Friday, November 20, 2015

A Pair of Very Old Trains

Friday, November 20, 2015
Partly cloudy and cold

A Pair of Very Old Trains

I decided to choose Dan Morphy Auctions for today's post. Mr. Dan Morphy was one of the 
original people who had allowed me to use his images after I stopped buying and selling on ebay. Since then, Dan has been quite active and successful in expanding his business. He has now expand his original location in Maine with the successful purchases of another auction company and the antique toy division of Mr. James D. Julia of James D. Julia, Inc. 

Carlisle & Finch No. 45 Loco, Tender, & Passenger.
Carlisle & Finch No. 45 Loco, Tender, & Passenger.
No. 45 locomotive nickel finish with black trim. Passenger car No. 111 Baggage Express with considerable wear. Trucks on car are new. Locomotive and tender are in excellent condition. NYC&HR black tender has yellow lettering together with two 8-wheel brass ten window passenger car and No. 51 orange body baggage car marked "No. 111". Roof on baggage car is quite rough and needs restored. Trucks on baggage car are replaced. On eight-wheel brass passenger cars, one roof is totally restored and both have new trucks. Second car's roof should be restored. Condition (Very Good - Excellent).*

* Description courtesy of Liveauctioneers & Morphy Auctions

I don;t have catalogues for the 2 articles presented today, but they are definitely very old! If you ever watched an old western movie from the 1930's or even today,these are the train engine and train cars thought you would see in the movie.

Voltamp Interurban
Excellent original condition with a few scratches on the roof. 
Condition (Excellent). Size 20'' L. (454 mm)*

* Description courtesy of Liveauctioneers & Morphy Auctions

Below is  another very old train. This one would be a "streetcar" that would have been used to transport people around a city. I remember the last year that such a streetcar was used here in Montreal. My memory is vague though since I was about 5-8 years old.  But I do remember the above the streetcar wires, and the nice wooden panelling (real wood, not your plywood!) that the cars were made of. Also, there were train rails all over the street.

The cord would have been used to raise and lower the mast to electrified wires above the train rails.
When the mast was raised and connected to the electrified wires, the train would have electric current, and the train could move.The "real trains" moved this way,and so did the toy.

It appears that the wire springs have lost their tension, but I'm sure new ones could be found. 
Of course, the big question would be whether or not to play with an antique toy that costs as much as a new Toyota Corolla (I drive a 7 year old Corolla). You'd have to find a compatible electric power source compatible with this train, since you wouldn't want to burn out the wiring inside.

Of course, if you "played" with the toy carefully who's to know?
It would't have an odometer attached to tell how much mileage was on it!

Thanks for dropping by,
and as always,
have a great part of the day or night,
wherever you may be.
Stacey Bindman

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