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@jhz563 posted:

@scott.smith, those look great!

I wish they had tooled up a brass piper in O gauge.   Mth was awesome with the reproductions as well as new paint schemes, but I wish they would have stretched out and made some more original tinplate offerings.

MTH didn't really do much outside of Lionel reproductions in O-Gauge. The American Flyer O-Gauge was some really nice stuff. I would have loved to have seen the Ives steam engines done in O-Gauge. Ives made some really nice Jr. sets like the Black Diamond and the National Limited in O. However making more tooling is an expensive process and getting the numbers to recoup the investment could be difficult.

Scott Smith

I haven't bought anything, feeling a little poor lately, since I just retired last week from the VA after almost 42 years, but I have gotten around to a few things.

I restored and repaired this prewar 62 semaphore and it actually works.  It's an interesting and rare piece but I'm selling it on FB marketplace. I like the electric semaphores better.

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I added chains and a load on a Flyer flat car. Some of the barrels I painted with Glow in the dark paint but it doesn't work very well.  I glued 1/2 inch magnets into the bottom of the barrels so they will stay in place. I bought a bag of 100 unpainted barrels so I'll be making a bunch more in assorted colors.

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I like these simple crossing warning signs so I've painted them in different colors. You can't see it in the pictures but the lettering on most of them matches the base color. Standard gauge is supposed to be colorful so these are.

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@scott.smith posted:

MTH didn't really do much outside of Lionel reproductions in O-Gauge. The American Flyer O-Gauge was some really nice stuff. I would have loved to have seen the Ives steam engines done in O-Gauge. Ives made some really nice Jr. sets like the Black Diamond and the National Limited in O. However making more tooling is an expensive process and getting the numbers to recoup the investment could be difficult.

Scott Smith

Oh I understand,  but I can dream.   A 257 or 258 with a can motor would be cool.  And while the desire for a different driver configuration has been spoken over ad nauseum,  a camelback over the existing frame seemed like a possibility, or take 2 motor/drive wheel assemblies and make a tinplate articulated locomotive. A tinplate 2-4-4-2 if could just imagine.   I think the market would there, but as you say it would take years to recover the capital costs.

Great tin as always, it’s been quite awhile. Straight from a train show and, while I don’t have any “gauge 1” trains, I was very happy to have bought this.image
Bassett-Lowke* GN Banana Van-Owner didn’t know the maker, I then saw the “lowke” on the side. For $30 I thought it was a nice buy. Here’s it’s better side

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I noticed later that this was inscribed on the bottom “C.H. Hollis December 25,1923”(possibly 1933) And, just now, after removing the top-I found a sheet of paper insideimage

it was a fact sheet- I don’t know how the owner didn’t see it and missed it. It turns out this freight wagon  was made by *Carette for Bassett-Lowke and is considered gauge 2.
But it fit on LGB track? I know that Bing and Marklin’s gauges were out of sync(Marklin gauge 2 was Bing gauge 1, or vice versa) but did Bassett-Lowke or Carette make gauge 2 that would fit on gauge 1 track?

I’ll do some research on it but just thought I’d ask while sharing. just Very happy !

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it is indeed Carette for Bassett Lowke.

The part number on the end indicates that it was a gauge II version. The last two digits "54" indicated 54mm for gauge II

if it were gauge 1 the digits would be 48 and gauge 0 would be 35.

It is possible that the axle guards have been bent inwards and a set of gauge 1 axles fitted to it.



Roland

I had been looking for a Lionel Standard Gauge 318 set and was specifically looking for the Apple green variation with orange trim on the cars. Thanks to the fine folks at Stouts Auctions, I was lucky to get one at their last auction for a reasonable price. It needs new wheels on the engine but is otherwise a clean original set. 318Eset

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I needed some loads for flat cars and gondolas so I bought a bag of 100 wood barrels. I've painted and decaled a bunch of them as well as installed 1/2 inch magnets in the bottom so they won't fall off.  They look pretty good.20220321_165454

No Pete, they don't look "pretty good"! They look Very good!

How many coats of paint did you use to get that gloss on wooden barrels? Did you prime first? What paint did you use?

@Lionelski posted:

No Pete, they don't look "pretty good"! They look Very good!

How many coats of paint did you use to get that gloss on wooden barrels? Did you prime first? What paint did you use?

I used whatever Rustoleum was sitting around on my workbench and brushed on 2 coats. I drilled the hole for the magnet first and put a 2" deck screw temporarily in the bottom to give me something to hold onto while I painted them.

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Since I bought and painted 100 of these i needed more cars to fill with them. I know no real railroad would paint a working car like a gondola white but I already have red and green ones so...... this one looks pretty good in white loaded with drums.  I made a sheet metal riser so the barrels would sit higher in the car and the labels would show. 20220401_14481920220401_14493820220401_144944

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I just completed this McCoy Smoke Fluid Tank Car.  It's been a project that I've been working on on and off for probably 4-5 years.  I was heavy into train projects and then my son and I bought a 1967 Mercury Cougar that we worked on together, so train projects hit the back burner.  I'm glad to finally have this done and am pleased with how it turned out.

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