Post by thebigcrabcake on Sept 11, 2019 22:49:14 GMT
It’s hard to beat Tinplate for pure nostalgia. A classic Tinplate train under the Christmas tree, especially in Standard gauge, is an image that is guaranteed to wake up childhood memories. It does for me and I didn’t even have Tinplate trains growing up. I’m sure the draw of Tinplate is different for everybody. That leads to the question at hand: What do you like best about Tinplate?
Post by thebigcrabcake on Sept 12, 2019 5:18:36 GMT
Very true. The look and feel of these Trains is a big part of the draw. I love the pure weight of the cars and the engines require two hands. I don't Have a Brute but I believe that two hands might not even be enough for those heavyweights. It’s all very mechanical and tactile.
I don't have any tinplate but I've thought of adding some made by MTH to my roster. Tinplate trains are true toy trains. They are colorful caracatures rather than accurate scale models and have a charm that is unique, plus they connect us with the early days of model railroading.
Post by bluecomet400 on Sept 12, 2019 17:44:32 GMT
Good afternoon, This is my first post to this forum, so first of all, I'd like to say that everything looks great here.
What do I like best about tinplate? 1: The bright colors 2: The sounds of the air whistle and E-Unit 3: The flicker of the lights in the passenger cars as they roll over switches and crossings 4: The greatly disproportionate size of the accessories compared to the trains 5: Latch couplers and box couplers that don't even remotely resemble what would be on a real train 6: They're a reminder of a time when toys were still made with pride in the USA.
I could go on a lot longer about why I love tinplate toy trains, but for me, the biggest reason I love them is that they are a tangible reminder of my Dad and all the great father-son memories we shared with the trains. As many of you may know from postings elsewhere, I inherited my Dad's prewar collection when he died over 18 years ago. While nothing could ever bring him back, having his trains to enjoy is the next best thing as they were a huge part of who he was.
Early last year, I caught the DCS bug, and have added DCS to my layout, as well as several DCS-equipped trains. While I enjoy running the modern trains, my first love will always be prewar tinplate. No matter what is going on in the world, with work or anything else, when I run my old prewar trains, they always give me a feeling of "everything is going to be ok."
Its funny too because when I went to the TCA museum in Strasburg PA last April, I sat for seemed like hours in front of the standard gage diorama watching those trains go around that layout. Its like I was catapulted back in time.
BTW I found this little 253 for 40 dollars on the bay... I had to bring it back to life... I found the light bulb kit and other parts at York. I will have to film it again! You can see from the before pics she was well loved....
Post by thebigcrabcake on Sept 16, 2019 0:50:02 GMT
Tinplate is a Guilty Pleasure for me but I am still learning just about everything in this area. The whole 100s classification thing is a mystery to me. For example: What's the difference between 200 and 500 category rolling stock. What number catagory is a "State Set". Are they the only ones with 6 wheel trucks? Like I said, I'm learning.
Here's a short lesson in car numbering, starting with freight cars:
100-series: these were very early standard gauge cars fairly primitive in design compared to what was to come; they are also fairly small.
200-series: these are the largest freight cars Lionel made, and were generally run with the 400E steamer, the 402/408 electrics, and perhaps even a 380 but not 100% sure on that one, and in a rare case they were also run with the 390E coupled to a rare 390X tender. Most 390 tenders had the smaller 500-series trucks, but the 390X had 200-series trucks so it would mate with the 200-series cars; to my knowledge, Lionel made that tender one year only, either 1929 or 1930, so it is rather difficult to find. The 200-series also had some operating cars such as the 218 dump car and 219 crane.
500-series: these were slightly smaller than the 200 series, but beautiful just the same. These cars were pulled by a variety of the smaller and mid-size Standard Gauge locos: 384, 385E, 1835E, 392E, 8, 10, 318 etc. Unlike the 200 series, there were no operating cars, other than the searchlight.
One thing in common with the way Lionel numbered the cars is the use of the last number: there may be a few exceptions to this, but if you're looking at car numbers, if the last digit is a 5, you know it's a tank car; if it's a 7, you have a caboose. If it's 2, it's a gondola. It's a pretty nice system to keep everything straight.
That's it for the first lesson, Emile. Emile?? Emile? Are you awake??
Come on up to Maine sometime and spend as much time in my train room as you'd like; take notes, take pictures etc. No better time to spend in the train room than a cold, winter day with a nice steady snowfall; I'm ready for toy train weather!!
The video was taken at the Worlds Greatest Hobby Show in Oaks, Pa. in January 2019. It’s really cool to see these big engines running around on a huge layout. Seeing the SGMAs layout at the Pittsburgh TCA Convention got my hooked on Standard Gauge.
We will do the Worlds Greatest Hobby show again 2/8-2/9/20 at the Dulles Expo Center in Chantilly, Virginia outside of DC. Come see us, bring a train to run. It was a great show in January, I think they had 20 Modular clubs there, all had great layouts in all different scales. Tons of people turn out for these shows, mostly families with children.
I ❤️ tinplate. I don't have any in O scale, but have a set in standard gauge, 400e and 200k series cars.
Here's a video I took last October at the TCA museum. Nice standard gauge layout. This is one of many classy clean layouts they have there. If you haven't visited you should stop by. Right next to Strasburg Railroad and the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania, around 40 minute drive from York. Such a great area.
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