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Today I have finished a long-term projekt.

5 years ago, I had made a Table train like Bing as circus train. All tinplate.

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But a suitable locomotive was still missing.

I have built it now.

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etched panthographs

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Märklin elektric motor

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And finished.

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With Bing table train loco

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With the 0 gauge template.

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Arne

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@Arne must have triggered off my collecting gland again with his marvelous "re-scaling" of his electric outline locomotives above

So much so when I saw a bargain Marklin RS920 locomotive it had to come live with me

Catalogued from 1936 Clockwork with braking and reversing .

Apologies for the photo orientation , this is from the seller



1936 catalogue entry ....

I got these - my first Marx accessories - from Trainz for what seemed to be a good price.

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The searchlight tower is I'm pretty sure unused.  Not a scratch. Everything works. The bell crossing is delightful, but I need to get an outside rail connector from Robert Grossman or elsewhere. Going by the box diagram I presume it's a spring switch that allows the weight of passing wheels to close the circuit that provides track power to intermittently ring the bell(?).

John

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@pd - neat cars, thanks for posting.  Here is another AF 1120 in a different color scheme.

AF 1120 observation car side view

Best Wishes

Don

Thanks, Don. I have three of the red 1120s, all marked "Seattle", but had not seen the blue/green version before. Still trying to get my grandfather's 1096 that heads the set running...seems to do okay on DC, but just sits and clatters on AC.

PD

In the collection of stuff I got from Trainz was a set of apparently brand new all metal Marx switches in their box. One switches quickly back and forth. The other one moves haltingly and doesn't complete its travel. I don't want to over work it and risk burning out the solenoid. UPDATE: I sprayed some contact cleaner and some oil and gave time for the contact cleaner to dry. Maybe that was exactly opposite of what I should have done but the switch works perfectly so I'm happy.

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That's wonderful stuff. A lot of fun. Congratulations on the acquisition.

Thanks John ... It's not always about "serious" stuff to me , I like to look at things thru the eyes of a young kid and often measure "worth" in terms of smiles per mile hence my collection often has items like this shuttle set or other tin track type items.

A lot of Big Value trains were bought by a father to play with and the poor kid often didnt get a look in LOL !

Sometimes we all get too serious, and thats when the ridiculous becomes fun again !

Here's just some of the weird and wonderful I have

@Fatman posted:

Thanks John ... It's not always about "serious" stuff to me , I like to look at things thru the eyes of a young kid and often measure "worth" in terms of smiles per mile hence my collection often has items like this shuttle set or other tin track type items.
A lot of Big Value trains were bought by a father to play with and the poor kid often didnt get a look in LOL !
Sometimes we all get too serious, and thats when the ridiculous becomes fun again !
Here's just some of the weird and wonderful I have

Your toys are indeed "weird and wonderful," @Fatman! They are the domain of children and those with your rare gift of being able to "look at things thru the eyes of a young kid." These and others I've seen in the forum revived a lost memory of toys I had in the 60s. One was a brightly-colored tinplate police car. The memory movie is brittle with age, but that police car (or others I had) were either the kind you pulled back on and then released, or the kind that you pushed forward several times before releasing. They made a wonderful whirring sound.

Growing up and "Adulting " is hard ... and I dont recommend it at all !

As a young'un I didnt have a lot of toys ( I have made up for it 1000 times over lol ) but I did have a memory of two Matchbox cars that were my world for many years , and naturally as you grow up, move, make different friends etc such little treasures get left behind, victims of the parade of life ...

A few years ago I made up my mind to find them , it wasn't hard , they are not rare or anything but the sheer joy of just holding them again , while it did not bring up specific memories they did impart a degree of nostalgia that surprised me

Grabbed them as mint examples in the box still ...

The purple beach buggy .. and the hovercraft .. an incongruous pair but since when did that ever affect a kid

Know exactly what you mean Fatman!!!! 

My two favorite "Matchbox" cars back in the 1950's was a cream MG TD sportscar, and the red Coca-Cola delivery truck. Lost both of them to time!!!

You have inspired me to go a-hunting for replacements, as I also have extremely fond memories of both of them, cause my parents couldn't afford many toys for us seven kids.

Peter.....Buco Australia.

@Fatman and @Buco - great stories about your childhood Matchbox cars.  Most of mine have disappeared too.  However, I still have my Hot Wheels cars and track - they've followed me everywhere since the late 1960s.  (Don't know if they had Hot Wheels Down Under - similar in size to Matchbox, less detail, but FAST and ran on their own track.)  The car that came with my first set would be worth a lot of money if it wasn't very nicked up, but of course I'd never sell it.  Kind of funny, as my first set was the bottom-of-the-line entry level item.

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OK Fatman, Buco, and Mallard I want to join the fray.  Recently, while doing what our Scandanavian friends call "Death Cleaning" I re-discoverd 2 Matchbox toys from my childhood.  They still have their original "matchbox" like box and are in great shape (I was an only child and rather careful with my toys ). So here is Matchbox #2 and #7 likely from the early 50's

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Best wishes

Don

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You were soooo right Fatman on the price of my two missing Matchbox cars!!!

Out of curiosity I went on "the Bay" yesterday and did a search.....that has shattered my dreams well and truly!

Can't afford either of them....some guy in America wants almost $900.00 just for the Coca-Cola truck and its box!!!

Cheaper to stay with my tinplate O gauge Buco trains.

Peter....Buco Australia.

@Buco  you might want to put in an offer on @Don McErlean 's lovely couple of early ones in the box .. they are beauties Don!

I am a little confused Peter on the RED coca cola one you reference ... I am NOT a matchbox collector but most/all of the early Moko-Lesney ones I have seen are the yellow truck with the Coke billboard on top in red .. they go for $30-$200 ???

Your MG you can pick up for the same range ( add a repro box ?? )

You are right again Fatman......my fading memory had me thinking the Coke truck was red, when in fact it was yellow, as the "Bay" search revealed!!

The truck I saw listed was:

Matchbox Regular Wheels No 37B Karrier Bantom Coca Cola Truck ULTRA RARE SPW

Au $999.95 + AU $13.45 postage.

Matchbox Regular Wheels No 37B Karrier Bantom Coca Cola Truck ULTRA RARE SPW

AU $999.95
+ AU $13.45 postage
Also, I wouldn't imagine trying to pry those two memories away from Don, especially considering the great condition they are still in, after so long.
Peter.....Buco Australia
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A Marx Sparkler protected by Barclay WW I infantrymen and a modern era Lionel by MTH reproduction Ammunition train topped by an original Lionel 153 engine circa 1927 with its passenger consist on my all tinplate all the time 3x4 layout.IMG_1389

I looked for one of those prewar Lionel single-track bridges at York (actually the only item on my "buy" list), but did not find one. Did come home with something, of course, but will have to keep an eye on buy/sell forum and eBay for that tinplate-appropriate bridge.

@Buco That ebay guy is dreaming lol

Near Mint with box I can find one for $180 on the Bay here in Aus... another @ $155

A very nice one with just a few chips in unimportant areas is like Buy it now for $30 add a $14 repro box and you are pretty golden for under $50 !

BTW you haz email ... make sure the missus doesnt hide it from you LOLOL

I looked for one of those prewar Lionel single-track bridges at York (actually the only item on my "buy" list), but did not find one. Did come home with something, of course, but will have to keep an eye on buy/sell forum and eBay for that tinplate-appropriate bridge.

Allan, I was lucky enough to pick that one up on the bay a few years back from a vendor who lived in Southeast Pa.  It was and still is in superb condition.

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Allan, I was lucky enough to pick that one up on the bay a few years back from a vendor who lived in Southeast Pa.  It was and still is in superb condition.

I'll just keep looking online and at local shows. I'm confident one will turn up in due time. Was just kind of surprised to not find one at York since just about anything and everything can be found there.

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