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what was your first model train?

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Posted by PC101 on Wednesday, September 14, 2022 11:06 PM

I would guess around 1970. These being the first train items I brought with my own money. I rode my bicycle about one mile to get to the Department store. Tyco SF Engine #4015 and UP Gondola #29500.

Looking closer at the engine, I now see that I added lead sheeting in the shell, lift rings on the nose, brass wire grab irons and jewels for marker lights.

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Posted by Attuvian1 on Wednesday, September 14, 2022 11:22 PM

1951 or '52 for Christmas.  Seven or eight years old.  It was a Lionel O gauge PRR S-2 turbine.  As I recall, it came with triple axles on each of the tender's trucks, not the 4 axle trucks of the prototype.  Heating grate under the stack - drop in those little smoke pellets.  Surely I must have run out of them, but have no idea how they were replenished.  Have no idea what happened to it.

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Posted by Track fiddler on Thursday, September 15, 2022 8:14 AM

GN24

I remember when i was in first grade my first model train set was a bachmann pacific flyer set. I am wondering what you guys had to start out with?

I like the thread. 
 
Mine was a Bachmann as well.  An N scale train set given to me by my Grandfather for my 11th birthday some 47 years ago.
 
 
I some how happened to hang on to the U36B locomotive all these years and it sits on my fireplace mantle.
 
 
It was a Spirit of 76 train set and I've managed to re-collect it piece by piece, finding new old stock one at a time through quite a few years.
 
Still trying to find a couple of the other cars I added to that set with my lawn mower money back then. 
 
It is my thoughts, I'll have Toy Train Day with this set periodicallyLaugh
 
 
 
I've tried to post to this thread twice before and got 403 Forbidden both times.  I was glad the post went through finally today.
 
 
 
 
TF

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