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Re: V&T "Carson City" Mint Car

Bill T ·
Great looking mint car, paint scheme may be the best ever on a mint car. The V&T / Carson City mint car would fit in nicely with the Lionel Virginia and Truckee set from years ago.
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Re: V&T "Carson City" Mint Car

Silver Lake ·
Hasn't Lionel made a Carson City Mint car already? It's black I'm pretty sure I have it.
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Re: V&T "Carson City" Mint Car

Andy Hummell ·
Lionel did a mint car for the Carson City branch of the U.S. Mint, and it was black, but it had no other road name associated with it. Andy
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Classic Trains American "S" Gauge track

Bob G (WNY) ·
The NASG "S Resources" section lists Classic Trains [http://www.classictrains.com/track.htm] as the manufacturer of American "S" Gauge code 172 nickel-silver T-rail track. According to their website, these products, which currently include 60-inch-long flex track, a pair of turnouts, and a variety of sectional track, are compatible with both hi-rail and scale wheel flanges. Is anyone familiar with this brand of track?
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Trade #4012 MTH Big Boy Proto 3.0 for MTH Proto 2.0 Pennsy T-1 Train for Train!!!

kennyb ·
Hello! I want to trade my #4012 4-8-8-4 Big Boy that has been upgraded to Proto 3.0 for a MTH Pennsylvania 4-4-4-4 T-1 ,preferably with a Proto 2.0 3volt board in it. Model # of PRR T-1 ideally would be 20-3226-1E, but will consider other CLEAN MTH SCALE models of the fabulous T-1 with Proto 2.0 Condition of the Big Boy is immaculate, Proto 3.0 upgrade was done by a authorized MTH tech,all lights have been changed to L.E.D.'s Big Boy has 19 hours on new board,all put on by me Big Boy Paint...
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Lionel 700e Hudson on T rail track

Sid's Trains ·
I have always loved the original Lionel 700e but have always wondered why it has to run on T rail track. How come it can't run on tubliar track, FasTrack, or some other style of track. Is it because the flanges on the wheels. What is the reason?
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R-T-R 2018

IC fan ·
I could be mistaken but don’t we usually see an MTH R-T-R catalog by now?
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Walthers, La Belle, Gloorcraft Kits and one Huff and Puff

Trainguy1616 ·
All "kits" are in original boxes, as far as I can tell all are complete, and show no signs of being "dumped out, and scrounged through". All look like they just came off the shelf, including the tissue inside. PayPal accepted Shipping on pretty much all of them will be $10.00 Feel free to ask questions, but almost any of these car kits can be found illustrated on the company's web site (La Belle), Walthers builders know by now to have a half dozen catalogs on hand tnelms5466@charter.net They...
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Re: Ertl B803 1930 Diamond T Delivery Truck in 1:34 scale

pro hobby ·
Here is the same model showing only the chassis after the pipe load has been removed. Since this is a 3 axle truck an additional rear wheel set will be added.
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Re: R-T-R 2018

SouthernMike ·
Should be sometime this month. It is usually out a few weeks before April York.
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Re: Railroad Books are Going Up in Value. What’s up with this?

Dieselbob ·
Asking that price and getting it are two different things. One thing IS for sure though is that railroad books tend to be very niche market items, and just like limited interest magazine, they are priced accordingly. I can get about four years of Hot Rod which has a big circulation for what a year of Trains costs me. After these books go out of print and if they are especially good, the prices go upward. Look to see what an old copy Of Sulzer's Ghost Railroads of Indiana goes for. Copies of...
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Re: Railroad Books are Going Up in Value. What’s up with this?

Rich Melvin ·
I would never pay that kind of money for a railroad book. Not even a Nickel Plate book!
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Re: Railroad Books are Going Up in Value. What’s up with this?

New Haven Joe ·
My experience is that you can't give even excellent railroad books away. The guys like me who really enjoy books already have large libraries. Many of us older folks are trying to sell off our collections. The younger folks prefer to get all of their railroad information from the internet. I have tried to sell excellent books that cost $50 to $80 new for $10 at train shows without takers. NH Joe
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Re: Railroad Books are Going Up in Value. What’s up with this?

Hudson J1e ·
Well, I have never seen $50-$60 Morning Sun Books for $10. Believe me I would have bought a bunch of them. The best I ever did was get two of them (NYC) for $20 each on eBay plus shipping which wasn't a whole lot. I also paid almost double ($70) for "Rails up the Raritan" (the story of the Raritan River RR) but I had to. It's the only book on that railroad and it was long out of print. I kept hearing rumors of a 2nd printing but after a few years I gave up waiting. Unfortunately, the 2nd...
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Re: Railroad Books are Going Up in Value. What’s up with this?

Farmer_Bill ·
Not just prototypes. Check the current prices for John Allen Gorre&Daphetid, or Lionel Display Layouts books.
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Re: Railroad Books are Going Up in Value. What’s up with this?

Big Jim ·
This is the same as what you see on places like Ebay. Do a search for a certain train car and you will find a whole range of prices. Doing a search for a certain book, you can come up a number of book sellers all with a range of prices from very reasonable to stratospheric. Use different sources such as Amazon , Abebooks or Alibris and you can more often than not find what you are looking for at a price you can afford. Book condition will be a factor in price as will how rare the book might...
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Re: Railroad Books are Going Up in Value. What’s up with this?

NJCJOE ·
Some railroad books become very popular and the prices soar, others you can't give away. Here are a few of the more expensive books. The Shay Locomotive: Titan of the Timber: This book is typically for sale any where from $250. to $800. The Trail of the Blue Comet: This one usually runs between $100. and $200. The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Railroad Lighting: There were two volumes of this book, one on lanterns and one on lamps.The typically run over $100. a piece.
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Re: Railroad Books are Going Up in Value. What’s up with this?

suzukovich ·
Gary, maybe the just saw you coming.. On the serious side. I think it depends on where your looking.
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Re: Railroad Books are Going Up in Value. What’s up with this?

DohertyNJ ·
I have the Trail of the Blue Comet. The book is worth every penny.
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Re: Railroad Books are Going Up in Value. What’s up with this?

DennyM ·
The books cost as much as some engines. I'll stick with the engines.
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Re: Railroad Books are Going Up in Value. What’s up with this?

prrhorseshoecurve ·
I have some rr books that I too can't give away. yeah good luck with the $175.00 value on those!
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Re: Railroad Books are Going Up in Value. What’s up with this?

mark s ·
I buy books in which I have interest, when announced. RR books are short print runs (5-10,000?) and once they are gone, they might be hard to obtain in the future. The $174 for a DT&I book is Amazon hype. Amazon's first price is reasonable, the next quotes are from LaLa Land.
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Re: Railroad Books are Going Up in Value. What’s up with this?

Jim Berger ·
whoever prices a morning sun book at$174 is in la-la-land.....i have about 40 and never paid more than $30 for most of them. just got one of the new conrail and N.S. heritage units books on ebay for $25 each/free shipping... also the ac&y book when it came out...$51 shipped
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Re: Railroad Books are Going Up in Value. What’s up with this?

Norm Charbonneau ·
Try your local library using I.L.L. or MelCAT (for participating MI libraries). Here's a link showing that 4 libraries in MI have this title: http://search.mel.org/iii/enco...suite=gold#locations
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Re: Railroad Books are Going Up in Value. What’s up with this?

S1000RRracer ·
It's not just railroad books. Almost any out of print book on Amazon gets a crazy price tag.
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Re: Railroad Books are Going Up in Value. What’s up with this?

hibar ·
The Michael Koch Shay book was in the 250+ range several decades back as I recall.
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Re: Railroad Books are Going Up in Value. What’s up with this?

Dominic Mazoch ·
Can I say "Bubble"?
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Re: Railroad Books are Going Up in Value. What’s up with this?

trainroomgary ·
http://morningsunbooks.com/collections/the-midwest I am not going to pay the big bucks, I did go to my Public Library, the Branch Manager is also a model railroader, HO Scale. He did find a digital copy but not a hard copy, searching all Michigan's Public Libraries. He is going to search all the Univeristy Libraries and get back to me. Questions 1. - Where could I take this Digital /ebook to get printed? 2. - Has anyone done this and what company did you use? Thanks for everyones ...
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Re: Railroad Books are Going Up in Value. What’s up with this?

Roo ·
I just bought six books. Four Morning Sun (Steel Railroads) at $60 each plus freight and Aust dollar exchange won't tell you the final cost you would be horrified. Also bought South Buffalo Railroad (great story some good photos) really interesting, liked that book, and The Railroad Switching Terminal at Maybrook New York that wasn't what I thought it was but interesting for me learn a bit more about American railroads. I won't buy Digital books I hate them rather have the book in my hands...
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Re: Railroad Books are Going Up in Value. What’s up with this?

MNCW ·
There are a few excellent books which are actually worth a higher price, at least to some of us. A friend on the Forum (Bob/CNJ 3676) recommended Pemperton and Hightstown: A Chronicle of Railroading through the Farm Belt of New Jersey by John Brinkmann. I never even heard of it until he recommended it. I paid $150 for an autographed edition. I wouldn't trade it for $2000. It is now my favorite railroad book (out of many that I have) which led me to write an article for the PRRT&HS. Also,...
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Re: Railroad Books are Going Up in Value. What’s up with this?

CVP ·
South Buffalo Book is great ! I purchased it the year it came out for my Father in Law who worked on the SB since 1956. He loved it ! Sad news is he is getting Alzheimer's. But he reminisces of his days work on the Erie too where he started at 17 as a fireman. HAppy Fathers to all you Dads out there.
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Re: Railroad Books are Going Up in Value. What’s up with this?

Mallard4468 ·
Prices for items online are often determined automatically by computer algorithms, and sometimes they become outrageous. A couple of weeks ago, I was looking at a book which normally sells for +/- $20. Next day, I went back and the price had jumped to almost $2000. Next day, it was back to $20. I also had an item on Amazon go up $1.50 while it was in my cart. Don't put too much stock in these fluctuations, and don't overpay. All hail our computer overlords!
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Hudson J1e ·
I got one other story. As I mentioned before my LHS takes in estate sales and consignments so I never know what they are going to have. One time I went there and had a book by David Doyle called Lionel Train Sets 1945-1969. I was interested in this because I have what I believe are two or three sets from this era. The book was in very good condition and the price was $29.95. So I took it up to the register and the owner said that the book was a consignment sale. She said she had to look up...
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Re: Railroad Books are Going Up in Value. What’s up with this?

Hudson J1e ·
To be honest I don't know if I would pay more than a $100 for any railroad book but if it was that rare and a really good book and I really, really wanted it I might.
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Re: Railroad Books are Going Up in Value. What’s up with this?

mark s ·
seems I paid $125 for "Waycars of the CB&Q" and like $135 for "Steam Locomotives of the Great Northern Ry". Worth every penny in both cases. Beat going to the gambling boat and blowing it !!
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Re: Railroad Books are Going Up in Value. What’s up with this?

Rusty Traque ·
Wow. I paid the princely sum of $9.95 for "Waycars" when it first came out. Got my "Steam Locomotives of the Burlington Route" as a Christmas present from my parents a loooooooooong time ago. I remember paying $50.00 for the reprint of "Iron Horses of the Santa Fe Trail" when it came out. Coulda bought an AHM HO Big Boy instead... Glad I didn't. It seems we've entered the age where many poo-poo books because of their cost and the hallowed internet. Well, The books I own have enhanced the...
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CNJ 3676 ·
It's funny how several people mentioned the South Buffalo book. Purely by coincidence, I just purchased a copy at my local train store today. The book is every bit as good as indicated in the posts above. Bob
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laming ·
Book prices are all over the place. I purchase what I want, and typically at "fair enuf" prices. Some of my books have supposedly increased in value, some have supposedly decreased. I don't really care. I didn't purchase them for an "investment". I get a LOT of mileage from a good book. Decades worth. Neat thing about books, is they can be read/enjoyed, then go to the shelf for ?? years, only to be retrieved at a much later date and enjoyed all over again. Plus, they are fantastic for...
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Re: Railroad Books are Going Up in Value. What’s up with this?

mwb ·
Last book I bought was the recent one on Vinegar and Pickles in the Midwest -- tons of good information regarding that industry and how that related to the specialized RR cars that were used. Pricing - had not noticed increases actually - small runs and limited audiences tends to put these books at a bit of a premium. These are information resources generally -- then again, look at what a large hardback fiction book retails at..... Might want to peruse Ron's for RR books - usually has a...
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Re: Railroad Books are Going Up in Value. What’s up with this?

jim pastorius ·
When our house burned I lost most of my books which broke my heart. Not many RR books but were military history oriented. Over the years I have built up a large collection of RR books including ones on the PRR, B&LE, EBT, the Colorado narrow gauges, the logging and mining trains plus others. I look at train shows and antique shops mostly. Can't afford most new ones. I have bought a bunch of books put out by Wayne Cole that cover a lot of the old small local RRs of western Pa. and eastern...
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Number 90 ·
I would just like to recommend this book to any Forumite who has any interest in the inside stories of railroad locomotive ownership, design, or construction. Vernon Smith worked for an Iron Range railroad as a Fireman, and later was a Sales Engineer for Fanklin (poppet valve gear for steam locomotives), worked in the Santa Fe Mechanical Department (including riding on the first trip of an Alco PA-1 passenger diesel), and was the head of the Mechanical Department of the Belt Railway of...
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PennsyPride94 ·
One of my favorite books regarding railroads is: Set Up Running: The Life of a Pennsylvania Railroad Engineman, 1904-1949. It is written by John Orr who was the son of a PRR engineman Oscar Orr and chronicles his father's journeys across the PRR system operating various locomotives and detailing movements. It gives a really insightful look at how much work had to be put in to become successful as Oscar was as an employee of the PRR. In fact he mentions a fantastic story how his father had to...
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GREENRAIL ·
To me it is incumbent upon the individual to search out best possible prices through several sources. I haven't paid full retail price for any books I have purchased in several years. Check the various online auction sites. Check several retailer sites and also go to a local train show, usually there is someone there selling books at very reasonable prices. Unless a book is very old and especially desirable, take your time and do some research. Happy searching.!
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p51 ·
You cannot use Amazon or Ebay as your basis for values of books. In either case, you'll have some sellers 'fishing' with a crazy value to see if someone who didn't do their homework bites. And it pays off enough to keep that going. I am seeing values dropping sharply in RR books. There's a Milwaukee Road book that until a couple of years ago would sell for way over $100, but I've been routinely seeing them for a fraction of that price in the past year or so. I got mine for $30 not long ago.
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Dominic Mazoch ·
PENN CENTRAL POWER? Guess people like worms!
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Re: Railroad Books are Going Up in Value. What’s up with this?

dkdkrd ·
Ditto that. One local measure... Evening of the Diesel , a tome on final GTW steam power...has been declining steadily for a couple/few years now. And, most recently an estate horde of this book in brand new condition (final stock purchase from long ago, apparently) has been released to the market, driving the book value even lower. As mentioned above, books on Colorado railroads, once in short supply and steep secondary market prices, have been steadily in price decline. The DT&I...
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CNJ 3676 ·
A note to the original poster: If you want the DT&I book, try The Model Railroad Shop in Piscataway, NJ at 732-968-5696. The store is one of Morning Sun's principal dealers and often still has titles which have sold at the publisher. I have met with success on a number of occasions in this manner. Even if Morning Sun has sold out, The Model Railroad still doesn't attempt to charge a premium like some others might. They mail order regularly so shipping the book to you won't be a problem...
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Sean007 ·
For years I wanted a hardcover copy of Speedway to Sunshine : The Story of the Florida East Coast Railway by Seth H. Bramson, but most copies were over $100. Last year I found a newer edition on Amazon for $20 including shipping. I guess it paid to wait. Sean
 
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