What set me off on this discussion/tangent was that one of my relatives sent me some RMT trains over the holidays. I have to say, they are really nice. Ok, full disclosure: I like all toy trains, not just standard gauge. I have quite a few Postwar trains from Lionel, MTH and so on. I am so ashamed! Ok, not really.
The RMT trains are really nice, mostly because I do not have a layout with a huge footprint and I tend to like trains that I can whip around the layout quick and not have them fly off the track. The RMT trains are well done, they have substantial attention to detail, they are unique and they run extremely well. I got to thinking though, how interesting it is that standard gauge never really embraced the modified trains like O gauge seems to. Check out the New York Central set with the one truck passenger cars. I am probably going to pick up a few more of these cars. They have people inside and are really well articulated.
By the way, for the Youtube videos I'd recommend watching them directly on Youtube. For some reason the software Google uses for the web log (Blog) truncates the video for the web page. You'll get a better idea of how nice these trains are if you can blow up the video to your full screen size.
Blow up these pictures, click on them. I used a really nice camera to take the shots, you should be able to see the detail.
Check out the coal train.
Here is a Pride Lines Voltamp Set. It runs like a champ and was one of John's last creations. He will be missed, this set has it all, classic styling, great running and a prototype to match it from the early days of railroading. The colors on it are fantastic.
There are quite a few "shorty" standard gauge trains out there. They are not easy to come by and some are quite rare. Carlisle and Finch isn't standard gauge however it definitely could be considered a "shorty". I'll post some more shorty's and movies shortly (pardon the pun). I'll also discuss the history in a bit more detail and post quite a few more pics! More soon -