Accidental find

Mountain Man

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

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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.
 

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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.
 

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



I hate postinbg pics...wall1
 

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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.