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Hey guys,

Its time for a quick poll.Which brand of model trains do you collect?

Just curious to know which brands you guys collect..this will give me some idea of what you guys would like to read. I hope to build toypedia using the poll results too. Hoping to get a good response!
 

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*LOL* Ya gotta be kidding! This minute may be the only time American Flyer runs neck-and-neck with Lionel and outstrips H&O!
 

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Along that line, though....Vish, there tend to be two sects to model trains: Collectors and Runners. Mostly we get along, supporting the same hobby, but there are distinct differences in what we value. There's also quite a bit of crossover, but what I prize (as a Runner) may not be of any value or interest to a Collector.

Also...some of us are interested in real trains, while others are less interested; some are engrossed in steam locomotives, while others focus on diesels and electrics. Finally, trolleys and subways have their own adherents, as well.
 

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Let's see.:rolleyes:
I fixed the 2333, 248, two 520s. Assembled a 5690. Saved a 2016 from a drywall screw. I originaly bought it for parts but it ran much better than my other engines, I couldn't do it.
Resuscitated a Marx 999,with another 999 and a 400 still in intensive care.
I have the first 224, a 1668, that still need parts.
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Not to mention my garage sale Marklin Z that needs a motor.
Well worn, cheep, and broken is definitely my niche.:cool:
But all the lights work!!!!!!!
 

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You asked.

Cheep and broken, mostly.:)
I'm with T-Man on this one ...

""Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me."

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I'd be curious how many have Tyco in the "other" category. Not so much that these are "collector's items" or anything close to that, but it seems many of us have a bunch of 'em from way back when we were kids. Maybe?

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Crash & Burn Section!

I'd be curious how many have Tyco in the "other" category. Not so much that these are "collector's items" or anything close to that, but it seems many of us have a bunch of 'em from way back when we were kids. Maybe?

TJ
Yeah TJ,
As kids we started out with these and now they are just" Fodder for the Garage Floor" or "Great Train Wrecks We Know and Love! :laugh: Other is the perfect place...but these are the building blocks to running more sophisticated rolling stock and engines...they have served their purpose admirably!:thumbsup: I run Atlas,Athearn,AHM/Rivarossi!
 

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The only thing close to a collection is this small group of 50 year old Model Engineering Works all diecast rolling stock. I think they're really cool... :)

 

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Hi guys!

I started this poll to get to know more about the reputed modelling brands. I did some surfing and found these brands which seem to be popular

Athearn-HO scale
Kato-HO scale
Atlas-HO scale
MPH-O scale

If you think I've missed out some brands which are important, Please let me know and I will start a new poll with a comprehensive list.

Thanks!
 

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Vish, I have noticed that Canada has a strong European influence with buisness. In the states we don't see a lot of imported trains. Some brands are common but I would guess most are not. Now a place like Eurohobbies specializes in imports and carries many of the brands you have mentioned for Canada and the US. This is just something to keep in mind.
 

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Vish, I have noticed that Canada has a strong European influence with buisness. In the states we don't see a lot of imported trains. Some brands are common but I would guess most are not. Now a place like Eurohobbies specializes in imports and carries many of the brands you have mentioned for Canada and the US. This is just something to keep in mind.
That was the reason for my "What are you guys doing and why" question in another thread. It would appear Toypedia is UK-based (not an issue); the items posted for discussion were all of European manufacture, stuff we don't see much of on this side of the water. That led me to wonder if we were being gently encouraged to buy European products, or if Toypedia's knowledge and experience was simply limited to those manufacturers. It would appear the latter is the case.
 

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Vish,

Let me save you some digging, since I have a few minutes before lunch. I'm going to give you a synopsis of American Flyer and S scale.

In brief: American Flyer was the primary developer and manufacturer of S scale in the USA. It's golden years were just before WWII and after the war. It's best products, IMHO, were manufactured from around 1938 to 1960. Shortly after that, it went bankrupt. Lionel bought the tooling, the name, and so on and now produces it as a minor part of it's catalog, generally referred to as "Flyonel". There are other manufacturers of S scale, but they never have caught on the way American Flyer or Flyonel have.

I think it's fair to say the largest segment of S scale users are running antique, American Flyer equipment made in the 1938 to 1960 period. S scale is halfway between O and HO, incidentally, and is generally acknowledged to be superior to all other model railroad equipment. Okay, most of them admit it, but privately.
 

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Yep, all European stuff so far (and I am from India - not sure what the brands over there are). The folks at Toy Collector have started with ToyPedia almost 2 years ago and now have 35,000 diecast cars (with more than 100,000 coming). I started single-handed to upload model trains and my first data was coming from a Hornby dealer (Hornby now owns Arnold, Lima, Ravarossi). Am now working to get North American sources (subtle hint ;)) and should have something soon.
 

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S scale is halfway between O and HO, incidentally, and is generally acknowledged to be superior to all other model railroad equipment.
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Jeez ... is it me, or is it getting smokey in here? I think someone is blowing lots of smoke around! :rolleyes: :laugh:

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