My Collection


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Originally I had started to display my collection in the living room, even going so far as to build a wall unit with glass shelves to hold the trains. This was great for the first eight trains but when it went beyond that I was asked to move to the basement.

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Now have almost every wall covered!

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Large Gauge Trains
This corner displays all of the large gauge trains (Standard Gauge or larger)
Pieces from Lionel, Ives, Elektoy, Voltamp, and Carlisle & Finch from America and Bing, Marklin and Edobaud from Europe.  These are my favorite pieces because they are the most unique.  When I started collecting trains I might have heard of Lionel before…not sure…but I had never heard of or seen any of the trains on these shelves before in my life!

I wanted to collect something antique and for the most part these pieces are antiques and as such look the part…of gently used but enjoyed toys from over 100 years ago.

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Ives O Gauge & Cast Iron Trains
These shelves display primarily Ives O gauge electric trains from 1910 through 1929.

The train on the top shelf is a 1938 Lionel OO gauge (their answer to HO) which was slightly larger in size than HO.  The locomotive is a half pint version of the O gauge Lionel 700e (not shown).  This line of trains was discontinued when production was halted due to WWII.

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Import Locomotives
More locomotives from Great Britain, France and Spain from manufacturers Hornby, Bassett-Lowke, Fournereau and Paya. The locomotives here are from the 1930s with the exception of the blue on (3rd from bottom) which is a 1950s production piece from Bassett-Lowke.

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One thought on “My Collection

  1. Richard Sappelli

    I see you have some very exceptional toy trains. It was a good decision on your part to collect only the very best trains that you could and you have done famously. I see many hard to find trains that you have “found” and you are to be commended. Keep on going. Thanks for the look see.
    Richard Sappelli, TCA, LCCA. Penna.

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