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I inherited two McCoy steam locos from my Grandfather’s collection, the Chief Cle Elum 4-6-0 and the Little Chief 0-4-0. I apologize, I have no intentions to market these parts, but to simply show the processes I’ve used to obtain some otherwise unobtainable parts. Five iterations of the steam chest and two iterations of the pony frame on the 3D printer to get the form and fit right. I found a very sympathetic machinist near where I work who made the parts from my final CAD files. Considered a large step forward in my eventual full restoration journey for these two badly damaged and repainted engines.

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I inherited two McCoy steam locos from my Grandfather’s collection, the Chief Cle Elum 4-6-0 and the Little Chief 0-4-0. I apologize, I have no intentions to market these parts, but to simply show the processes I’ve used to obtain some otherwise unobtainable parts. Five iterations of the steam chest and two iterations of the pony frame on the 3D printer to get the form and fit right. I found a very sympathetic machinist near where I work who made the parts from my final CAD files. Considered a large step forward in my eventual full restoration journey for these two badly damaged and repainted engines.

I have a Cle Elum on my project list. Henning’s makes a repro saddle for the steam cylinders and the 6 driver wheel sets. Cylinders I already had, just need a front truck now, and the time to get it done.

Steve

Not today- but most recently: My first original American Flyer Wide Gauge electric engine and freight cars! Bought from Dave C. in Wisconsin.

NOW I am truly running with the BIG DOGS- AF Wide Gauge!

My hubby Tom and I, with our two doggies took a 6 day road trip to Wisconsin the beginning of this month (October 2020) to meet with and see NWL and Dave C. and their wonderful train collections and layouts. This set came home with me.

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Carey...layout looks really good.  I like the  way you have integrated various manufacturers. the structures really look good and the "glass" train shed is really cool.  I was interested in what I think is a background along the wall, those backgrounds do not look like flat printed sheets but some of the older Lionel / Flyer backgrounds that they used with some of their sets, is that correct?

Anyway, really looking good.

Don

Not today- but most recently: My first original American Flyer Wide Gauge electric engine and freight cars! Bought from Dave C. in Wisconsin.

NOW I am truly running with the BIG DOGS- AF Wide Gauge!

My hubby Tom and I, with our two doggies took a 6 day road trip to Wisconsin the beginning of this month (October 2020) to meet with and see NWL and Dave C. and their wonderful train collections and layouts. This set came home with me.

Looking great! You are one lucky couple to meet those two and see their collections. Of course, you are building quite a display and collection in your own right with all your layouts.

George

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@jhz563 posted:

After about a 2 or 3 year search,  I finally found one of my unicorns in a truly last chance manner.   In the mth warehouse auction, I won the red 713 baggage car to complete my 710 series of cars from mth.  It even came with the box, which as a factory sample is different from the rest of the boxes the other cars were packaged in. Here it is in all it's shiny glory.

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FABULOUS!!!

My Hornby Metropolitan set circa 1928. After rewiring it now lights and runs perfectly. Note that the cars have external on/off light switches as does the engine. I still need to replace the yellow window plastic that was severely deformed. The set was a welcome addition to my Hornby collection.IMG_7497.jpg Hornby Metropolitan 1928IMG_7498IMG_7500

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Reefer Madness - Tinplate Style

  Shortly after Christmas of last year I was looking over my run of Marx FGEX reefers and it occurred to me it would be fun to put together a picture of nothing but tinplate reefers.  Since I wanted to have as many as possible and since I didn't have everything I wanted for a picture I contacted a couple of friends and got permission to borrow some of their rolling stock for a day.  I ran around, gathered up the cars, set up the display, did the photography, and returned all of the cars on the same day.  I figured I would do the final image processing sometime after the New Year and send everyone a shot...and then we all know what happened. 

   This weekend, one of the contributors called and wanted to know if I had ever sent that picture ...and I had to admit I had completely forgotten about it.  Anyway - I took the time on Sunday to make things right and I thought everyone might like to see a different take on "Reefer Madness".

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Reefer Madness - Tinplate Style

  Shortly after Christmas of last year I was looking over my run of Marx FGEX reefers and it occurred to me it would be fun to put together a picture of nothing but tinplate reefers.  Since I wanted to have as many as possible and since I didn't have everything I wanted for a picture I contacted a couple of friends and got permission to borrow some of their rolling stock for a day.  I ran around, gathered up the cars, set up the display, did the photography, and returned all of the cars on the same day.  I figured I would do the final image processing sometime after the New Year and send everyone a shot...and then we all know what happened.

   This weekend, one of the contributors called and wanted to know if I had ever sent that picture ...and I had to admit I had completely forgotten about it.  Anyway - I took the time on Sunday to make things right and I thought everyone might like to see a different take on "Reefer Madness".

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I would have forgot to return some of those cars in the second row.

George

Yesterday, I set up my iPad on my "petite" Halloween layout, to see about using it for a ala' 1933 "Park-In Theater"- showing old vintage Halloween movies via YouTube. Hubby Tom and I will come up creating and then building a deco style frame and base for it. Set on a block of wood in this pic for the mock-up. Pulled five of my 1/24 1930-1941 automobiles from the Upstairs Standard Gauge Layout to set up with it.

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Carey...layout looks really good.  I like the  way you have integrated various manufacturers. the structures really look good and the "glass" train shed is really cool.  I was interested in what I think is a background along the wall, those backgrounds do not look like flat printed sheets but some of the older Lionel / Flyer backgrounds that they used with some of their sets, is that correct?

Anyway, really looking good.

Don

The background pieces are most of the pieces in the American Flyer Diorama set from 1953. When I bought it many years ago, I never knew it was incomplete. The few missing pieces, hoping to have someone that has this complete to scan them in and make copies for me.

Today I am back at it on the work trade items for Don Kelly. My part is to design and fill three 512 Gondolas for his Christmas Train. The green gondola seen here is the one as yet unpainted one I had him send me for working with in real size.

#1 filled with vintage ornaments and greenery.

#2 a Santa, train, and xmas tree scene upon a bank of 'snow'

3# a Christmas Day performance of the Ice Capades, starring 'Sonya Henie', complete with Petty pin-up program artwork

#2 and #3 are mostly done, but still works in-progress.

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Today I am back at it on the work trade items for Don Kelly. My part is to design and fill three 512 Gondolas for his Christmas Train. The green gondola seen here is the one as yet unpainted one I had him send me for working with in real size.

#1 filled with vintage ornaments and greenery.

#2 a Santa, train, and xmas tree scene upon a bank of 'snow'

3# a Christmas Day performance of the Ice Capades, starring 'Sonya Henie', complete with Petty pin-up program artwork

#2 and #3 are mostly done, but still works in-progress.

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Wow Carey!!! Great Job. LOVE THEM!

Joe Gozzo

Another paper building project, the yardmaster's office from the April, 1954, issue of Toy Trains magazine:

Still a few flaws on my part, but I'm learning as I go. Hal Carstens penned this for the magazine 66 years ago, and it's a nice little building. It could easily serve a number of uses, even as a small station. A lot of fun for a few pennies.

PD

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I finally finished this project.

Here is the American Flyer 3008 boxcar that I started with

Lithograph peeling and poorly repainted.

It was converted into a Milk Car thanks to some paint and vinyl decals.

NWL

That’s nice! I really like it. It’s a shame that happened to a 3008. Painting it destroys any hope of recognizing the original litho. Your rendition is a good compromise.

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I was able to save this one because it was only missing the door and brake wheel. the roof had latex house paint droplets on it that I was able to remove with gentle application of Goof Off. The door is a photo of the other side glued to a piece of tin.

George

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@Carey TeaRose @Nation Wide Lines @Lionel2056 @chug @jhz563 @Arne and to everyone on this page- this is one of the best pages of finds andbeautiful Displays of tin I’ve seen on this forum in recent memory! Absolutely fantastic!



i have my own items to contribute, but I’m focused on the one I just bought, unexpectedly. Lumber/stake car with Bing auto couplers and Bub looking “trucks”(can’t think of the word)- held together by 3 chains and with buffers. Modified car?

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Will post rest of recent finds once I get home but this one is really bugging me! In the mean time- keep the good stuff coming!

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i have my own items to contribute, but I’m focused on the one I just bought, unexpectedly. Lumber/stake car with Bing auto couplers and Bub looking “trucks”(can’t think of the word)- held together by 3 chains and with buffers. Modified car?

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Will post rest of recent finds once I get home but this one is really bugging me! In the mean time- keep the good stuff coming!

Steve sorry, wrong and wrong. The couplers are silver, Bing had similar but in black. Truck are different to Bub.

The car was made by the Manufacturer Doll in the late 30s, buffers and couplers are orginal, but was a passenger car, the chains and the wood are homemade.



Greetings

Arne

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Steve sorry, wrong and wrong. The couplers are silver, Bing had similar but in black. Truck are different to Bub.

The car was made by the Manufacturer Doll in the late 30s, buffers and couplers are orginal, but was a passenger car, the chains and the wood are homemade.



Greetings

Arne

Arne, i appreciate you once again shooting my improper conjectures out of the sky ha. But thank you for the accurate info- you are such a great source of knowledge. I figured it was likely modified based on the slots for tabs on the bottom. I thought the trucks were Bub because the rest just didn’t fit with my other two guesses(Fandor or Distler). I see what you mean regarding the couplers- they also ”hang” lower.I’m happy to know that the frame, couplers and buffers are original- this train is my first Doll et Cie ! I have some decent prewar Bodies that could use a decent frame and fit on this car so that’s probably what I’ll do. Thanks again!

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Doll et Cie was eventually taken over by Fleischman but their Production was nowhere near the same quality.

I was aware of that. Bing and Doll were both great companies that had Jewish owners and thus targets of the Nazi regime that ruined them in one way or another. Doll sold sold to Fleischman(also had Jewish owner)who took over in 1938–1939 and managed to produce some Doll cars prior to switching to war production, even using the Doll logo. The Doll logo use by Fleischmann is almost similar to some Bub cars having the a Bub and Bing logo, except Stefan Bing had this practice stopped per court order(thanks Arne!) in 1933(although some cars produced in 1933 by Bub with both logos were still sold in 1934). That said, Stefan Bing was in the UK at this time so presumably a court in the UK made that decision. Per TCA western, With Doll sale was made with good faith thay after the war Fleischmann would return the company to its rightful owner, which it apparently offered to do and that offer was declined. While I don’t have any Prewar Fleischmann o gauge, I do have 2 Postwar cars: Aral tank car and  the “High side car” that has the Fleischmann name and “made in Us Zone” on it. The quality of those Postwar tin cars by Fleischmann is definitely not on par with anything Prewar German- it almost feels flimsy and has very “goofy” couplers.

Just catching up on this thread after a couple of months. Great stuff as usual!!

Robert, love the tinplate reefer madness!

Carey, the ipad drive-in is a great idea. Can't wait to see the art deco version. A video of the trains running past a movie playing at night? That would be cool! And the gondola panoramas. You are a real artist and are giving me ideas!!

PD, very nice bungalow and yardmaster's office!

And NWL, great reefer.

I agree with Steve- this is a particularly great page of projects and finds. Long live tinplate!!

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