Looks like if you are in the market for authentic American Flyer Wide Gauge, then you should take a look at the December 2009 Stout Auction. Some very nice Flyer and some pretty decent Lionel Standard Gauge as well.
I've been invited to Cal-Stewart at least 15 times. 2010 is the year I'm going! I'm not a huge fan of Circus Trains (I have the MTH/Ives Flavor, nothing else). This flavor of the McCoy Circus train is pretty rare to see running and shiny in almost any state.
My friend and train colleague Mike V. just received his new Brute. He purchased the Buddy L flavor of the Brute. Apparently there were fewer pre-orders for this flavor thus it is officially going on the "rare" or "medium rare" list. Whatever the case may be, it looks pretty damn good on Mike's mantle. This engine was a work of art when JLC commissioned it from Italy and it still looks great in 2010. The fact that some dealers have sold out of both versions says volumes.
Well, the Brute has arrived. As many of you know, I am not a "box saver". However the graphics for this box, well, seem to be just oustanding. I have to rank this right up there with any prewar box I've ever had. They are definitely getting saved after the Brute is removed. So what would everyone like to see on the Brute? Some pics of it running? Some pics of it crushing my layout? Some movies? What should I put up on the blog that everyone would like to see (besides me crashing my trains)? Marc
There was a huge Standard gauge display at the UK Train Colllector's Autumn Event, held in Leicester, England. What a surprise to see all the big colorful Standard gauge tinplate at this overseas event! Click on the title above to go to the site and view more photos.
It's train time again! My MTH Brass Piper seized up. I read about the info in the Tinplate forums and I felt lucky that it wasn't happening with me. No sooner than reading that info... My Piper seized up. I'm probably going to tap one of my esteemed train friends/colleagues to help me un-seize my Piper. I absolutely love that engine and want it back on the roster asap! I have an original Piper I may press back into service.
So here are some more pics, I know some folks would like to see a picture of the whole layout, I'll try and work on that a bit later. Please don't hesitate to write or comment. The blog only gets better with reader pictures, feedback and info. The great thing about trains is not just the toys but the great folks you meet along the journey.... Marc
This new Olsen Tunnel is outstanding. As you can see, it is pretty darn large (hangs off the side of the layout). There's a major manoil traffic jam as well. I wonder how the Brute will handle those portals?
I dumped one of the stations to the left. Seemed kind of redundant having two of the same station on the layout. I am going to sell the one with the auction tag still on it (if anyone wants it, let me know). Another busy day on the layout!
It is an absolute hoot! I was fooling around with the flash and the F-stop. I got an interesting effect with the smoke on a white backdrop/surface.
The smoke does tend to give off some ghostly aura when you let this run, especially in low light. I love these MTH switches, they work very well. It has been one of the only things keeping me from flipping (immediately) to Gargraves Track.
A closer shot of the 385e. By the way, I've optimized the blog to be viewed on the iPhone and Windows Mobile. You can now look at the blog and your favorite tinplate and it should look good, even on a teeny tiny screen. Yes, tinplate isn't really optimal for teeny tiny screens. It is still better than nothing and the formatting won't frustrate you into oblivion.
Click on this and blow it up. The 1134 is hissing away at the station. I have to say I LOVE running this engine. Smooth as glass and the cars with the little people are really something different. I have a Manoil traffic jam going on.
Welcome to November, 2010, otherwise known as PRIME TIME FOR TOY TRAINS! Here's a 385 chugging around the laoyout with some transition cars. This must have been a prototypically familiar site out of NYC in the 1930's. Steam train outside NYC, Electric trains inside NYC. I know everyone likes 400e's, they are graceful, big, noisy, almost as fun as their real life counterparts. But the 385 is almost as fun. It has a ton of pulling power and can fit in some very small spaces. Check out that Olsen Tunnel in the background. The 385 loves that tunnel!
Dick Tracy is racing a train, probably to catch Clay Face! He cut off Scrooge McDuck, probably to pass the Brass Piper and see the new Brute. The Brute actually sounds like a Dick Tracy Villan. But enough about the Brute, the Piper is pretty enough on track as is.