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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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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.

......................Peter





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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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Another small layout.

In On30,  this was about 3' x 3'


I managed to install DCC and sound into this little engine. 





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What's the big thing behind the engineer ?

The speaker enclosure ?



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That's all the DCC and speaker stuff. 
There just wasn't much room to put stuff.

Sounded good though as I remember. 

Still have it.
Not sure which bin it is in. 


The wife decided that it was time to clean out the garage,
and get everything organized. 

Which translates to, now I can't find anything!

Not sure why she had an issue,
just because I haven't cleaned the garage in 16 years. 


Sometimes women just don't get it.


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Here is a (4 x 4 feet) portable HO layout I built about 25 years ago.
It folded up in half, kind of like a suitcase. 

It was a bit on the heavy side, didn't know about foam way back then. 
But it was solid, and none of the rails got out of alignment.

There were plans for expansion, but never got that far. 
Too many moves, caused the layout to be abandoned.


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Hi Michael  :wave:


Now THAT'S the kinda funky-junk, I'd like to have rolling my way !  :thumb:





If only 'Tri-ang' hadn't mastered the art of injection-moulding ...  :)

... & 'Hornby Dublo' hadn't found that tin-plate was so cheap !  :P

An alternate history, might have meant the 'Transcontinental' range was DIECAST !!  :shocked:


Nice to have those personal historic photos.  :thumb:


I have 2 boxes of about 5,000 or so 'Kodachromes', taken by my Dad ...  :shocked:

... there's probably 1 or 2 frames in there, of my early 'Tri-ang Hornby' layout !  L: 


How's the house "re-modeling" going ?  ???

Filed for divorce yet ?  ;) [whack]


:java::us:


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House re-modeling:

Things have slowed (stopped?)
as we wait for flooring to show up.


I didn't realize just how much I have in trains,
until the garage was cleaned out.
 
Now everything is in totes and labeled.


Divorce?  No. 

But have considered getting a couple of burros,
and just wandering around the Death Valley region,
for the next several years.


Which brings up something else.
 
We are talking about making a move out of California. 
Just getting too crazy here. 
We'll see how that goes.


For the funky HO stuff. 

Sometimes you just can't help yourself,
when you stumble across something,
that really grabs your attention. 

Don't know what I'll do with the caboose,
but it is kind of cool.


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Si. should enjoy this.





Tri-ang OO/HO scale switch.


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" Si. should enjoy this "


Luvin' it !  :java::clown:

An extremely UBER-RARE '9th Edition' catalogue page from 1963 ...  :old dude:

( a relationship with 'Lionel' Science Series, existed at this time )



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Ahrrr...

The memories.

:2t: :2t: :2t:

...........Peter



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Found some more photos.

Haven't gone through all of them yet.


Here is one from a trip to Colorado in August 2007:





Silverton, Colorado


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Going through old photos.





Durango & Silverton Railroad, August 2007.


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Picked up this short piece of rail years ago.










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That's 25lb rail,

and looking at its worn head,

it saw good use in ye olde days.


Guess it's more than 100 yrs. old.


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Hi Michael  :wave:

I hope the historic garage dig & new house flooring is going OK.  :thumb:  :old dude:


Brit. diesel & steam together in this rather nice picture.  L:

I came across the vintage catalogue cover, in my photos ...





... From 1963, when 'Tri-ang' were in business with 'Lionel', for a short time.  :time:

Your Series-3 'Tri-ang' switch, may have snuk across the border via. 'Lionel' ?  :mex:

I'm not sure exactly what the 'Science Series' was, as I've never seen it !  :us:


:java::moose:


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Here's another short piece of rail I recently got,
from a friend I know over in Beatty. 

I was out in Pahrump Nevada checking on some properties,
and just had to swing through Death Valley since I was in the area.

The rail is about two inches tall. 
Usually used in mines. 

My friend has a two-foot gauge line wandering about is property. 
He threw in a few spikes just for fun.





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A past layout.
 
This was the Pacific Range & Western Railroad (still under construction),
operating in Central California in the mid-1950s.


The imagined line ran east to west connecting with the Santa Fe and Southern Pacific,
with branches to Port Lucia on the coast and to Fort Wayne, an US Army training post.

The PR&W was always short of motive power and leased most of what it needed. 
It was common to see engines from the Santa Fe, Espee, and D&RGW.


There were several staging tracks behind the backdrops. 

I hung simple cheap mirrors above the staging tracks,
so that I could see the progress of the trains that I was setting up.


Unfortunately, a move brought this to an end.



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