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One other thought:  Did you know that Menards is the only company making  "O" Gauge Track and it is quite nice.  Yes, it has the same pins that all the rest of the companies use to sell separately.  Too bad Menards does not sell those pins in a bag of 12 for a low price add on accessory to their track line.  I have a few pieces of Menards "O" Track.  If you write Menards, maybe they might start selling these pins!  As they say at Menards, "Good Stuff - Cheap"....    sincerely   railbear601    BTW.  Menards makes a 10 inch straight track that mates with Lionel Fastrack and it sells for $4.99 each and the 11% rebate makes that piece of track cost $4.44 plus tax.  I have 3 of those pieces of track so I can use my old tubular Lionel Track in yards, etc......

 

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@Rich Melvin posted:

This is an aspect of this hobby that I simply do not understand. You guys think nothing of dropping $1,000 or more on a locomotive, yet worry about spending $8 for a package of track pins?

Makes no sense to me... 

"Not it" , but you are aren't wrong either; it's perspective.

I have yet to break $200 in one shopping visit and would be lucky to top $2000 total in the last ten years. The O.P. seems to be on a shoestring budget as well unless I'm mistaken.  I could drop a few hundred on new pins if I got too picky (still leaving many pins as is too ). 

But I micro manage for a reason, I'm not a lifelong devotee to being a cheap #@$+@&€ ; I just ended up there by accident. 

If I buy and run a new thousand+ dollar train on my old track... I'll send it to you when I'm done that day; I promise. (it means I hit the lotto pretty big )

  

Rich,

You've got me laughing. Many years ago, my hobby was collecting original antique first model Winchester 1873s, in 44-40.  I thought nothing of plunking down $10,000 for a specimen in all original VG condition.   (They go for $15,000 to $25,000 now. A mint condition 73,  if you can find one, would go for $50,000.)

But no, I ain't putting more than $300 or $400 into an old school train layout, engines and cars included.

So no, I ain't paying $1.00 per pin.   :-)

Collecting true antique firearms is definitely a profit deal.   Playing with the trains is definitely not.  Its a luxury.

 

Mannyrock

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Tinplate,

When you buy a high grade collectible American antique firearm, you own a piece of history.  If it is the proper model, and at least NRA grade VG, it will only go UP in value. Each and every year.  Collecting antique American firearms is now an international hobby thanks to the internet.  If you go to the biggest annual shows in Reno and Baltimore, then you will see Saudi princes, walking around in robes, buying whatever they like. This pushes the prices up and up.  (Very very similar to 1950s and 60s era original Gibson Electric Guitars.  Wealthy Japanese have been buying them up like crazy for the past 10 years.  They hang them up on display in their living rooms.)

When you buy an O gauge pin, you are buying a piece of junk.  Your money is gone forever. 

Absolutely no question that we all have to buy junk goods now and then (or buy them for a hobby), but I have a firm lifetime rule of paying the least amount possible for any good that doesn't go up in value and create a long term capital gain.  

I remember digging ditches with pick and shovel as my summer job back in 72 through 76.   I made about $2.50 an hour.  After 8 hours of digging, we went on overtime for two more hours of digging, and were paid a whopping $3.75 and hour.

I never forgot that.

So to reiterate, "Heck no!  I'm not paying a dollar for a pin."  Especially when you need 3 pins per section of track.  (Geez, I could buy a gallon of gas for that, and ride not walk for 20 miles!)

Best,

Mannyrock

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It all comes down to your view on an item being too expensive or not. A $1.00 each sounds a little high, but today a $1.00 does not buy much anyways. When I look back in my 1960 Lionel catalog, you could have purchased a pack of a dozen pins for 15 cents list price! Bottom line is, if I need the item and I can get it easily I don’t get overly concerned about a little more money. I have thrown money out on other things that don’t bring me as much enjoyment as my trains running properly do.

 

In answering the original question, I purchased a dozen (new) tube track style pins for $5.49 with free shipping on Ebay in the beginning of this year. That will last me a long long time.

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@Rich Melvin posted:

This is an aspect of this hobby that I simply do not understand. You guys think nothing of dropping $1,000 or more on a locomotive, yet worry about spending $8 for a package of track pins?

Makes no sense to me... 

This same statement applies to supporting this forum and the magazine....some spend big bucks on the hobby but can't justify the worth of a year's subscription.....

hello, TinMan here... We currently have in stock about 20,000 pieces of O, standard, and O27 tracks all are now tinman GEN II finishes, getting ready for the fall season. All of these tracks have had the original pins removed, and replaced with new stainless steel pins that are 1  mm longer than the originals. The reason for this is we have frequently found that the original pins often are corroded, or rusty inside the tubes.   So when we replace them with the ever so slightly longer ss pins, they will go into virgin metal.  WE have discovered a method of reconditioning the used pins in large quantities, that works exceptionally well, and we do offer them for sale as used pins. Last season we probably sold over 7000 of these pins, and have never had a complaint. Just an FYI the hollow O27 pins are junked.

A word about the groves in the original pins. The purpose of those groves originally was to provide a place where in the manufacturing process there was a machine the pinched 2  notches in the tubes where the pins were installed. In our case we do not have the ability to do that, so our thought was, why waste the contact area of the slots? Would rather have as much contact area as possible, so no slots. 

While we will not be in full production for another month or so, we can provide many of or items now, tracks, tools, and pins. Switches, controllers and transformers will not be available till later in the season. 

So to everyone please be safe! I know how tough it is, starting to climb the walls, but the alternatives do not appear to be a very good option! 

Feel free to email or call us with any questions or concerns.

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