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So far, my (3) locos need the smaller 100 and/or 500 series cars, so their coupler height will match. So what did I do? I just got this:

217 #1

...a "200" series caboose. This thing is enormous and looks to be in great condition; the only anomaly I can find (other than a little tarnish on the brass) is this:

217 #2

Question: did these come with the window "glass" or is this an add-on? (Edit: according to page 379 of the big Greenberg book, this is an actual feature, which is kinda cool.)

It came in this incorrect but neat box:

box 1 copy

So now I have (2) BIG cars (this and a #212) that I can't really use...yet.

Mark on the (cool) Oregon Coast

sunset copy

Edit: I just discovered this:

Tag

...so now we know.  

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@Strummer posted:

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That's what you guys keep saying...I don't know if I'm ready for the "big leagues" yet. I have to keep reminding myself that this is supposed to be just an "experiment" in Standard Gauge... πŸ™‚

Mark in Oregon

Mark,

One can get involved with Standard Gauge inexpensively, I did. Check out mine here:

Trains Upstairs too - Standard Gauge (warrenvillerailroad.com)

Here is a link to another post giving an example of how I restored my passenger cars:

Memorial Diner in Honor of my Brother (warrenvillerailroad.com)

Have fun!

Last edited by Lionelski

What I enjoy about standard gauge is that I don't think there is a wrong way to do it.  I have only a lone #8 locomotive and a small selection of 200 & 500 series cars that I just mix and match.  For me, standard gauge is the train I run around the Christmas tree so it only comes out for a month a year. 

I'll say that is more operating time than the rest of my trains get these days!

Keep doing what you are doing.  As long as you enjoy it there is no good or bad in my thinking.

Thanks for all the input.

Both the "10" and the "318" came to me with (1) broken coupler each: I was able to get replacements from Hennings. Because I didn't know any better, I bought the kind that have the longer shank, which, as it turns out, gives them enough vertical play to allow them to couple to the taller 200 series cars, so I'm good for the time being. 😊

Mark in Oregon

@Lionelski posted:

Mark,

One can get involved with Standard Gauge inexpensively, I did. Check out mine here:

Trains Upstairs too - Standard Gauge (warrenvillerailroad.com)

Here is a link to another post giving an example of how I restored my passenger cars:

Memorial Diner in Honor of my Brother (warrenvillerailroad.com)

Have fun!

John,

Thank you for the link to your restoration project, I have some prewar Lionel trains that have been waiting to see that article.

One more project to the list!

Ray

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