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Old 11-27-2012, 07:00 PM   #1
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Collecting Electric Trains

One of my hobbies is collecting old electric trains. Most of these are either Lionel, American Flyer, or Ives from the 1920's and 1930's.

Recently I have started a web page with lots of photos. Many a young boy and girl were inspired by these old train sets. Charles Lindbergh had one, and I almost got one that belonged to Buster Keaton one time.

If you have any interest, you a welcome to take a look and share your memories of childhood trains.

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Old 11-27-2012, 08:00 PM   #2
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When I was a boy, I got a second-hand American Flyer S Gauge train set at an auction for 50 cents. It ran in a circle just fine, but I did not have any switches and only the engine, tender, 3 cars and a caboose. I dreamed of having a full layout, with all the miniature trees and buildings and such, but a lack of money and space, as well as moving every year or so, made that impossible. When I worked in NYC, they always had a giant set up in the Citigroup building at Christmas. I enjoyed going over to see it in action.

Thanks for posting your FB page. I enjoyed the pictures.

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Old 11-27-2012, 08:13 PM   #3
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The pictures of boyhood trains do bring back memories don't they?
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Old 11-27-2012, 09:58 PM   #4
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I have a small collection of electric trains (HO-scale), some from my childhood. One day hopefully, when we're done moving around, I'll have a space for a permanent layout.
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Old 11-28-2012, 07:12 AM   #5
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I did have a somewhat largish Lionel set that my Dad took instead of money for a wiring job. (He was an electrician, worked for the electrical utility, and did small household-type wiring jobs on the side.)

But it was just the train set and a few accessories and we never really had the space or money to do a proper layout with it. It was fun nonetheless. Animal lovers may cringe at this, but I and a couple of neighborhood guys would sometimes capture a large ant, tie it to the tracks with thread, and then run over it with the train. Poor Pauline.

When preparing to move I sold it to a local shop that dealt in them since I hadn't touched it for 20+ years, figuring it would end up in the hands of someone who would actually use it.
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