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    • September 24, 2018 12:50 AM EDT
    • Chris, here are a couple of USA Trains Christmas lists that might help. Some have 4 and some have 5 digit prefix numbers:

       

      http://www.mystictearoom.com/wiki/USA_Trains_Charles_Ro_Billboard_Reefer_Checklist

       

      http://www.trainboard.com/highball/index.php?threads/usa-trains-info-registry.40446/page-2

    • September 23, 2018 11:50 PM EDT
    • Thanks for the leads guys.

       

      @Rooster.....Tempting as I did like that train as well. My wife would kill me more than she already is :)

      @Scott. Sent a PM to you

       

      Thanks all. Keep the leads coming :)

    • September 23, 2018 8:36 PM EDT
    • I have box cars from 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998. The  Christmas bobber caboose and the 1996 Christmas caboose. They are all in great shape only run around Christmas time under the tree.  I put metal wheels and truck mounted Kaydee G scale couplers on them.   Nothing was cut if you want to put USA couplers or hook & loop back on them.   I have USA Trains boxes (may not be the exact boxes) for shipping.  I'd let them go for $450.00 plus whatever shiping costs

      Scott

    • September 23, 2018 8:27 PM EDT
    • Not Really what you are looking for but I'm seriously considering offing my Aristo Hershey's collection to a good home which is great at Christmas time and the kids love it. If interested you can PM me.

    • September 23, 2018 4:10 PM EDT
    • Hi All,

      So I think my next collection is going to be the USAT Christmas series of cars, etc. I am mainly wanting/starting with the reefers/boxcars and the engines. I know there are also some coaches, small ore cars, etc. that go with the collection, but going to hold off on those for now unless the price is right.

      If anyone has a complete list of everything USAT ever offered (I found a sudo complete list online through 2008 at least) that would be helpful as well to start crossing off items as I get them.

      Not looking to lowball on price and am willing to pay what they are worth condition wise, use, NIB, etc. just trying to not completely break the bank in the process ;)

      If you have the whole or most of the collection, would be willing to talk about taking it all in one shot as well as I am just starting to look.

      This would make a great edition to our driveway Christmas display we make every year. The kids/neighborhood would love it!

      As always thanks for the help and any leads you can point me towards.

      -Chris 

    • September 22, 2018 8:11 AM EDT
    • Shay is sold!     Updated the original entry to add some pictures and a few more details.

    • September 21, 2018 12:18 PM EDT
    • Ric Golding said:

      Well, since Bruce's health is okay, so he says, I guess I won't need to expect any packages from Jean or their lawyer for awhile and can use the space for something else.

      Well crud.   Now I need to get a lawyer?   I've made it this far without one... (and I've been eating bacon, too! )

    • September 21, 2018 7:49 AM EDT
    • Well, since Bruce's health is okay, so he says, I guess I won't need to expect any packages from Jean or their lawyer for awhile and can use the space for something else.

    • September 20, 2018 2:51 PM EDT
    • Bruce Chandler said:

       I'm good...I don't think I'll be missing any of these (right! ) as I haven't run them for so long. 

      And you probably run the ones your keeping more at other peoples layouts than on your own..................;)

       

    • September 20, 2018 12:48 PM EDT
    • Bruce Chandler said:

      Looks like I have to add some prices.  

      • Shay $1250
      • Mikado $950
      • Connie $650

      Something I should have mentioned earlier:   ALL electrics are powered by 14.4 V Lithium Ion batteries.   They have a Phoenix sound card and a Revolution receiver.

      Thanks, now I can go back to my regular daydreaming ...

       

      edit: I'm a train horder, happened the day Dad gave away 'my' Lionel Pennsy Turbine and switched me to a Tyco General! (Still have it in storage)

      As Navy lifers our memories were subject to weight restrictions. To say we traveled ... 8 schools in 8 years ...

    • September 20, 2018 10:57 AM EDT
    • I've sold items when my interest moved from one hobby to another. I can blame this on having too many hobbies. But, I can say I look back and regret selling most all those things I've sold in the past. Now we're selling a 5 bedroom house and have purchased a 3 bedroom house. Downsizing? Well, for the house yes, but while the old place has a 30x24 shop an the new place does not, the plan is to add onto the new house and have as big or bigger shop area. So, at this point, I'm not selling any of my toys. In fact, I'm still buying. It's a sickness my wife will have to deal with when I'm gone.

    • September 20, 2018 7:18 AM EDT
    • Ric Golding said:

      When we began thinking of making a change in our lives, Jan was quick to let me know I needed to get rid of some of my trains.  Many people here and in our area benefited from my reduction of inventory.  I wish them well, but every once in awhile, I sure do wish I still had some of those items.  Think carefully of getting rid of those prize possessions you may quickly pass on.  On the other hand, you could just will them to me.   That way, you could enjoy them until your demise.  By the way, how's your health holding up?    

      I'm good...I don't think I'll be missing any of these (right! ) as I haven't run them for so long. 

    • September 20, 2018 7:10 AM EDT
    • When we began thinking of making a change in our lives, Jan was quick to let me know I needed to get rid of some of my trains.  Many people here and in our area benefited from my reduction of inventory.  I wish them well, but every once in awhile, I sure do wish I still had some of those items.  Think carefully of getting rid of those prize possessions you may quickly pass on.  On the other hand, you could just will them to me.   That way, you could enjoy them until your demise.  By the way, how's your health holding up?    

    • September 20, 2018 6:44 AM EDT
    • Looks like I have to add some prices.  

      • Shay $1250
      • Mikado $950
      • Connie $650

      Something I should have mentioned earlier:   ALL electrics are powered by 14.4 V Lithium Ion batteries.   They have a Phoenix sound card and a Revolution receiver.

    • September 20, 2018 2:36 AM EDT
    • Wow...The Mikado would be the "first" out here since the OR&L retired theirs in 1948!  No way I could afford modifying the Triple O to accommodate her...even if I could secure CINCHOUSE's permission to re-home her!

      Beautiful work, by the way.  I regret no having perused your website earlier!

       

      - Eric

    • September 20, 2018 12:30 AM EDT
    • Cliff,

      I have a similar problem... My wife keeps encouraging me to join the local 7.5" gauge club, but she says I have to sell all of my other trains...

       

      A live steam Shay is on my wish list, someday.

    • September 19, 2018 11:53 PM EDT
    • Bruce,

      When I casually mentioned getting maybe one live steam loco to Linda, she said:"over my dead body will you get into another hobby." 

      So much for that. Except that shay sure looks nice...

       

    • September 19, 2018 8:45 PM EDT
    • Well, do I feel silly.  I don’t even know what a good price is,...although it appears that $199 million might be a tad too high.

    • September 19, 2018 7:57 PM EDT
    • Message Sent

      Richard

    • September 19, 2018 7:48 PM EDT
    • Bruce Chandler said:
      Bob McCown said:

      Is the Connie with the modified BBT drive with correct gearing?

      Well, carp!   I can't even understand the question!     It does have gears...but I have never tested them to see if they are correct?

       

      The original Connie gearing was wonky, and it would gallop instead of running smooth.  I *think* the BBT drive fixed that, but I dont recall.