Some fascinating stuff happening in the auction world.... Lots of large, large, large collections coming up for auction. It looks like more and more people are getting out of the train business or are just plain no longer with us. I have another theory though....
One theory or idea is that there are too many toy trains now on the market. With the huge influx of Chinese and Korean manufacturing, there are just too many toys out there. Prices are really dropping. I can see it on eBay alone. I just auctioned off some of my collection and while the auction house did an absolutely bang up job, the prices for my stuff (especially original Flyer and Lionel as well as MTH) just did not fetch as much as they have in the past.
Anyone notice the Lionel Corp catalog from MTH for 2016 never happened? I've seen a few of the cars land however it looks like the Subway set may never be produced. I haven't bought a new train in over two years however I was waiting for that one. Go figure.
Times they are a changin! I did just renew my TCA membership and I have been running some trains this summer. I'll post some shots of the layout. I'm thinking about pulling the ballasted MTH track up and just putting down a huge chunk of O gauge along w/some switches and sidings. I really love running my trains and I'll deal with not having a standard gauge loop in exchange for multiple prewar O gauge trains running all at once.... Thoughts?