Collecting Vintage Trains....

Discussion in 'Your Vintage Home' started by philosophygirl78, Dec 13, 2015.

  1. philosophygirl78

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  2. Fading Fast

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    I'll ask, since most people already know I suffer from small brain syndrome: I'm confused, what is it you are looking to collect - historical books on trains, antique model trains, classic train photographs / paintings, historical train paraphernalia, or (as crazy as this sound to me) the trains themselves? Or did you have something else in mind?
     
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    I meant Model trains.
     
  4. hatsRme

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    A good place to start might be the Amesbury Hat Museum, which is housed in a model train Museum. Two birds....

    I don't think you will find any shortage of model RR items, both new and used. There seem to be many people in the States who are obsessed with the subject. A hobby which is easy to track, until you run out of steam.
     
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    Re Philosophygirl's post: I am not a collector, but I have a few antique model trains that I've receive as gifts over the years (I also have a couple of newer model trains). But again, I'm not a collector, I just enjoy having a few to run and keep around. I've been on-line and gone to a few stores - to learn about the ones I received as gifts - and it is a robust collectors market (I know there are also collector conventions). So, in addition to the above post's advice, I start looking on-line just to get some basic knowledge and maybe go to a few shows to meet and talk with some people in person. Good luck and have fun.
     
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  6. Zemke Fan

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    I believe that old D&RGW locomotive is still active on the Durango & Silverton tourist line. It was part of the K-36 Class of equipment. If you've got the means... Go with the live-steam F-Scale version (1:20.3) by Accucraft: http://www.accucraft.com/modelc/AL87-231-C.htm

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    That is absolutely Beautiful!!!! ❤️
     
  8. Zemke Fan

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    I'm a C&S fan (modeler) and this is my main locomotive (but the electric version, not live-steam):

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    Of course, THIS is how it looked in reality (in use):

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    Super photos; quick, too.

    SEE, PGrl78!! Lots of enthusiasts chugging along here...
     
  12. GHT

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    Have you heard of the music impresario, Pete Waterman? Have a look at his model railway. It will keep you enthralled whilst you are building your own.
     
  13. 1930artdeco

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    Not to be a smartass but you start out with doing some research and then spending A LOT OF MONEY. But seriously, this is what I tell people who ask me about collecting: collect what you like. If you start buying and selling to make a profit then it is a business. IF you like N scale then collect that, if you want to set up a railroad to run them around the house then do it. But love what you do.

    Mike
     
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    This is great advice. I know a few people who have turned their hobbies into to careers / jobs / businesses and they make a living at it, but no longer really enjoy their hobbies. That's fine as they kinda like their jobs and probably like them a lot more than if they were doing something to earn a living that they had no interest in. But they did kill the pure "hobby fun" part of it. I keep the two separate in my life.
     
  15. It's sort of like working for a company owned by a friend or family member.
     
  16. Bushman

    Bushman My Mail is Forwarded Here

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    I personally really enjoy collecting vintage Lionel. I have my grandfather's set that was made back in the 50s, all near mint, plus the tracks and vintage transformer box.
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    Lionel is one of those things I truly feel should be an heirloom.
     
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  17. MikeKardec

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    I walked past their roundhouse just two weeks or so ago when I was in town for the holidays. The lights and the falling snow and the steam ... well, I wished I'd had my camera!
     

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