For me nostalgia comes to mind quickly. When I was a kid there were a lot of tin toys to choose from and I really wish I would have held onto them. The bright enamel paint has a wow factor like no other. While we were at York we got to look at Tinplate Trains. Beautiful objects for sure. Went back to see Al at SideTrack hobbies as we were quite interested in a complete Chicago & North Western set he had on display. Got there just in time to witness it being boxed up for another customer. That set was absolutely stunning!! Oh well, had I bought it I would have had to install a proximity alarm on it so nobody would touch it. LOL!!
I'll call it nostalgia although tinplate was not part of my youth. I primarily use it for a Christmas layout. There is a lot of nostalgia involved in the Christmas holiday season even for things that are not part of our personal experience.
A couple years ago, when I first started learning about STD Gauge and tinplate trains, MTH was still making it. So I jumped in and purchased a lot of modern era tinplate. I only buy the new PS2/PS3 stuff. I like it shiny and command controlled. Anyway, the rest of the year I have it on shelves where I can admire it. It's a wonderful (if expensive) decoration. I wish MTH would offer one Tinplate Traditions set in each catalog instead of dropping it altogether.
Starting a brand new Tinplate layout and seeing the colors just POP!! this shows transition. O gauge in the back also of course
Why is the Tinplate section of the Forum so quiet? Is everyone just using the Main board instead?
Steve, this looks like it's going to be a great layout.
Unfortunately, while a few of our members have some tinplate trains Bluecomet400 is the only one that I know is building a tinplate layout. You can post your progress and photos both here and/or in the main board. While I'm not a tinplate guy I enjoy seeing tinplate layouts and trains in action.
I never knew there were so many varied models, types and styles of TINPLATE TRAINS!! My interest in this type of Model Railroading is steadily growing. Unfortunately, with house hunting there is only so much money to go around at the moment. For me what appeals to me about TINPLATE is the relative simplicity of the product along with the vibrant paint schemes and the contrasting detail pieces applied to the pieces. The accessories are a joy to behold as well. Maybe one day....