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Old 08-21-2019, 05:23 PM   #401
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It has been a number of days since I posted any new pictures. Unfortunately some other things in my life got in the way of the trains, I hate it when that happens. I was able to get some pictures for 3 days worth of postings, I went into the attic and found a few less common items in my collection.
Today’s picture is probably boring for most of the viewers. I like to concentrate on the link coupler era.
Almost all boxes for the 633 B&O boxcars are stamped 633. A few were stamped as shown to reflect the actual colors on the car, these are quite rare. In the condition shown these are worth far more than the car inside, at least to collectors like myself who have a fixation on the OB’s. The lesson here is if you see one at a show and the price for the car is fair, buy it. The box can be sold off to buy 2 or 3 more cars.

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Old 08-21-2019, 05:26 PM   #402
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That's a possibility I didn't think about. It looks original to me, nothing appears to have been altered or replaced with newer hardware. I just decided to leave it as is, not expecting it to be a rare or sample piece. Without any more information than that, I doubt anyone intentionally made it up expecting it to pass for something it isn't. It's too common of a piece. Could be someone was in a hurry on a Friday afternoon at the factory.
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Old 08-21-2019, 05:33 PM   #403
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It has been a number of days since I posted any new pictures. Unfortunately some other things in my life got in the way of the trains, I hate it when that happens. I was able to get some pictures for 3 days worth of postings, I went into the attic and found a few less common items in my collection.
Today’s picture is probably boring for most of the viewers. I like to concentrate on the link coupler era.
Almost all boxes for the 633 B&O boxcars are stamped 633. A few were stamped as shown to reflect the actual colors on the car, these are quite rare. In the condition shown these are worth far more than the car inside, at least to collectors like myself who have a fixation on the OB’s. The lesson here is if you see one at a show and the price for the car is fair, buy it. The box can be sold off to buy 2 or 3 more cars.

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Interesting boxes, I didn't know they came stamped that way. You are a serious box collector, no doubt. Did the 633 Reefers come marked as well on the boxes?
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Old 08-21-2019, 06:22 PM   #404
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I have never seen a 633 reefer in a box marked 633 Refrigerator Car. That does not mean they do not exist. The rare reefer 633 variant is 1952 production. I saw a red painted one in a box marked 633-R Box Car. Vendor claimed it was the OB for the reefer.
I have one 633 Reefer, red painted, it is in the OB. I bought it 10 years ago. I did not note the box stamping on my inventory list, dummy! The problem now would be to find it, some day it will surface during one of my searches.
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Old 08-21-2019, 06:29 PM   #405
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Thanks, I know the Reefers are hard to come by. I learned something new about the 633's today, more specifically, the boxes.
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Old 08-22-2019, 12:24 AM   #406
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I have 3 633 Reefers. 2 red painted and 1 Tuscan. I don't know when I bought them since I have been collecting so many years. I know one of them came in a box but don't know where the box is. I am not a box collector but I never turn down a chance to get them when possible. I consider that a side perk.
I bought a small collection 5 years ago and all but two of the 12 cars were in the blue and yellow boxes.
All of my other boxes are in a plastic container somewhere. The contents are out on the layout or, if rare, in a glass door display case.

As a side note, when I go to shows I never neglect to look under the vendor's table after I have checked what the vendor is displaying. I have gotten several boxcars, gons, and hopper cars that had scratches or scrapes on them cheap. They are perfect candidates for weathering for the layout. Since they are already damaged, the weathering just enhances the used hard appearance, especially hopper cars. Broken steps are easily repaired too.
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Old 08-22-2019, 12:29 AM   #407
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Ready to shot down those pesky Russian, Chinese and North Korean rockets! Maybe even Lionel three rail but I might be able to pass on that. For a matter of fact, I will launch at any threat to my Ping Pong Table American Flyer Layout!
Neat. Never saw one of those before.
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Old 08-22-2019, 07:53 AM   #408
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Picked up the 2056 at a car parts swap meet, and the 2037 at a garage sale.O scale, I know....001.JPG

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Old 08-22-2019, 11:09 AM   #409
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Nice, good looking steamers. I guess I need to start hitting some yard sales. Tried a few
last year and no train stuff.
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Old 08-22-2019, 12:52 PM   #410
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This is a 781 abutment set from 1953. There are a total of 62 pieces in 3 sizes, 40 large, 14 medium, and 8 small. They are made of a ceramic material and are heavy. You can see by the numerous tape repairs to keep the box complete. My only complaint is there's no way to mount them, they depend on their weight to keep them in place, but they still move around over use. The price tag is from Strawbridge & Clothier, an east coast department store chain that is no longer in business. The price was $7.95 and says not returnable. IMG_0008.JPG

IMG_0011.JPG They are easily broken or chipped if mishandled.
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