Failed to mention when you first posted the above pictures...
That picture of your 999 really shows the model at its best. That angle and your lighting really make it "burly" looking and quite handsome for what was in actuality a simple toy engine! Nice engine, good job on the photo!
Thanks for the compliments Andre. I have a large collection of all gauges of American Flyer. I wasn't trying to lure you into American Flyer, by posting the Marx die cast engines I was hoping to encourage you to look to Marx to pursue your collecting goals. My advice to anyone who is a collector is to set goals and limits on what you will collect. I have representative examples of other manufactureres in my collection and I have had to walk away from many tempting examples of equipment that is not Flyer. Enjoy the hunt, and whatever you decide to collect is right for you.
For Jim O'C