Many of you know my home  and travel layouts are 5 rail track. Was shocked to find a bunch of 36" straights already assembled on E-Bay. 29 pieces already assembled. Made from old KMT track, a bit of tarnish, but all are good plus some extra rails and few O ties. Price with shipping was amazing.

Steve

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Steve "Papa" Eastman posted:

Many of you know my home  and travel layouts are 5 rail track. Was shocked to find a bunch of 36" straights already assembled on E-Bay. 29 pieces already assembled. Made from old KMT track, a bit of tarnish, but all are good plus some extra rails and few O ties. Price with shipping was amazing.

Steve

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Nice find steve!!

A set of refurbishable 314X-series Flyer coaches:

Initially I was thinking a strip/repaint was in order for the 3141 and 3142...now I'm thinking a bit of clean-up and polish and they'll be back to being presentable.

PD

We rode to the TCA Convention in Rhode Island on the Acela Express, and crossed through the Hell Gate Bridge twice, a first time for me, I was thrilled and had to own one. 

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31B941CF-9409-4CB3-890D-260F87AF2FD2EB57A014-892D-4F56-BF37-DEDCD47E5265imageimageGot these cool little Fleischmann tank cars in the mail today.  They look great with traditional Marx, even the a piece of wire is needed to “couple” them together.

Appearantly made on different sides of the wall!

 

 

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jhz563 posted:

Got these cool little Fleischmann tank cars in the mail today.  They look great with traditional Marx, even the a piece of wire is needed to “couple” them together.

Appearantly made on different sides of the wall!

I think that's the same side of the wall during different periods, when they were named differently. I would think "US Zone" would be very close to the end of the war, and "Western Germany" would be later. Western Germany was formed in 1949 with the unification of the US, UK and French zones.

George

I believe US zone was used from the end of the war til the unification. I have had KBN pieces

from prewar, MADE IN GERMANY, then postwar MADE IN US ZONE GERMANY, and MADE IN

WESTERN GERMANY.

George S posted:
jhz563 posted:

Got these cool little Fleischmann tank cars in the mail today.  They look great with traditional Marx, even the a piece of wire is needed to “couple” them together.

Appearantly made on different sides of the wall!

I think that's the same side of the wall during different periods, when they were named differently. I would think "US Zone" would be very close to the end of the war, and "Western Germany" would be later. Western Germany was formed in 1949 with the unification of the US, UK and French zones.

George

I guess that makes more sense, Eastern Germany would have been the other side.

jhz563 posted:
George S posted:
jhz563 posted:

Got these cool little Fleischmann tank cars in the mail today.  They look great with traditional Marx, even the a piece of wire is needed to “couple” them together.

Appearantly made on different sides of the wall!

I think that's the same side of the wall during different periods, when they were named differently. I would think "US Zone" would be very close to the end of the war, and "Western Germany" would be later. Western Germany was formed in 1949 with the unification of the US, UK and French zones.

George

I guess that makes more sense, Eastern Germany would have been the other side.

Yep, but pretty cool to have both stampings. I enjoy being able to explain the origin of these old trains when I show them.

George

Got another MTH 814 reefer to either keep as is or repaint.  $17.50 plus shipping...  I can't hardly s-l1600C7BEU9EX

believe that.  That's three MTH 814 or 2814 reefers I've been able to pickup for pretty cheap...  I've got a set of Goetz decals thanks to Stan (thanks George for setting that up!) just need to get it moved up the to do list. 

 

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Got another MTH 814 reefer to either keep as is or repaint.  $17.50 plus shipping...  I can't hardly s-l1600C7BEU9EX

believe that.  That's three MTH 814 or 2814 reefers I've been able to pickup for pretty cheap...  I've got a set of Goetz decals thanks to Stan (thanks George for setting that up!) just need to get it moved up the to do list. 

 

That's a great deal! You are making me feel bad for how much I spent on mine. You might not even need to repaint the roof on that one and certainly not the frame!

Actually, I think I had a roof like that and just painted right over it. If it's the satin finish, it's just as good as primer. Just wash it first.

George

Cleaned these up and repainted the roofs. There was really no paint left on them.

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Notice the journals and the gold frame on the observation car. The middle car is actually brown. 

George

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I found a 6 or 7" tin plate car pattern on Little Glitter Houses site. Likely mentioned already. I have a mini brake (bender) about 2ft long too, so it's just a matter of time now

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Great looking cars George and Love the bridge Steve.  Great stuff every where.

I have the contents of an un-cataloged prewar set with a Black 259E, 1685/1687 on there way on the Post.  I've seen the set and set box before but now can't find the reference I saw before on line   I also know there are a couple of variations of the Red cars with shade of the Reds changing over the prewar years.  I think these are the earlier version but would be happy to know for sure.

 

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ok, you guys are going to laugh me off the forum on this one...  I won all this crap from a single auction for ONE dollar ($1).  Learn from me you don't always want to put a minimal bid on something  just to watch it! I'm going to laugh my butt off if any of those engine's/motor's run... Anybody want a gang car or a Kusan Alco?   Bout the only thing I think I want to keep is the 253 shell...  Lots of bashing opportunities! 

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Ahhh the good ole dollar box lot! Geez Dennis look at all the good opportunities just laying there...and no not interested.

"I'd buy that for a dollar" if it was "Running,..man"

...or dead

To the faster runner: Heads up Beardog, The Kusan is likely DC, if she runs.(Great Gramps was a Kusan man) I think those became RMT molds fyi.

I may want the blue flat. I'll have to look later. I like to run red, white, then blue on occasion, I think I'm short a blue car for OCD compliance. What I've been meaning to ask you about are car wheels; you always seem to have a billion on a stick for cleaning, fast angle w/axles, and old straight axle both. I can cut straight axles, wheels are what would do it. I keep robbing them from cars for my bashes.

yeah, could be 2 rail, but I have  seen  both ways. Just like burlington because I grew up

with it in my backyard, literally. Just figured I could use the gang car to repower  something. 

Ok guys, I'll report back when the junk shows up and then we can see if anything runs etc.  I won't ask much for any of it i'd just be interested in recouping my shipping money which wasn't much. When it comes time i can post it in the for sale and put a comment here so you don't miss it if you want any of it.

beardog posted:

I am actually jealous Dennis

I bid like three days before the auction ended. Shipping was $30 which the seller may have trouble with lol.

Dennis Holler posted:

I used to have the Kusan satalite train but sold it like a dumb $&@! Wiuld love to run into a cheap atomic train!

You're Killin me here..... call me "Red Forman" today

Dennis Holler posted:
beardog posted:

save the alco and gang car for me if you can

JohN

yes sir,  will do that!

Thanks, Dennis

John

I recently completed replacing my outer loop of standard gauge track with dual gauge track from Gargraves. The turns are all 72"radius. It runs very well and I'm so glad I did it. Bending the track that comes in 37.5 inch sections was not at all hard. We cut the radius and track width out of a 4x8 OSB board, then squeesed the track between the 2 OSB sections with clamps. Just tightening up the clamps did all the work. We learned that if we released the clamps right after bending the track wanted to spring back a little but after leaving it under pressure with the 3 clamps for a couple weeks it took a set. We stapled the ties to half inch homosote cut to the 72 inch radius after we spread glue on the homosote. a few screws between the ties hold the homosote to the train table. Here are a few pictures:train 015train 016train 017train 018

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beardog posted:
Dennis Holler posted:
beardog posted:

save the alco and gang car for me if you can

JohN

yes sir,  will do that!

Thanks, Dennis

John

interested if the alco is 2 rail, 3 rail, or dummy

 

BudE. posted:

I recently completed replacing my outer loop of standard gauge track with dual gauge track from Gargraves. The turns are all 72"radius. It runs very well and I'm so glad I did it. Bending the track that comes in 37.5 inch sections was not at all hard. We cut the radius and track width out of a 4x8 OSB board, then squeesed the track between the 2 OSB sections with clamps. Just tightening up the clamps did all the work. We learned that if we released the clamps right after bending the track wanted to spring back a little but after leaving it under pressure with the 3 clamps for a couple weeks it took a set. We stapled the ties to half inch homosote cut to the 72 inch radius after we spread glue on the homosote. a few screws between the ties hold the homosote to the train table. Here are a few pictures:train 015train 016train 017train 018

Very cool!  I love it!

Adriatic posted:

"I'd buy that for a dollar" if it was "Running,..man"

...or dead

To the faster runner: Heads up Beardog, The Kusan is likely DC, if she runs.(Great Gramps was a Kusan man) I think those became RMT molds fyi.

I may want the blue flat. I'll have to look later. I like to run red, white, then blue on occasion, I think I'm short a blue car for OCD compliance. What I've been meaning to ask you about are car wheels; you always seem to have a billion on a stick for cleaning, fast angle w/axles, and old straight axle both. I can cut straight axles, wheels are what would do it. I keep robbing them from cars for my bashes.

Kusan  Alco molds went to K-Line. Chassis mounts are the same. Used to have a bunch of Kushan before I banned plastic from the garage. I converted most of the Kusan Alco’s by swapping out the chassis with one from a K-Line. The only mod needed was to remove the front coupler. Screws mount in the existing 4 holes.

Steve

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Hi Joe, Gargraves told me about 6 weeks ago that they would make dual gauge track out of any gauges and either tin or stainless. My sections were 10.70 each and were straight 37.5 inches. Very stiff. Not flex track. I specified O gauge and standard gauge but he said he could make it using S scale for a friend I have with Amer Flyer.I hope this helps but if not my email is in my profile.

 

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