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Oh WOW !  Jim ... bucket list .. TICK!!!

What a marvellous find , you have to be ecstatic with that

I have a real mish mash of finds this week , all currently living in the Netherlands right next to the Belgian Border where I have made a new friend and he is looking for odds and sods for me to gather into a larger "Care Package" to post to me in the Southern Hemisphere

Lots of stuff still to come from Europe too as I have packages in Spain and the UK that are marooned there waiting on Plane space to Australia, which of course is uber limited due to Border Closures with Covid-19... probably 90% of mail comes into Australia on passenger flights , which of course now there are none!

So living in Holland are

A Bub Baggage wagon

Bub again

And again ...

Annnnd

As well as a "mini bucket lister " for me ... a pre-war JDN ( Distler ) 3501 locomotive and tender ... been after one for a while and this one fitted the budget ( at last ) proving good things can come to those who wait ...

En route from Krefeld, Germany...ETA 6-8 weeks, a bucket list accessory, Marklin's Leipzig Station 2037 (1919-31) in gauge 1, in all original condition. 

 

Wow! Very impressive! Now to look for a 2037 GB station platform, or better yet, two 2037 GB station platforms and a 2078 canopied station platform to create the Leipzig complex like the one shown here. Lastly, for the uber 'full' Leipzig, add a second 2037 without the platform to the back of the complex!  You may need another room... 

George

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Wow! Very impressive! Now to look for a 2037 GB station platform, or better yet, two 2037 GB station platforms and a 2078 canopied station platform to create the Leipzig complex like the one shown here. Lastly, for the uber 'full' Leipzig, add a second 2037 without the platform to the back of the complex!  You may need another room... 

George

Hi George, 

Actually a second 2037 would more accurately be placed next to the first station making the complex double wide, and the tracks would come it perpendicular to the station complex, not parallel to it, just like the real Leipzig Station. The real station was built for two different railroad companies, each one had its own complete section. Given the relative rarity of 2037 stations I doubt that I will be attempting this any time soon  The photo is a view of the Leipzig Station interior that I took during a visit two years ago.

 

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Hi George, 

Actually a second 2037 would more accurately be placed next to the first station making the complex double wide, and the tracks would come it perpendicular to the station complex, not parallel to it, just like the real Leipzig Station. The real station was built for two different railroad companies, each one had its own complete section. Given the relative rarity of 2037 stations I doubt that I will be attempting this any time soon  The photo is a view of the Leipzig Station interior that I took during a visit two years ago.

 

Hi Jim, 

I read that too. I got a little too creative there... Apparently, when the 2037 was produced, it was called a half-Leipzig. Marklin's reply was to buy two and remove the approach from one side of each.

George

Well that is some fabulous tin plate fellows...especially the Leipzig stations.  Fatman in regard to the Distler 3501 I note the "cow catcher" on the pilot vs buffers...could this one have been targeted at the US market?  Scale Rail - the CW train shown, is that Ives?  Great stream crossing as well (can't really say bridge) maybe correct term is culvert.  NWL great repair/restoration job on the 1680 its really beautiful. 

Well with all this exotic tin plate I feel a bit like a piker, but my latest acquisition is a Hafner freight.  I just received it this week and I am in the process of getting it fully ready to run.  Mechanism is fine but it needs lube and some attention, right now it is way down on pulling power.  The cars are quite good - all of the streamlined type. 

Here is the full consist - yellow/red box type car is labeled "Refrigerator" and "Overland Route".  I have another set with what appears to be about the same car but labeled "automobile car".  Engine is CW of course and the tender while full black has a stamped lettering embossed on the side that says "Hafner" .

Hafner Train 1

Here is the 1010 loco in black and silver. Know it looks white in the picture but in fact it is silver in color.  Currently sitting on the front porch of our summer residence on the "one loop" layout where all the scenery is whatever your imagination can conjure up! 

Hafner Train 2 loco & T

Here is the consist, Overland Route Refrigerator Car, Hafner Streamlined Railway Gondola (per the logo on the car center) , and plain red Caboose, but also with "Hafner" embossed on the side in raised lettering.

Hafner Train 3 consist

This box was sort of an "extra" that came with the set.  It is apparently a box for the engine as perhaps a separate sale item.  It lists the address as ...Hafner Manufacturing Co., 1010 No. Kolmer Ave. , Chicago, Ill. (note the address, I have heard that the address is one of the reasons Hafner numbered his engines 1010).  The box advertises that it contains an "Engine and Key"  ...which of course is permanently attached.  No mention of the tender, cars, and track all of which came with the set as I found it but could never have fit into this box. 

Hafner Train 4 box

Well Happy Tinplate July 4 th.to everyone

Don

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@Don McErlean

Most certainly the Distler would have been for the US market , but of course were sold domestically in Europe as well ... Most times I have seen them for sale it is in the US , with a resulting $$$ price tag LOL !

Luckily this was sourced from my new Dutch friend in Eindhoven and had a very nice 35Euro price tag!

He actually bought this loco to grade up on an unmarked version he had , made by Distler but without the trademark stamping on the roof , but decided the one he had was just very slightly better than this new one so kindly passed it on to me ...Its funny because he originally mailed me a few months ago asking if I could identify the loco for him , which I could do immediately because it was on my "Must Find" list !

The Distler company was taken over in 1936 by Ernst Voekl (nazi party member) as the Jewish Johann Distler was not allowed to own a company in Germany anymore (after the Nuremburg Laws). So 3501 loco's without the logo are 1936-38 , ones with the JDN trademark are pre-1936

I also got from him another  example of this Nazi Party "takeover" of the toy industry in the form of a Kraus Fandor freight wagon which the logo was over painted when Kraus was taken over by Karl Bub , Sadly at the time he thought some kid had just painted over it and was wondering why , when he scratched off the paint to find the Kraus Fandor logo there LOL ! Which of course led him to investigate why and he found that the stock at the time of the takeover could not be sold with a “unerwunscht” trademark ( undesirable.. in this case * "Juden"... )

The defaced original Kraus Logo... first time in the light since 1937 ...

Which goes to show you can try and re-write history , but always an echo of the truth remains ....

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Thank you @Arne ... I think I had Bub on the brain from purchasing a bit of it at the time , but you are 100% correct !

From Fabintoys website

"In 1910 Josef Kraus set up a company in Nuremberg whose trade-mark was 'Fandor'. For political reasons, he went to the USA in 1933; in 1937/38, Keim and Co. took over the company, whose manufacturing premises were destroyed during the war. "

 

Finished a couple of re-wiring projects this weekend.

The blue semaphore is completely restored, and although the blue is not quite the correct color, it is close, and yes this semaphore was originally all blue, with the exception of the ladder and semaphore blade.

This next one is all original, except for some wiring.  This is the manual semaphore, which is always orange, with a blue finial/light holder.  The hardest thing was figuring out how it fit back in the original insert.

NWL

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