Sunday, April 25, 2010

Old Trains for Far Side of Fifty

This post is for my friend at The Far Side of Fifty.

Her hubby Far Guy loves model trains. I told her about the one I had and wanted to post pictures of it to see if her hubby knew what I had.

It was once my brothers and when our twins were like 4 or 5, my dad passed it on to them. At the time my brother was not around much and I think he thought he would want them to have it. Unfortunately when things went bad in our family, my brother asked for it and I refused to give it back. It was not out of vengence that I kept it but out of preservation. You see, my older brother always got his way and got most all our grandparents and parents belongings. They few items I have had been asked for back. Not sure why but I held onto what I could to have some old things as well. Over the years, I have acquired many of the same items he had from antique stores. Some have even spread words that they were moms or grandma's when in fact they were not. Just the only way I could have some of what they had though it really wasn't theirs.

Sorry to go off the topic here. Back to the train...




I would love to see about getting it running and would be great to display it within a small scene like those in model railroad displays. When our son was in the Shriner Hospital in SF, they had one for the kids to visit. Not only that we also had a hut at the fair that housed a large display. The kids were always fasinated with them. If your in the area of Sacramento there is a great museum there. When our kids were little they earned the junior engineer badge and hat.

Ontop of that, my grandfather and his son, my moms father and brother, both worked for the railroad. Seems trains are in our blood which is why they seem to catch our fancy.

A few years ago we were able to take our 'Grand' bug on and old train here in Yuma.


We also have taken them to the Railway Museum in Dixon, Ca.


When in Hawaii we took a train around the Dole Plantation


We also took them on the Polar Express.



As well as Train Town in Sonoma.


So here's to you  Far Side (I don't know your real name). Hope Far Guy likes our train and adventures.

1 comment:

  1. Hi Elizabeth! That is a great train..it is a Marx 1998 Union Pacific Engine..O scale. They were made from 1955 to 1962. That is all Far Guy knows about them. It is a great hand me down that you can give to your grands someday! We went through the just displaying for a number of years too..you really have to have some space to do a train set justice.
    It looks like you are a train family..I so enjoyed your photos with your grands!! :) Connie

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