TheRWBYRailfan posted:

It aint much, but these are my little pieces of Postwar Paradise.

I first got into Postwar Lionel when I volunteered at a train show (needed hours for school) in San Antonio in 2016? I think. I met a guy selling postwar and I helped sell some stuff to local patrons including a Bucyrus Erie, a scout starter set and a few other things. At the end of the day I got my first Postwar from him, a 1949 6465 Tank car along with the original box. The next two PWs were eBay purchases, a 6468-1 B&O Double-Door and a 6356 NYC Stock car. My next purchase would not happen until April of 2018, when my family and I traveled to Vegas for Spring Break. I managed to visit a train store (shoutout to Westside Trains Las Vegas if ya'll are here!) and leave with a 681/2046 PRR and a 6357 Lighted SP Caboose. The train runs well and the light in the caboose shines bright as ever! My next purchase were also ebay, fall 2018; a Gray Lehigh Valley 6456 with a crack in the shell. The last one would be the grandest purchase yet, a B&M 6464. This was bought off ebay in January I think.

I've stopped collecting Lionel for a bit because the ever-so-apparent problem of space is now making an occurrence. That, and now im looking into HO Trains as well. However, with the holidays around the corner I will be prepping my O-Gauge stuff for the layout under my bed and eventually under the tree.

I also have a few PW-Celebration and PW inspired cars. I have two 6464 stand-ins (A Central of Georgia Boxcar with a box labeled Southern for some reason and the MPC #9420 B&O Sentinel boxcar), the PWC #6561 Flatcar W/ Cables, a 1990's "2460" Bucyrus-Erie Crane Car and the four Great Lakes Express Passenger 027 coaches. Every now and then I also toss in one of my #84722 N&W Hoppers as a stand-in for the coal-dumping N&W hopper.

I myself don't have a layout, nor will I for quite some time. However, when I rest my head on the living room floor and watch the little 681 whiz by it takes me to my own little paradise. One where the problems of life are non-existent and I am at the controls of one of the greatest models to have ever been made.

So true.  For me the post-war simplicity is so relaxing.  As a carpenter, I am and always was a stickler for detail and preciseness.  The simplicity of post-war Lionel trains takes me into my own little world.  Away from the stress of dealing with clients and $$$$$

Dan Padova posted:

So true.  For me the post-war simplicity is so relaxing.  As a carpenter, I am and always was a stickler for detail and preciseness.  The simplicity of post-war Lionel trains takes me into my own little world.  Away from the stress of dealing with clients and $$$$$

Personally I kinda am a stickler for both details and simplicity. I like the traditional line because it allows me to transport myself to the fantasy world of Lionelville USA but the stickler for details because one day that little bar saying "BUILT BY LIONEL/SKU NUMBER" will eventually become too bothersome for me.

The tracks ahead are rough, but I can still see a bright future for the hobby of model railroading. We've just got to show our youth that the hobby of railroading is just as fun as any video game.

                                                                                                                                                                       Around 30 years ago while I was assigned to a location just outside Philly, I encountered a 2344C NYC "B" unit at a hobby shop for a very cheap price.  Knowing that the B is more rare than the A units I picked it up with the expectation that I would eventually buy the AA to go with it.  Well, life intervenes as we all know and that never happened but I carried that B around through 8 or 9 more moves and just this October, for my birthday, my wife bought me the matching AA units.  They run like champs and pull like mad.  They are the 1950 ish vintage 2344's  with the "chicken wire" vents which just happened (circumstance) to match my B that I have been moving around the country for 30 years.  So that I my piece of Postwar Paradise today.



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Peter has his e-mail displayed in his profile, you could ask him using that form of communication, rather than derailing the thread, and going off topic. Thanks in advance.


And as the sunset faded, I spoke to the faintest first starlight.
And I said next time, Next time, We'll get it right!

Robert Butler,

I was 10 years old in 1967. I was a dedicated Lionel enthusiast by then. You had an excellent layout, by the way. 

Wow!  In 1967 we lived in student housing in a 1 bedroom apt with a combo LR, Kitchen , eating space. No rec room!!  Wonderful layout. You had 3 things I wanted but never did get: coal trestle, cattle car, and transfer table. Lucky Duck!!  Thanks for the picture. 


Tncentrr and Don, thanks for the compliments.  I paid for it with some money from various part time jobs (most of the money was earmarked for college). Among the odd jobs that helped pay for the layout was baby sitting.  As you might expect, as a guy, the only kids I got were the ones no one else would deal with. 

  When I set up the trains one of the things I did was invite my charges (and their parents) over for a train running/watching session.  Time and again the parents would come in with their kid and stare down into the rec room in shocked amazement. In spite of my charges less-than-desirable home behavior, most of the time they were well behaved and both they and their parents had a good time.  There were, of course, exceptions.

  In 1967 I remember one woman in particular whose son was an absolute ****-on-wheels with respect to lack of good behavior and this lack extended well beyond the confines of the family home.  She came over with her son and rang the doorbell. I answered and ushered them into our house and we headed for the stairs.  From the top of the steps (the vantage point of the picture) his mother caught sight of this layout, yanked her son backwards, wrapped both arms firmly around his torso so he couldn't take another step, refused to go any further than the top of the stairs and, in a very loud voice repeated over and over, "How much does it cost? How much does it cost?"  Needless to say the running session was rather brief.

OK,all these great videos have inspired me.Now my simple video.My Simple layout.My First train,Marx,a cousin's electric,and the great running steamer.Set the layout up so that we could feel and smell the trains..Simple post war layout.Still fun ..Still in progress..


42B98A03-E209-4F80-A359-EBFE58836611Haven’t posted here in awhile. Got out my work gear for my busy yard, now with fully functioning 282 crane. Mostly PW in this pic with a couple of obvious exceptions. 


 Image result for download small instagram icon@coastsideogauge :  "Attic O gauge train layout on the Central California coast."


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Do you want to hear the roar of those horizontal diesel motors from the early 1950s?

You can hear them in this short video of this Lionel Santa Fe F3 A A  hauling boxcars:

Now if I could only have you smell the heavenly scent of the ozone when playing the above video. LOL, Arnold

In my little world, I leave this troubled world behind.


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