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  • Item Category: Toys, Dolls, Games & Puzzles
  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: Feb 04, 2011
  • Channel: Auction House

This auction is for misc. Lionel train items. As of 01/31 this aution has been updated with as many details as possible so please send an email with any questions.

A little History: This train was my grandfather’s and father’s Monday night hobby during the late 40s and into the mid early/mid 50s. They had a 50'x18' room in their basement where this train was setup and was actually quite a show piece. My grandfather was very neat and meticulous and I’m sure during that time it was taken very good care of, but after it left his hands the train was not treated as nicely; some my fault as a child. In the early 70s (when I was 8 or 9) I took a portion of the train and setup a small track at my house. Unfortunately, 2 of the trains (Santa Fe and Penn Steamer) had a head on collision and fell off the table. The Penn has some paint chips in the front and a portion dented and one of the Santa Fe engines has a cracked cover. After that occurred I was banned from using it and we moved a few months later and that was basically the last I saw of the train until a few weeks ago when my parents moved. In the back of a barn behind lawn machinery and under boxes of old family movies and slides were 8 boxes of train items. So since 1978 it has sat in a barn in boxes. Apparently many mice have had their fun living in the boxes and the elements have not been too kind either, as they have become a little dirtly/dusty and some of the metal pieces have also rusted a little (which may happen anyway). That being stated, I’m sure with some TLC many of these pieces could still be a very nice addition to a collection, etc. I do not have that expertise on “restoring/cleaning” though so am listing on eBay and hopefully someone who can appreciate the train more than it has been over the past 30 years will have the opportunity to enjoy this.

In addition to the train cars and engines, there are many accessory pieces and Plasticville buildings. The glue on almost all of the buildings has let loose over the years so those are now in pieces. There are also a few small boxes with switches, parts, screws, cleaning brushes, oil, etc. etc. etc. that I am not going to inventory. Also some transformers and lots of track. My assumption is that many of the parts are will be those missing from cars as noted below. Lastly, there are many instruction sheets also in one of the boxes for some of the accessories and cars.

This auction will be sold AS-IS. I do know all engines worked in the 70s and have not been used since. Most items have some nicks/scratches from normal use and some have a little rusting of the metal parts. Most pieces are dusty and dirty and will probably require cleaning; I am afraid I will do more damage by attempting to clean them with a solvent and not knowing what I am doing so leaving them as is. I have no way knowing how to grade them so listed as "fair" condition. Especially based on being 60 years old, the truth is some pieces may be in good condition for that age, but please assume they are not. Lastly , there may be a few plastic pieces missing from some of the items (but could be in the boxes of misc items). Please take this into consideration before bidding.

For shipping – I will ship via UPS ground but because of the time and care it will take, would prefer local pickup. Otherwise, I will gladly deliver up to1000 miles from Grand Rapids, MI and/or half way from your location on almost any weekend after 02/12. Delivery will be .25 per mile (round trip) and shipping will be actual cost plus $12.50 per box handling (approximately 8 boxes). For calculation purposes, 1000 miles would cost $500 round trip to have delivered and shipping UPS could be up to $100 for packing and another $200 to $400 in freight cost.

Payment: At least 50% or $2000, whichever is greater, paid via Paypal within 48 hours of the close of the auction. The remainder may be paid later via Paypal or in cash upon pickup / delivery.

Please email with any questions.

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