Sunday, July 22, 2012

Summer Restoration Project Completed

This is the Howard set that I posted about below. It needed some heavy duty soldering repairs, cleaning and almost total repainting. Early American 2" gauge electric trains are the cousins of Standard gauge. They were manufactured from the late 1890s until the early 1920s. Electric toy trains from this period have a certain charm that sets them apart from the glossier classic era trains.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

TCA Convention Tour (Atlanta Dixie Division) - Arno Baars Collection

Definitely blow these up if you have a good quality monitor (click on the pics).  These are from Arno Baars collection.  These shots were set up for TCA Atlanta Convention (Dixie Division) and they show quite a collection. I WISH ARNO WOULD PUBLISH THE DAMN BOOK ALREADY!

Arno is an expert on Postwar Standard Gauge, specifically from eclectic sources that weren't Lionel or Flyer.  As you can see, his collection is spectacular and highly unique.  He has been working on a book for some time of these items and I for one would LOVE to see it.

I think I'm probably one of the few behind him that has such a huge yen for these toys.  Although I do like prewar stuff as well.  The Green City Of Denver on top is probably my favorite.  

Devastation collection!  Please send more pics!


PS If you are a TCA member... James Hall's wonderful collection was also in the TCA Magazine this month.  James has one of the nicest collections in the toy train world as well, probably the largest McCoy collection anywhere!  Check out the magazine (which should have arrived world wide by now).

Monday, July 09, 2012

Hanging out in Mystic Yesterday....

Hanging out in Mystic, CT yesterday out on the fishing boat and I happened to have a very good camera with me (not a phone).  Ok, normally boats and fishing don't have much to do with trains.  Except that Mystic has some great bridges (prototypes) and I got to see a couple of Acelas fly by (really cool to see them in action).  Took some pics!!

I uploaded the one of the boat just because I thought it was so cool.  This boat really has some character!


PS These are all of my pictures from yesterday, I forgot to watermark a few of them.  Please don't use them w/o my permission first!