I recently found a very nice early Ives 190 tank car (standard gauge). Lots of hand assembly work went into these, note all the railings, ladders and hand grabs, the suspended air tank underneath and the intricate ratchet brake wheel.  A few photos on the layout, and also together with two 190 examples owned by Hollis Cotton. The video shows the three cars together on Hollis's standard gauge layout. Enjoy.

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Steve "Papa" Eastman posted:

Picked up a few Flyer 580 street lamps.

Steve

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I use round bulbs in some of mine.  I think you will like they way they look on  your layout.

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Just picked this up - Hendrichs 'Gold Standard GG1'. Met a guy at the Oaks meet.

Unfortunately, this one is G gauge. But not for long. Needs to be 'Standardized'.  Condition is amazing. So is the drive! Motors are little over 3.5' in diameter.

Jim

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...Motors are little over 3.5' in diameter.

Wow, I bet the real GG-1 motors weren’t that big!!

Technically this is not tinplate, but it is certainly complementary. Picked up this Tootsietoy Union Pacific streamliner at the toy show a few weeks ago. It's now joined the display at the top of my desk.

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I bought a 80s vintage Right of Way Industries brass B&O wagon top boxcar a while back . Someone had tried to mount a late 90s sound of steam system in it but the old lionel boxcar frame did not fit and I wanted to install the modular Railsounds 4 boards in a tender anyway. So my brass ROW wagontop did not have a frame or trucks.  I have dozens of the old 70s vintage Atlas O scale freight cars and I decided to rob the frame off one. It was slightly to wide so I took a sanding block and took a couple thousands of each side till it was a snug enough fit that it would hold itself in place.  I had some foot stirrups so I drilled through the new frame into a mounting plate the original floor was screwed to and used the screw holding the stirrups on to hold the floor on also. Anyway this is how it turned out. 102_6371

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Hello,

A few days ago, I got a large train station, which the seller had completely disassembled. There were also various tabs broken off.

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First, the missing tabs were replaced. More than 20.

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After the first assembly. It lacked two small walls, on which the central roof rests. In addition, in the back wall of the central building was a large sawn-out hole.

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With the help of images from a book by Michael D. Foster (British Toy Trains Volume 3 Brimtoy), the missing parts were traced.

These were then laminated to sheet metal.

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Adjusting the wall elements. The various damaged areas are from former Hornby stickers, which were still partially present as leftovers. Under the glue, the paint had gotten rusty spots.

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And done. This is the Brimtoy S4 station, built in 1927-31. He is considered one of the largest metal railway stations ever built in the UK, with a length of 66 cm (26 1/2 inch), he is really huge.

The only missing part is a signal, which belongs to the right of the building.

The whole model was assembled at Brimtoy from existing models, the buildings on the left and right are the big signal houses with modified front printing. The middle building is a small station, which was as single available too, this corresponds in size to the Brimtoy goods shed, which is a copy of the Bing freight shed.

 

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Here in the size comparison with a station 60/61 from Bing.

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Greetings

Arne

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George S posted:

Bought some Paya replica automobiles that are a good fit for Standard gauge.

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An interesting and very colorful tin floor train, made by Elenee Toys. It has a pull-rod spring mechanism and is lettered as "The Comet". Here are a few photos of it posed with a Hafner clockwork UP streamliner. From searching for Elenee on the internet, I see that they also made another version of this in an "American Freedom Train" version in 1947. Also, check out this page on the Binns Road site showing one that someone added Lionel trucks to so that they could run it on track: http://www.binnsroad.co.uk/railways/elenee/index.html

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Elenee American Freedom Train

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a Japanese take on the same pull-rod principle

18-inch circus train

Elenee also produced military-type wood accessories like the 50 cannon,110 anti-aircraft fort and the 200 flying field set

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I bought all in a lot and appears to be as it was how many years ago. The A.F. Hudson actually tried to move and the headlight did light.

Beleive the standard gauge gon is A.F. and the tank is 1911 Ives vintage.

I know the two engines/tender and two freight cars are American Flyer,but am I correct on the standard gauge gon and tank ?

Added these two bottom pictures of the two manual switches. I’ve never noticed the center rail pin made like that. Any idea on year of the A.F. switches ?

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I was notified by this via YouTube, so it is not a video by me. David Argent once was also on this forum and some of you might know the special builds and restorations he does. Here is his latest:

Regards

Fred

Last Sunday I went to the Greenberg’s Model Train Show at the Meadowlands Exposition Center in NJ.

I went for the two days and on the first I found this Lionel Prewar 150 under a table and was able to purchase it for $20.00.
The Train needs some TLC like new paint (As it was repainted) and new wiring as there are bare wires and shows as a short. These motors are very robust and should work fine.

Price was right and will rep[lace the pickup rollers with a repro that comes in parts and will accept the original badge, new repro couplers, new repro head light, new repro bell.

Not sure of the paint scheme but since it was a repaint I will strip it and may do a Lionel scheme paint job. Frame will be blue shell will be orange with a blue roof, blue window trim, blue doors on the sides and ends with orange wheels and orange cow catcher. Shell will be re stamped with the NY Central and 150 as was the original.

I would not call this a restore project but a Fantasy Engine Project

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A unique structure for my layout, a General Electric cardboard building that was made as a store display piece. Speaking to antique lighting collector Marv Byers at the Toy Show I learned that GE had a whole series of these buildings for store display. You would put a light bulb inside and it that illuminated features like the sign through the pin holes in the cardboard. Pity these weren't available in tinplate! Also included is a shot of another one I saw (but did not buy) at the Glendale Toy Show. I found mine like new (still flat) on Ebay. 

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Just my little clockwork Marx Seaboard diesel and some minty Hafner buildings from the 1200 accessory set. 

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John Smatlak posted:

A unique structure for my layout, a General Electric cardboard building that was made as a store display piece. Speaking to antique lighting collector Marv Byers at the Toy Show I learned that GE had a whole series of these buildings for store display. You would put a light bulb inside and it that illuminated features like the sign through the pin holes in the cardboard. Pity these weren't available in tinplate! Also included is a shot of another one I saw (but did not buy) at the Glendale Toy Show. I found mine like new (still flat) on Ebay. 

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John, 

I noticed this in a video of your layout last week and had to look it up. Thanks for sharing the details. The pinhole effect is cool. The graphics look like tin lithograph. It fits in nicely. I saw the other building in a Google image search too. I hadn’t really heard of GE Mazda, so it was interesting nostalgia research. I agree it would be nice to have in tin.

Here’s another version, and I think I found at least one other version of the house.

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George

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My first candle-powered accessory! A Bing signal box (switch tower) with candle holder inside for lighting (and smoke). Really like the colors and litho on this one. I've hunted for it in the Bing catalog book but can't quite find one that's an exact match, although there were clearly a number of variations.

Alongside is my Hafner UP clockwork streamliner. I cleaned/oiled it and ran it for the first time in many years. It easily makes two circuits around my O gauge loop. I also tried to get the headlight working (battery powered), but so far no luck. I cleaned all the contacts and the bulb checks out fine, but no light when it's all put together. A video of the streamliner zipping by the tower is included below. Enjoy.

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Hello John,

your signal box has the GBN diamond sign, this was made before 1919.  Here pictures from the 1912 UK catalog.

This is similar to yours, but with signal

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This is yours, the catalog picture shows a other roof but was made with the same roof like the model with signal.

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Arne

 

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Arne posted:

Hello John,

your signal box has the GBN diamond sign, this was made before 1919.  Here pictures from the 1912 UK catalog.

This is similar to yours, but with signal

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This is yours, the catalog picture shows a other roof but was made with the same roof like the model with signal.

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Arne

 

Arne- many thanks, and excellent point about the change in logo. Looking through the Bing catalog reprint book it was also interesting to note that the candle illumination lasted until at least 1928- noting this similar structure in the catalog of that year.

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Darstaed illuminated E2 extended engine shed from the UK.

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Not easy to find since the double ones have been sold out for years. I was looking at vintage Hornby, but for price, condition, and extra features, I went with the Darstaed.

George

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that is beautiful George! Shame you can see all the interior detail all the time. Almost would want to do a clear side on it.

Steamer posted:

that is beautiful George! Shame you can see all the interior detail all the time. Almost would want to do a clear side on it.

Actually, this one does have clear windows as opposed to the Hornby. The Hornby has no interior detail and does not have real windows. I didn't get a great picture due to some reflection, but you can definitely look through the windows on the Darstaed to see the neat graphics inside. When I get it on the layout and get it lit up, I'll get some more pictures of that.

If I ever want to hide the interior detail from the outside, it would be relatively easy to add a tinted film to the inside.

George

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USTTC Caboose and fun little car from Michael’s.

 

A strange visitor has arrived....

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I guess you could say I made this; I upgraded the lighting on my JAD Lines Hiawatha, thanks to lighting products from Evan Designs and royztrains.com. This was a fun project and it really improves the overall appearance of an already beautiful train. 

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sorta not yet. Found a Postwar Tie Ejector chassis at one of our local antique shops. It was marked 10% off, so at $12 I got it. Really didn't know why other than the price. Was thinking of making some kind of MOW Doodlybug or something.....

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I have a junk box refuge 1682 body.....

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Fits rather well

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Steamer posted:

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Wreck-de-tie-fighter?.... I mean wrecktifier?... I mean rectifier?  

Or does being a "boxer" make it a wrecktifighter?

Or is the coopla a diesels radiator?

Hmm... What was it that there wheel arrangement would B called again? 🤔

                  😬

Steamer, can the cabin cars shell be clearanced and coop lifted opened to allow filling of a homade bin? (does the mech work?) Even a good styrene copy seems possible looking at a good one. 

It was missing the pickup collector, but I fabbed one from the parts bin...and the fjector mech works like a charm.

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If I get what you mean, make a bin to use it as a tie ejector? I have a bin off a work caboose I could use.....still not sure where I'll end up with this.

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New to me British tinplate. Trying to test it but don’t have wide enough curves on the test track. She runs on the straights.

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