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Ok I'll start this off. Post anything tinplate. Buildings , trains, etc. Ed, even your cans:) here is a wind up toy a got a while back. It's missing the key, anyone know where to get one or a picture of one so I can reproduce it? Also the top on one side is missing. The lithos are good and it works great. Was a good buy at something like 15$ shipped. 20151110_110815.jpg

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Nice t, I got the station, missing the box, the crossings and semovor are nice:) something about the simplistic designs along with detailed lithos make this stuff cool:)
 

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These were just extras in a junk box, I am curious about the stop semaphore , it has a second coil underneath that is used on bells. I will have to research that one. The box will be another thread.

 

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Now, I Miss My Trains

All of my prewar train sets are in storage. My children took it upon themselves to do so Aug/Sep 2014. Everyone of my boxed accessories are there, also. It's a long involved story but they say they did it to protect their mother and I. All of my photo albums are in a safe deposit box with my insurance papers.

So now I have just a few items at home that I've been tinkering with. Every now and again I order a new piece of vintage tinplate. I have it delivered to a friends home. (another long story)He then brings it for me to look at, like it belongs to him. He leaves it behind as if he forgot to take it with him.

My word of advice for all. Build your collection out of trains you can enjoy and not the more collectible items. At my age I will never be able to build another collection. At least I have my fond memories
 

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These were just extras in a junk box, I am curious about the stop semaphore , it has a second coil underneath that is used on bells. I will have to research that one. The box will be another thread.

The Stop Semaphore on the right is Marx #417. Marx made various versions of the #417, but the solenoid coil was to activate the bell. Other Marx "Caution High Speed Train" signs are #409, and #414 units. Hard to put an exact date on whatever version you come up with.
 

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I understand now the bell attached to the top coil and was rung from underneath!!! I could not find it on a broad image search THANKS!!!!! I know they are older than I am. With a id number maybe I can find out more.
 

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Pappy, you have this forum, I hope you tinker for many more years to come.:):) I don't have any collectible tin most of it I had to hammer back in shape. One train collector told me to collect tin buildings so I have gotten some flier and MARX stuff. All of it is runnable, most of it is rescued.:laugh:
 

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Dating Prewar MARX

teledoc & T-Man,
Dating prewar MARX is almost a impossible task. As there was so many variations over the years. The MARX Collector's manuals are a fantastic guide. Many folk end up red-faced and frustrated when attempting to date prewar MARX.

Years ago CTT did a special article on Jim & Debby Flynn's collection of prewar MARX. It's really something as it takes up one entire large room of their home. It upsets me so much as I cannot remember what year or issue. It comes with age.

There was also a wonderful article in The TCA "Q". If you search the TCA Archives you can find it with ease.
 

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Chris is that newer stuff? I dont recognize most of it?
T man cool video, never seen that work:)
 

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Nice sea troller. Looks almost new, litos are in excellent shape! I always had a soft spot for Marx stuff. It always looks cool to me. But im going to have to dig up some Lionel stuff as this thread is leaning to the Marxist side:)
 

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Like Chris, I had to have that Tinplate litho Lionel Factory. I'm a toy train guy and it looks great. Another modern tinplate item that I just had to have was the Lionel livery Rail Zepplin wind up. Its a neat item and a lot of fun. Runs great on FasTrack.

Several years ago CTT had an article on how to power one. I thought about it, but did not want to cut the body as they did. Anyway, the Rail Zepplin is cool and when not running it spends time as a flat car load.

 
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