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Posted by Northwoods Flyer on Saturday, January 30, 2021 9:14 PM

Penny,

They don't come up very often, but I have seen them on eBay.  This hobby is all about patience and waiting for one to show up.  I have been looking for the yellow and blue version for years.

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Posted by Northwoods Flyer on Wednesday, February 3, 2021 10:53 AM

One more set of transition era Lionel/Ives transition cars.  This time in red.

I'm not sure which engine pulled this set of cars.

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Posted by Northwoods Flyer on Saturday, February 6, 2021 12:43 PM

Set #1344  The Potomac  by American Flyer

 

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Posted by Northwoods Flyer on Wednesday, February 10, 2021 9:35 AM

Here are some additional Lionel/Ives transition pieces. 

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Posted by Northwoods Flyer on Saturday, February 13, 2021 9:40 AM

Lionel/Ives transition era box car.

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Posted by fifedog on Monday, February 15, 2021 8:30 AM

Handsome boxcars.

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Posted by Northwoods Flyer on Wednesday, February 17, 2021 10:59 AM

Fife,

They are handsome looking cars.  I like the fact that Lionel used the cars and graphics for a while.  Its too bad that they never came with Ives couplers.

Here are the cabooses from the Lionel/Ives transition era.

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Posted by JonEddy on Friday, February 19, 2021 4:46 PM

Northwoods, are these cars lighted? The Lionel 2640 and 2641, that is. I have a set of them but no lights or pickups are installed.

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Posted by Northwoods Flyer on Sunday, February 21, 2021 12:08 PM

Jon,

Yes the #2640 cars are lighted.  At least mine are.

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Posted by Northwoods Flyer on Saturday, February 27, 2021 1:47 PM

In this number range of cars in the Lionel/Ives transition era there is one car that Lionel did not duplicate in its own livery, although they did use the Lionel coupler on the Ives branded car.

This is the Ives 1708 cattle car.

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Posted by Northwoods Flyer on Friday, March 5, 2021 9:05 PM

Putting the two transition era sets together in a comparison shot we have Lionel on the upper track and Ives on the lower track.

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Posted by Northwoods Flyer on Monday, March 8, 2021 1:07 PM

There are also other freight cars that were produced in the Lionel/Ives transition era.

Lets start with the #1677 in Ives and Lionel livery.

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Posted by Northwoods Flyer on Sunday, March 21, 2021 9:48 AM

1680 Tank car in Ives and Lionel Livery

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Posted by JonEddy on Thursday, April 1, 2021 1:31 PM

Not a train accessory but 100% tinplate, here is a cool Marx Sky Flyer wind up toy circa 1937 I saw in a recent online auction. I thought it would go well with my wide gauge Flyers and in the near future will find a permanent place on my layout. It does work when you wind the plane the propeller turns as should but I'm not sure about the balance. If anyone has info on it I'd appreciate it.

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Posted by Northwoods Flyer on Monday, April 12, 2021 9:48 AM

Jon,

Nice Marx tin accessory.  I always enjoy adding tinplate accessories from other manufacturers to the tinplate empire.

Here is another tinplate car from Ives that Lionel did not carry over into their line.  It is interesting that they didn't carry over the stock cars in either of their transition sets featuring Ives cars.

1678 Stock car

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Posted by JonEddy on Tuesday, April 13, 2021 2:35 PM

This is my first Lionel standard gauge engine and tender. A beautiful 400e and 400t. I figured go big or go homeBig Smile. The only blemmish is the frame has been pinned just behind the 400e emblem on the boiler and a few small paint chips. Now I need to save up for some 200 rolling stock Wink

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Posted by Hoffman on Monday, April 26, 2021 11:20 PM

I am not a collector of the 600-series Lionel but I have one of these cars - I have always loved the color combo on this since I was a teenager (30 years ago) and finally found one in a box of stuff at a yard sale.  Not in superb shape, but reasonable.

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Posted by Northwoods Flyer on Tuesday, April 27, 2021 8:24 AM

Welcome Hoffman,

I assume that you are referring to one of the early postings in this thread. What color Lionel 600 series car do you have?

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Posted by Northwoods Flyer on Tuesday, May 4, 2021 8:31 AM

Here is the Ives 1679 and two of the Lionel versions using the same body and number.

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