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There’s a bunch I’ve got to catch up on here, but I’ll start out with two of my favorites:

my first Bassett-Lowke item!! bought at a “flash train meet” about two weeks ago.

NE Gondola. Has a marking that I believes indicates it was made in Northampton?

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This one just in the mail this week- Bing American Marketd Penna. Coal & Coke Hopper.  Sides say “The Bing Miniature Railway System” and bottom says “GBN Bavaria”. Further, the wheels and couplers on this seem to be authentic/legitimate.

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obviously not geographically accurate, I use the milch-wagen as a transition between tab-slot and Bing type couplers.60C34954-BCB3-419C-97CF-839F856E54FC

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More to come!

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Arcade streamlined "Pullman Railplane" cast iron toy, marked for the Century of Progress Expo of 1934.  These came in both short (5") and long (8" as seen here) versions in various colors. Pleased to find one with most of its paint and lettering remaining! Other streamliners seen in the photos are a silver Tootsietoy streamliner, and a Wells/Brimtoy "Golden Streak"

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As I said before- more to come!

to go with my Bassett Lowke North Eastern Railway Gondola, a Bing North Eastern Railway freight car- albeit four wheels and much smaller. Just came in the mail today:

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Won this at a local auction- missing handles and bulb covers but otherwise in good shape and working well- American Flyer 12b. Always looking for Postwar transformers like this, Lionel type V, Z or KW to power accessories.

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The Gondola and Hopper I posted above. Flea market buy in a parts bin- Lionel Standard Gauge #77 crossing. Not sure what I’m going to turn it into yet. In the back: Prewar Lionel  #815 Sunoco Tankerin decent shape and a somewhat beat up 901 Lake shore gondola A1D4C722-FD6D-46F5-9832-E9D8AC57D493

I know I posted this above, but forgot to point out the semaphore in the background- I believe it’s a Prewar American Flyer? C7C0C2B4-3231-4F57-B283-26B4805A17B9862A92FA-03D6-405E-AC4B-9120964498C5

And then there’s this guy, which may be my most intriguing- I was going to post it in my “help with Bing cast iron shell” thread:

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Simply marked Germany. Electric motor(obviously not working). The shells of the loco and tender as well as the remaining wheels on the loco are in nice shape. The thing is- it’s just a hair too small for o gauge and definitely doesn’t fit on s-gauge. I know Bub had a misguided S-gauge endeavor- but the wheelbase wouldn’t align with that. I also know that some German manufacturers in the Prewar days manufactured a smaller o gauge. @Arne and @FRENCHTRAINS - I was gonna post this to you guys anyway, ideas? I ran into a seller at a train meet recently who had a similar one and he gave me his contact info telling me to reach out. 

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@jhz563 Beaut of  a steamer! Looks superb- great get. Early today, as I was finagling a prewar box car with a loosely attached postwar knuckle-coupler to attach it to a MTH S-2 turbine, I thought how much I really wished that I would've bought a MTH Lionel Corp engine. It's not just the sounds and features but the look of the type of engine you posted that would make it fit so much better with prewar rolling stock.Again, great pick-up.

@StevefromPA What a glorious little cutie of a locomotive .... I cant add anything concrete to the argument unfortunately , except it looks "Bub"-ish to me as well , but wondering if maybe its a shell that has been remotored ( obviously in a very early period ?) but it looks to my eye that the drive gear is bigger than the wheels fitted ? This would be rather odd I would think ? so perhaps a period motor that has been modified to fit ?

@Fatman  regarding the motor and it’s fit- I’m not sure. But I did have someone who’s been around in terms of repairs look at it and he’s seen these types of motors before.

I should’ve included more of my talk with the seller at the recent meet. He walked passed me and had a bright, lime green colored loco just like mine(of course no PRR) with the same window types. So I hailed him down. He’s also a seller who, while I don’t know him, we eventually recognized each other from other meets. Anyway, He said it won’t run on normal O gauge(1 1/4) because the track is too wide for it but that the wheels are too far apart for it to be S. Also simply said it was ” old” but was mass produced.  Apparently, he was able to assemble the track on which it worked but it was a headache to do so. I’m gonna reach out to him and hopefully come back here with some answers.

my guesses: either 1 1/8 Märklin or Bub, Or an Early German non-standard-O 25,28,30mm track gauge. This I’ve gleaned from historytoy, charles cooper’s railway track museum, section 12.4 of this resource 

https://s3.amazonaws.com/content.

Charles cooper’s railwaypages 

and this site with dialogue between the owner and Mr. Cooper.

http://www.silogic.com/trains/...ee-Rail%20Track.html

 

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I think you are definitely onto it ! ... And looking at the loco you have it does indeed share the same oversize gear to wheel fitment .. the pickup on yours looks to be fairly rudimentary tho and that might push it more into the Bub camp yet again ? with the cheaper tin motor sideplates it was surely built to a budget , yet it has really nice lithography and body stamping ... curiouser and curiouser !

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And then there’s this guy, which may be my most intriguing- I was going to post it in my “help with Bing cast iron shell” thread:

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Simply marked Germany. Electric motor(obviously not working). The shells of the loco and tender as well as the remaining wheels on the loco are in nice shape. The thing is- it’s just a hair too small for o gauge and definitely doesn’t fit on s-gauge. I know Bub had a misguided S-gauge endeavor- but the wheelbase wouldn’t align with that. I also know that some German manufacturers in the Prewar days manufactured a smaller o gauge. @Arne and @FRENCHTRAINS - I was gonna post this to you guys anyway, ideas? I ran into a seller at a train meet recently who had a similar one and he gave me his contact info telling me to reach out. 

Steve,

unmarked but not unknown.  Here a similar loco with train, marked with FANDOR.

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Arne

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@Arne so it’s not the prewar Bing 28mm which I had hoped. @Fatman - you were right regarding the motor- my loco is clearly clockwork(has the little semi circle for the key to turn to mechanism). The wheels on the motor have 6 spokes but that’s moot as the motor doesn’t go with that loco. So looks like a Fandor loco shell, unknown electric motor, and the tender’s lithography matches up with Fandor posted by Arne- the wheels on mine are quite literally “groovy”- but wheels are wheels. Just a hodge podge of Prewar Something- mainly Fandor. thank you for clearing this matter up for me, both Arne and Fatman, greatly appreciate the assistance. 

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@jhz563 Beaut of  a steamer! Looks superb- great get. Early today, as I was finagling a prewar box car with a loosely attached postwar knuckle-coupler to attach it to a MTH S-2 turbine, I thought how much I really wished that I would've bought a MTH Lionel Corp engine. It's not just the sounds and features but the look of the type of engine you posted that would make it fit so much better with prewar rolling stock.Again, great pick-up.

Hey Steve,  

I made my transition car from a 2812 gondola by swapping out one of the trucks.  

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I had an idea for you - sent you an email.  

Love that Fandor project you picked up, I have a Hornby about the same size.

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@Arne so it’s not the prewar Bing 28mm which I had hoped. @Fatman - you were right regarding the motor- my loco is clearly clockwork(has the little semi circle for the key to turn to mechanism). The wheels on the motor have 6 spokes but that’s moot as the motor doesn’t go with that loco. So looks like a Fandor loco shell, unknown electric motor, and the tender’s lithography matches up with Fandor posted by Arne- the wheels on mine are quite literally “groovy”- but wheels are wheels. Just a hodge podge of Prewar Something- mainly Fandor. thank you for clearing this matter up for me, both Arne and Fatman, greatly appreciate the assistance. 

Steve,

this is 0 gauge, but very small and cheap.

the Bing 28 mm train was sold as 0 gauge too.

Here the Bing and the Fandor train as 0 gauge.

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The Bing coaches was made in 2 sizes, but both was made as 0 gauge

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Here a example for the different in 0 gauge, the smallest and the biggest 4-wheel Bing coach.

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Arne

 

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Not sure why but I managed to pick up this early Marklin Gauge 1 airplane flat car of course without the airplane. lol.  Will have to try my hand at making the plane.  Maybe I'll make a WW I fighter instead.

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I'm not sure of the time frame for this car and I think it's the only 1 gauge Marklin I have right now....  That may be a problem lol

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I think I got a about 12 cars behind my LCT 263E before I got nervous. I don’t want to start stripping gears. And they are prone if overloaded. George S just went through that on a std loco. Scared me a little! Lol

That's about the max I would do.  Fortunately I have an mth NYC Hudson with tinplate coupler to put on the lead.  I have modified a black/brass 263e to have a front coupler for a lashup.   If I need a pusher on the end I can use a transition car and put just about any other engine on the tail.  Maybe next year I can make another front coupler model for another 260e or 263e.

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