I just loved this picture from Ward Kimball in 1978. It is sort of the antithesis of creative toy "training".
I love the TTOS covers from the 60's and 70's. Ward was the art director and the covers are works of art. Someday someone will make a coffee table book of them.
By the way, a couple of folks have asked me why I haven't commented on the MTH catalog (newest) and the Lionel tinplate passenger set getting offered as well as recent developments in lawsuits.
The B&O set is very nice and I'll probably order one (in the Ready to Run catalog). Otherwise, I am not going too nuts with any new gear. I am extremely happy with MTH's stance on tinplate and I don't think we should dwell on it too much. Lionel is another story. But I feel like writing negative things about Lionel is like kicking a sick dog. It's almost cruel, it doesn't prove anything and certainly won't get me what I want. Lionel representatives have written off standard gauge as a market segment. Fine, we'll move on.
I haven't been paying too much attention to eBay and auctions lately, I've been scouring old literature for more information on different standard gauge products of the 20th Century. I'm just hoping there's 21st Century manufacturers coming along as well. More great stuff coming up very shortly though. All that scouring has to yeild something (besides a clean bathtub!!)