I bought myself a trip to Denver and Golden, CO. Just my son and I. Went to the Colorado Railroad Museum Saturday, Got a personal tour of the roundhouse there and I was able to get up-close and personal with engine #346. Also a walk-thru of the J&S Chili Line car #284. Also walked through the private car of the four presidents of the CB&Q. It was a special day. Then on Monday, we went to Caboose Hobbies in Denver, to do some shopping. Bought quite a few narrow-gauge books that I have never seen before. It's a good thing we don't live closer. I'd be in there all the time! Was a great trip.
I got the Hallmark 2008 "Lionel" replica Christmas tree ornaments of the New York Central Diesel (ugh! gotta go 'splain things to my son again!), the passenger car and the Observation car.
The eldest son always gets me the yearly release of these ornaments. Most are about "N" scale, some are like "Z" scale and one is closer to "HO" (have to be a pretty big branch on a tree to hold THAT as an ornament!)
Oh dear! I just went to see what all I have... Most were in the dining room in a wall mounted display cabinet along with some Z, N and HO models and many plastic toys, and cast pewter replicas. I took ONE grocery sack to collect the boxes (Yes, I saved all the boxes but they were scattered in cabinets hither and yon) and then I decided to gather the scattering of ornaments into one place, too... had to go get another sack for the boxes and one for the loose ornaments! And some of the boxes still contain ornaments (I would sometimes get duplicates because of other gifts or when I'd get antsy and purchased some of them myself). There are still severala ornaments on the fireplace mantel and in the china cabinet. So far I'm guessing I have about 50 individual ornaments (steam engines and tenders counted separately), but I am not sure I have found them all yet.
I gotta go make a spread sheet of them to keep track of what I have. Some are "tin plate", some are cast metal, some are plastic, one is blown glass. There are 2 models of the Electric GG-1, 8 or 9 Diesels (F7, E9, etc.), and many steam locos (Hudsons, Americans, etc.) with tenders, several passenger cars (streamliners, heavy and lightweights, both modern [well??, 1950's anyway] and clerestory roof), and freight cars (boxcars, tankers, etc.) I also found two of the "Prentation" sets of Gold plated J-1E Hudson locos.
WOW! I didn't know there had been that many Christmasses since I started collecting anything that looked like a train.
I will attempt to clear off the mantel to see if there is enough room to put them all... if so, I'll post a photo sometime.
Hope this holyday finds you grinning from ear to ear,
and that the grin extends throughout the whole new year.
I got a box of 20 FT curves ( 16 pieces) from myself.
The other has a little story
My sister was going shopping with a mutual friend. She had a flat tire. I went over ther with my GMC Envoy which has a tire inflator built in. Part of the Auto leveling system. She said she wished she had a way to inflate the tire if I am not around.
Our friend who's husban works at Home Depot saw a deal. There was a compressor on sale that came with two nail guns.
My sister got the compressor and I got to Husky nail guns. One does 1/2 to 1 inch brads. The other does 1.25 brads.
Now I have tools to start buildings for the NEW RIVER & WESTERN RR.
My wife got me a Bachmann's hand car and trailer from the LHS (Roy's Trains):
I was suprised at how smoothly it is running on the indoor (around the tree and living room) track. The car is powered and pulls the unpowered trailer so only the car's wheels are picking up track power. The trailer comes with a big handful of tools. A new painting project! Yea!
The trailer has a number of holes to accept the posts on most of the tools. Some don't line up however so some bashing is probably in order.
Well the wife got me a USAT stack pack car and Santa brought me a new 2 bay AC coal hopper. Plus my wife has been collecting the Hallmark trains for years and has a special Christmas tree on the dinning room table with all the Hallmark trains hanging from the limbs. Very impressive tree. Later RJD
Well, with the wife and I both out of work the pickens were slim today. I got the Halmark Lionel Stocking holder? Way too heavy to hang on the tree but I don't think I'd want to hang a stocking from it either. It's a 2-8-2 painted green like the Southern Cresent. Also got the Holiday Lionel Railroad set. It's also green like the Southern Cresent. Close to Z scale. Then I got a 63 Halmark Corvette ornament and a 65 American Greetings Corvette in Blue. The kids got be a 1/24 C6R Corvette and two 1/64 Corvettes. Another C6R and a ZO6. Also got a $50.00 goft card from Lowes. But the best part was having my mother, my son, daughter and here boy friend over last night to celebrate Christmas.
My wife got me one of the Newquida Chinese LGB 2-6-2T knock offs thru Amazon.com. Looks like good bashing fodder. Actualy I plan to ditch the RC and sound, then put a adjustable speed control between the battery and the motor. My front yard layout is the German theme one and it just goes round and round whilst I sip my favorite beer. So once its set to a nice slow speed pulling my 3 LGB coaches, I will be happy. I am charging the battery now. Atleast I can go play when the track is dirty or cold out. Merry Christmas. Mike
I didn't get anything trainwise for Christmas. I didn't ask for aynthing either, I'm good for the time being. I did get a really cool audio system that allows me to record 12" vinyl (records.. remember them?) to CD format and burn them to CD-r. Very cool for me seeing as how I have a huge vinyl collection that I need to transfer to digital media... Yeah!
I got some good DVDs as well, and a very nice biography of B.B. King, a 4 CD anthology of Johnny Cash's career, and 4 CD set entitled "100 years of Jazz Guitar". All in all, Very nice day
I've been burning my vinyl to cd for quite awhile Now have the Sony dual cd unit that sits in my stereo system. I've put 45's, 78's, 33's, RtoR and cassette and radiio & tv broadcasts on cd. Fun!