A train for Joey - Your help is requested

Good Evening all, 

 

I am writing this post, the first in what I hope is many about a great opportunity that I have been given and that I hope you all can help me with. About three weeks ago I was approached by a local family at church about helping to fix an old train set. This is not unusual for me, and so I started to gather information. As I got the background story I became inspired to do more than just fix a train set, I hope that I can instill a lifelong hobby in a young boy named Joey. Joey is a foster child who has been placed long term with a great set of parents who are also working to raise three other foster children. If that was not enough, all four children have learning disabilities including Joey.

 

Joey is a great 11 year kid, who has a really deep love of trains. So how does American Flyer play into all of this? The foster father was given a set of American Flyer trains when he was younger. The set includes a 370 GP-7 and 282 C&NW steam locomotive. At some point, an attempt to make the trains run again and give Joey a small layout in his bedroom resulted in some mis-wiring, missing parts, etc. I have tackled the project and am currently in the process of overhauling both locomotives. I also will be donating some of my extra Flyer track to the project (98% of what I own is modern Lionel). We are also working with the family to build Joey a 4x4 or 4x6 layout for his bed room.

 

This forum in the past has really stepped up to the plate with the trains for kids program and other adventures. I would like to ask for your help in helping me give Joey a great American Flyer layout without putting a financial burden on his family. What I am looking for is a few small equipment and layout supply donations. Very simple operator quality items such as a pair of switches, some extra link coupler rolling stock, crossing flasher, Plasticville buildings, 90 degree cross over, crane (Joey specifically asked if I could find him a crane), etc. Things to make a very basic layout with some play value. If you would be willing to help out, please reply here or email me directly at DerekThomas1 at Gmail dot com I will continue to post updates, and any ideas that you wish to contribute to the project would be greatly appreciated. 

 

Thanks in advance.

Derek Thomas

 

 

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Derek, I have some Plasticville that I can give to you. I have to dig it out from my "storage" (stacks of boxes) but I'll see what I've got. I may even have a Lionel crane, no magnet just a hook but I'll look for it too.

 

Jerry

Jerry,

 

Please let me know what you find! It sounds like you have some items that would really help out the layout.

 

Thanks,

Derek

 

 

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