Tinplate Heritage Photos

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Tinplate Heritage Photos
Posted by Northwoods Flyer on Saturday, August 1, 2020 10:24 AM

For over 12 years the thread on Prewar American Flyer Photos has been active.  During that time I have added to my American Flyer collection and posted photos.  I have also expanded the collection to include tinplate trains from other manufacturers.  Few of those photos have been posted here on Classic Toy Trains. I want to invite folks who have tinplate equipment in their collections to post photos of their tinplate here. If you have one piece, a set, or tinplate passed down through your family please post photos here.  If you have American Flyer tinplate feel free to post it in both threads.

Tinplate trains are the forebearers of the toy train collecting and model railroading hobbies.  Lets work together to document the seeds of inspiration for the present day hobbies.  

Let me start out with an example from Ives.

This is the Wide Gauge set "The Tiger" from 1930.

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Posted by Flintlock76 on Saturday, August 1, 2020 4:37 PM

Cool!

With that color scheme I can see why it's called a "Tiger" set!

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Posted by pennytrains on Saturday, August 1, 2020 6:44 PM

Didn't they also call that one the "Halloween set"?

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Posted by Northwoods Flyer on Saturday, August 1, 2020 8:28 PM

I think it is called that in collector's circles.  In the 1930 catalog it is called "The Tiger".

I have a second pullman for my set so I guess it can be The Halloween Set.

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Posted by Northwoods Flyer on Sunday, August 2, 2020 12:14 PM

A small portion of my collection is Lionel.  I wanted a few good representations of what they produced.  Over the years I have been able to find some excellent examples in very good condition.

This is the O Gauge Baby Blue Comet.

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Posted by Northwoods Flyer on Monday, August 3, 2020 9:26 AM

I think that Marx made some beautiful lithographed tin trains.  I made up a unit train with New York Central equipment.  I particularly like the Pacemaker scheme.

Not NYC but it looks good with the other cars.

 

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Posted by Northwoods Flyer on Tuesday, August 4, 2020 9:36 AM

Another manufacturer that I have grown fond of is Dorfan.  While their equipment is difficult to find in excellent condition; suffering from poor paint adhesion and zink pest, they produced some beautiful pieces.  I like the concept that they had that their toys were designed to be taken apart and put back together again.

Here are some of their passenger cars.

Many of their passenger cars have these delightful tinplate passengers.

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Posted by pennytrains on Tuesday, August 4, 2020 6:37 PM

I only have 2 Dorfan pieces, this little gondola and a switch controller.

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Posted by Postwar Paul on Tuesday, August 4, 2020 9:46 PM

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I think that Marx made some beautiful lithographed tin trains.  I made up a unit train with New York Central equipment.  I particularly like the Pacemaker scheme.

Not NYC but it looks good with the other cars.

 

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Marx made many different styles of trains over the years, but these tin cars are the ones  I like the best! Of course, that's just my opinion... They are approximately 3/16th scale on 0 gauge track. Beautiful!

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Posted by Northwoods Flyer on Wednesday, August 5, 2020 10:58 AM

Penny and Paul,

Thanks for adding your posts.  Penny I think that my first purchase of Dorfan was one of the o gauge gondolas.

By far the largest portion of my collection is American Flyer. I am the youngest child in my family of origin and my Father purchased trains for my older brother. I have inherited those trains; Wide Gauge, Narrow Gauge and S Gauge, and they have been the core of my collection.

This is a train that I heard about from the time I was very young.  It was stored in the attic of the house in which we lived and I didn't see it until my Father dug it out when I was about 3 or 4 years old.  It has always been a treasured part of the collection.

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Posted by Northwoods Flyer on Thursday, August 6, 2020 12:00 PM

This is the Ives O Gauge Oriole Limited from 1930.

It came with the engine and two cars.  Personally I like it with a third car so I added another pullman.

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Posted by Northwoods Flyer on Friday, August 7, 2020 9:09 AM

Here is another example of Prewar Lionel Tinplate.

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Posted by Northwoods Flyer on Tuesday, August 11, 2020 10:33 AM

This is the Marx M10000

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Posted by Northwoods Flyer on Wednesday, August 12, 2020 10:57 AM

Here is another set of shorter Dorfan Passenger cars...

 ...paired with an American Flyer engine and tender.

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Posted by pennytrains on Wednesday, August 12, 2020 6:47 PM

They combine to make a good looking set.  Big Smile

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Posted by Flintlock76 on Wednesday, August 12, 2020 9:20 PM

You're makin' us green with envy out here man, you know that don't you?  Alien

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Posted by Northwoods Flyer on Thursday, August 13, 2020 10:02 AM

Envy isn't the goal of my postings.  I'm trying to encourage others to post photos of tinplate that they have in their collection. 40+ years of collecting has allowed me to acquire some fun toys. Plus its a way to encourage CTT to add some additional pages to the magazine highlighting PreWar trains. So join the fun and post a photo or 100.  Geeked

Here is "The Merchant" set from American Flyer.

 

The Merchant was headed up by two different engines; one a manual reverse and the other a remote control reverse.

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Posted by pennytrains on Thursday, August 13, 2020 6:32 PM

OK.  Here's a coupla hunderd pictures!  Smile, Wink & Grin

 

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Posted by Flintlock76 on Thursday, August 13, 2020 8:56 PM

Thank you Becky!  It's been so hot here lately I needed a little "Christmas in August" just to beat the heat a bit!

Loved that cocktail lounge version of "We Wish You A Merry Christmas!"

And the first thing I thought of when I saw the still of the Fokker D-7 was "Cool! Ernst Udet's back in town!"

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Posted by Northwoods Flyer on Friday, August 14, 2020 9:34 AM

Thanks Becky, the video is great.

In 1930 Ives produced The Yankee Clipper.

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Posted by Northwoods Flyer on Saturday, August 15, 2020 9:17 AM

1639E by Lionel.

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Posted by Northwoods Flyer on Sunday, August 16, 2020 9:55 AM

Here are the cars that go with the engine above.

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Posted by Postwar Paul on Sunday, August 16, 2020 11:37 AM

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Here are the cars that go with the engine above.

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Gorgeous! What a beauty!

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Posted by Northwoods Flyer on Monday, August 17, 2020 9:11 AM

I know I am pushing it here but I think most folks would still consider this tinplate, at least the engines are.

Santa Fe by Marx.

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Posted by pennytrains on Monday, August 17, 2020 6:34 PM

Maybe.  But those Marx 21 diesels are right near the top of my want list.  My mechanical CV probably pushes more than a few buttons with hardcore Marxists though...Whistling

Here's a video of a train that is a must for me.  It was the first item I went looking for and became my first ebay purchase 20+ years ago.  If you've never seen one in action...

My second Ebay purchase was a postwar 45N.  And BOY has it gone on from there!  Laugh

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Posted by Postwar Paul on Monday, August 17, 2020 6:47 PM

I lucked onto some 21's at a train show a few years back. My wife thinks they look like they should have cookies inside...

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Posted by Northwoods Flyer on Tuesday, August 18, 2020 9:43 AM

The Dorfan portion of my colection is small so today's post is only one car; the lumber car.

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PS Great video Becky, thanks for posting.

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Posted by pennytrains on Tuesday, August 18, 2020 6:20 PM

By the way, I have the red with a brown(?) roof 1690-91 cars (2 Ives, 2 Lionel) and this is exactly the engine I'm looking for to go with them.  Big Smile

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Posted by Northwoods Flyer on Wednesday, August 19, 2020 11:45 AM

Becky,

Good luck in your hunt.  They aren't too hard to find.  Lionel matched this engine up with a number of the Lionel\Ives transition passenger cars.  I will look in the archives for some photos.

Back to American Flyer.  This is a Wide Gauge freight set that belonged to my wife's uncle. I'm happy that it is still in the family.

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Posted by Northwoods Flyer on Thursday, August 20, 2020 2:51 PM

This is one of my favorite O gauge sets by Ives.  (Its a repaint of an original set.)

The Patriot set:

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