Scott - Thanks for sharing!  I have that 710 set and have been keeping an eye out for a 256 to go with it. This however is the first time I've actually seen video of them running together and I can't get over how tall the 256 is! 

If I build something with tunnels I am going to have to keep that in mind

May God Bless us all.

Greetings folks.  I've been absent for a while because of preparations for today.  This is the first day of my retirement.  In preparation we have bought a house further north - in Duluth Mn to be near family.  And we have our house here on the market.  One of the requirements for the new house was a basement that could house the collection. We found one that is even better than I could have imagined.  I have been blessed with a wife who understands and supports my passion for this hobby.  She will have her own dedicated sewing room and from the deck we will have glimpses of Lake Superior.

When I finish posting this I begin the task of packing up the Northwoods Flyer Collection and dismantling the Blueboard Central Division of American Flyer Trains. So I thought I would post some archival photos in honor of how I have enjoyed the World's Greatest Hobby.

I have been reading the thread every week and will continue to do so.  I will post some archival photos as I have time, and once we have possession of the house I can start posting progress on the new train room. 

The adventure begins!

Northwoods Flyer

Greg

                                                             

014CAF55-6496-4657-B521-D5A10CF72734 I have a fair amount of pre-war template in my collection, however I know very little about Dorfan trains. I picked up three Dorfan items at an estate sale for virtually no money. They are (2) 5402 passenger cars and a 99 -100 clockwork locomotive.  Obviously, the passenger cars do not go with the clockwork locomotive.

 Maybe one of the Dorfan experts viewing this forum could give me a little background on what I have. Incidentally, the clockwork locomotive works however there is no on off switch. It appears there may be a gravity switch and when you hold it upside down to wind it won’t run but the minute you turn it to the proper position the wheels takeoff like jackrabbits. I’m guessing the operator held the drive wheels by his fingers as he put the locomotive on the track.

Everyone have a great holiday weekend,

Jim

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Congratulations on your retirement, Greg! I've missed seeing your posts and photos on this thread! Having Lake Superior in your backyard sounds very appealing. May packing your collection and your belongings go smooth without a hitch. It will be nice to see your new train room when you get settled in!

Rusty

And as the sunset faded, I spoke to the faintest first starlight.
And I said next time, Next time, We'll get it right!

Summertime means that my tinplate layout is sleeping while we're at the beach cottage. Along about now I really miss the trains and begin to look forward to re-awakening everything in October. In the spring I commissioned another Marklin reproduction station from my friend Emil in Hungary. Emil tells me that there are no known original surviving intact examples of this elevated station. He has built a few examples based upon catalog illustrations and the measurements taken from a remnant that was discovered at a Paris flea market in the mid 1970s. The Jerni Collection has an example, said to be the only known original, that is now in the New York Historical Museum. The first photo shows the "torso" - remnant of the Paris station, and the second shows my reproduction station in progress before final painting and decoration. I hope to take delivery on the completed station soon.

remnants001

"People do not 'graduate' from tinplate." - Louis Hertz, 1938

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Greg J. Turinetti posted:

Greetings folks.  I've been absent for a while because of preparations for today.  This is the first day of my retirement.  In preparation we have bought a house further north - in Duluth Mn to be near family.  And we have our house here on the market. 

 

 

Congratulations on your retirement, the new house, and your hobby-supportive wife!

"People do not 'graduate' from tinplate." - Louis Hertz, 1938

O Gauge Jim posted:

014CAF55-6496-4657-B521-D5A10CF72734 I have a fair amount of pre-war template in my collection, however I know very little about Dorfan trains. I picked up three Dorfan items at an estate sale for virtually no money. They are (2) 5402 passenger cars and a 99 -100 clockwork locomotive.  Obviously, the passenger cars do not go with the clockwork locomotive.

 Maybe one of the Dorfan experts viewing this forum could give me a little background on what I have. Incidentally, the clockwork locomotive works however there is no on off switch. It appears there may be a gravity switch and when you hold it upside down to wind it won’t run but the minute you turn it to the proper position the wheels takeoff like jackrabbits. I’m guessing the operator held the drive wheels by his fingers as he put the locomotive on the track.

Everyone have a great holiday weekend,

Jim

the 5402s are meant to go with the cast iron 55 locos. This is a 110 set with a few extras thrown in. Original would have been loco, tender, two 5402 passenger coaches. 

110 set w repaired 55 loco

The 99-100 had its own coaches in the same litho and color. 

99-100 dorfan

Jim O'C

Upstate NY/So VT

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Picked up this Distler electric passenger set this week.

7-car pass set

Lo and behold it has a repurposed Marx electric motor in it. Most if not all of the electrics I have come across for Distler were battery-driven can motors

7-car pass set won underside

The side rods were removed and the holes in the driver wheels were filed down to clear the chassis. The engine is also weighted and pretty hefty which explains why so many coaches were in this set (6). 

pass coaches from 7 car set

Jim O'C

Upstate NY/So VT

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A few news in the collection.

Bassett-Lowke "Princess Elisabeth" from 1932

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The engine had needed repair but runs very good now.

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Bing Canadian around 1910

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Karl Bub 4-4-0 before 1910 (needs front weels)

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Heinrich Fischer tunnel around 1925

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Carette tunnel around 1910

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And a bit tinkering. I have resized a lot of 0 gauge cars to 00 gauge, matching to the Bing table train. The last is a circus train.

Distler

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The animals from Bub circus train

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Bub circus train

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Marklin similar to circus oriental

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Arnold truck

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The size, with a quarter.

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Greetings

Arne

 

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This Hehr CCS 12920/79 Krokodil almost brings my searching and acquiring to an end. The coal bunker and this locomotive tested the limits of my ongoing familial support (lol). All I am missing now is a nice Mundhenke of some sort and a few Marklin 1841 coaches... oh, and somewhere for a layout and a place for a display.

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This Hehr CCS 12920/79 Krokodil almost brings my searching and acquiring to an end. The coal bunker and this locomotive tested the limits of my ongoing familial support (lol). All I am missing now is a nice Mundhenke of some sort and a few Marklin 1841 coaches... oh, and somewhere for a layout and a place for a display.

Congrats! Another epic piece for your collection. However, I think you still need to add the Marklin covered girder bridge, unless you’ve been holding out on us?

George

Greg, Congratulations on your retirement and I wish you many good time with your collection.

The week has been quite, I have just added two freight cars from the twenties to the Marklin Gauge One collection. They have some patina but are still looking good after cleaning.

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Have a nice weekend,  Daniel

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Flyer O gauge 3020 boxcab and "Columbia" passenger train set out for a spin. The 3020 boxcab is one of my favorite Flyer pieces; this is one is a very nice running loco. I have another 3020 that wobbles and bounces but this one runs really smoothly.

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Jim O'C posted:

Picked up this Distler electric passenger set this week.

7-car pass set

Lo and behold it has a repurposed Marx electric motor in it. Most if not all of the electrics I have come across for Distler were battery-driven can motors

 

The side rods were removed and the holes in the driver wheels were filed down to clear the chassis. The engine is also weighted and pretty hefty which explains why so many coaches were in this set (6). 

 

Very nice! They made some very colorful trains. I recently picked up this articulated Distler streamliner; hasn't arrived yet. When it does I'll post some pictures of it on the layout. 

Distler Autorail 43 cm long

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Jim O'C posted:
O Gauge Jim posted:

014CAF55-6496-4657-B521-D5A10CF72734 I have a fair amount of pre-war template in my collection, however I know very little about Dorfan trains. I picked up three Dorfan items at an estate sale for virtually no money. They are (2) 5402 passenger cars and a 99 -100 clockwork locomotive.  Obviously, the passenger cars do not go with the clockwork locomotive.

 Maybe one of the Dorfan experts viewing this forum could give me a little background on what I have. Incidentally, the clockwork locomotive works however there is no on off switch. It appears there may be a gravity switch and when you hold it upside down to wind it won’t run but the minute you turn it to the proper position the wheels takeoff like jackrabbits. I’m guessing the operator held the drive wheels by his fingers as he put the locomotive on the track.

Everyone have a great holiday weekend,

Jim

the 5402s are meant to go with the cast iron 55 locos. This is a 110 set with a few extras thrown in. Original would have been loco, tender, two 5402 passenger coaches. 

110 set w repaired 55 loco

The 99-100 had its own coaches in the same litho and color. 

99-100 dorfan

Hi Jim, thanks so much for the information and identifying the Dorfan clockwork locomotive and the passenger cars for me.

Jim

O Gauge Jim posted:
Jim O'C posted:
O Gauge Jim posted:

014CAF55-6496-4657-B521-D5A10CF72734 I have a fair amount of pre-war template in my collection, however I know very little about Dorfan trains. I picked up three Dorfan items at an estate sale for virtually no money. They are (2) 5402 passenger cars and a 99 -100 clockwork locomotive.  Obviously, the passenger cars do not go with the clockwork locomotive.

 Maybe one of the Dorfan experts viewing this forum could give me a little background on what I have. Incidentally, the clockwork locomotive works however there is no on off switch. It appears there may be a gravity switch and when you hold it upside down to wind it won’t run but the minute you turn it to the proper position the wheels takeoff like jackrabbits. I’m guessing the operator held the drive wheels by his fingers as he put the locomotive on the track.

Everyone have a great holiday weekend,

Jim

the 5402s are meant to go with the cast iron 55 locos. This is a 110 set with a few extras thrown in. Original would have been loco, tender, two 5402 passenger coaches. 

110 set w repaired 55 loco

The 99-100 had its own coaches in the same litho and color. 

99-100 dorfan

Hi Jim, thanks so much for the information and identifying the Dorfan clockwork locomotive and the passenger cars for me.

Jim

the 99-100 is very tough to find.

Steve

Steve "Papa" Eastman

Yorba Linda, CA

Left Coast, Home of the lunatics

Arne posted:

A few news in the collection.

Bassett-Lowke "Princess Elisabeth" from 1932

300819-01300819-02

The engine had needed repair but runs very good now.

300819-03300819-04

Bing Canadian around 1910

300819-05300819-06

Karl Bub 4-4-0 before 1910 (needs front weels)

300819-07300819-08

Heinrich Fischer tunnel around 1925

300819-09300819-10

Carette tunnel around 1910

300819-11300819-12

And a bit tinkering. I have resized a lot of 0 gauge cars to 00 gauge, matching to the Bing table train. The last is a circus train.

Distler

zirkus10zirkus11

The animals from Bub circus train

zirkus12zirkus13zirkus14zirkus15

Bub circus train

zirkus20zirkus21zirkus22zirkus23

Marklin similar to circus oriental

zirkus28zirkus31

Arnold truck

zirkus32zirkus33

The size, with a quarter.

zirkus38

 

Greetings

Arne

 

The circus car conversion to OO is amazing. You sir are a master tin smith.

Aim to live a simple and quiet  life! 

 

Theres no gauge like O gauge! 

 

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