Wednesday, October 27, 2004

Blogger Posting....


Hi All,

Sorry for the lack of posts. Blogger posting has been slow and the tools that I use to post pictures have not been working properly (they (Google) need to check their upload servers). Getting the pictures right (either via scan or via photos) takes a while and then to not be able to upload.... Just eats my time up. I do have a ton of posts to get out though. Look for them this weekend.....

By the way, I posted the above pic just because I like it! The funny thing is, if Flyer trains were really as big as shown in the picture, I'd still probably have at least one or two in my collection! That track does remind of Gargraves track and not Lionel or Flyer.

By the way, I am a member of Yahoo groups so I do see messages. One thing though, don't use the group to send me email notes, use the email link on this webpage. I consider the groups email list as a source of information (how do I build mountains, where's the best place to get an armature for a bild-a-loco motor from a #10 engine, that kind of thing). I also get so much mail in my day job that I'd rather see topics exclusive to trains. I hope I get to see some folks on Nov 6 in PA at the Maurerail Auction!

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4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Nice pictures. I like them too. I have several of these in the form of tin signs that I have hanging over the space for my new layout. Speaking of layouts, the picture of the layout with all of the tracks is interesting - almost no accessories which is curious. I like all of the tracks but I would miss the accessories. My new layout will have two wide radius main lines as well as an elevated line (hopefully). But I have several stations that I need to reserve space for as well as other small accessories. Gilbert Ives: saw that you visited Nicholas Smith - I get out there once in a while too. His prices are high but it is an interesting shop and a good source for some needed stuff inbetween train shows. Do you live in Philly or the suburbs?

Jim Kelly

Gilbert Ives said...

31 Oct.-- To Jim Kelly regarding Nicholas Smith, etc...

Alas, I do not live in or near to the City of Brotherly Love. My time is split between the jungle of Manhattan and the wilderness of Northeastern Pa. [Thus, it takes a bit too much time to go to Ted Mauer's auctions since I'm really interested in very few lots at any given time]. I bought track, transformer, misc. from NS when I just couldn't wait another day to run The Black Diamond. And I might just buy something major there if the price were right. Mr. NS [Chris Gans] had the orange MTH-IVES and Olympian sets at York last fall at appealing prices: $900. for the 3243 set; don't remember Olympian price, but was several hundred off list. As good as an Ebay bargain! So, it's likely worth asking for a deal on Standard.

Gilbert Ives said...

re: Lack of Accessories --

Before the Age of Repro many accessories were near-impossible to find. Those roundhouse sections are truly 'scarce' and nearly 'rare'. And 'very' expensive.

This is the sort of set-up I thought LaRue Shempp should have had -- just to run some of his prizes once-in-a-while.

Gilbert Ives said...

That Flyer catalog cover is wonderful! Standard Gauge is not 'realistic' it's 'surreal'; not a representation of 'nature' but rather the 'supernatural'. But then I'm a great admirer of both Magritte and Delvaux, particularly when a train is included.