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Celebrating the magic

December 29, 2013

In an age of instant entertainment and shortening attention spans… in a time when busy-ness consumes people’s lives, it is gratifying to see that model and toy trains racing around a track still......

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Dec-29-13 10:56 AM

But the food is so good and besides as a gift to my sister and since I am off until the 6th of January I said I would cook dinner every night except Christmas and New Years. I made chicken Marsala last night with fettuccine and steamed broccoli and butternut squash.

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Dec-29-13 10:32 AM

My Christmas was nice also, I enjoy having the family all together and going to Mid-night Mass and watching the grands kids open their gifts, I got some skiing in while we were here. We're heading back today I am looking forward to sunshine and the 70's again. Enjoy your New Year and don't eat as much.

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Dec-29-13 10:12 AM

Where are my manners? Christmas was good, ate too much as usual. My gifts got the reaction I hoped for. My sister saw a 'Bumble' lawn ornament and wanted one. Found one that is 48" tall and gave it to her for Christmas. Like looking at a kid all over again.

She surprised her sons really good this year she put on this act of forgetfulness about a package for them. She went to her closet and pulled out two small packages and apologized for being so forgetful being Xmas and all. They tore through the wrapping and saw they had a game for a PS4 but they did not open a package for a PS4 until it dawned on them that there was a PS4. You would have thought they had won the lottery. Now she can't tear them away from it.

How was yours?

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Dec-29-13 10:04 AM

A lot of people don't realize what the value is of something they take as usual. But again it depends on the manufacturer some are more highly sought after than others because they are no longer in production or existence. There were many toy manufacturers and model train manufacturers. A lot of them don't exist anymore. It also depends on whether the set was in production for a short time or a long time. A train set that was in production for a limited time will get a higher value. Also the gauge size is a big factor in the value of a train set. My set is not that valuable in $ but it is priceless to me. It was a set that was massed produced and on the low end for pricing. Kind of like a starter to get one interested in going for pricier models. I am always surprised at auctions that have train sets for bidding on. They usually get a nice price for them. That goes for most old toys.

There is a lot of happy memories tied up in that train set of mine, can't put a price on that.

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Dec-29-13 9:24 AM

Good morning Mr. Reeder, I hope you had a nice Christmas.

My father-in-law was a train collector, he went to shows all over the US. He had his train sets, set up in the attic his father bought him his first car for his birthday plus his father was a collector.

When my father-in-law passed away none of the boys in the family wanted the trains so with my mother-in-laws permission I sold them to a gentleman from Princeton, Maine.

My mother-in-law was very surprised when I handed her the check, she had no idea that the train sets were worth that much money.

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Dec-29-13 8:53 AM

Actually Born it depends on the model and manufacturer. When I was a year old I wanted a train you could pull so my Dad decided to get me a train for Christmas that year. A Lionel set that was popular in the early 50's I still have it and still love it. I even had a platform that went with us every time we moved until we could not keep it anymore. I have a tunnel and houses and signal light. At a year old needless to say I did not keep the train on the track, I took it off and pushed it around on the floor.

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Dec-29-13 7:20 AM

Do you have any idea what these older train sets are appraised for? You can pay between $50.00 up to $1,500 for 1 car, this is more than a child's pass time, these people are collectors.

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Dec-29-13 6:22 AM

"Toy trains are still fascinating for most kids!" Old ones and young ones, Erik.

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Dec-29-13 5:08 AM

Toy trains are still fascinating for most kids!

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