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@bmoran4 posted:

A friend saved some trains for me from the scrap heap and left them in my driveway (COVID). I totally forgot about them and you can guess what happened this morning when I backed out...

It was a very decent 1935 1700E set and I'm just sick that this is what happened to it.

As a side note, I stepped on an HO brass trolley shell in high school and got it back into semi-decent shape, so there IS hope.   Want me to take a crack at repairing it? 

Mitch 

Forgetting about things only gets worse as we get older. I once rode my new, one week old, Schwinn mountain bike to my sons wood shop to stop in and say hi. When I got there I leaned it up against the front of his F-250 pickup because the kick stand wouldn't hold the bike up on the gravel. While there, he asked me to deliver his trailer load of sawdust, which his pickup was hooked to, so that he could get home earlier that night. Well, after putting the tarp on the load, I hopped in and took off. I totally forgot the bike was there and couldn't see it over the high hood. What a horrible sound that was. I thought his transmission blew or something. When I got out of the truck I saw what happened, well what I called myself, I can't print here. The bike was totally destroyed. The funny part was when my son came out to see what happened, he told me I was grounded for a week, because that's what I did to him when he was little and I backed over his bike that he left laying in the driveway years ago. He couldn't stop laughing.

Hey, we ALL have done stupid or thoughtless stuff. These things happen! I believe he did not mean for this to happen. Also, it is a good rule to check around the vehicle parked in a driveway before getting in. WORSE tragic situation: a live steamer friend and pilot failed to walk around his private plane and pull the pins in the several control flaps before takeoff. Crashed and burned near the end of the runway since he could get no lift! He and his passenger perished! He was an accomplished veteran pilot who failed to complete a proper pre-flight check that resulted in two needless and horrible deaths!

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Once I saw my pilot friend operate his TWO Aster live steam locos double-headed at top speed on an elevated layout at the Diamondhead live steamer's meet in 1997. YIKES! He also mentioned he had sustained a large dent in one of his props on his aircraft after his flight in, but was not overly concerned. The general concensus was that he apparently was the kind of fellow that took chances.

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