What was the one train you let get away?

I saw a mth sal aa locomotives on sale for$180.00.I was going to buy it.But I kept putting it off.Until one day came by and it was gone.The shop owner told me.Some one brought two days ago.So I went home dry kicking my self for not going for it.What about you guys?

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BlueComet400 posted:

Last year at a show I saw a 6-car Congressional made by Phoenix Railways. I walked by the cars twice, didn't buy them, and have never seen another set. Very good price too, if I recall $350.00. 

John 

Oh man!!That really sucks.Glad to know I am not alone in this.

There are so many Lionel trains and closely related items, that I would have a hard time remembering them all.
Two items that I owned, and should have kept were:

BOXED postwar Lionel 211 Texas Special "AA" - the key was the boxes - very very rare. I had several sets, purchased mint as old stock from a small department store. I ran them for a while and grew tired of them. Didn't know the boxes were so unusual.

MINT postwar Lionel 6100 Auto Raceway (see back cover of 61 catalog). I picked it up as old stock from an auto parts store. Decided it was dumb, so I sold it.

As for the one that got away:

Has to be a group of 1950-60's service station decals that were at a local show that was a few hours away from home. At the time they seemed too expensive.

C.W. Burfle

Only one that really sticks out is the second K-Line aluminum Golden State dome, the K4632-29841c Golden Outlook.

missing GS-K4632-29841c golden outlook

I wasn't aware a second dome car was made for the set (I have all the other cars), and by the time I found out about it, they were long gone. I only ever saw the car in an Ebay listing (where the above photo came from) sometime in 2006, and I bailed out after the bid price exceeded $110. Never saw another after that.

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Lionel Legacy N&W 2-6-6-2. Even at blow-out pricing, it wasn't a Z1a. Only the wheel configuration was correct. Given that, it was still a very nice engine. There's still a twinge of doubt regarding my decision.

And as I type this, I just bumped into one on the For Sale forum. 

At a train show, I found a Lionel scale PRR S2 Turbine, boxed, for $300.  Did I grab it up?  Oh, no, I wanted to look around first, to see what else I might find.

And of course, when I came back to that table, it was gone.  I still kick myself over that one.

For the most part I buy at the lowest end of the price scale at the shows and online. Not much got away that I wanted. When I spotted a buy, I jumped on it.  The average price that I have paid for engines is $200 but I have gone as high as $500 on two occasions. As for rolling stock $30 NIB freight  does it for me and $50 for passenger cars.  Those are my guidelines but they are flexible.

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I’d characterize my story as the train that “couldn’t get away from me”.  

In the 1990’s, Lionel had produced an 0-27 New Haven passenger set pulled by a pair of Alco FA’s.  I had purchased the engines to run on freight and had no inclination toward the passenger cars till I was in my favorite train store one Saturday and saw he had his sole remaining NH passenger set on sale.  Jerry - the store owner - told me I needed to get them to match up with the engines but; since I was in a job transition stage; I didn’t think it wise to buy them at that time.

Fast forward to a few weeks before Christmas that year; I happened to be back in the store and noticed the passenger set was gone.  “Did you sell those New Haven cars” I asked Jerry and he gave me a vague “ yeah; someone came in and bought them - sorry about that.”

Christmas morning my wife handed me a large wrapped box and inside were the New Haven passenger cars - a gift from my father-in-law.

Curt

 

John Meyncke posted:

 At a train show about ten years ago, A 1996? Lionel Steel service station set, with the extra seperate sale hopper car. New in box, for around $100.00. I procrastinated but came back about 15 minutes later....you guessed it...gone.

Still looking😊

John

You have the year correct.  I purchased such a set a few years back, but I also paid more than $100!  (I did get it I think for around $175, which in my observations is less than most sellers still ask for a complete set with the extra ore car).

I'm sure there are a few things I have let get away over the years. 

One that comes to mind that was just something I didn't think enough of to order at the time it was offered.   A club in Western New York called ESLES (I think - and I don't know what the acronym spells out to, even if I do have it correct) offered a Lionel Post War style transformer car, but it had I believe Niagara Mohawk (power company name up in that part of the state) lettering on the flat and/or the transformer itself. 

I went to school in upstate NY and had a classmate in my later years of study who worked for Niagara Mohawk (having not been up there for nearly 20 years, I have no idea if it's still called that or not), that is a piece of rolling stock I would not mind finding someday.  I don't search everyday, but I don't believe I've found them regularly on eBay or ever seen one for sale at York.

-Dave

At a train show two years ago and spotted an MTH Coors Light reefer tail car for the silver bullet train. By the time I was able to wiggle my way through the crowd, I saw somebody pick it up to buy it. I later offered to buy it from him and his price was $250... He said he paid $80 for it.

H1000

When they first came out, I did not buy the 2-car add-on pack for the Lionel Strasburg Passenger set.  Now, they sell for north of $400 when they come up.

 

In a similar vein, I didn't buy the whole limited edition Super Chief from LEGO when it first came out.  My son is still missing one car, which, when it can be found, also sells for $400 or so.

 

Frisco, MoPac, and T&P near Rolla, MO

I never bought a whole train.    I just buy individual locos and cars.    And over the years I have kicked myself for letting a few get away.    Most recently I missed out on the Sunset GGD PAs but hopefully got my reservation in firmly for the second run.

H1000 posted:

At a train show two years ago and spotted an MTH Coors Light reefer tail car for the silver bullet train. By the time I was able to wiggle my way through the crowd, I saw somebody pick it up to buy it. I later offered to buy it from him and his price was $250... He said he paid $80 for it.

What a dick.

RoyBoy

Years back at York (under the grandstand) I stopped dead in my tracks at the sight of a 4-8-8-4 built from prewar AmFlyer "0" parts. This was before ROW, MTH, etc. It had a price of $300 / OBO. I was checking my wallet when a passing gent also stopped dead, looked, picked it up in one hand and pulled out a roll with his other, pealed off a couple bills and breezed away. 

Another was just three years ago in the White Hall. A seller had a boxed #3854 Merchandise car for $335 (odd price). Again, while I checked my wallet someone else reached around me and grabbed it. 

I guess I should grab first and then see if I can afford it.

 

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juniata guy posted:

I’d characterize my story as the train that “couldn’t get away from me”.  

In the 1990’s, Lionel had produced an 0-27 New Haven passenger set pulled by a pair of Alco FA’s.  I had purchased the engines to run on freight and had no inclination toward the passenger cars till I was in my favorite train store one Saturday and saw he had his sole remaining NH passenger set on sale.  Jerry - the store owner - told me I needed to get them to match up with the engines but; since I was in a job transition stage; I didn’t think it wise to buy them at that time.

Fast forward to a few weeks before Christmas that year; I happened to be back in the store and noticed the passenger set was gone.  “Did you sell those New Haven cars” I asked Jerry and he gave me a vague “ yeah; someone came in and bought them - sorry about that.”

Christmas morning my wife handed me a large wrapped box and inside were the New Haven passenger cars - a gift from my father-in-law.

Curt

 

Now that is a twist and a half.Your father must be pretty cool.You do not hear father in law doing something like that.I got to say a very cool move for him to do.

palallin posted:

When they first came out, I did not buy the 2-car add-on pack for the Lionel Strasburg Passenger set.  Now, they sell for north of $400 when they come up.

 

In a similar vein, I didn't buy the whole limited edition Super Chief from LEGO when it first came out.  My son is still missing one car, which, when it can be found, also sells for $400 or so.

 

$400 for one car!Now that is just messed up.All kinda ways!!

artyoung posted:

Years back at York (under the grandstand) I stopped dead in my tracks at the sight of a 4-8-8-4 built from prewar AmFlyer "0" parts. This was before ROW, MTH, etc. It had a price of $300 / OBO. I was checking my wallet when a passing gent also stopped dead, looked, picked it up in one hand and pulled out a roll with his other, pealed off a couple bills and breezed away. 

Another was just three years ago in the White Hall. A seller had a boxed #3854 Merchandise car for $335 (odd price). Again, while I checked my wallet someone else reached around me and grabbed it. 

I guess I should grab first and then see if I can afford it.

 

Well just goes to show some people do not have any manners!

A few weeks ago. $500 Weaver Lackawanna Pocono. Trying to "redeem" myself by getting a 1990's RDG T1 below $400 and having it converted to TMCC.

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On eBay, a MILW 4400 series coach, a Walthers kit built up but in very rough shape.  The thing was perfect for my bizarre purposes - fixing it up and painting it up as a Chicago Great Western 200 series car, a series which consisted of only two cars, bought second hand from the Milwaukee Road, of course.  The auction was set to end during church on a Sunday and, hard as it may be to believe, I do have my priorities straight.  I had to let it go and it went, cheap.

I knew that I would be outbid if I pre-bid a reasonable amount and I would not be at a computer in a position to sharpshoot or counter opposing last minute bids.  Conversely, I wasn't going to pre-bid an outrageous amount because I could probably buy an entire set, swipe a coach and resell the remaining cars for almost what I paid.  I didn't want to lay out the $900+ for a set and then go through the hassle of re-selling the remaining cars; additionally, being a rabid Milwaukee Road fan, I didn't want to break up a set and spoil it for someone else.  I have to laugh at myself, more than usual, seeing how much I overthink and how much I over-value these things...  I'm so weak and depraved!

gw-exmilw

So, if anybody out there has a lonely 4400 series coach, unwanted and unloved, having a mid-life crisis and needing an extreme makeover, please do let me know.  Thank you for listening.  I feel better.

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I had been at a show where a Rail King Challenger was for sale for $200.00.  I passed on it because I had spent most of my money on a 1503WS.  Luckily, the gentleman was at the next show with the Challenger for the same price so that one did not get away.

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