I see a lot of coverage for Lionel tinplate. And Lionel WAS the leader back then. But there were others. Doesn't anyone have any other brands of tin trains, buildings, etc. that they would be using or collecting?
Marx made tons of tinplate both Pre-War and Post War. Actually, Marx was probably the only major toy train manufacturer to make an extensive line of Post War tinplate trains, plus accessories, buildings, tunnels, etc.
And Pre War, there were manufacturers such as DorFan, American Flyer (pre-Gilbert), Carlisle & Finch, Bing, Marklin and more.
Surely there has to be some collectors and layout builders/operators here that have tinplate other than Lionel...
Let's see some of it! It all has history in toys and our lives. How many here started with a discount store or catalog Marx windup set? Or populated their layouts with tinplate bridges from the Jr. Bridge Co, Marx and Flyer? Or had Marx signals and floodlight towers in their Lionel layouts?
How about it? Bring those things out and let us see them. They all have a story to tell!
There were many small manufacturers of tinplate, especially Standard Gauge. Here are a few Standard Gauge manufacturers that come to mind: McCoy JAD Lines John Daniel Railway Lines RichArt Glenn Toys Classic Model Corp Jerry Brown Williams Reproductions DeHanes
The names listed above are a small sampling of small manufacturers who built Standard Gauge tinplate trains in the 70s and early 80s. Interest in the trains built by these manufacturers has grown substantially over the years, and the trains are referred to by collectors as "Modern Era Standard Gauge."
As for O Gauge, the one company that comes to mind is Pride Lines. They offered reproductions of several Lionel favorites such as the Hiawatha and UP M10000, as well as trains Lionel never made such as the Illinois Central "Green Diamond" and a UP "City of Denver" with longer cars than the version made by Lionel.
I've seen photos of the Pride Lines trains but never one in 'real life' - I ran across a beautifully restored Bing clockwork set and a Fleischmann set - both seeming in O gauge - at an antiques dealer - complete with boxes. He was asking $250 each.
"We few, we happy few, we band of brothers" Henry V
Although Lionel might have outlasted the competition, I think Ives built a better product in both looks and mechanical quality.
My Ives 3252 has been restored (not necessarily the correct color) but the amount of detail put into it as far as rivets, body hatches and such just blows the similar era Lionel 153 locomotive out of the water. Both are pretty equivalent offerings for both manufacturers and are replicas of the NYC's "S-motor" series of electric switchers. Nearly the same size, both offer manual reverse switches, add on handrails, a decorative bell as well as a functional headlight. The Ives locomotive has a cast iron side-frame and pilot assembly vs Lionel's stamped steel parts.
The Lithography work on the Ives cars also blew Lionel's basic stamped lettering out of the water. Unfortunately the high production cost of these items left little profit as they competed with Lionel since their products sold at relatively similar price-points. Ultimately they went bankrupt which lead to a joint purchase of the company assets by Lionel and American Flyer.
Last Edit: Sept 19, 2021 16:41:19 GMT by santafe158