So I was working in my at home office... which is my train studio too
When I came upon this little guy sitting in my for sale stack... I found it at York for 2 dollars - at the bandit meet a couple years ago... Its had a hard life but it reminded me of when I was a kid. This was the type of train I was able to play with or run, I could find these at the local garage sales too. Great hand me downs... Marx was a big item too.
So I was thinking of selling it when I stopped and said Why? Every time I look at it I smile and it takes me back to when I was a kid at 6 or 7 and would set up a loop of track on the cold basement floor and just watch trains go around in circles for hours...
I think I will keep it on display for a bit... What do you guys have that you just cannot part with?
I could not part with my trains - the trains I grew up with.
I was fortunate to have my trains stored and put away after the "big move" from my childhood home and basement in 1969, only to FINALLY be told where they were kept and given to me in 2003. The Locomotives would include a 1666, a 2037 (which was the work horse) and a 1055 Texas Special and a huge assortment of rolling stock, a log loader, Bascule Bridge, working ZW and electrical panel, station platform, 494 Rotating Signal Tower amongst all that. I have yet to get the log loader and the Bascule Bridge down from storage but everything else works.
I can't part with them - the memories are, as thick as flies as James Earl Jones once said.......
Great topic. My little piece of nostalgia is my Lionel Cannonball set that Santa got me in the early 1970s. Every time I see it, it brings a smile to my face. Memories of laying on my bedroom floor studying the Sears or JC Whitney catalog and all the while that little 2-4-0 would be running in a small circle.
I always had the gondola filled with Tootsie Rolls.
Top of the list, my Train Master Lackawanna diesel that I purchaaes with my paper route earnings some 68 years ago. Sits on a shelf in our office, but that's all right as it reminds me of many happy days as a kid.
My nostalgia is a Lionel James Gang train set. It is a set that was to commemorate The James Gang train robbery of the late 1800s. If you Google it, you can find some pictures and videos of the set. I have most of it, though some pieces are missing and it has seen better days. It still runs and I run it from time to time. Still love it and will never part with it. Got it when I was 8, my first set.
I have several items that have always been on my layout and give me a smile.
The Lionel Milk car is the most important one. When the little grandkids come over it is the first item they operate and it reminds me of how I would always have a farm with milk cows on my childhood layouts.
My Railking Commodore Vanderbilt would top the list. It reminds me of the pre-war Lionel Commodore Vanderbilt I had when I was little. My dad found it and 3 two tone passenger cars in someone's garbage. The set had been played with hard and while nothing was broken the paint had lots of scratches. The locomotive had no e-unit and was wired to run forward only. It was my only passenger train and got lots of run time. The Railking model is quite different from that Lionel engine but still reminds me of it, so it's extra special to me.
OK John, now you have the Tinplate bug....it begins.... and then we are discussing at your house during the next meet, Gargraves 5 rail track for your new standard gauge purchase..then I am fighting you in the blue hall at York for a deal on some MTH repro... stay safe.