Sunday, August 01, 2004
Ives at the Toy Train Museum
Here are some gorgeous Ives and Lionel sets from the Toy Train Museum in Strasburg. I am looking forward to all of the Ives and Dorfan Standard Gauge MTH is about to reproduce. I am excited to actually own some new standard gauge - most of the original sets (as seen above) are not in great shape. They've seen some serious play (scrapes, scratches and dents) plus the castings weren't always too reliable.
MTH seems to be doing a great job reproducing many of the classics as well as some "lost" classics (Dorfan engines, Ives cars, etc).
Outside of MTH, Joe Mania and Jim Cohen, who else is building new standard gauge? My favorite question is this: "If you could produce anything in standard gauge, what would it be?" The reason I ask is not arbitrary - I am considering building some of my own standard gauge and dipping my toe in the market.
There are some things in standard that I would like to see that just aren't going to get built -
- The Flying Yankee
- Budd Cars (ok, I'd also like to build some Interubans)
The Budd Cars are for the Post War side of me that doesn't feel like running Post War
O Gauge Cars
- The Aeolus
- The Mercury Set
- A nice Doodlebug (yes, I know McCoy did them and they are really nice, I just can't get my
hands on one)
- A handcar (yes, I know McCoy did them (and they are really cool) as well and I can't seem to
get one either)
- A subway (not the one's MTH is doing, one of
the first subways that had wicker seats).
- Any ideas? The subway below looks a little like
Joe Mania's Hudson Tube Train (can't wait to get my hands on one of those)!!
- What about rolling stock and passenger cars?
State Cars are nice but we've seen them run and reproduced so much....