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A lady friend of my wife's from our church is looking to unload her collection. I'm not looking to sell these items here but if you or anyone you know is interested please contact me off-line via e-mail. Thanks, Shad and moderators for your indulgence.

Below is her e-mail to me.

Mark

Mark,
> know anyone who would be interested in buying Lionel train, track, houses,
> cars, transformer etc. from 1950's
> (3 pin track) in original orange Lionel boxes????????????????????????????
> i have quite the layout system. It was mine, as my dad annually set up a
> large (10'x10') train table, system was
> complete with multiple switches, engines, moving cars, (milk can, log,
> circus car to name a few that immediately come to mind.)
> Maybe you know of a collector, dealer, auction or whatever.
> Suzanne
 

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Best money for the least effort for the whole lot? probably evilBay.... but you need decent pics and as much info as you can. --- Least effort? Sell the whole lot to a dealer.... but you'll get 1/3 of it's value OR LESS.--- Decent money but a lot of hassle? One piece at a time at a show or online.
 

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choochooauctions.com they do alot of lionel things. The Regal http:blueregal.angelfire.com/DesktopModules/NTForums/themes/mls/emoticons/w00t.gif
 

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Mark,

I'll post this rather than sending a private email, as it is a fairly common event - there seems to be a lot of Lionel stuff in attics. My cleaning gal mentioned she had inherited her Grandfather's trains and she's promised to bring the photos to show me so I can help her identify them.

A few years ago I had exactly the same thing happen to me. A neighbor was visiting one Xmas, saw my train pics on the walls, and asked me to help dispose of her father's trains. It turned out to be a few complete train sets from the late 1930s (metal!) plus some accessories.

There is a 'price guide' published by Greenberg:
http://www.amazon.com/Greenbergs-Guide-Lionel-Trains-Pocket/dp/0897785274.
Greenberg is now part of Kalmbach (MR, GR mags, etc.) and runs a bunch of shows around the country, aimed at train collectors and modellers, where you'll probably find a couple of those dealers I mentioned. http://www.trainshow.org/.

I happened to remember visiting a train show where there were dealers with "old trains bought" signs, much like the Greenberg shows. I photographed the collection [after taking it home and playing trains in my basement for a few weeks! It was quite educational making the locos work again.] I got a copy of the Price Guide, and discovered the whole lot was priced at $2000-3000 (incl $750 for a Hells Gate Bridge in silver.) The neighbor and I decided she would hold back a crane and I would get the Flying Yankee streamliner, and I went off to the show to spread the word that we'd sell the lot for $1,000. (My neighbor was amazed at the valuation.)

When I got back that evening I had two collectors on the doorstep flashing money rolls. :confused: The first one got the lot, much to the annoyance of the second!



And the Flying Yankee? It was missing one truck/articulated joint, but I managed to buy one from Madison Hardware (now defunct) for $57. As I ran 2-rail stuff, I took the wheels off and installed finescale insulated wheels, plus a chassis from a Lima 0-4-0 in the power car. New bulbs in the joint/trucks, and we had a winner. It looked great zooming around my layout. Now it is retired to the shelf above my desk.

Finally, let me add that we have a local auction house near Philly, Maurer, that seems to sell the collections of all the TCA (Train Collectors Association, who are centered around PA.)
http://www.maurerail.com/
 
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