Accidental find

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  1. Mountain Man

    Mountain Man Active Member

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    My wife went off to the antique shop today and returned with a gift for me - a little cast metal locomotive with a freight car and a passenger car, I would say somewhere around Z-scale at a guess - an old kid's toy.
  2. nachoman

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    got a photo? I have heard, back when cracker jacks truly had a "toy" inside, you may find something like a small locomotive or truck in there - but that surely predates me!
  3. Mountain Man

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    I will attempt a photo.
  4. Squidbait

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    :needpics:

    I've always wanted to use that one... :D
  5. Mountain Man

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    By chance it's not an old style loco 4-4-0?
    That would be used by a person doing 1/12 scale dolls houses have one of those trains somewhere.
  7. Russ Bellinis

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    It wouldn't be 1/2 inch scale since he said it is about Z scale which would make it smaller than n-scale.
  8. hmas

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    Yes I know the train would be smaller Z is about 1/220 scale!
    I never said it was 1/12 scale. Only that a person doing dolls houses might use it.
    Which in a 1/12 scale dolls house makes the train about a G gauge sized train.
    ie scale down a loco to 1/12 scale, which then becomes full size for that scale, then you scale the loco down again to make a childs toy.
    FWIW the Chinese make these little trains for the doll house markets, quite possibly it's only a few yrs old anyway.
  9. Russ Bellinis

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    hmas, sorry about the misunderstanding. I see what you meant now.
  10. Mountain Man

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    Got the pictures, but Photobucket will not cooperate with the upload, probably due to my being "technically challenged."

    I will have to do it the old way, to Sprint site, then Photobucket, then here....sigh...

    Addendum: I apologize for my error - the toys are actually very close to N-scale. The only markings on them are TOOTSIETOY, and the locomotive is a 2-6-0.
  11. Russ Bellinis

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    I think "Tootsietoys" were made in the UK and were a popular line of small vehicles, mostly trucks and cars, but I guess trains also. I think when Mattel came out with the "Matchbox" series of race car sets, they pretty much took over the Tootsietoy market.
  12. hmas

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    No probs, I should spend more time comtemplating the writing of the subject.
    I find it's easier person to person to express ideas, rather than a 12 page essay.:thumb:
  13. Mountain Man

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    The cars aren't entirely right, but this is the locomotive and the freight car:

    [​IMG]

    I hate postinbg pics...wall1
  14. Squidbait

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    Cute! TootsieToy? How many licks does it take to get to the centre of a TootsieToy? :p :D
  15. Mountain Man

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    I know I'm going to hate myself for asking...how many? :cool:
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    Depends on how tough your tongue is. Those toys are made of diecast metal.
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    Ralph Remember...it's for fun!

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    I remember that Tootsie pop commercial with the owl. :)

    MM, I like that set! The artwork on the packaging is cool too!

    Ralph
  18. Squidbait

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    Interesting. A little Googling reveals that that's a TootsieToy #186 Freight Train set. Near as I can tell, it's prewar. Estimated value between $200-300 by greedy auctioneers, usual selling price on feebay ~$100-150.

    TootsieToy is America's oldest toy manufactuer, apparently.
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