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Posted by Northwoods Flyer on Thursday, October 15, 2020 8:33 AM

Here are two 8 wheel tenders with Ives brass tags. 

This one came with my Ives #1122 Steamer

I believe that this one was a purchase all by itself.

I am guessing that the one with Lionel latch couplers and journals is from the transition era after the bankruptcy sale.

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Posted by fifedog on Thursday, October 15, 2020 8:33 AM

Northwoods - Thanks.  After a dozen years of a winter layout, decided I wanted to run pretty trains through pretty scenery.

Now, which is your favorite Hiawatha, Miss '36 or Miss '37?

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Posted by Northwoods Flyer on Wednesday, October 14, 2020 9:07 AM

Here is my favorite photo of the Hiawatha by American Flyer.

The 1936 and 1937 versions.

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Posted by Northwoods Flyer on Tuesday, October 13, 2020 10:14 AM

Looking good Jon.  Enjoy the hunt.

I am getting to the end of photos of my Dorfan equipment.  This photo is from the archives and shows what I had in my collection as of March 2019.  It had taken quite a while to assemble this amount.

Most of it is still packed away and I think I have photos of everything posted already.

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Posted by JonEddy on Tuesday, October 13, 2020 9:36 AM

American Flyer 1218 steeple engine. She's a bit rough but ran as soon as I put her on the track.

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Posted by JonEddy on Monday, October 12, 2020 10:09 AM

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I happily take resposibility for infecting you with pre war pox.  Now if I could only figure out how to become a super spreader.   

Just don't spread it too much, I like being able to find Flyer trains. Zip it! I found this Bing Engine at an antique store over the weekend and it works! Missing a few piece but it works! Also found the 1218 in the background on Facebook marketplace. Big Smile

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Posted by Northwoods Flyer on Monday, October 12, 2020 9:22 AM

fife,

I thought that your previous layout was spectacular. However, I think your current work is even better. Thanks for posting.

Jon,

I happily take resposibility for infecting you with pre war pox.  Now if I could only figure out how to become a super spreader.   Smile, Wink & Grin

Here is an example of engine #597  Commodore Vanderbilt by Marx.   And yes it is a restoration that I purchased to pull those Marx cars previously posted.

And here it is with the #551 Tender previously posted.

I'm discovering that Marx has a tendency to grow on you.

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Posted by JonEddy on Sunday, October 11, 2020 3:57 PM

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Congratulations Jon, nice find on the bridge and the station.  You seem to be adding pieces to your collection at breakneck speed.  Great fun isn't it!

Yes it does seems like it. I got lucky on two bulk buys and a few small finds here and there. It's your fault, your awesome thread on prewar Flyer infected me! Big Smile

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Posted by fifedog on Sunday, October 11, 2020 9:26 AM

Marx 74 semaphore I've found that the older, all metal base versions, hold up much better under extended voltage loads.  

 

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Posted by Northwoods Flyer on Sunday, October 11, 2020 9:03 AM

Congratulations Jon, nice find on the bridge and the station.  You seem to be adding pieces to your collection at breakneck speed.  Great fun isn't it!

Here is the #2820 Floodlight Car by Lionel.

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Posted by JonEddy on Saturday, October 10, 2020 8:07 PM

American Flyer 4220 Trestle Bridge i just got from Stout. It's missing the telegraph poles but I have repro cross arms and original poles to fix her up. Wink Also got a nice Flossmoor station #96

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Posted by Flintlock76 on Saturday, October 10, 2020 9:22 AM

Keep it up people, just keep it up, you're going to give me an uncontrollable urge to get involved with pre-war tinplate.  As if I don't have enough things to worry about.

Wink

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Posted by Northwoods Flyer on Saturday, October 10, 2020 9:17 AM

Kens Std Gauge,

Thanks for the links to the videos.  It looks like you have a lot of fun with your trains.  I like the looks of Oakwood Cottage too.  Is that your home?

Penny,

Thanks for posting the photos of your "Power House". I always enjoy seeing your work.  I appreciate your imagination and adaptive reuse of things. 

Here is the #115 Freight Station by Ives.

And a Photo of #114 and #115

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Posted by pennytrains on Friday, October 9, 2020 7:05 PM

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That is quite the powerhouse you have there. I don't remember seeing it before, could you show some more photos and tell us about it?

Sure!  It's currently out of use so I can have more room for more buildings.  (Plus it's REEEEAAAALLLYYYY heaveeeeeee when fully stocked with transformers!  Wink)

I built it using 2 expansion floors for a Playmobil Victorian Dollhouse as a base.  The roof section is scratchbuilt styrene plus a few wood letters:

The staircase was an internal component, but I moved it outside.  The opposite end of the building has a PVC pipe smokestack and that's where the terminal posts for the transformers and 2 barrier strips were located.  In this first floor view you can see the inside ends of the posts in the "red room" plus the wires heading to the strips:

Also on the first floor you can see the air whistle mounted to the ceiling.  The power cords dropped down from the second floor through the opening left from the stairway, passed through the door between the two rooms and plugged into a three outlet extension cord with a breaker switch built into the plug.

The power floor:

This is where the A, T and K transformers were with the 95 rheostats mounted in front of them.

In earlier days I had my AristoCraft transformer on the lower floor to run G-Scale but when it went to standard gauge only I started using Playmobil furniture for the empty rooms.  If you look hard, you can make out some of it in this pic:

Now I just have the T (O table) and K (Std. floor) in front of my paper scrapers.  If the planned table layout had materialized the powerhouse/factory would have been set up on an end but on the floor the front side with the signage always faced a wall.  Stick out tongue

P.S. The dollhouse pieces fit together well enough but there were no fasteners or glue holding the pieces together, and with a foamcore board floor as a base it was just a wee bit difficult to carry up and down the basement stairs!  Tongue Tied

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Posted by Kens std gauge on Friday, October 9, 2020 6:30 PM

thanks, I also have the Lone Scout passenger set, but not the 4685 locomotive. I usually pull mine with a 4019.  I also have, temporarily, a complete Pocohontas set, but it was one I got last year for service and the owner said to enjoy it a while, then Covid... someday I'll get it back to him!

here's a night operation link that features the Lone Scout set, taken a few years ago. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=gAAo9YnWxw0&t=78s

and a daytime one that shows both the Lone Scout and Pocahontas set in operation. 
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=r_SdB7ywW9U&t=60s

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Posted by Northwoods Flyer on Friday, October 9, 2020 9:21 AM

penny,

I think that the red object on the lower level is a Dorfan controller.  I have only seen pictures of them, and that is what they look like.  That is quite the powerhouse you have there.  I don't remember seeing it before, could you show some more photos and tell us about it?

Welcome  Kens std gauge,

I'm glad you stopped in. Feel free to post photos of your trains.  That is what this thread is about.

Here is The Lone Scout (Wide Gauge) by American Flyer.

Its not in the best of condition.  It was one of my first Wide Gauge purchases, back in the day when I bought things from lists without seeing them. (pre internet  Confused )

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Posted by Kens std gauge on Wednesday, October 7, 2020 7:54 PM

This is a timely and enjoyable thread... I just happened to check in here on a whim.  While most of my layout is Lionel standard gauge, I have some flyer equipment and would like to find more.  It's great to see it all here!

 

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Posted by pennytrains on Wednesday, October 7, 2020 6:42 PM

I have a controller for Dorfan switches.

At least, I think I do.  

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Posted by Northwoods Flyer on Wednesday, October 7, 2020 9:23 AM

Manual O (Narrow) Gauge Switches    by Dorfan

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Posted by Northwoods Flyer on Tuesday, October 6, 2020 10:11 AM

#551 Tender by Marx

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Posted by Northwoods Flyer on Monday, October 5, 2020 10:06 AM

#2814R by Lionel

Of all of the Lionel cars that came in the box of trains that I bought when I was twelve I am the most sad about this one.  It is in the toughest shape.

I like the opening doors.

At least I get a glimpse of what the beautiful blue roof looked like before someone repainted it.  (not the best photo)

Maybe someday I will have it restored.

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Posted by Northwoods Flyer on Sunday, October 4, 2020 2:29 PM

Passenger Station #114  by Ives

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Posted by Northwoods Flyer on Saturday, October 3, 2020 9:39 AM

Wide Gauge The Hamiltonian by American Flyer

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Posted by Northwoods Flyer on Friday, October 2, 2020 8:47 AM

My resources on Dorfan are fairly limited so I posted these cars on the Dorfan Enthusiasts site on Facebook seeking information. The cars are #s 498 and 499.  They are from an uncataloged set #275 called the Mountain Limited. 

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Posted by Northwoods Flyer on Thursday, October 1, 2020 10:31 AM

#1392 Lift Bridge by Marx

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Posted by Northwoods Flyer on Wednesday, September 30, 2020 11:04 AM

This is a second version of the #2812 gondola by Lionel.

I bought this orange version of the #2812 to go with the cars that I had from the purchase back in 1966, only to discover that Lionel used two different coupler heights. I bought the green version posted earlier so that I had a car that would couple with those earler cars.

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Posted by Northwoods Flyer on Tuesday, September 29, 2020 11:25 AM

I am not sure what engine originally pulled these brown cars by Ives.

 

I have matched them matched up with a #3250.

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Posted by rrswede on Monday, September 28, 2020 9:26 PM

Based on the photo, it looks to be in original and very good condition. 

Good find and I'm happy to hear that someone was able to attend a train show.

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Posted by pennytrains on Monday, September 28, 2020 7:03 PM

JonEddy
fyi, the tower cost as much as the engine!

Doesn't surprise me.  Wink

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Posted by Northwoods Flyer on Monday, September 28, 2020 9:17 AM

Set #4001 (from 1940)      Pioneer Passenger Train   

by American Flyer.

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