Category Archives: shows/swap meets

Fallen flags…

…is a term used to refer to railroads of the past that are no more.  The Baltimore and Ohio, Chessie, the Milwaukee Road, the Pennsylvania…alas, sigh, groan…the list is long and includes many once mighty roads that used massive beasts that covered many thousands of miles of track.

The model train hobby has a growing list of hobby magazines that could be considered fallen flags–like the fallen roads, they led the way in their own forms of innovation and design, then fell by the wayside as time and fashion caught up with them and passed them by.  I’ll post the cover shots of them from time to time, starting with this one…Volume 2, number 2, February 1972, the Railroad Modeler magazine…it’s flag fell sometime around 1984…

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The Great Train Show…



…came to town last weekend. Looking to move into another market, it was important to attend if for no other reason than to show the organizers that there was a market to cater to. I bought a couple of trinkets…

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…an HO scale AHM/Rivarossi 2-8-4 Nickel Plate Road “Berkshire”, in excellent condition…and…

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…this nice vintage lot containing a 1953 Mantua 0-4-0 Booster, two assembled Mantua flat cars and a 4 wheeled bobber from 1960-62, as well as an Ulrich two bay hopper from 1959. Note that they have the older Mantua hook/loop couplers that were pretty common at around that time, and that the bare zinc metal and brass looks like it hasn’t seen air for most of their 50+ years of life.

I’ll give more detail reviews of each as time goes on…right now, I’m enjoying a slow day at the house.

Go to a home school swap meet with your wife…

…you never know what you’ll find.

Transitioning from a field man to management appears complete, I now have a pewter Mack tractor desk set. Picked up at a nearby thrift store for $2, it has all the qualities a modeler would want on a desk set. This one is about 1:64 scale…

UPDATE 6/20/11: Looks to be a model CH613, help….I can’t find these anywhere….

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Doughnuts…


…imagine that.

I was given two ancient HO scale freight kits by a friend. The interior bag is marked;

Doughnuts
FINCO Consumers Co-operative
Made by Co-operative Trading Assn. Inc.
Wholesale and Retail Bakers
4301 Eighth Ave.
Brooklyn, N.Y.

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The lack of a zip code puts this prior to 1967 but it’s obviously much older than that. Water damage is minimal, the mildew rubbed right off and that was the only affected kit. Any help finding out who made these and when would be greatly appreciated…

UPDATE: These are from the Comet line of car kits and date back to 1939…dude, that’s an old HO kit. Retail price back then? 35 cents…

Oh, and yes…I should’ve looked at the instructions first. They told me who the manufacturer was…sigh…

Atlas #8700 S-2 and #8750 S-4 undecorated…


With detail differences that only the most hardcore rivet counter could find, these are among my finest runners.

Pluses…diecast frame for great pulling power, the usual flywheel and all wheel drive, nice detail. They run very well together and, surprisingly, work much better on my MRC Golden Throttlepack’s full power setting than on pulse.

Minuses…no directional lighting (come on Atlas, even Model Power does it now), not easy to tear down for maintenance.

Yes, I plan to keep them looking like this…my interests are in the model, not necessarily in paint schemes. I find the undecorated gray and black of these offerings a nice contrast to the others and very easy to spot in a yard full of cars at a train show…when you’re 50, you’ll understand…

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