The Big Seven - Ives, Lionel, American Flyer, Dorfan, Boucher and General Trains and Cohen....
this is the reason I don't collect trolleys anymore, I hae no idea what's real or fake. I have a 202 trolley I spent a fortune on, and thought it was real, but I just got a repro roof from Jimmy Cohen and it looks just like the finish on my trolley, so now i am not so sure. Think I'll go back to car collecting.
Trolleys are a fickle beast. Be really careful with purchasing originals. I have seen the finishing Jim can do, he can make it so you can't tell a fake from a real one (except that his name is on the bottom). I would wager to say that some unscrupulous seller with a penchant for $15k or more would be glad to paint over Jim's signature. Best to have a guy like Jim look at it first. It's worth the fee he charges.
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