I think we all start collecting model trains when start this hobby.
But Brad has taken it to another level as you’ll see:
“My brother is an avid collector of pre-war toy trains, and has a large layout at his home.
Brad lives in Topeka, Kansas. He owns a three story house where he has some layouts going as well as rooms filled with his collection.
I think his wife suggested that he should find another location for his trains or else!
His layout has been featured in a toy train collectors magazine, and recently the local television station featured his “train house “.
He loves to use his extensive collection of rare parts and his vast knowledge of antique trains to repair peoples childhood trains that they find in attics, so they and their grandchildren can enjoy them.
Here are a few pictures, the knowledgeable will recognize that each room (and I am not showing all of them) contains an era or type of toy train.
He showed me a few of his favorites that were very old, rare, and still in their boxes, but I just couldn’t get pictures of everything!
A big thanks to Greg for sharing.
The thing about collecting model trains is I suspect it’s rather infectious, which is why we all have our own ‘mini’ collections.
A lot of us can’t bear to get rid of some locos, carriages and track because of the memories they hold.
I’ve lost count of the posts that use fifty year old engines that are still going strong.
Whenever I see such beautiful old train nostalgia, I always think of Hugh’s post:
“Hi Alastair, Enjoy looking at your site.
I like prewar 0 gauge tin plate mainly. So I built this layout for my Great Northern Railway trains. It is based on the 1956 Marx Rocky Mountain Express set and modified to represent the Glacier National Park area.
Most everything is from 1939 into the WWII era when tin toys stopped being produced. All the buildings are card board or wood.
The trains are custom painted Marx plus a set of wooden kit passenger cars that look like the trains GNR operated circa 1939. It is on a 71” x 40” coffee table.
We live in a Victorian house built in 1890 near Glacier Park. So I built a small table top layout that is like the ones Lionel sold in the 1920s and 30s. It is part of the living room furniture.
I some times run Ives, Hornby and Bing tin plate on it. The blue train is a Dorfan 53 with a Lionel motor, an AF mail car and 2 607 type Lionel coaches.
Some of the buildings are tin copies of German ones. I made them smaller to better fit the overall 0-27 scale.
This is one small loop and works good for clock work trains, too. It started out fairly simple and grew.
Hope it’s been pleasant trip down memory lane (I adore the poster pic).
Please do leave a comment below if you have a loco you can’t bear to part with.
Back to normal tomorrow!
Keep ’em coming.
And if Hugh has you hankering to dig out your old locos, the Beginner’s Guide is here.