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Found this Atlas O Gluek's Beer car on the bay a few months ago. These are among the most scarce of Atlas O woodside reefers. Been a very long time since I've seen one. There is a red and a blue version, which I had, but (foolishly) sold the blue one about 12 or something years ago. Been looking ever since to replace it, and did a double take when I saw this MOB one show up. My red version now finally has company!

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Well I found something unusual on e-bay.  Marx (modern) lithographed bill boards.  These are lithographed tinplate and have a built in "stand" so that they stand upright in use.  The date on the bottom of each bill board says 1994 so this is most certainly the "new" Marx company.  However they used the old Marx slogan " ... have you all of them?"  As far as representing a period, these clearly were supposed to represent the pre-war depression days, note on the "Winger" bill board, the NRA symbol.   Now I face the choice (comments appreciated) do I open this sealed container to take the bill boards out or not???

Don

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I found this at a garage sale today. Dept 56 "LOADING THE SLEIGH". Cheap and actually all there, excellent IMG_20210828_190404_1and works. Looked it up on the net and prices range from $400 on amazon to $65 on epay. A lot more than I paid. May have to look for a place on the christmas layout. I have to put it away for now, Miss Kitty is terribly interested.

Best, John

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I found this at a garage sale today. Dept 56 "LOADING THE SLEIGH". Cheap and actually all there, excellent and works. Looked it up on the net and prices range from $400 on amazon to $65 on epay. A lot more than I paid. May have to look for a place on the christmas layout. I have to put it away for now, Miss Kitty is terribly interested.

Best, John

Great find. I was focused on the hand car until I realized someone else was watching too!

Beardog49 THANK YOU for the input on my bill boards...the background and history are what make this hobby great fun to me.   Its fascinating to think that the advertisements may have been grounded in real life.  Thanks again.  Also, I really liked the Dept 56 "Unloading the Sleigh" but I think your cat liked it more !!  I watched a second time and tracked his head movements and he followed the hand car both directions.  That was neat!

FECrailroading...really neat cars, they are very detailed and realistic.  Who made them?

Best wishes

Don

I went to the Kutztown show yesterday with my wife and another couple. It was overcast, but no rain for the time we were there. I picked up 2 Waver 2 bay rib side hoppers, and 2 K Line die cast 2 bay rib side hoppers. I put my loads in the Weaver cars, and the loads in the K Line are plastic inserts with real coal. I'm not sure if coal this large was shipped, but I guess it's possible. It looks more like unprocessed mine run. I will be replacing these with custom loads that scale to chestnut size. There was an Atlas die cast Lehigh Valley 2 bay rib side, that was a little more then I wanted to spend, so I passed on it. 
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The past week I got bit by the MTH Railking Army flat cars, so I got a 4 pack of the Half-track from Mario's Trains, a single car each of the 6x6 and the 105mm Howitzer from Stockyard Express. Currently waiting to find the DUKW 353 but thank goodness York is in sight.

Also got a MTH PCC streetcar modeled for Cleveland, MTH Western Maryland fishbelly hopper, and a Lionel T&P boxcar.

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I found this at a garage sale today. Dept 56 "LOADING THE SLEIGH". Cheap and actually all there, excellent IMG_20210828_190404_1and works. Looked it up on the net and prices range from $400 on amazon to $65 on epay. A lot more than I paid. May have to look for a place on the christmas layout. I have to put it away for now, Miss Kitty is terribly interested.

Best, John

Really neat John.     Pretty interesting look in the eyes of Miss Kitty. 

Gives me an idea 🤔😉

Saw this on the For-Sale forum and took a shot.  It brings back memories, I used to see this train occasionally when I was at 69th Street and at Norristown.  It took a little TLC to get it running again, but the price was right.  I treated it to a supercap battery replacement and an LED headlight.  I may consider LED lighting, but it's more work for this particular set as you have to string them on both sides.

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Now that is a unique acquisition John. I spent the last part of my transit career at the former Red Arrow location. The old timers referred to them as “The Boozer Cruiser “. It was brought out to 3 track about a half hour before the scheduled departure. I’m not sure of how the bartending was arranged. Legend has it that the regulars rode to Norristown and got off at their stop on the return trip. Also, the regulars came to know when to automatically pick up their drink to prevent spilling.
The track gang blamed the weight of this train for damaging the rails. Please post photos of it operating.

I used to ride a Metra /former CNW  commuter train out of Chicago everyday after work. It had one of or perhaps the only bar car on any chicago commuter train. The bartender was an old black guy who had started as a porter many years before.  I believe they were keeping the car until he retired, then there would  be no more bar cars.

I took Amtrak to NYC from Paoli, PA for several years in the 80's, usually once or twice a week.  Coming home, we spent some time in the club car.   I don't even know if they have that anymore.  Amtrak eliminated the direct train from Paoli to NYC Penn Station and started going to Phila 30th street station and then up to NYC.  That added almost an hour to the trip and made it not worthwhile.  I switched to driving to Trenton and taking NJT to Newark and PATH to the WTC.  Even that took more time that I liked, and service stopped sometimes before I was ready to leave.  I ended up driving into NYC, it was quicker and I could work to my own schedule.

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