Hmm, not so's that I'd know. We do have a few snobs here who might turn
up their noses at toy trains, but you can just ignore them.
To me, they're all toys: after all, none of us are using them for any
practical purpose (apart from those few who make them for a living).
Some toys are just more expensive, detailed and realistic.
We like to play with our trains.
Don't know of any such. Try searching for online forums (Yahoo! groups,
So what do you want to know?
Comment on quaint Usenet customs, from Usenet:
To me, the *plonk...* reminds me of the old man at the public hearing
Mostly I would consider a lot of older Lionel somewhat toy-ish. OTOH,
a lot of *wooden* (Brio) trains have a high degree of functional
realism -- maybe not true model trains, but then again would give a 2-5
year old, budding model railroader, something safer to 'play' with than
an actual H0 or N scale train set. One person's toy is another
person's model (and vice versa).
Robert Heller -- 978-544-6933
Deepwoods Software -- Download the Model Railroad System
If your primary focus is on Lionel, American Flyer, Marx and other
toy and tinplate trains of that sort you may wish to check out the Train
Collector's Association (TCA)
...or the Toy Train Operating Society (TTOS)
I do not know of any Usenet groups oriented towards toy trains but
it's possible one exists.
My idea of "toy" is the Lionel type O gauge stuff that includes
accessories not necessarily to scale whereas "model" is more realistic
and scale. However, my interest here is that I'm liquidating some of
my toy train stuff and thought I might post it here, but wanted to
Yes, I've been a member of TCA and the lot, and have checked their
sites. TCA does have the e-interchange for buying/selling, but you
have to be a member to sell.
Thanks for all the input.
IMO your best bet is e-bay. If you don't have an account, ask a friend
to do the selling for you.
You could also try a classified advt in Classic Toy Trains, Model
Railroader, and Railroad Model Craftsman. You'll have to make up a
detailed list of your stuff. You'll find offers to buy as well, can't
hurt to reply to those ads.
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