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Well hello everyone, fans of T.E.T-  after an 18+ hr drive, have arrived at east coast family residence...YEA!  Now I can go back to posting without trying to balance laptop on lap in motel rooms with rotten WiFi!!    For this Tuesday, I am posting a modest car from Marx, who since he mostly sold freight trains and in his era every freight train had a caboose, this was about the most common car in the line.  This one holds a few neat unique features however.

He is an early Marx caboose, with a red/cream lithographed frame.  These red frame cars were "almost" exclusively made in the pre-war period.  In addition, he is what most Marx fans would label a "deluxe" car as it has some extra details, mostly the rear railing and ladder.  He was made in 1937-38 and remember Marx only started making trains under his own brand in about 1935 so this is a 1st/ 2nd generation car  and I will state he shows a bit of play wear... however he is about 10 years older than me and I show wear as well...

Side view showing the red/cream lithographed frame.

Marx 556 cab side view

Open end view, no railing or ladder.  At first I thought it just might be missing but then noticed that there are no mounting slots punched in the platform, so he never had a railing on this end.

Marx 556 cab open end

The railing and ladder end.  Yes the roof has some damage but you can see that the railing and ladder were add on's and note that even though the horizontal slot is present under the platform, he never had a coupling on this end.  So here he was an non symmetrical car, one way only.

Marx 556 cab rail end view

Well Happy T.E.T everyone, hope you have a wonderful week and a marvelous Holiday.

Best Wishes



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This B&O K-1 class caboose was rebuilt in 1995 from a Train Craft  kit I bought when I was 13.  It cost a princely $ 5.25 in 1951 including NY City sales tax.  Sounds cheap today, bit that was about the equivalent of $56.12 today!   My Dad told me I wasted too money on such a foolish thing.  Just a box with some wood and a few cast soft metal parts.  At first it had tinplate dummy couplers and ran with a table top Lionel layout I had.   It looked just like the cabooses I saw on Staten Island freight trains during WW II.  Work after high school, then at college and getting my Master's degree followed.  Then, professional work, marriage, family and all, tamped down on model railroading activity.  O scale model trains I built up to my late teens were packed away. In the 1990's, some of those old models  were dug out and rebuilt. This caboose is one, after finding a prototype photo on the 'net.  With it is a Victory Models 1890's gondola built from an NMRA convention car kit of the 1970's. A fellow NMRA Division member gave the kit to me saying, 'it has too many parts for me to build!"  The camelback switcher on the left end is from a highly modifed Locomotive Workshop kit.  The second photo is of the prototype for this caboose model, finished in B&O's earlier freight car brown in 1942. Yes Dad, I still have that caboose 70 years later!  The B&O Devil's Red caboose color came shortly after WW II.




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Well hello T.E.T fans and participants.  Wife and I are making our plans for the long drive back to Texas so this is likely my last post for this week.  My posting today is a Marx Seaboard # 956 caboose, tied onto the # 4000 metal Seaboard FM diesel, this one a wind up engine.  All of these are from the very late 50's era, about 1955-1962.

First the Seaboard Air Lines caboose in honor of T.E.T

Marx Seaboard 956 caboose and FM side viewMarx Seaboard 956 caboose and FM

However, I could not resist one final look at Santa and the Christmas village as the round the tree train is about ready to go back into the "box" for storage until next Christmas.  Here is Santa waving goodby to all the folks and heading up to the North Pole.

Lionel NYC work caboose with Santa

Best wishes for the very best New Year.  May this one be both happy and healthy for all.



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Well hello again T.E.T fans, for our first Tuesday in 2022.  I thought I might post a few "tail ends" from nearly a century ago from the two leading makers of toy trains at the time, Lionel and American Flyer (Chicago Flyer).

First from 1925-26 is the Lionel # 630 observation car in dark green.  It also came in orange and red.

Lionel 630 obs rear quarter

A closer look at the rear platform railing.  No train name or fancy roof trim on this one.

Lionel 630 obs end view

The American Flyer competitor (no number on car) , but a little later, from 1928-29.

AF 1928 obs rear quarter view

The end view, with fancy roof awning trim and a train name on the railing.

AF 1928 obs end view

Best wishes, hope you have a great week



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Hi T.E.T folks, a drab and rainy night here in Texas.  I just came off a round trip to Ft. Worth that began at 0800 this morning and ended at 1800 tonight...but I don't want to miss T.E.T.  Artie, can't resist, I have the same caboose and really love it as well.  I think its one of the best that Lionel made in the postwar period.  Like you said, ladders, railings,tool boxes, and lights!

This little guy is on the opposite end of the scale.  In 1916 Flyer was looking to increase the sale of low end trains and introduced the "Hummer and Express Lines".  This goes on in various forms until the early 1930's.  This observation #513 was not officially labeled either but it resembles them in the form of construction and in the marketing niche.  Originally only offered with wind up locomotives, some of these cars did make it with electric sets as well.  This is the #513 observation car and there is a matching #515 Pullman.

Here is the "official" Tail End view.  These car bodies are really innovative.  They are lithographed on a single flat sheet then the entire car body is made by folding that sheet into shape.  So the entire car body is one sheet of metal.  This guy was made at the end of the 1920's , circa 1928 -1929.

American Flyer 513 obs car rear view

The rear quarter, note the # 513 only appears on the car in one place and its at the opposite end.

American Flyer 513 obs car rear quarter view

A side view.  These little guys were only about 5" long.

American Flyer 513 obs car side view

Well Happy T.E.T everyone, hope your week is going well



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