Happy 2016 everyone! 2015 was not a great year for trains (at least for me). I've tried to sell off quite a bit of my collection, I think because I had way too much and I watched the show "hoarders" just once too often. My friend in Switzerland Michel sent me some wonderful pics in 2015 and I have been sorely remiss posting them.... Show More Summary
Michel sent me this link to some Bing goodness. Not every amazing tinplate work of art is Lionel or Flyer or Ives. These are just awesome... Marc
My friend Michel sent me this wonderful Christmas card! I hope he knows how wonderful I think it is!! Check out this little set -
I am trying to start out the new year in an old way.... Went and hung out at Roadside America in PA this week... This place is just one of the best throwbacks ever....
My friend in Switzerland Michel sent me this really cool link to BMC. We'll stay with BMC (it stands for Brugger Modelleisenbahn-Club). As you can see from the pics I downloaded, this club has a way cool layout. Here's the link to the club here. Show More Summary
There are few items in standard gauge that I "must have". At this point in my life, I'm glad to just get time with the friends I've made and to see their amazing collections. But here is one car or item I wish would get made. I'm not sure who made it but I think it is way cool. Show More Summary
Check out this Youtube from MTH on the Leipzig Station! By the way, I guess you can tell I have curtailed most of my toy train procurement. It has gotten too expensive and money is tight. However items like the above may be a rare exception to my rules. Show More Summary
Fun little caboose near Niagara Falls re purposed for ice cream! Marc
Boucher was not strictly a toy company. They produced models: industrial models for exhibition; yacht models for racing; live steam boilers, engines and fittings for model steamships; and the old Voltamp line of trains which at the time was the most realistic toy trains in the country. Show More Summary
I was hanging out in Anaheim, CA last week and I spent a few minutes (or hours/days) at Disneyland. Disney California Adventure has some really cool train stuff, check out the windows in the stores with both prewar O Gauge and Standard Gauge. Show More Summary
Absolute ton of gorgeous PCCs running in San Francisco today. Would love one in the right gauge!! (Standard of course!)
Just when I thought I'd seen it all, MTH pulls out all of the stops! I have yet to see this product in person, however my friend in Switzerland saw it (and Mike Wolf) in Europe and was impressed. There is much to be said for prewarShow More Summary
Well MTH just moved into the "most impressive innovator" in toy train history books. Yes, I know they've done a tremendous amount for the hobby both in O gauge, Tinplate and so on. Yes, I know they have a fantastic control system called DCS. I was a little disheartened by the Ives Catalog. Show More Summary
Great video with nice music.
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 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
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
"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
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
Check out some great tinplate layout pics from my friends in Switzerland. These never get old....