Thursday, March 17, 2011

See it in action: the 255E Steamer

The beautiful Taylor presents an exciting new (prewar) engine from The Lionel Corporation. I'm not a huge fan of bright orange trains, I do like gunmetal however. Go check it out and let me know if you get one of these. Always great to see new tinplate.


Monday, March 14, 2011

We've lost a Giant in Toy Trains

We've lost a giant in toy trains, Margaret McCoy. As part of the McCoy team, some of the most innovative, imaginative and wonderful toy trains ever produced came from the mind of Margaret. Make no mistake, she was a key partner in McCoy Trains of Washington State (aka The Chicken Coop). Her honesty, integrity and giving nature will be missed the world over.
Margaret passed away on 3/13/11 at 8:30 am. I'll send out further details as I find them out. In the meantime, we will forever miss one of the great ladies of toy trains.


Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Edison WGHS from Feb. 26th, 2011

One thing about the SGMA, those guys sure are right; Standard Gauge needs a big layout and a ton of room to really shine (ha, funny, shine). I did really enjoy the mix of trains the guys had at the show, there was some plain vanilla, some eclectic, some passenger and a ton of freight. One constant: friendly discussion all around from highly curious onlookers and the experts in the SGMA area. Kids went completely nuts for the stuff too. I saw quite a few folks at N, S, HO and O gauge and G gauge layouts. But the SGMA layout was constantly packed. Was great meeting the gang as well, they are just great guys. Can't tell what's better, the people in the booth or the trains. Probably both.