Holiday Affair - Red Rocket Express found

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Holiday Affair - Red Rocket Express found
Posted by Ed H on Tuesday, November 27, 2018 6:30 AM

Anyone happen to check out the recent CTT Christmas & Electric Trains issue ?  There is an article about the movie Holiday Affair and how apparently the original Red Rocket Express train sets used in the movie have been found, although there is very little info regarding the exact details of the sets.  If these are in fact the actual sets from the movie, think a more detailed follow up article would be very interesting.

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Posted by Roger Carp on Tuesday, November 27, 2018 9:09 AM

Hi Ed and thanks for your post on our forum.

 

I have written more about Holiday Affair in the December 2016 issue of CTT and then followed that up in Christmas and Electric Trains.

The owner of the Red Rocket Express set was very kind to share his story with me and provide pictures of the trains. He has chosen not to provide the detailed information about the actual models you are requesting. Perhaps things will change in the future.

 

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Posted by LL675 on Tuesday, November 27, 2018 3:19 PM

there's been a thread over on the other mag's forum, and the man that played the little boy in the movie is supposed to have the original trains from the movie.

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Posted by Roger Carp on Tuesday, November 27, 2018 3:53 PM

In the fall of 2016, I conducted an interview with Gordon Gebert, who played the little boy in Holiday Affair. Naturally, I asked him about the trains, and he told me the Lionel set he was given was a New York Central F3 freight outfit. I reported all of this in the article I wrote for CTT's December 2016 issue. 

 

The information cited on the O Gauge Railroading forum comes from an interview done with Mr. Gebert by Turner Classic Movies a few years before mine. Because I am familiar with Lionel trains, I was able to obtain more accurate information from him regarding what he was given as a boy than was the interviewer from TCM.

 

Thanks,

 

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Posted by Firelock76 on Tuesday, November 27, 2018 6:43 PM

Hey Roger, I lucked into a copy of your book from 2003 "The Art of Lionel Trains, Toy Trains  And The American Dream"  at a train show a month or so ago, and I'm enjoying it immensely! 

Just thought you'd like to know!

 

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Posted by Roger Carp on Wednesday, November 28, 2018 9:43 AM

Thanks for letting me know. I hope you'll enjoy it and learn from it.

 

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Posted by Penny Trains on Wednesday, November 28, 2018 6:42 PM

One thing I noticed, the font on the cars in the recent photo looks hand painted block letters wheras in the vintage photo the lettering appears to have serifs like it could have been done with a rubber stamp.  Maybe the old lettering wore off over the years?

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Posted by LL675 on Saturday, December 01, 2018 7:03 PM

Trust Prof Carp to get the facts straight!

Dave

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