hobby shop in downtown Chambersburg,  any one know the name or present location if it's still open? Thanks for the effort.
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Jerrman ·
Do you mean interior shots of a store? If so, I don't get the reference to "warehouse doors." If you do mean interior shots, I've done it a few times with good results. I can't tell you the process on a PC, but if you're on a Mac, it's very easy. No software required although there are programs that will give you a lot of flexibility. Anyway, I search for the image on Google, for example "bookstore interior." When the listings come up, go to the top menu and click on "Images". You'll get...
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trainman129 ·
Thanks, jerrman. I'll give that a try.
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MaxSouthOz ·
I just browse the net until I find a photo I like and then use the Snipping Tool to capture it off the screen, Myles. Then I use Faststone software (free), to resize it and if necessary, IrfanView software (free), to sharpen it after the edits. Cheers
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Mike CT ·
The OGR Ameritown buildings have graphics available. Click on graphics.
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trainman129 ·
Thought there would be more than one reply....
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Re: Train store still in Chambersburg Pa???

colorado hirailer ·
I did not see it the last time I drove by on that east bound one-way street, if you are talking about the one that was down in the basement. And I think it has been a couple (few?) years since I have stopped at that one. I found nothing of interest in several stops, and as some of the antique malls on 30 west have disappeared, I don't go over there every trip. I guess the tinplate shop in the office equipt. shop south of the new post office in Gettysburg has disappeared, too? Did I read that...
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Re: Train store still in Chambersburg Pa???

jim pastorius ·
I have friends in Chambersburg, they know I am in to trains, but they never mention it. I will check with them, though.
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Re: Seattle Area - The Electric Train Shop

kj356 ·
Good review !! The Electric Train shop is good and near the airport! Have dealt with him over the years when passing through town. Very nice selection. But Eastside has been good as well they are big have a lot of stuff and there are folks in the shop that are very knowledgeable and friendly and very helpful. Very good repair shop. Both are a good visit.
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Re: Seattle Area - The Electric Train Shop

p51 ·
I agree fully. I was surprised to see the place not long ago. I'd never gone as I thought it was only a 3-rail shop, but I was at an event very close by. When I went, I was shocked at how good a old-school hobby shop it was. I bought a lot of stuff for good prices. Nice people there, too. Will certainly go back there the next time I'm in the Seattle area!
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mike g. ·
Great Train shop if you ever get a chance! I lived 3 blocks away from them when the moved to Burien, man did that kill my wife! LOL It was a nice walk there and sometimes I would have a nice stack of things to carry back. GN MAN is right Scott is a great guy to talk with and really knows his stuff! Wish I still lived near there!
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Alfred E Neuman ·
I like that name: The Electric Train Shop. Every town (or at least every state if duplicate names are an issue) should have one. Description of the inventory and service level is appealing, too. What, me worry?
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The GN Man ·
Not "Van Burien", just Burien BTW, for you guys here in the Pacific NW both the Boeing model RR swap meet in Kent and the GTE show in Puyallup happen this coming weekend. The Electric Train Shop (Scott) usually attends the Puyallup shows.
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Seattle Area - The Electric Train Shop

sord ·
Hi everyone, I was just in the Seattle area and thought I would check out the train shops in the area. I saw a Lionel Diesel engine I wanted that has been listed on Eastside Train's website for a while. So I made the trip over to purchase it. Turns out they didn't have the engine in stock - they apparently use a separate system for the store as their main one. Well the store has a lot of stock, nothing too interesting, and it was kind of a disappointment. So I next tried out The Electric...
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sord ·
My gosh, am I losing it or what. I must have President on the brain. Ok, I updated the name again.
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sord ·
Thanks - I updated the original post.
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Re: Are there any stores in the USA / Canada that have MTH O european trains for sale now ?

Severn ·
If you go to the nth website and use the product locator... it gives an option for "find it locally"... so you should try this even though I suspect it won't really get you there but I'd like to be wrong. For example, I tried to locate "crocodile" and this produced a list of them... selecting "find it locally" also came up with grand central in Nebraska as suggested above. And that might be... also I just noticed there are some that mth says it has in stock and offers a "buy it now" icon on...
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