Model trains captivate as many collectors today as they did the children who received them as gifts in their youth. With bright wheels, intricate details and designs, shiny paint jobs and the simple, yet exciting way the trains would run along the tracks, it’s no wonder so many people enjoyed them when were all the rage in toys, and now as they remain a popular pick in collecting circles.
At the summer session of the New England Toy Train Exchange many of the nearly 800 lots sold for more than their estimated values, and put some rarely seen models and combinations into collectors’ hands. Among the highlights was a Lionel 1 Standard Gauge Trolley and Trailer pair, circa 1907, which sold for $3,000, in the middle of its estimated sell range of $2,500 and $5,000. Difficult to find one of these items in decent condition, it’s even more of a coupe to have both.
"It’s unusual to find a trolley and trailer together. The trailer was optional and a lot of times people didn’t buy them," said Mark Tobias of New England Toy and Train Exchange, in a release posted on LiveAuctioneers.com’s Auction Central News.
Vintage was certainly in at the summer toy train exchange as bidders also earned the opportunity to pick up a record-setting Ives boxed set. The set included a bicycle-wheel 1100 electric locomotive, an FE Tender with gray frame, 50 Baggage Car, 52 Newark Coach, and 52 Washington Coach – with superior paint and outstanding lithography. In the end the innovative set sold for $5,000, which is on the high end of the $2,500 to $6,000 estimate.
As if the summer session wasn’t highlight enough the New England Toy Train Exchange is gearing up for another auction over Labor Day weekend, and among the items at that auction sure to draw attention is a Lionel 2037-500 Girls pink locomotive. On Aug. 20 writer David Wahl posted an interesting commentary and historical review of Lionel pink trains for girls, originally released in 1956, and reissued in 1991 and again in 2004. This article can be seen on Monkey Goggles.
With all this auction activity and rarely seen pieces coming to the block, now’s the time to check your local or state model train collector’s show schedule, or take a look at the country-wide listings featured at RailServe.com.
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