Guys...been under the weather for the past few days confined to bed but will try to post some pictures this weekend. Loved the video's...OBTW if someone has a "technique" for posting video that they could share I would appreciate it, I can't seem to get my smart phone video's to transfer to the site.
D500 - super modeling and great way to take advantage of some cool Marx cars, I collect tanks (why I don't know) and I agree the Marx tanks were just about scale size for the day.
PALALLIN - neat accessories...I also have the manual lift bridge, have not found a way to integrate it into a layout yet. Big Rail boxed set is really cool, I have the box and the trains/transformer but little else, now I can see what is missing.
PapaEastman : Well it sure looks like the Marx Mopac Eagle express wins the race!! The first train I bought for my son in the 70's was a Marx So. Pacific 4 wheel switcher and 4 wheel cars and he loved to run the wheels off it! Still works though - those guys were made to withstand a child's playing with them.
PW53INVA - loved the layout. figure 8 inside a loop gives plenty of action and "cookie box" houses fit in with the theme perfectly. I am thinking a building a 2nd layout for a place the family spends the summer, since many of my nieces and nephews who come and go all summer have little children, I think a layout like yours would really be a hit...so with your permission I may just copy it!! Tin diesels go perfectly with the theme.
Best wishes to all and thanks for the pictures