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Any questions on American manufacturers of wind up cast iron floor trains, track trains and their litho tin cars and accessories. This would include manufacturers of the following; American Flyer,Hafner,Ives,Lionel,Marx,Dorfan and AMRR. I can identify variants in casting methodology and have experience in determining almost all manufacturing dates within catalogued identifiers. I have extensive experience in the litho tin variants of passenger and freight cars that go with the wind up sets and also many of the early electric train sets. I do not have extensive or specific experience on variations of European wind up toy trains but can help with most general questions on european cast iron wind up trains.

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35 years of collecting specifically cast iron wind up trains. I have repaired and restored during this same period having made many of my own tooling to support manfacturing restoration parts and accessories. I have identified 5 toy train engines and cars that had not previousely been published in any referance or collector book.




TCA ETrain magazine. This is an online publication of general toy train interest.


I have a high school education with some college credits.

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2014-02-19 old train engine:

Bing toys and trains were made in Germany and were extremely prolific on the varied models made for other markets outside of Europe. The united states was one of their biggest customers. If you can post

2013-04-02 clockworks:

David  I am unaware of anyone making any of the clock works motors. A partial motor can be restored by a competent clock maker even if some of the gear train is missing but a total replacement requires

2012-12-31 1920s American Flyer "The Toy for the Boy":

JD  The set was one of the common offerings from the 30"S that sold through all of the hobby and retail outlets. This set with it's large cast iron engine easily hauled the eight wheel cars around a 30

2012-05-15 american flyer wind up:

Michael  Your 1107 car was made with a litho ink process. There is no one reproducing the 1107 car litho design. I have seen some decals and laminates for some of the Marx cars but have not seen any product

2012-05-01 Valuation of Hafner passenger set:

Don,  If you could add a picture it would help understand what set you have. If no pic available then please provide all available markings and color schemes plus the over all length of cars so I can better


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