I was contacted by an aviation friend who is working on closing out an estate.
He said there was a large collection of model trains and I might be interested in some.
So...my wife and I wandered up to Seattle to see what he had.
I will cover what was of interest to me further on.
Part is AT LEAST two #2 boxes full of old Athearn wood and stamped metal freight cars.
They are of no interest to me, but a collector of old model items would probably go nuts.
They are in pretty rough shape. A lot of the adhesives have failed.
Most of the parts are there, they have just fallen into the bottom of the boxes.
If anyone is interested, I can put you in touch with my friend.
I have too many projects "aging" already.
Grease his palm with a few bucks, in the interests of the estate,
and pay for shipping (keep it simple) and he would be delighted to get them off his hands.
The best approach would be to make an offer on all of the freight cars "as is".
I doubt that anyone wants the rest of the stuff.
He would be pleased just to close up the boxes of freight cars and ship them off.
There were some newer items.
I was intrigued by the following freight cars.
A couple of the cars are Athearn (I forget which two) but I have no idea who produced the others.
I was intrigued by the Oregon theme.
In addition, I snagged the following stack of kits.
And these two locomotives...
They are both Athearn "Blue Box".
The GP-38-2 runs OK (nothing compares to my Kato locomotives)
but the SW1500 needs some wheel cleaning.
Someday, they will be converted to DCC,
and the SW1500 will be stripped and decorated for the Henderson Bay Timber Company.
I don't know what I am going to do with the Overton items.
Maybe if I can find a 4-4-0 cheap I will assemble a tourist train.