Just plain pipe racks - a basic Electric Marx Marlines Freight Set

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  I purchased this set from its original owner back in the early 1980's.  He was a co-worker of mine and I had invited his family over to see the latest reincarnation of my broadloom Ophir and Oblivion Railroad.  Everyone was impressed and we spent a good couple of hours sitting on the living room carpet running trains.  He mentioned he had his train from when he was very young and he told me none of his kids wanted the set. He wanted to know if I would like to see it and maybe purchase it.  I went over to his place about a week later, looked over the set, and made an offer which was accepted.  As we were putting everything back in the set box he remarked the one thing that had really impressed him with respect to my living room layout was the fact that all of my engines had operating headlights.  He said when he was small that was the one thing he really wished his train had possessed.  

  I gave him a puzzled look and said, "I guess I don't understand - this train has an operating headlight."  He said, "No, it doesn't."  I pulled the engine back out of the box, turned it over and pointed to the empty light bulb socket on the inside and said, "Well, it does but it looks like you never put a light bulb in there."  He looked at me like I had just shot him.  He took the engine and turned it over to take a look.  He looked so shaken that I said, "Hey, if you want to keep the set it's ok.  I can tell you the front end of that engine coming at you in the dark is really quite a sight." He turned the engine over, sighed, and handed it back to me and said it was ok and he would really rather sell it.

  The next year I invited him over to see the broadloom layout again and I made sure to have this set running in the dark WITH A FUNCTIONING HEADLIGHT!   He was impressed and I again offered to give it back to him for what I had paid for it.  He said he'd rather the set stay with someone who really was interested in giving it a good home...I have...and it still looks great running in the dark with the headlight showing the way. 

 

 

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I had the opportunity to buy a nice original set box for my EDOBAUD loco in high voltage, so now it is in her original box with tracks, rheostat and even the little and rare box of Graphiline grease. I have always been a fan of EDOBAUD trains, they are big, size similar to standard gauge but running on O gauge give them a very specific appearance. And as i also enjoy high voltage models all is perfect, a scientific toy from around 1930 still runs great.

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Have a great tinplate weekend,   Daniel

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overlandflyer posted:

two more early freight train frame types from Marx.
the red lithographed frames were a 1937 only production run...

rdlifr comp 03 650 cc

not sure what year the 8-wh, auto-coupler, red frame cars were offered, but all 8-wh 6" Marx tin was prewar.

Marx set 15100 650 cc

cheers...gary

I think red frame 8 wheel was early 35/36 ish only maybe.   They also have the curved ends. Love the red frame cars!!

Dennis Holler If its old and broke, I like it

sncf231e posted:

I had a run with a colorful French Hornby train:

Watch the movie to find out about the mysterious girl from Bordeaux:

Regards

Fred

The only thing I'm finding mysterious about the girl from Bordeaux is that she hasn't got pneumonia walking round dressed like that! I must be getting old!

 

FRENCHTRAINS posted:

I had the opportunity to buy a nice original set box for my EDOBAUD loco in high voltage, so now it is in her original box with tracks, rheostat and even the little and rare box of Graphiline grease. I have always been a fan of EDOBAUD trains, they are big, size similar to standard gauge but running on O gauge give them a very specific appearance. And as i also enjoy high voltage models all is perfect, a scientific toy from around 1930 still runs great.

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Have a great tinplate weekend,   Daniel

Wow!!! Amazing. Have not seen an original Edobaud set like this before- very neat.

I love streamliners!

"Modern by Design - Chicago Streamlines America" is an exhibit that is currently running at the Chicago History Museum through March 1, 2020.  The exhibit was recently extended by 3 months due to a closure caused by a weather related issue at the museum. 

Here is a view of the entrance to the exhibit.

The exhibit profiles a number of items that feature streamline designs, with the Zephyr / Century of Progress being featured at the entrance to the exhibit.  The exhibit has everything from kitchen appliances, microphones, children's wagons, a real Farm-all tractor, fans, and a cream separator.  

My favorite item, is the American Flyer Zephyr.

It is a special Zephyr that was presented by American Flyer to Ralph M. Budd, President of Chicago, Burlington, & Quincy Railroad.  

I guess I am a bit biased about this one, as the above close-up of the engraving was taken on my coffee table.

NWL

 

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I love streamliners!

"Modern by Design - Chicago Streamlines America" is an exhibit that is currently running at the Chicago History Museum through March 1, 2020.  The exhibit was recently extended by 3 months due to a closure caused by a weather related issue at the museum. 

Here is a view of the entrance to the exhibit.

 

The exhibit profiles a number of items that feature streamline designs, with the Zephyr / Century of Progress being featured at the entrance to the exhibit.  The exhibit has everything from kitchen appliances, microphones, children's wagons, a real Farm-all tractor, fans, and a cream separator.  

My favorite item, is the American Flyer Zephyr.

It is a special Zephyr that was presented by American Flyer to Ralph M. Budd, President of Chicago, Burlington, & Quincy Railroad.  

I guess I am a bit biased about this one, as the above close-up of the engraving was taken on my coffee table.

NWL

 

Thanks for the reminder about this exhibit- I need to get back there to see it. I was actually in Chicago a few days before it opened, so I saw it on their website but it wasn't open yet for viewing. Glad to see they included your Zephyr in the exhibit.

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Nation Wide Lines posted:

I love streamliners!

"Modern by Design - Chicago Streamlines America" is an exhibit that is currently running at the Chicago History Museum through March 1, 2020.  The exhibit was recently extended by 3 months due to a closure caused by a weather related issue at the museum. 

Here is a view of the entrance to the exhibit.

 

The exhibit profiles a number of items that feature streamline designs, with the Zephyr / Century of Progress being featured at the entrance to the exhibit.  The exhibit has everything from kitchen appliances, microphones, children's wagons, a real Farm-all tractor, fans, and a cream separator.  

My favorite item, is the American Flyer Zephyr.

It is a special Zephyr that was presented by American Flyer to Ralph M. Budd, President of Chicago, Burlington, & Quincy Railroad.  

I guess I am a bit biased about this one, as the above close-up of the engraving was taken on my coffee table.

NWL

 

Thanks for the reminder about this exhibit- I need to get back there to see it. I was actually in Chicago a few days before it opened, so I saw it on their website but it wasn't open yet for viewing. Glad to see they included your Zephyr in the exhibit.

The museum/exhibit experienced some sort of water leak during the extreme cold spell at the end of January and the exhibit closed for 3 months, so they are extending the exhibit by 3 months to March 1, 2020.  It is an interesting exhibit.  

 

NWL

This morning I finished cleaning the roofs on my 1931 Cumberland set.  When I acquired the cars, there was newspaper stuck to the roofs of the cars.  Here are some photos from when I acquired them last year.

Here are some pictures of their current state.

Oh, and those are original die-cast side rods on the engine.  

Now I have to motivate myself to remove and clean the trim and remove the slight areas of newspaper on the sides of the cars. 

NWL

I double headed my 408e’s this weekend with DCS for the first time, as a test...and it worked great! 

Since I am powering the STG layout through my O Gauge layout, I run these shiny monsters from my IPhone or IPad via the DCS WI-FI, it is really the way to go.  I know “I will shoot my eye out”, but hey it’s really fun.

I powered the STG layout by simply running a track power wire from a lock on to my O gauge yard power distribution panel, and accessory power via a wire from my STG accessory distribution panel to my O gauge yard accessory power distribution panel. Easy peasy, two wires, and NO charge for extra equipment.

I was using a modern lighted lock on but the ladder on my 381e kept hitting it, so I switched to the unlit lower profile UTC lock on, problem solved.

 

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Nation Wide Lines posted:

This morning I finished cleaning the roofs on my 1931 Cumberland set.  When I acquired the cars, there was newspaper stuck to the roofs of the cars.  Here are some photos from when I acquired them last year.

Here are some pictures of their current state.

Oh, and those are original die-cast side rods on the engine.  

 

NWL

Gorgeous set! Original rods? Wow!

Can you describe your methodology for getting the paper off?

Prewar Tin...Any maker, any gauge, anytime!

Nation Wide Lines posted:
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My favorite item, is the American Flyer Zephyr.

It is a special Zephyr that was presented by American Flyer to Ralph M. Budd, President of Chicago, Burlington, & Quincy Railroad.  

i get a little sad when i see an exhibit like this.  hopefully someone takes this model out occasionally to run it for a few laps.  i have seen some cosmetically gorgeous models that barely budge under power after they had spent decades on display without any preventive maintenance.

Nation Wide Lines posted:

This morning I finished cleaning the roofs on my 1931 Cumberland set.  When I acquired the cars, there was newspaper stuck to the roofs of the cars.  Here are some photos from when I acquired them last year

Nation Wide, this looks like O gauge to me but I can never quite tell with flyer unless sitting next to something else of known size.  I love the club car with sliding door!

May God Bless us all.

overlandflyer posted:
Nation Wide Lines posted:
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My favorite item, is the American Flyer Zephyr.

It is a special Zephyr that was presented by American Flyer to Ralph M. Budd, President of Chicago, Burlington, & Quincy Railroad.  

i get a little sad when i see an exhibit like this.  hopefully someone takes this model out occasionally to run it for a few laps.  i have seen some cosmetically gorgeous models that barely budge under power after they had spent decades on display without any preventive maintenance.

I can tell you that as soon as it comes home, it will be on the layout.  It ran well when I delivered it for the display.

jhz563 posted:
Nation Wide Lines posted:

This morning I finished cleaning the roofs on my 1931 Cumberland set.  When I acquired the cars, there was newspaper stuck to the roofs of the cars.  Here are some photos from when I acquired them last year

Nation Wide, this looks like O gauge to me but I can never quite tell with flyer unless sitting next to something else of known size.  I love the club car with sliding door!

It is one of the larger sized O gauge cars that American Flyer made.  These cars are 11 inches long and were only surpassed in size by the late streamline cars, which were 12 inches long.  

Nation Wide Lines posted:
jhz563 posted:
Nation Wide Lines posted:

This morning I finished cleaning the roofs on my 1931 Cumberland set.  When I acquired the cars, there was newspaper stuck to the roofs of the cars.  Here are some photos from when I acquired them last year

Nation Wide, this looks like O gauge to me but I can never quite tell with flyer unless sitting next to something else of known size.  I love the club car with sliding door!

It is one of the larger sized O gauge cars that American Flyer made.  These cars are 11 inches long and were only surpassed in size by the late streamline cars, which were 12 inches long.  

They do look a bit longer than my curly-Q coupler cars, but would be a nice fit if the couplers were compatible.

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May God Bless us all.

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jhz563 posted:
Nation Wide Lines posted:

This morning I finished cleaning the roofs on my 1931 Cumberland set.  When I acquired the cars, there was newspaper stuck to the roofs of the cars.  Here are some photos from when I acquired them last year

Nation Wide, this looks like O gauge to me but I can never quite tell with flyer unless sitting next to something else of known size.  I love the club car with sliding door!

It is one of the larger sized O gauge cars that American Flyer made.  These cars are 11 inches long and were only surpassed in size by the late streamline cars, which were 12 inches long.  

They do look a bit longer than my curly-Q coupler cars, but would be a nice fit if the couplers were compatible.

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Your cars have wider and shorter bodies than the 11 inch cars.  

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