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A friend with an interest in estate sales dropped off a bag of HO stuff he’d picked up for $20. He knows I like trains, but is indifferent to the finer points of the hobby. Normal, in other words. This is exciting. Some might think: “Man, I do 1:160; this stuff is useless!” I look at it as a challenge. It’s all train set stuff, but rather than throw it into the closet, I’d like to do something with it.
The freight car selection:
And the passenger equipment. The Amtrak engine is the only locomotive. My friend said there were a couple of engines for $30 and $50, and I can understand the reluctance to buy. Would have liked to have seen the models, though.
There are kits, and a for-real toy train with *weathering* (wear marks):
The Ulrich boxes are empty, but when’s the last time you saw an Ulrich box? The Silver Streak kits are for MOW caboose and boxcar, and the Branchline kit appears to be mostly there. The Athearn box has supplies:
So that’s the bag o’ goodies, and to it I can add:
I’d bought this car five years ago, and now the possibility of doing something with it.
I’d planned to start the W – O layout this winter, and it looks like there will be an additional project. I’m thinking of a straight DC layout to lower cost, as I’d like to keep the investment somewhere in the neighborhood of $500; which would include the locomotive.
At this time I’m thinking the ‘modern’ boxcars will have to go, as well as the entire Amtrak consist. I am not adverse to buying a few (3 – 5) cars to help the operation. Maybe I’ll ask my friend to hunt estate sales; but that would mean incorporating whatever random cars appeared.
At the moment, I’m thinking city industrial switching, or car repair shop. The Wenatchee – Oroville layout I’m looking to start is more of a ‘layorama’; modeling a single on-line industry with staging at both ends. Considering a similar approach here. I’ve warned my friend that the layout may well end up in his house (Hey, you bought the stuff!), so probably an 8′ x 1′ stand-alone with fold-down extensions for staging. Something a non-modeler can play around with.
There is a gas station kit:
Which appears to be all there, and yes, the 48-star flag is included. This will almost certainly become something else.
My modeling focus is 1:160, and the !:87 stuff is huge. It feels like you could model the paint chips on a rivet. Looking forward to the exercise, but not looking to make it a career.
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