$50 box lot...

Discussion in 'HO Scale Model Trains' started by shaygetz, Sep 24, 2005.

  1. shaygetz

    shaygetz Active Member

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    I've heard yeahs and nays regarding Ebay and buying model trains on it. I enjoy it myself, thinking of it as an electronic opportunity to riffle thru someone's attic. It helps---a lot---to know what you want and what you're looking at. Here's some pix of the contents of a box lot I just picked up for just shy of $50---including shipping. I don't want to inspire envy, I just know some of my fellow Gaugers out there can appreciate a good deal when it comes, maybe help newcomers learn what to look for when they go ebaying.

    The first loco I beleive is a Life-Like saddletank 0-4-0. A bit of cleaning and oiling and it runs like a watch.

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    The second is a Rivarossi 0-6-0, an unusual one in the it is wired completely within the engine, the tender is just along for the ride. I only had to add the front coupler lift bar that was missing and do some cleaning and lubing and it runs just fine.

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    The next one is a Bachmann 2-6-2 Prairie, with smoke no less. It was missing the handrail on this side. I fashioned a new one, cleaned and lubed it and it too, runs nicely. Haven't tested the smoke yet as I have no fluid but there is no reason to believe that that won't work.

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    This beastie set my heart a fluttering, there wasn't a thing wrong with it. It too, is a Bachmann, a 2-8-2 Mikado and it has a smoke unit as well.

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    Two tenders came with the deal as well, this nice Rivarossi long haul vanderbilt...

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    shaygetz Active Member

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    ...and this shorter standard tender. It no doubt goes with a similar locomotive to the 2-6-2. It is identical in every way but lettered for the Santa Fe.

    I enjoyed sharing my newest members of the fleet with you and hope that newcomers can study the pics to see what to look for when they venture onto Ebay.

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    Very nice find!
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    Good deal.
    I have a loco with a similar drive as the first on. For a spur gear drive it does run well.
    Mine is marked Lima but could have been marketed under a different name.
    I have a Rivarossi 0-6-0 like that and was suprised to find no tender pickups too.
    If I'm not mistakin the Rivarossi Vanderbuilt tender is from a 2-10-2 S1.
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    Thanks, Ray, if anyone knew where they came from, I figured it'd be you. :thumb: The vandy may stand in on my Big Boy right now as the centipede that came with it is one of the newer models with the blackened hand rails and scale flanges. It jes' don't look rat. The 0-4-0 is indeed marked Lima which I've found is almost always mid 80s Life-Like. I was disappointed to find such poor pickup on the Rivarossi. While the wheel base is long enough to bridge most unpowered switch frogs and so should run well on the club layout, it showed me that even the best of them can have a Monday morning engineering session, too. :rolleyes: :)
  10. Glen Haasdyk

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    What a great deal!
    That Mikado with Vaderbuilt tender was worth the 50$, the rest are just gravy! The Mike looks like it could be made into a Canadian national engine with the exception of the open cab.
    Just a word of caution, running the locos with the smoke units without smoke fluid could cause them to heat up and melt the smoke stack. it happened to me with my Model Power pacific. It now has a slightly deformed stack.
    The tenders remind me that I should be looking for them as well. i've got several projects that could use one, like my rotary snowplow, steam crane.....
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    Nice going on the eBay purchase. A nice selection of steamers. That Mikado looks like a Reading steamer with that fat fire box.

    Enjoy,
    Greg
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    $50 Dollar Box

    The "Mikado" is a nice inexpensive model. It has very good detailing. If the smoke generator is good, you will have a convincing volume of smoke.
    The engine is actually an accurate model of, I believe, a Reading H-9(?) Consolidation. The shell was done so well, that Bowser put out a motorized chassis for it. Earlier poster was correct concerning the firebox. This box was a big as some Northerns.
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    Thanks for the information. I knew it was a Wooten firebox but couldn't remember what road it was common to. I think the Reading was the only one to widely use it.
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    envy

    Bob, in your initial entry you said you did not want to inspire envy. The mere fact alone, that you flaunted, yes, flaunted, all those goodies in our faces is nothing short of sadistic. Maliscious sadism is truly what it is.

    Now if you realy want to make up to us I could give you $75 plus shipping, and then sincerely believe I could forgive you. :rolleyes: :rolleyes: :rolleyes: :D

    Lynn
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    shaygetz Active Member

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    I didn't...honest...well....maybe a little. Muhahahahahahahaha ;)
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    box

    Now that you have acknowledfed that fact, I can now tell you "great find". I'm very happy for you, but let's not make a habit of this. :p :p