My wife picked up this beautiful tinplate cookie building, the Town Library.
She even has a few more on the way. I knew married right!!
Thanks Steamer...I know...I think it's the vibrant colors.
and since that pic was taken over a year ago...I added more shelves, and all are double tracked
Yep....Looking things over for display modification. Fendermain
I got sniped hard today on some Hafner stuff on jerkbay but got away with a 1010 cream/red/grey passenger set that's in ok shape. IF whoever spent $250 on that streamliner style passenger set is on here, enjoy that piece, it's pretty minty.
box of some rough tinplate
started the transformation
I mainly got this lot for the baggage car to go with the 2600 cars I got from Dennis Holler. It's actually a 602, and is a tad shorter than the 2600s, but after seeing what nice 2615s go for, and not finding any rough ones, the 602 will work fine for me.
The other cars are four wheel cars that someone bent the sides over for a crude four wheel truck conversion.I'll use regular 1600 series frames and do my own conversions. Started on the 803. I had a spare 2620 frame, cut the hole for the dump area.
I did a little "soft" restoration this weekend.
About 4 weeks ago I bought the first version of the AF #104 station on the 'bay. It came with the heavily taped, partial remains of its box.
I thought the box was worth trying to save primarily because of the interesting label on one end (more on this in a moment).
"Fortunately" the tape holding the box together was of the heavy plastic variety so I sat down with my wife's hair drier set on high heat and played the stream of hot air over one of the tape ends. In time the adhesive softened and allowed me to pull the tape away from the box/other tape without incurring any additional damage to the box cardboard. The whole process took about 2 hours. As I removed sections of the tape, the box, which was also in sections, began to fall apart (as expected). When I was finished I had a nearly complete box (puzzle) less the fold over flaps for the top.
One long side of the box was "complete" but in several pieces. I laid the pieces down on a flat surface and carefully applied archival cloth tape to the side that would be the inner surface of the assembled box.
Reassembled puzzle side.
There were two pieces of box missing, one on the label side and one on one side of the box. I cut .040 picture mounting cardboard to match the shapes of the missing pieces and then I carefully reassembled the box, one side at a time, using more archival cloth tape. Finally, I used a combination of hot glue and archival tape to assemble the box and I added some tape to the box edge seams for additional strength.
Box Label Side with repair piece of cardboard
The overall condition of the original box, even after re-assembly is fragile so rather than trying to make replacement box top flaps I made a simple slide on box top out of more .040 mounting cardboard.
So, for my efforts, I now have a half-way reasonable original box and a very nice example of the first version of the #104 station to put in it.
As noted above, the main reason for all of the effort is the box label. The first version of the #104 was just the second version of the #96 with the addition of an outside light. An examination of the box label indicates the original label was for a #96. It would appear that when it came time to box and ship this example of #104 there were no appropriately labeled boxes ready so they just took a #104 label and slapped it on over the #96. If you look closely at the box end you can see the outline of the #96 label underneath the #104 label and you can make out a piece of illustration of the base of the #96 station peeking out from the bottom edge of the #104 label.
I finally got an 840 Power Station. I wanted on for a long time. It’s a T Reproduction without a sign. It has a few nicks, chips and scratches but looks good overall.
Ibid this week on a Monday auction without the benefit of sniping and finally got a price I was willing to pay.
Steamer - so cool !! Get it running but DO NOT repaint it. Nice weathered look as is.
Jim normally I would agree, but at sometime the engine had a repaint...over the lenses,the number boards. The paint is cracking,has runs in it, so a repaint it will get. I tore the engine down, and did some quick cleaning, and oiling, and with a little hesitation it runs like a Prewar Lionel should.
just about finished with the 803. Got the holes cut in the doner frame for the Latch couplers and brake stand, and a trip to the paint shop.
I’m not an savant restorer, but it’s amazing how bad some of these early attempts are!
Bought this passenger platform at a train show. The seller thought it was homemade, but the posts are castings. The two terminals on the end of the platform power a small light in the roof. Any guesses as to its origin?