Post by trainsintheattic on Apr 6, 2021 16:17:10 GMT
Here's a Lionel D-224 jewel and actually looks amazingly complete considering it's rough condition. I love how very little of the mountain remains except the portals. Unless shipping is possible, looks like this display remains in Canada for now.
Hey Bruce - I have seen some really nice dealer displays and display layouts but I always wanted to build my own layout, so restoring one and where to display it never occurred to me to do. But if someone restores and runs them at the train shows, I will watch them run.
Post by trainsintheattic on Apr 18, 2021 16:25:26 GMT
Call me crazy, but preserving the layout as is was my first thought. Leave all the crusty, dust covered ageing in a static display of extreme decaying patina. Fill in the missing parts and train sets with era specific items in similar condition. Keep the years of neglect exactly as found.
The authorized layouts like this are well documented with other D-224 examples having undergone restoration. My concern would be the almost total replacement of things needed to make it operational and then scenic restoration to bring everything up to like new condition. Performing those tasks would effectively wipe out all originality.
Useless as is and an eyesore in anyone's home. Originality and shock value, off the charts!
Bruce, I understand your thinking about leaving it as is. I fully understand your thinking. Renovating it would compromise it's originality, but seeing it in it's rundown condition is too much for me. If I were to buy such a layout I would restore it using as much original materials as I could get at reasonable prices. I would try to maintain the original flavor of the layout but seeing it in like new condition would mean more to me than leaving it as is. That might be because I am not a collector. In my case, if I really wanted a post-war display layout, it probably would be better if I built one from scratch using modern materials.
Post by trainsintheattic on May 6, 2021 4:21:09 GMT
Joe, although this display layout has kept me fascinated for a month, there comes a point in that fascination when practicality stops me short. I'd never find appropriate room for it, nor the time invested to give it life once more. My focus in O is elsewhere and those pursuits are way more fulfilling.
These time capsules of our hobby and the exclusivity of the offering always grasp my nostalgic attention. Sometimes the barn find has a charm all its own, even if the subject could set up serious allergic reactions. The completeness is what amazed me the most. I'd bet it's ZW is hiding somewhere close by, and it appears to be standing on its own legs. If nothing else, it could serve as a research subject to those that restore such things.I
Again the many facets of model railroading are almost overwhelming in scope. Glimpses into the past go to show how history reveals that this hobby remains vibrant.