I know, I haven't been posting. Been loving the trains I have and missing the friend's I've lost the last few years.
I did watch an online auction today that rekindled some of my interest. I saw quite a few standard gauge lots go on Ebay Live auctions (Craig Miller Collection) offered by Turner Auctions. Very solid auction that was well done. The prices were completely reasonable and what caught my eye was this:
Here's a Creswell 600E one of the guys at the O Gauge forum was good enough to post here.
I hope some other folks take note - thinking outside the box and producing items that are NOT necessarily classic Lionel reproductions are in fact desirable. I saw the Rich Art monster engines move as well. For anyone wanting one, they don't disappoint.
I also heard recently my friend Butch Alvarado passed away. I was stunned by this as he seemed like a guy that was never healthy and yet was bound and determined to live forever. He was Dick Mayer's right hand and a hold over from the 60's I always enjoyed talking to. He's the only way I knew anything about Cal-Stewart and all of the cool train stuff there is in California. I'll really miss him as he was also my dinner bud when I was in San Diego. I'll miss Butch!!