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I ran across some old photos of a past layout,
along with other associated stuff. 

Thought I would share if any one was interested.





This was an electric motor I picked up at a train show long, long ago. 
It ran, well sort of.  Loud motor.  Eventually traded it off.

This was on a little HO trolley layout that was about 2' x 4' 
with some live overhead.  Curves as tight as 6"




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Here is another photo of the HO trolley layout I had.





This was a Bachmann Brill that was modified to take the tight curves. 
Operating trolley poles and a pantograph were added.

You can see some of the overhead in the photo. 
Not the easiest thing to hang wire, but not the hardest either.




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Like the boxcab...

That's a Kawai ED11

As imported by Ken Kidder of San Francisco.
(and maybe by others too)

Only one truck powered, by a vertical shaft motor.
Despite this archaic drive, that works surprisingly well.

Thanks for sharing!




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Nice shots and models.
 
You ever miss them ?


I must admit sometimes I wish I'd had some of the earlier
(and compared to today, downright clumsy)
models I'd made.

When I was still in HO, I modified some locos,
that I wonder to this day where they are,
including a Atlas RS-3 I made up as ET&WNC 210.


I have most of what I need to recreate it in O scale,
with a Weaver dummy engine in 3-rail, just to sit on a shelf.


But I do sometimes wonder if that HO scale one still runs,
on a layout somewhere, in the paint and details I added to it...




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Some items went bye-bye as I moved on to other scales and projects. 
There is only so much room in the garage for storing trains.

I did hang on to some of the engines and rolling stock from past layouts,
and I do hope that the equipment that I let go of found a good home.

I just wish I had taken more photos of past layouts for memories sake.




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Here is a shot of a military train,
I put together maybe 30 years ago. 

I know I still have the caboose,
not sure about the rest of the rolling stock.




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Lee B wrote: 
But I do sometimes wonder if that HO scale one still runs,
on a layout somewhere, in the paint and details I added to it...


Michael M wrote:

I did hang on to some of the engines and rolling stock from past layouts,
and I do hope that the equipment that I let go of found a good home.


Don't have to think over this, as I never have sold or given away something ... 

But, I have a number of models painted for private lines, that don't fit my layout theme,
but I rather leave them as they are and don't repaint them, as I would feel bad,
destroying the work of some other, maybe long deceased, modeler. 

I see them as a piece of model RR history.




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That's an interesting point.  There are many fine modelers here,
I'm sure that many of us would treasure a loco or rolling stock from their layout.

If John Allen (or one of the other greats)
had given one of us a scratchbuilt boxcar lettered for his G&D line,
I'm sure we wouldn't re-paint and re-letter it for our own home road.

In the real world, railroads would sell off surplus or out-dated equipment,
with some locos going through several hands over their lifespan.




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Michael M wrote:  
That's an interesting point.  There are many fine modelers here,
I'm sure that many of us would treasure a loco or rolling stock from their layout.

If John Allen (or one of the other greats)
had given one of us a scratchbuilt boxcar lettered for his G&D line,
I'm sure we wouldn't re-paint and re-letter it for our own home road.


Some observations on this.... 


Amongst many other things,
I collect equipment from well known modelers... 

Dick Truesdale from Westside Models.
Norton Clark from New England Trolley fame.
With Towers, and others.


I found that often such models obviously don't have any collectors value...

One seller once when I bought five trolleys from Norton Clarks collection,
told me he was about to strip them of paint, as it would be easier to sell them this way !  


Same with collectors cars...

If you don't have Elvis' Cadillac,
don't expect much more money, than for the same car from John Smith.


Once bought a Jaguar which had papers included,
showing that a well known Hollywood actor owned it when new...

Paid $19,000, that was a average amount for this type back then.




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Michael M wrote:  
If John Allen (or one of the other greats)

had given one of us a scratchbuilt boxcar lettered for his G&D line,

I'm sure we wouldn't re-paint and re-letter it for our own home road.


Funny you'd make this point.

At the Timonium show 1998, someone was displaying a HO steam locomotive from the G&D,
which apparently someone had borrowed for some reason when Allen died,
and never got around to bringing it back before the fire.
 
Another guy with him had a wood boxcar that came from Allen on the first version of the G&D,
and this guy admitted to being very cheap and stripped it to repaint it as something else,
in an era before Allen's work became legendary.

Everyone cringed at the story.

He said, "Yeah, this is the single biggest regret of my life..."




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