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« Reply #80 on: Jan 21st, 2014, 8:48am »
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Followed by a Varney short length Combine...
 


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« Reply #81 on: Jan 21st, 2014, 9:54am »
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That is a nice combine Roger. Sometimes the scale 85' passenger cars overpower smaller HO scale layouts which most of us have. The 65 and 70 foot cars are much more presentable when run or displayed on smaller layouts. I guess you can say they fit better. Again nice car !
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« Reply #82 on: Jan 21st, 2014, 12:25pm »
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The 65 and 70 foot cars are what I run. But here is an 86 foot Dining car by MDC.


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« Reply #83 on: Jan 22nd, 2014, 10:54am »
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Ah !  The 85' Pullman Palace cars by MDC. I have a nice set of 4 done for the LV Black Diamond. So the little people can get to Buffalo and on to Chicago.  
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« Reply #84 on: Feb 27th, 2014, 2:11pm »
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Well I be cheating a little now. The only thing I will be matching in the topic is Old and passenger car. I will post a photo of a 3 car HO set of cars made in either 1940 or 1941. This is the two years these cars were made. I have posted cars made all of wood. Some with metal roofs and ends, with press board sides, and wood floors, I even did some with all wood construction but plastic or metal sides.  
* Now the cars are ones us old timers seen when we were young. The cheating is that they are all die cast metal. The 3 way combination car is a baggage REA, mail. or can be thought of as a baggage, mail, café car, if you pay no attention to the mail pick up pole across the door. For the café car it was used to get fresh provisions, on the fly, while running. The other is a NH, NYC, or LV ping pong coach. I have seen photos of this type car on all 3 lines. On the New Haven it was called a American flyer car.  
* Well when you put it all together you know it is a HO A.C.Gilbert #121 baggage and 122 coach. Now in 1938 and 1939 the first years these cars were made, they were lettered for the New Haven. This name was applied between the roof and the top of the windows. In the two years after mine, 1942 and 1943, another set of NH cars were released. This time the New Haven name was below the bottom of the windows.  
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« Reply #85 on: Feb 28th, 2014, 7:35am »
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Frank - All -  
 
Last of the group of three, shown at bottom, clearly for use with REA, Baggage, and U S Mail. The Post Office requirements  
quite stringent; therefore, the 'hook' apparatus solely for on the run pickup of sacks of Mail.
 
The two Coaches good replicas of the Osgood - Bradley (Pullman - Worcester Works) products...
 
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Frank - All -  
 
Last of the group of three, shown at bottom, clearly for use with REA, Baggage, and U S Mail. The Post Office requirements  
quite stringent; therefore, the 'hook' apparatus solely for on the run pickup of sacks of Mail.
 
The two Coaches good replicas of the Osgood - Bradley (Pullman - Worcester Works) products...
 
.........................Vern........................

  Vern and what do you think of the 1938 HO coupling system. It is a spring loaded big hook. Looks bad and couples great. They weren't thinking of automatic uncoupling when these were designed.  
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« Reply #87 on: Mar 18th, 2014, 8:39pm »
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I have about 40 Ambroid or Labelle cars in my possession.  
 
About 25 of them are usable but currently in storage due to lack of time for the hobby.  
 
Several of the Ambroid cars I converted into Open Air cars, similar to those of the Strasburg Railroad. A few of the Labelle cars have been converted to Observation Cars or Dining Cars.  
 
They are great quality cars and a hard find any more.


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« Reply #88 on: Mar 19th, 2014, 8:22am »
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I am going to post a big wish. Ambroid and a few others made that 1860 style of passenger cars with Monitor roofs like the Lincoln Car. I have none. I only wish to find some.
Photos of them would be viewed many times by me if they were here.  
I hope you got some of them, for they fill a place in history that is not shown here and were very common. The tiffany passenger cars had a form this roof also.
 
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I picked up another 11 old kit passenger car from a friend he was throwing out. Of the 11 or so cars only the 2 in the upper left corner were good enough to save.  
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« Reply #90 on: May 4th, 2016, 3:56pm »
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I picked up this coach a while back and a little TLC was all that was needed to bring it back to life. I am using it now as part of my ERIE mow consist.
 
I believe it is Ambroid but I would like confirmation if anyone knows for sure.


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« Reply #91 on: May 13th, 2016, 9:27am »
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 It is most likely Ambroid. Even though I am older because of Main line models and the many Walters lines absorbed by them. I just cant say for sure. Ambroid is a good choice. frank

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« Reply #92 on: May 13th, 2016, 10:29pm »
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The Ambroid passenger cars that I'm familiar with had a belt rail under the windows. To build the car pictured, this feature would have had to have been removed as it was milled into the subside.....Tom

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« Reply #93 on: May 14th, 2016, 10:58am »
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Tom - interesting, I didn't notice that. I checked the other Ambroid kits that I have and sure enough the belt rail is there. This coach is also shorter than the Ambroids. The metal cast pieces are very close in appearance though.  
 
I haven't been able to find anything like it from other mfg. I have checked Varney, LaBelle, silver streak et al. As Frank mentioned it may be a company that absorbed these and released these kits later on.  
 
Any way, I am working on an open platform wooden consist - baggage, combine, coaches, to be pulled by a 4-4-0 or camelback. The older wooden kits are a natural for this and worth searching for.  
 
Here is an Ambroid three door baggage car that is painted in "Pullman green'. I am going with this color as I like the appearance vs. the lighter "coach green" on the other car.
 


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« Reply #94 on: Aug 15th, 2016, 2:29pm »
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A good friend has this set of American Beauty Illinois Central passenger cars. I need to posts to show both sides. Yes the doors are missing the combine.  
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Opposite side of Cars !
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« Reply #96 on: Sep 1st, 2016, 3:28pm »
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"American Beauty" - those are good looking cars. Another brand name that is new to me. Thanks for posting those.

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