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MTH Ives Catalog Re-think - Opinion

I've had some time to ponder this catalog and really look it over.  It's all stuff MTH has done before.  And it is two pages. So now I have a couple of questions.  Is this really a product offering or just a pamphlet to see if any customers will bite on twice redone Tinplate sets?  I'm really hoping this isn't the wave of the future for MTH. Show More Summary

2014 Uncataloged Ives Catalog Released - MTH

2014 Uncataloged Ives Catalog Released So, I'm hoping this isn't the April York Tinplate catalog.  While not a bad offering, it isn't exactly exciting either.  All rehashed stuff from prior catalogs.... Marc

More European Tinplate Goodness

It doesn't matter where the tinplate is from, as long as it is tinplate!  Michel sent me another wonderful video of European Tinplate making the rounds... Marc

New MTH RTR Catalog - Meh

"Meh" is a new word brought to us by the internet.  It means "Indifference; to be used when one simply does not care."  As much as I like MTH, the new RTR is meh. The tinplate sets are a rehash of a rehash.  I'm hoping that this isn't what we have to look forward to in the next tinplate catalog. Show More Summary

Rare Set on eBay

Ya, I know.  There are tons of rare sets around.  They float in and out of eBay all the time.  These standard gauge Railchief cars are really cool in person though.  If you have a 400E and you want to replicate the Lionel O gauge set, check out these cars. Show More Summary

More Swiss Tin

Check out some great tinplate layout pics from my friends in Switzerland.  These never get old....

Tinplate Show in Ulm in Germany

Happy 2014! My friend Michel sent me a really cool pic from a German tinplate show.  I always remember those early TCA pictures of this amazing Fandor layout.  I think I saw them in an early TCA Quarterly. I'm hoping Michel took more pics he can send me! The hall on the picture is from ACE a european tinplate company and the train passing is a Maerklin 4000 loko, live steam.

Wolverine Coal Loader and Hafner/Wyandotte Windup Train

Gotta love this tinplate coal loader!  Really cool and NO electricity! Marc

Upcoming Greenberg Guide

Hi All, Bruce Greenberg is coming out with a new Prewar Guide for Lionel.  It will likely be around the April, 2014 York Timeframe.  I always look forward to these as Bruce Greenberg really pays attention to detail and does his homework. Show More Summary

Christmas Ale

From a great brewer.  I think you can see why I find this particular ale attractive.... Great Lakes Ale

Live Steam in Germany....

From my friend Michel in Switzerland: "Dear Mark Last sunday in Biberach Germany. A layout from my friend Holger. running live steam Lokos from Carette build around 1900." This is just too cool... Marc

Pacific in Action

Michel sent me this cool link to a Pacific in action.  I'd love to see a Pacific in Standard Gauge (yet another one of those un-built toy trains), somewhat akin to the Hudson that should get produced as well.  I have a G gauge Hudson and a Pacific in G and they are both spectacular.  Check out his video, it is really cool... Marc

Gaylord Texan in Dallas

I was walking away from one of the best business meetings I've ever had last week in a very large resort hotel in Texas.  It's called the Gaylord Texan and it is a really cool place.  The hotel is gigantic.  And I know what you are thinking, most gigantic hotels are less than stellar. Show More Summary

Bert's new Blog

Check out Bert's new Web Log about New York Toy trains (his!): http://tinplatenewyork.tumblr.com/ Marc

I see them....

Yep, I've seen the little cheesy banner ads sneaking onto my page!  Dating Sites, Singles, blah blah blah.  Has nothing to do with trains.  If you see them anymore, please let me know.  I can't always post about the trains we love but I will ALWAYS delete garbage that has nothing to do with our hobby!! Marc

More Swiss Model Railroading

My friend and fellow train enthusiast Michel went to yet another very cool exhibition.  This one was of some very rare and highly unusual specialty trains that can be seen all over the world.  These particular trains are unique though as the Swiss have refined and used them since their inception. Show More Summary

Michel's Swiss Trains

Michel sent me some additional train pics from a birthday train meet!  From the mountains in Switzerland no less!  Wow.  Check out these cool pics....

Australian Interurban

I think we have another candidate for an amazing Standard Gauge set!  MTH other manufacturers, check this video out from Australia.  This interurban is just gorgeous!  No doubt about it, this has got to be one of the nicest interurbans I've seen still running on rails. Show More Summary

Great Train Camera

Hi All, Periodically I get asked which camera is best for taking pictures of trains.  I tend to really like small cameras that offer huge amounts of flexibility.  I have DSLR's (Digital Single Lens Reflex) and the like, however I really like what are called Micro 4/3rds cameras for train photography. Micro 4/3rds is mirrorless photography. Show More Summary

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