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 Posted: Fri Aug 6th, 2021 10:46 pm
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Some sixteen years ago, when I found myself single, and bought my current house,

I went from one project to another.  Mostly between Lionel and On30.





Here is an On30 2-8-0. 

Can't remember the manufacturer, or if it has sound or not ?

I still have it... in a box... in the garage... somewhere.




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Looks like the 'Broadway Models' 2-8-0

That came with sound, and operates on DC and DCC.

Released around 2005.

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Peter,

I think you're right that it is a Broadway.




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Well, assorted other things include ramblings.

With the house torn up for remodeling, I have very little free time. 
Beside I can't even get to my locomotives, so operating right now.

I did run across an interesting piece of rolling stock:





This is made by Kawai in Japan. 

HO scale, all metal, nice trucks, operating doors. 
Looks like very little run time.

Paid more than what I had planned to,
but just couldn't let it go.




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Here is a HO brass caboose I recently acquired. 

No maker's name on it, but it is one heavy car.




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Where it all began... 


My parents gave me a 'Kleinbahn' train set at Christmas 1960

I was born August 1959

This gave me a head start in model railroading !


This is this first layout, maybe 1965





Later after a move, at age 11 I used the basic layout,
as a starting point for a much larger layout in the attic.

Unfortunately, it was consumed by a fire some years later,
but all locos and cars were stored downstairs and survived to this day. 


However, at this time motorcycles and cars were more important,
and I didn't touch this stuff for twenty years. 


This is the big layout shortly before the disaster. 

Pola Coal Mine in the back corner, still have a soft spot in my heart for it. 
Tyco and Rivarossi equipment up front.

Also the trusty Black & Decker drill of my Dad.







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Michael M wrote:
Here is a HO brass caboose I recently acquired. 

No maker's name on it, but it is one heavy car.


All the pics say HEAVY... 

Dont' recognise the make.

Nice car.




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Thanks for sharing those photos.

It seems for many of us there was a love of trains from a very early age.

Have you always had an interest in US trains ?


That caboose needs some cleaning, and probably a new paint job at some point. 

What I don't get is why someone would invest in brass equipment,

yet still use horn hook couplers ?




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Michael, seems to me that's a cast model.... 
Everything (steps, roof) seems to be very thick.

Doesn't detract from its nice appearance. 
Only another metal !


I feel that back then brass wasn't the holy grail as today,
models were affordable and often modified (and abused).

So operators may have used the coupler of their choice,
on brass as well as on plastic and older wooden models. 


Re. my interest in US trains.... 

When I attended primary school, our community had a good sized library,
with a selection of RR books, including some on US RRs, that got me hooked.  

And some hobby shops carried domestic makes,
which produced models for the US market (AHM, Con-Cor).

So at age 10 I began to purchase some box cars and a few US locomotives.




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Gerold,

Upon closer examination,
I believe you are right that it is diecast and not brass. 

That would explain the weight of the model.

Still an interesting piece. 
I'm sure I'll have fun with it.




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