Weekend tinplate photos/videos 5/19/17!

pride lines are one of the manufactures I wish were still in business making wonderful pieces. This is one of my favorites the Mickey Mouse hand car made by Lionel originally. Let's see your tinplate! 




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Today a new toy train fresh from the attic, including dust, a gift from a friend two days ago.

It is a little industrial train, O gauge windup, made by the french brand 'La Hotte Saint Nicolas' . The name comes from the manufacturer La Hotte and Saint Nicolas is the name of the small town in the north of France, St Nicolas d'Aliermont where the shop was installed. Dates from 1950-55.

It is made of very light tin, there is no reverse system on the loco, some of them may have one with a command on the track. The box set is marked N°1 so it must be the entry set and the less expensive one. Unfortunately the winding key has been lost but the condition of loco and cars is still nice.

Not a valuable piece but after some TLC it will have a lot of charm.

Last picture is a side by side comparison with a Lionel 153 to geave an idea of size.








Have a great tinplate weekend,   Daniel




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Inspired by last weeks post of Daniel who mentioned the tinplate look of early ASTER locomotives I combined my 35 year old ASTER English 6-wheel GER tank locomotive with two 95 years old lithographed tinplate BING for Bassett-Lowke gauge 1 coaches:

And of course I put in water and fuel and had a run:




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It's time to visit the Great Western and I've chosen Landore Shed, a relatively modest through running facility built in 1932.  We find three locomotives from three builders.  Hornby is represented by the County of Bedford on the far left.  In the middle is Bing's superclockwork Windsor Castle.  Lionel's Kinlet Hall is on the right. Even though I'm green color blind I can see that Lionel had a different idea about GWR's colors than Bing or Hornby.  This photo sequence is dedicated to my very good friend Stuart Lovell who passed away unexpectedly on May 9.  Stuart was a world class railway photographer who P1010006P1010007P1010008

knew the Great Western well. Lew Schneider


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Here we have Lionel promotional outfit #6521WX. This has been in my family since the 70s when my Dad acquired it in a trade. Up until now, it hasn't been documented, but I brought it to York last month for Bruce Greenberg to photograph for his next book. If any of you have items such as this, please contact him. 




TCA # 90-30847

TCA National logo


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Photo by Bruce Greenberg

I thought I would post some photos of American Flyer's love birds.

The bottom set is Flyer's sheet metal Hiawatha passenger set, and the top set is sometimes called the Minnehaha (otherwise known as the steam Streamline and described as the New York Central design). Both appeared in the mid 1930's

Both came in passenger and freight sets, and both engines also came in wind-up versions.  The number of cars varied depending on the set.

Have a Great Tinplate weekend.


Northwoods Flyer


Picked this up this week on a lark. Mechanical windup Martian invader from Schylling. Perfect for any Marx military-themed display. Haven't received yet but it supposedly still works.

walking martian walking martian w box

Looks more similar to the 1906 Alvim Correa illustrations for the original War of the Worlds book by HG Wells than any movie monster.


Jim O'C

Upstate NY/So VT


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Robert S. Butler posted:

Well PD, since you are within one car of Set #4002 why not go for Set #4001 too?

AF Set #4002





I know, I know, but I'm thinking that running down the coach and baggage is going to be a lot tougher! Nice set BTW...



Actually it might be easier than you think. The components show up on ebay fairly often.

You are a collector; you have the gene.  You know that this will be on your mind now.

Happy Collecting




The (Almost) Great Train Race!

Clyde Andrews, engineer of the Copper Cannonball, got so fed up with those new-fangled infernal combustion locos that have stolen the Cannonball's thunder he challenged Tommy Iverson, engineer of the #6000 to a race! Chet asked if "they were racin' fer pinks?" and Clyde said, "Sure, and when I win I'll run them orange varmints off the rails!"

So on the appointed day the trains lined up at the Girard depot waiting for High Noon. Jimmy "Clock Watch" Perkins had agreed to be the starter.



Even a crown of excited spectators gathered...


But then wouldn't you know it! The local constabulary got wind of the proceedings and before the race could start, Rosco and Barney rolled up in the cruiser and ol' Clock Watch skedaddled.

"No racin' today boys! Kuh, kuh, kuh" Rosco shouted through the bull horn. Barney was heard to say something about nipping the race in the bud and the spectators packed up the cooler and went home.


Tommy and Clyde became good friends, but Clyde never did cotton to them big orange varmints.




When they were passing out brains, I thought they said trains and I asked for a slow one.


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Dennis Holler posted:

I painted this one up a few years ago and then decided to let it go.  Now I wished I hadn't.  may have to do another one.



I like it..... I have to like it I did the same paint job with a Lionel 259E, plus I made a milk car from a tender. I just found a baggage car to add to the set but it's missing a roof. I think the roof of a a 603 will fit. It certainly brightens up my layout. I would make another one if I were you.....





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Thanks Gene,  I remember seeing your 259 a while back, it came out very nice and looks great with the rest of he train!  I think your right, I'll build another one, just need to get all the parts together and finish some other projects like 265E stretch job a started a few weeks back.

Dennis Holler If its old and broke, I like it

Chris Lonero posted:
Nick from Dayton Ohio posted:

IMG_7910Saturday run with some new palm trees. 

That's funny Nick. I put my palm trees around my power station too!  I got them from Steve. 

Good to see the trees showing up on layouts. 



Steve "Papa" Eastman

Yorba Linda, CA

Left Coast, Home of the lunatics

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