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URL: http://riceornot.ricecop.com/?auto=92186
Submitted by: Low-Tech Redneck
Comments: 11  (Read/Post)     Favorites: 0  (View)
Submitted on: 12-21-2014
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American Flyer GP-7, got it cheap off eBay because it didn't have a shell anymore, just the motor/wheels. The Southern Railroad shell (also found on eBay) is a compatible 90's vintage reproduction never made for the originals, also acquired cheap.


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12-21-2014 @ 11:38:27 PM
Posted By : Low-Tech Redneck Reply | Edit | Del
On a whim this year, went exploring in the basement and found my Dad's old American Flyer trainset he had as a kid. (they were the only real serious competitor to Lionel in the toy train business in the 50's) After getting it running, I decided to go looking online for more stuff.. it's surprisingly available and affordable, and I mean "affordable to anyone", you can get running/rolling freight cars for as little as $20 apiece. As well as locomotives to compontent parts to transformers to track to accessories, amazing since it's all nearly 60 or 70 years old at this point.

12-22-2014 @ 12:17:47 AM
Posted By : wannabemustangjockey Reply | Edit | Del
I have an HO scale Santa Fe EMD E8 I bought at a church rummage sale years ago for less than $5 with no internals, but the body and chassis are in perfect condition. I've never pursued a motor for it as I never got serious into model railroading. I have a basic oval track set with a Union Pacific EMD SD-something or other and about 10 freight cars, and a steam locomotive with coal tender I got from my grandparents when they tried to get me interested in trains as a kid. I invested in some buildings and other accessories which are all currently in storage.
Much of it appears here: http://youtu.be/5Lwd2TnY-F4
In retrospect I really could have done a much better job on that project had I spent more time aligning the frames. :/

12-22-2014 @ 12:27:34 AM
Posted By : Low-Tech Redneck Reply | Edit | Del
I don't have much of a layout, just a loop of track in the basement, with a "yard" on one side. Only 5 of those freight cars are from Dad's set, the rest I found online, some needed basic repair (missing wheels, broken couplers) but they're all up to spec now. https://scontent-a-ord.xx.fbcdn.net...amp;oe=55091B73

12-22-2014 @ 01:32:06 AM
Posted By : ricerocketboy Reply | Edit | Del
#3, you should do a junkyard along the rail tracks, make kind of a "by the rails" esque small town/parking lot?

12-22-2014 @ 01:58:26 AM
Posted By : DiRF  Reply | Edit | Del
#4, Or he could build a scale replica of Bithlo, Florida... Bithlo is ENTIRELY made up of junkyards... well, that, and Orlando Speedworld, the birthplace of Crash-a-rama.

12-22-2014 @ 02:15:19 AM
Posted By : wannabemustangjockey Reply | Edit | Del
#5, I used to watch that idiot TV show "Carpocalypse" which was set in Bithlo. Can't say I miss it too much. I recall mullets and pronouncing a medical response vehicle as "bamalance".

12-22-2014 @ 02:24:28 AM
Posted By : DiRF  Reply | Edit | Del
#6, Carpocalypse was set in Bithlo? Can't say I'm surprised... but it's kinda neat a nationally-known TV show was shot there.

12-22-2014 @ 07:34:32 PM
Posted By : Obsidian Reply | Edit | Del
KD No.5 couplers. Le sigh.

My young HO scale ambitions were cut short by financing. Now any HO scale ambitions I have left are cut short by good scotch.

12-22-2014 @ 07:40:54 PM
Posted By : Low-Tech Redneck Reply | Edit | Del
#8, For about $10, I got a pack of 6 AF knuckle couplers still in the original 50's manila envelope, and for about $35, a set of scavenged driving rods for the K5 steam engine back behind the diesel. (It's rods were bent in what looks like a fall from a shelf, meaning the wheels won't turn) It's a surprisingly easy to enter hobby with the advent of eBay giving easy access to people looking to unload boxes of this stuff found in attics and being able to bid directly and cut out the hobby stores that you used to have to deal with that marked the stuff up.

The little plastic baggie there has a pair of new reverse drum contacts for the engine too, it's originals were so worn it wouldn't go into reverse.

[Edited by Low-Tech Redneck on 12-22-2014 @ 07:42:26 PM]

12-22-2014 @ 07:53:29 PM
Posted By : Obsidian Reply | Edit | Del
#9, Even with ebay and some money - I'm still far - far removed from whatever disjointed and distant grasp of the hobby than ever before. I guess I'm too far out of the loop to come back - and if I ever find whatever remains of it - I probably won't have the drive to put it back together.

When I was 10ish - I didn't have the money for building anything impressive or even of my dreams - the nearest hobby shop was 24kms away - physical space wasn't available (and in some respects - still isn't) - and using the internet as a means of gathering useful information about the hobby was unheard of.

[Edited by Obsidian on 12-22-2014 @ 07:56:24 PM]

12-22-2014 @ 08:00:45 PM
Posted By : Low-Tech Redneck Reply | Edit | Del
Here's the K5


It's either a 46' or 47' model, for a kid's toy, it has some wonderful little details like real metal (brass) grab irons and bells, marker lights w/ colored lenses, working driving rods, and a non-functional decorative front coupler. Those details would, by the 50's, be either eliminated or reduced to being molded-in details on the shells instead of separate parts as the toy industry learned to use plastics, the K5 is die-cast metal all around.

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