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    • August 10, 2020 10:32 PM EDT
    • I have a list of what I paid for all my train purchases , so my wife has a reference point if I croak and she has to sell everything. Nothing is hidden, nothing is sneaking around we are an open book between each other and I discuss my purchases with her. 

    • August 10, 2020 9:53 PM EDT
    • John Lenheiser said:
      Unfortunately when you pass and those who are selling your stuff won't care too much about what it is, or what it sells for. Very few items including LGB, etc., will have the valve you paid for it back in the day. Might as well just enjoy your trains wile you can and after your gone if you don't have someone to sell your stuff that knows the value and what you have, it really doesn't make too much difference. And most of all, quite telling your wife that these trains are worth a lot of money and it's a good investment, in most cases you are stretching the truth, just to make her feel good about your buying habits.

      trainman

      John,

      I was pointing out how difficult it may be for someone selling my rolling stock to come up with accurate descriptions which is the topic of this thread.  Not concerned with value as I would really just hope things go to someone who appreciates them.  I think you have me confused with someone else as I don't report to my wife about any of my purchases.   She buys whatever she wants and so do I and we are debt free!

      -Dan 

       

    • August 10, 2020 12:33 PM EDT
    • Dan Gilchrist said:

      I find quite a few sellers on eBay don't know what they are selling.  Some think everything large scale is LGB.  Others put LGB in the subject along with the true manufacturer to generate hits and/or note compatibility.  I can usually spot an error in a listing quickly as like John, I tend to modify every car I buy which has given me a greater familiarity with the differences between manufacturers.  I've sent friendly messages to sellers on many occasions advising them as to what they have and to Dan's point warning them that a buyer may be upset when they don't get what was described.  Every one has been appreciative. 

       

      This has got me thinking, When I pass and my family is left selling my stuff on eBay they are going to have a hard time writing those descriptions.  "LGB flat car with Aristo-Craft trucks and brake wheel, 3d printed stakes and bulkheads, Bachmann steel wheels and AML couplers. - RARE!"  Maybe I should remove all manufacturer identification and put a decal on the bottom that says "Kitbash by Dan" 

      Unfortunately when you pass and those who are selling your stuff won't care too much about what it is, or what it sells for. Very few items including LGB, etc., will have the valve you paid for it back in the day. Might as well just enjoy your trains wile you can and after your gone if you don't have someone to sell your stuff that knows the value and what you have, it really doesn't make too much difference. And most of all, quite telling your wife that these trains are worth a lot of money and it's a good investment, in most cases you are stretching the truth, just to make her feel good about your buying habits.

      trainman

    • August 10, 2020 9:34 AM EDT
    • Very good idea!

    • August 9, 2020 11:24 PM EDT
    • I find quite a few sellers on eBay don't know what they are selling.  Some think everything large scale is LGB.  Others put LGB in the subject along with the true manufacturer to generate hits and/or note compatibility.  I can usually spot an error in a listing quickly as like John, I tend to modify every car I buy which has given me a greater familiarity with the differences between manufacturers.  I've sent friendly messages to sellers on many occasions advising them as to what they have and to Dan's point warning them that a buyer may be upset when they don't get what was described.  Every one has been appreciative. 

       

      This has got me thinking, When I pass and my family is left selling my stuff on eBay they are going to have a hard time writing those descriptions.  "LGB flat car with Aristo-Craft trucks and brake wheel, 3d printed stakes and bulkheads, Bachmann steel wheels and AML couplers. - RARE!"  Maybe I should remove all manufacturer identification and put a decal on the bottom that says "Kitbash by Dan" 

    • August 8, 2020 3:19 PM EDT
    • Part of what I was atttempting to do is warn sellers that these markings exist and a customer can demand a return for mis-information.

      Also when I notified this seller that is was not LGB he said it said LGB on the caboose???  I did not see that.  Perhaps it was in the LGB box by mistake when this person bought it, and I agree buyer beware, but seller should also beware!!

       

    • August 10, 2020 6:47 PM EDT
    • Bill Barnwell said:

      Are bachmann knuckle couplers compatible with Aristo ones?

      Yes with no issues that I have found over the years.

       

    • August 10, 2020 5:19 PM EDT
    • Thanks Ken, BB

    • August 10, 2020 5:17 PM EDT
    • They should be, Bill. They're both the same size. 

    • August 10, 2020 4:51 PM EDT
    • Are bachmann knuckle couplers compatible with Aristo ones?

    • August 10, 2020 5:07 PM EDT
    • dup

    • August 9, 2020 1:39 PM EDT
    • Bob, that's a Bronson-Tate Mason Bogie cab, I think.  B-T also makes a cab for the 4-4-0 which is available from Jason at TTD.

      https://www.thetraindepartment.com/bronson-tate-kits/replacement-wood-cabs/4-4-0-cab/

       

       

      That might be convertible to fit the C-16. Or, with Vance's info, you could make your own.

       

      I checked my C-16 files and found 2 photos of a wooden cab which appeared to be glued from parts on top of brass.

       

    • August 8, 2020 5:57 PM EDT
    • Hm, I thought I had one of these in my stuff, but it turns out to be something else.

       

       

       

    • August 8, 2020 5:32 PM EDT
    • Vance Bass said:

      Bruce, I'm sure you're right (and my drawings would help with that, too). But I wouldn't put a styrene cab on a live steamer. The boiler is almost 400 F, and I think styrene melts well below that. Wood or brass is the way to go.

       

      Too true!  Did NOT realize that was a live steam loco - I'm melting!

    • August 8, 2020 5:30 PM EDT
    • Bruce, I'm sure you're right (and my drawings would help with that, too). But I wouldn't put a styrene cab on a live steamer. The boiler is almost 400 F, and I think styrene melts well below that. Wood or brass is the way to go.

       

    • August 8, 2020 5:27 PM EDT
    • Dylan Hutson said:

      Hi all. I understand these laser cut wood cab kits for the Accucraft C-16 are out of production. Does anyone have a spare they’d sell?

       

      https://www.michelle.lu/fhpb-railroad-supply-006.html 

       

      Thanks,

      Dylan

      Dylan,

      Don't underestimate your own skills.  You might try making this from styrene.

    • August 8, 2020 3:25 PM EDT
    • Sorry, that train has left the station. I don't even have a laser cutter available anymore, the wood had to be specially ordered, etc. Would it help to have the parts diagram from the kit instructions?

    • August 8, 2020 2:50 PM EDT
    • Dylan Hutson said:

      Hi all. I understand these laser cut wood cab kits for the Accucraft C-16 are out of production. Does anyone have a spare they’d sell?

       

      https://www.michelle.lu/fhpb-railroad-supply-006.html 

       

      Thanks,

      Dylan

      Dylan, the kits were made by Vance Bass, who is Mr. FHPB. He is still around, and I will send him an email on your behalf suggesting he read this.

    • August 8, 2020 4:34 PM EDT
    • You would think with all the old barn/farm sets made years ago that there would be at least some 1/24 samples around. I haven’t started looking but do notice anytime a presier set come up on eBay they sell for a small fortune. I need to talk to an RC buddy who has a printer about at least making full sides of dressed beef for me. I can cut them at the 10th or 12th rib then hang them the way I want. Seems like I’m going to need  to havE him make me up some angus and herefords too.