The Vintage HO collector.

toptrain1

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HObbyline HO collectors tke note


Life and the acquisition of Vintage HO trains hasn't stopped. But it has slowed down quite a bit just like me. The main problem with collecting vintage trains is those uncatalogued items that keep turning up you can't account for. They match nothing of the cataloged items and must be thought of as being custom made. When you find them, and they are nice enough you keep them with your collection but can never list them as a part of your collection. They are just odd ball items to show and speak of and think about. With my Favorite company HObbyline some Ho trains come to mind, of trains seen it preview catalogs, and teasingly in retail catalogs and advertisements or a part of a photo or drawing in trade magazine., Nothing is mentioned as to their being a listed part of the companies 'sale offerings. With HObbyline trains, these are seen but never found listed anywhere in catalogs. The Virginian 2 bay hopper, Frisco 4 bay hopper, Inland Ammonium Sulphate box car, and inland cresol tank car, Victor tank car, CONOCO tank car. I have thanks to another collector, a Rhom and Hass tank Car, and a photo of a Humble Oil tank car. These are very rare items produced by HObbyline made for private companies. They are call special cars and are uncatalogued items, though made by HObbyline, not a part of the HObbyline line of trains. I found on my own the Union Switch and Signal Co. gondola which is another special car. I found when researching HObbyline sets an advertisement in the 1955 Oct issue of Model Railroader by Lloyd's Hobby shop of Baltimore for Lloyd's set #1 a B&O passenger set, and a set #2 also a B&O freight set. These were made by HObbyline for sale by Lloyd's. I have seen online auctions of the B&O set #1 the B&O passenger set, and of set #2 also a B&O freight set I know nothing. I have found no information anywhere on this set that I know does exist. I have found and purchased 2 B&O FA-1's and the two combines and one coach from the set, and still need 2 more coaches to complete the set. The B&O freight set must use the same 2 FA-1 locos and is said in the advertisement to have 6 ready to run freight cars and a caboose. HObbyline only made 5 different freight cars so something had to be doubled. HObbyline choose to double the boxcar in three of their set. I guess that again would be the choice for the B&O freight set. This B&O Freight is the largest freight set ever made by HObbyline. HObbylines largest freight set sold as a HObbyline set has 5 ready to run cars and a caboose. As to the caboose, in this 1955 freight set as they are known to be, the only caboose released with HObbyline sets that year had the HObbyline name used as a road name. A photo of this B&O freight set has to my knowledge never been seen even by any collectors of HObbyline I come across.. Whoever has one B&O freight sets has never shared the information on-line. Nothing is known about how many of each set were sold. All search engines I have access to have no photo of this B&O freight set. Now you know the great train collecting delima. In truth you can never collect them all for you dont know what else was made. You can only collect what is listed in catalogs. Everything else you find is just custom cars. unless there is some type of varication of the car acutely being produced. Good luck collectors.

Here just to help somemore, I have gotton part of a Varney set box, the bottom with car insert. I have placed all period original locomtoives and freight cars and caboose in it. All freight 1953 to 1955 could have been in this set. The 2 FA-1's are B&O and correct originals for this set. Here is the Lloyds set # 2 but in a Varney set insert.

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That's a really nice looking station. ;)
 

toptrain1

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Zarthros' I haven't heard from you for awhile. Nice to speak with you again. Glade you like the old Kirbri station. Still looking for a replacement porch or whatever I can find to match the archecture of this station. I may have to make it out of plastic and somehow color it to hatch the sidewalls. Oh well I do what Ican.
 

toptrain1

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Here is a sought after Fleischmann C-C doublended Electric locomotive in New Haven paint. I cant date this loco, but guess it was released somewhere in the 1960's.
Maybe someone else knows the date it was released?
frank
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