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I came into a few model train items at an estate sale.

I know exactly jack squat about model trains, but the lot wasn't moving and I had the room to store it, so I bought it. (Impulse buy, or so the wife said!:D)

What's the best source for figuring out what I've got, whether it's worth setting up or just parting out?

One of the items was the entire setup in the basement of the house. Unfortunately it wasn't built with the intention of ever being moved. Still haven't figured out what to do with it, if anything. I've got two weeks to get it out of the house or I forfeit any claim to it.

I'll get over there tomorrow and get some pics of the set-up and components.

Thanks in advance for any assistance!,
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AJ, let me start with a question: if you don't mind saying, where in IN are you? Town is close enough, we don't need your street address. The reason is we might have members near you who would be interested in buying, trading, or just helping you sort through it. Give it some thought.

Second...the first question is, who makes it? Cars and Locomotives will usually have the manufaturer's name on them, and that's a major first step in understanding what you have. Look for things Like Lionel, American Flyer, Bachman, Marx, and so on.

Third: the numbers on the locomotives and the cars are the key to identifying the individual units. Unless the previous owner customized and repainted them all, each will have an id # prominently displayed on either side of the unit. Usually, these are 3, 4, or 5 digit numbers.

Here is an example: let's say you are holding a steam engine that says "American Flyer" on the side or on the tender (coal car). On the side of the engine, you see the number "307". You could then go to this site and see when it was made, a description of it, and many of it's features:

http://www.americanflyerexpress.com...r-products-directory-steam-locomotives-01.htm

There are similar sites for other manufacturers, as well. The more information you can give us, the more we can help you sort it out.

Next: scale or gauge. These are classes of trains by size. Once we get the first number from a car or engine, we can tell you what size you have. At that point, you will probably do best by moving your questions to that particular "room" in the forum and continuing. It's a way of organizing the conversations, here, to help people go back and research previous discussions by the trains they are associated with.

Finally----PICTURES!!!! Everyone here loves photos! If you see this in an answer: TTIWWP, it's telling you to put some pics up so we can see what you're talking about! It means This Thread Is Worthless Without Pictures!

Best wishes, and it's nice to have you join us.
 

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Thanks guys!

I'm located west of Indianapolis, just west of Brownsburg, IN.

I'll get some pics of everything and get them posted.

Thanks again,
AJ
 

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AJ, I'm in Louisville, KY, about 90 miles south of you. Nice to have you with us!
 

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i live WAY UP north in rochester IN my father live in lafayette you should stay in the hobby its a good one it teaches hand eye cordanation i think you would love thsi hobby i recomend this hobby to everyone
 

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AJ,

Great intro thoughts by Reck up above. Welcome (again), and looking forward to peeking over your shoulder to the truck-load of train stuff. Hope we forum guys can help guide you in some way.

Cheers,

TJ
 

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Welcome Polak........

I can be on my way from Jersey, with a flatbed truck and a small crane on the back. With that and a chain saw we can get it out.:D
Might take me 8 hrs or so to get there.:rolleyes:

Do you know what scale they are?
Are they big ones like Gomez Adams ran and blew up on TV.:D
 

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Thanks again all!

Unfortunately I just got a message from the auction house. Seems that sometime last night vandals burned the house. So everything I left there is now sitting under a pile of burnt rubble:mad:

I was afraid this would happen since the house is in the middle of nowhere (by some railroad tracks :D) and unoccupied. The estate had already slated the house for demolition, so I'm guessing there'll be no insurance recourse:(

I'm going to take a ride out there after work today to see if there's any chance of saving anything.

Too bad too, it was about a 250-300 sqft model. IH8Vandals!!!

I'll still get some pics of the stuff I have posted.
 

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Oh, man! I'm really sorry to hear about that. Please accept my condolences.
 

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I guess now they really look like Gomez Adams trains!:(
 

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Gomez Adams is putting it lightly!

They had the place roped off b/c of asbestos, but there wasn't a chance for the model:(

I did however recover a Whistle Stop cast iron sign, so that made the trip worth it. It really hadn't sustained any damage. Surprisingly as it was bolted to the side of the display. It's like the whole house came down around that sign.

Here's the only pic the auction house had taken of the set up. It's much larger than what you vcan see in the picture.
 

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Sorry for the delay, got stuck in Chicago over the weekend.

Unloaded the box and took a few pics.

Looks like it's all HO scale.

I'd like to know if I've got something, or just a box-o-crap.
 

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man i wish some of the estate sales around here were that cool all i ever find are cloths and old stereo equipment...
 

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That old Marn-o-stat throttle has me peaked. Most of the first few pictures are of old school stuff that most modelers don't want. Not that they aren't salable, it's just a limited market now with all the microelectronics now. The freight on those old power pieces alone makes them hard to sell in any setting other than a swap meet.

Starting at the kits though, you've got some nice Ebay fodder there, especially the Suydam trolley and the Walthers coach. Your picture format is a bit hard on my eyes, making it hard to compare shots. I drool over the parts box and separate bits.
 

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I drool over the parts box and separate bits.

Me too.:D

I'm confused?:confused:
Did these come from the burnt down home?
 

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I like the way American Flyer put "miles per hour" on its transformer ... with "120 mph" at the top end. Got a good laugh out of that!

Neat finds, all around. Thanks for the post-fire post!

TJ
 
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