Weekend tinplate photos/videos 7/20/18

While I was at my favorite auction house last Saturday waiting for some Lionel pieces, I notice those strange live steam O gauge BOWMAN trains so … I bid on them and got them for a fair price.

 They have something special, even the wooden box is something to see.... nail some bad wood parts, don't adjust them and you have a Bowman box. Just heat stamp the cover and you have a very nice box !!! So British....

 As it is possible to say, it's only a face her mother could love as those engines are really specials, huge in size, very simply made with two oscillating cylinders and a burner with six wicks. They are made to run and they run very well despite their crude appearance.

 The larger one is a 234 model and the loco tender is a 265 model. The British firm has been in existence from 1923 to 1935 manufacturing steam toys, stationary steam engines , steam boats and a short range of trains; there is two more models of locos, smaller than those two; a range of three or four freight cars and one type of passenger car that I still have to find...

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Have a great tinplate weekend,    Daniel

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I found this small British made Mettoy clockwork locomotive some weeks ago. Most Mettoy locomotives do not look like the real thing but this one is not that bad. It is recognisable as a Southern Railways "Schools" Class 4-4-0 locomotive and has the correct number 900 end name Eton and even the right number of wheels on the locomotive (but not on the tender). The Schools class locomotives were all named for schools in the south of England.mceclip1

I do not know what the correct coaches would be (I have to wait for the next book in the series on British Toy Trains by Michael Foster covering Mettoy) but I ran it with some small Hornby Pullman cars (and very fast!):

Regards

Fred

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From 1939 we have American Flyer set #306 with a slight change of consist.

The catalog

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...and the contents

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 It's worth noting that by 1939 the A.C. Gilbert housecleaning effort at American Flyer was in full swing and the Chicago Flyer trains were being put together in as many ways as possible to clear out old inventory.  This set was a boxed set with all of the paperwork which would suggest either the flat car with lumber was substituted for the gondola at the request of the customer or that they had run out of old gondola inventory.  Either way I think it is a neat set and it does highlight some of the Gilbert changes - the change in couplers, replacing all brass plates with decals, and the use of the all nickel plate trimmed locomotive which is usually found as the engine in the high end erector sets.

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Here is another item that I picked up at the Menards International Train Expo in Eau Clair Wisconsin 2 weeks ago.

This is an Ives No.115 Freight Station.

I love the detail in the Ives lithographed pieces.

Both sides and both ends are identical.

Now my Ives freight and passenger trains have places to stop.

Have a Great Tinplate Weekend

Northwoods Flyer

Greg

                                                             

Karl Bub 2nd/3rd passenger car variations- Marx-like in it's utility.

green trolley with blue and red coach variations

3-car trolley set

green action car with curtains and passengers

2nd 3rd coach passenger car curtains mode2nd 3rd coach w passengers won

 

green action car activator

2nd 3rd coach passenger activator

trolley with non-moving customers

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trolley pair on a siding with coaches

bub trolleys on siding

boxed set with trolley and coach 

tram set w box

Lone trolley

trolley

Jim O'C

Upstate NY/So VT

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FRED & DANIEL: You fellows never fail to amaze me with the treasures you acquire! Never heard of Bowman, but they obviously made some delightful locos and boxes. GREG: I agree: the Ives lithography is unsurpassed - the depth illusion is well done!

vita sine litteris mors est  (Seneca)

Greg J. Turinetti posted:

Here is another item that I picked up at the Menards International Train Expo in Eau Clair Wisconsin 2 weeks ago.

This is an Ives No.115 Freight Station.

I love the detail in the Ives lithographed pieces.

Both sides and both ends are identical.

Now my Ives freight and passenger trains have places to stop.

Have a Great Tinplate Weekend

Northwoods Flyer

Greg

Greg,

  Very nice find. Yes, the detail on many of these pieces is very well done. 

 Tom

Hi Friends,

A few more tinplate goodies.  First is the Fischer English style wayside station signed Uxbridge. Obviously missing its semaphore.  Note the Fischer fish logo.  Second is a cute Hoge Tom Thumb powerhouse I found at the Lionel LOTS train show last Sunday. Third is a panorama of recent acquisitions including the Kibri signal man, Hoge power station, and Marx Airport.

 

Lew SchneiderFischer Wayside - UxbridgePanorama Bing, Biller,Kibri, Marx, HogeHoge Tom Thumb Power Station

 

 

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lewrail posted:

Hi Friends,

A few more tinplate goodies.  First is the Fischer English style wayside station signed Uxbridge. Obviously missing its semaphore.  Note the Fischer fish logo.  Second is a cute Hoge Tom Thumb powerhouse I found at the Lionel LOTS train show last Sunday. Third is a panorama of recent acquisitions including the Kibri signal man, Hoge power station, and Marx Airport.

 

Lew SchneiderFischer Wayside - Uxbridge

 

 

Lew,

  Another nice station. So, am I correct that the lever would change the angle of the semaphore? 

  If possible, could you add a few pictures of the interior and other side? 

Tom 

MNCW posted:
lewrail posted:

Hi Friends,

A few more tinplate goodies.  First is the Fischer English style wayside station signed Uxbridge. Obviously missing its semaphore.  Note the Fischer fish logo.  Second is a cute Hoge Tom Thumb powerhouse I found at the Lionel LOTS train show last Sunday. Third is a panorama of recent acquisitions including the Kibri signal man, Hoge power station, and Marx Airport.

 

Lew SchneiderFischer Wayside - Uxbridge

 

 

Lew,

  Another nice station. So, am I correct that the lever would change the angle of the semaphore? 

  If possible, could you add a few pictures of the interior and other side? 

Tom 

Tom,

looks more like a switch for the light. Here the same lever on the battery box on the bottom. I think it´s the matching signal for the station too.

fisch-24

Arne

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beachhead2 posted:
Jim Z posted:

390 coal train on the siding waiting for a clear track.

Jim,

Does that new blue 390E have brass trim (bell, tender ladders, journals, etc.)?

The 11-1047-1 Blue Comet has brass fittings although the smokestack,domes and piping are a reddish copper color. Compare it to the 11-1048-1 Black Brass in the photo. On this engine only the piping is the copper color.

Jim ZBDF6C51D-D907-48BB-92DF-F00D5C01772B

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Jim Z posted:
beachhead2 posted:
Jim Z posted:

390 coal train on the siding waiting for a clear track.

Jim,

Does that new blue 390E have brass trim (bell, tender ladders, journals, etc.)?

The 11-1047-1 Blue Comet has brass fittings although the smokestack,domes and piping are a reddish copper color. Compare it to the 11-1048-1 Black Brass in the photo. On this engine only the piping is the copper color.

Jim Z

Understood.  Thank you! 

Jim O'C posted:

Anybody bid/win that red Marx critter last weekend?critter red

Don't know if you saw it, but there was the rare olive 8 wheel ramp unloader car for the critters on last week in a pile of Marx. It was hard to notice. The whole lot went for somthing like $135 including the unloader car, one of the deliverey trailers and the car tipper house used for the side dump cars. I don't use a service to snipe and my last refresh hung so I failed to challenge the last bid.  I noticed previously the unloader car went for $715 about a month ago.

Dennis Holler If its old and broke, I like it

I found this photo the other day of a custom built from a Lionel 253 shell and the running gear form a GG1.  It is about the coolest thing I have seen in a long time.  The other is pretty cool as well.   Now I just need a junker GG1 drive train 

Here is a link to the guys website, I don't want any confusion, this is not mine. https://nhjc.wordpress.com/2015/03/20/motors-817-818/

If this is one of our fellow forum members, I'd love to see some more photos of them!

aw3aw4

Dennis Holler If its old and broke, I like it

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Dennis Holler posted:

I found this photo the other day of a custom built from a Lionel 253 shell and the running gear form a GG1.  It is about the coolest thing I have seen in a long time.  The other is pretty cool as well.   Now I just need a junker GG1 drive train 

Here is a link to the guys website, I don't want any confusion, this is not mine. https://nhjc.wordpress.com/2015/03/20/motors-817-818/

If this is one of our fellow forum members, I'd love to see some more photos of them!

aw3aw4

I wish i could do conversions like this in Standard Gauge. In Standard there just aren't enough readily available motor chassis to make this viable. I would really like to do something like his baggage car motor in standard but have no idea what I could use for a power truck.

Dennis Holler posted:

I found this photo the other day of a custom built from a Lionel 253 shell and the running gear form a GG1.  It is about the coolest thing I have seen in a long time.  The other is pretty cool as well.   Now I just need a junker GG1 drive train 

Here is a link to the guys website, I don't want any confusion, this is not mine. https://nhjc.wordpress.com/2015/03/20/motors-817-818/

If this is one of our fellow forum members, I'd love to see some more photos of them!

aw3aw4

Awesome! Thanks for posting along with the interesting link. And speaking of kitbashing, I just posted some info on a very unusual standard gauge interurban I just acquired.

The oldest train in the bunch, the O gauge Lionel 252 and cars, this set has been in my family, since it was new, for almost 100 years, and still runs great.

This is the one that started the insanity.

 

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Bought this a number of years ago. Under the skin of this switcher is a Marx Commodore Vanderbilt. The tender is home made. A tether from the engine to tender provides power for the rear light. Figured I better share it before I move it on to a new caretaker.

Steve

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Steve "Papa" Eastman

Yorba Linda, CA

Left Coast, Home of the lunatics

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