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Life Changes and Toy Trains

April 8th, 2019 · No Comments

So my life has changed a lot in the last couple of years. Among these changes retirement, and some traveling, along with some other changes that were not so good. Now I still have most of my American Flyer / S stuff. I last attended the York Train Show in 2011. It seems there have been some changes since then! I picked up a Greenburg Price Guide and the TCA Museum as I passed through Strasburg last September. I did not look at it much until a couple of months ago. I was struck by how much the prices of the trains have dropped. I had noticed the same thing on eBay, with a lot of the Gilbert Flyer down by a third or more. Looking at the TCA Eastern Division website, it is apparent that York attendance has been steadily declining over the last few years. Indead many of my past S gauge friends made over the last 20 years have passed on. Sad, it would seem that the size of the toy train generation is shrinking, something I always expected. So I canceled my table at the train meet. Not worth taking my time to sell at such low prices. IMHO Also, there is not much S gauge stuff available in Orlando these days. I guess I will hold onto what I have, and buy some more! I am struck by how cheap even the new Lionel Flyer Bershire engines are, remembering what I had to give for the Mikados! Time to buy. LOL By the way, I would like to see more activity on this website. If you would like to contribute an article for the front page, please contact me at the email address at the bottom of this page. For now, I sit in Gettysburg getting ready to move into York tomorrow!


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