So today at Allentown I entered a new level of collecting and purchased a Boucher. I've been looking for one for years. But today I found one that called me. It's restored but it's still a Boucher. I looked at the price tag, and got sticker shock. The price was good, but even a well priced Boucher isn't cheap. Then I was told the price was flexible. My wife walked over and I mentioned this is the train I've been talking about for a while. She asked if they come up for sale often and I said no and actually I haven't seen one in person in years. She said well it's here now and if we can afford it, you should buy it. That my friends makes me a very lucky man, amongst other things of course

 

My Boucher 2500. If your a METCA member you'll see a full write up in a future Waybill.

Thanks,

Sam

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samdjr74 posted:
So today at Allentown I entered a new level of collecting and purchased a Boucher. I've been looking for one for years. But today I found one that called me. It's restored but it's still a Boucher. I looked at the price tag, and got sticker shock. The price was good, but even a well priced Boucher isn't cheap. Then I was told the price was flexible. My wife walked over and I mentioned this is the train I've been talking about for a while. She asked if they come up for sale often and I said no and actually I haven't seen one in person in years. She said well it's here now and if we can afford it, you should buy it. That my friends makes me a very lucky man, amongst other things of course 
 
 
 
My Boucher 2500. If your a METCA member you'll see a full write up in a future Waybill.
 
Thanks,
 
Sam
 
 
Congrats, Sam -saw that one on Josh's table - nice loco and yes very rare. Enjoy!
 
Jim
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Jim Waterman



 

Jim Waterman posted:
samdjr74 posted:
So today at Allentown I entered a new level of collecting and purchased a Boucher. I've been looking for one for years. But today I found one that called me. It's restored but it's still a Boucher. I looked at the price tag, and got sticker shock. The price was good, but even a well priced Boucher isn't cheap. Then I was told the price was flexible. My wife walked over and I mentioned this is the train I've been talking about for a while. She asked if they come up for sale often and I said no and actually I haven't seen one in person in years. She said well it's here now and if we can afford it, you should buy it. That my friends makes me a very lucky man, amongst other things of course 
 
 
 
My Boucher 2500. If your a METCA member you'll see a full write up in a future Waybill.
 
Thanks,
 
Sam
 
 
Congrats, Sam -saw that one on Josh's table - nice loco and yes very rare. Enjoy!
 
Jim
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Thanks Jim, Josh had a few nice engines on his table. He always does lol. Now I just need to find some cars, might have to stop by Ed and Doug P's and see what they have

 

 

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I picked up this tin American Flyer switch tower on Saturday at the Allentown First Frost meet, just because I thought it was cool.

Lighted with manual bell, stands 9" tall. No number on it. I assume that it is large (standard) gauge and pre-war. I can't find another on ebay to learn about it, or it's value (I paid a big $14. on it, a real bargain IMHO).

Can anybody here tell me something about it?

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Lionelski posted:

I picked up this tin American Flyer switch tower on Saturday at the Allentown First Frost meet, just because I thought it was cool.

Lighted with manual bell, stands 9" tall. No number on it. I assume that it is large (standard) gauge and pre-war. I can't find another on ebay to learn about it, or it's value (I paid a big $14. on it, a real bargain IMHO).

Can anybody here tell me something about it?

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That is pre-war.  Could be used for Standard or O gauges.  It is number 214 the New Watchman's Switchtower.  I believe Flyer referred to it as "New" due to it having an electric light and the previous version #92, was unlighted.  

NWL

Lionelski posted:

NWL,

I just looked up #92 and #214, totally different. These models have a round base and a hanging bell.

Mine is still a mystery, I still can't find one like it anywhere on line. 

https://auctions.morphyauction...ies__-lot136554.aspx

Here are some AF switch towers that went for auction. One looks just like yours, and another has a round base. I believe the one with the round base is a #239.

George

George S posted:
Lionelski posted:

NWL,

I just looked up #92 and #214, totally different. These models have a round base and a hanging bell.

Mine is still a mystery, I still can't find one like it anywhere on line. 

https://auctions.morphyauction...ies__-lot136554.aspx

Here are some AF switch towers that went for auction. One looks just like yours, and another has a round base. I believe the one with the round base is a #239.

George

Actually, the early 214 New Switchtowers had round bases and looked exactly like the 92 Switchtowers, but had lights in them and punched out windows.  Lionelski's switchtower is a late variation 214, which has the square base and different mast/pole.

Flyer did not list an accessory that was numbered 239

Early 214

Greenberg's lists the following for #214

Cataloged 1934-1938

The 1934 and 1935 catalog description was different than the 1936 and later.  While all used the earlier picture, the later house was like that shown in the 1936 catalog and as part of the 2004/4004 set.

Version A - 10" high, green round base with square tapering post that has small lithographed house on top.  Lighted house, ladder from base to house, bell off base of house that has arm with weight.  

Version B - 1936-1938, rectangular base with square post and later building with interior light.

 

 

Nation Wide Lines posted:
George S posted:
Lionelski posted:

NWL,

I just looked up #92 and #214, totally different. These models have a round base and a hanging bell.

Mine is still a mystery, I still can't find one like it anywhere on line. 

https://auctions.morphyauction...ies__-lot136554.aspx

Here are some AF switch towers that went for auction. One looks just like yours, and another has a round base. I believe the one with the round base is a #239.

George

Actually, the early 214 New Switchtowers had round bases and looked exactly like the 92 Switchtowers, but had lights in them and punched out windows.  Lionelski's switchtower is a late variation 214, which has the square base and different mast/pole.

Flyer did not list an accessory that was numbered 239

Early 214

Greenberg's lists the following for #214

Cataloged 1934-1938

The 1934 and 1935 catalog description was different than the 1936 and later.  While all used the earlier picture, the later house was like that shown in the 1936 catalog and as part of the 2004/4004 set.

Version A - 10" high, green round base with square tapering post that has small lithographed house on top.  Lighted house, ladder from base to house, bell off base of house that has arm with weight.  

Version B - 1936-1938, rectangular base with square post and later building with interior light.

 

 

Mine looks like Version B BUT it has a square red base, not a rectangular green base. Version C ???

Lionelski posted:

I picked up this tin American Flyer switch tower on Saturday at the Allentown First Frost meet, just because I thought it was cool.

Lighted with manual bell, stands 9" tall. No number on it. I assume that it is large (standard) gauge and pre-war. I can't find another on ebay to learn about it, or it's value (I paid a big $14. on it, a real bargain IMHO).

Can anybody here tell me something about it?

IMG_5749

I like it

I’ve been building a set of Dorfan O Gauge freight, but I didn’t have an engine to pull them . I bought this. The ad says it runs. It may be restored. It came with a bunch of cars that I had, but my Indian Refinery tank car was not as nice as this one. It was great l, but this is near perfect. I also didn’t have the green PA reefer. I still need a yellow NYC reefer.

57045CDB-05FB-4CA0-8BFA-9AA1CB478EEB462846ED-A205-4D42-BD48-F5C7C2C6959559F47650-BB87-4097-8FDE-724223111CEE6E7CC67D-B59F-4362-83DB-88D0F1D4FD80

George

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that's quite the problem you have there George, stuck with all those extra Dorfan cars.....last one I picked up was the UP car. And the last NYC refer I remember seeing was scratched up pretty bad and the asking was too high for the condition. Been keeping an eye out for the tanker too. Dear Santa......

PTDC0005

Dave

 

 

 

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as soon as I typed that I kept wondering about that yellow NYC car. So downstairs I went...and sure enough....

Dorfan [2)

pretty nice shape but the roof has a decent amount of scratches, and it didn't have couplers, so I added a pair of Lionel Latch couplers. Just shows how little time I had down there this summer.

Dave

 

 

 

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Steamer posted:

as soon as I typed that I kept wondering about that yellow NYC car. So downstairs I went...and sure enough....

Dorfan [2)

pretty nice shape but the roof has a decent amount of scratches, and it didn't have couplers, so I added a pair of Lionel Latch couplers. Just shows how little time I had down there this summer.

Nice! It’s good to be busy Dave! Your green one looks great! Mine has a little litho flaking and some paint loss on the roof. There was a yellow one on eBay with automatic couplers? I didn’t even know those existed. One needed a spring. It was over $100, so I passed. I’m sure one will come along...

I have three tank cars. I think I’ll keep the extra cars which I normally don’t do. One of the tank cars is a little rough, but still nice. I could let that one go. It sat on my wife’s garage sale table, and no one noticed it.

George

ECC5ADAC-B326-4F73-895E-27B8C164B23AAfter a rather rapid transit across the ditch this little Overpainted M1 loco turned up today. It’s had some tinkering done to it in the past as it runs strong but  at half the pace of my other M1 locos. On inspection the governor weight looks to be bigger then on my other locos.

Aim to live a simple and quiet  life! 

 

Theres no gauge like O gauge! 

 

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