|All aboard for the most accurate and thorough historical reference and price guide to Standard Gauge electric trains. This complete book covers the history of the Standard Gauge train, describes and values all makes of original Standard Gauge models and their contemporary counterparts, and includes plans for constructing a fully operational layout.|
More than a historical reference, this volume includes a collector's guide to current values, tips for starting and developing a collection, and plans for constructing functional displays of standard gauge trains. 250 photos, 200 in color.
|Author||Peter H. Riddle|
|Number Of Pages||192 pages|
|LC Classification Number||TF197.R4868 1998|
Average review score based on 3 user reviews
A novice collector of antique electric toy trains is faced with a formidable task in terms of developing a familiarity with original examples of a product that ceased production before World War II. This book does an excellent job of providing a historical perspective on the development of Standard Gauge Trains by Lionel in 1906 and on its evolution through the early part of the twentieth century. It details the Early and Classic Periods of Lionel Standard Gauge production and includes many interesting historical anecdotes. Competing manufacturers are showcased, including Ives, American Flyer, Boucher and Dorfan.
What makes this book unique however is its comprehensive approach to Standard Gauge. There are other Standard Gauge references that outline the various types of locomotives and rolling stock with information on value. This book goes far beyond pricing and includes chapters on building a Standard Gauge layout and the re-introduction of Standard Gauge trains, track and accessories in modern times. The later is critical to developing an ability to identify reproductions of famous antique Standard Gauge equipment such as Lionel Classics, Williams Reproductions, McCoy Manufacturing and others.
A Value quide for originals is provided with notations regarding reproductions contained under each listing.
Since this book was published in 1998 you should use the values listed as a starting point in determining value and consult more recent publications and market price sources, such as eBay for current information. This book is a must as a permanent reference in any Standard Gauge Collector's Library.
This is simply the best and most comprehensive book on the subject of Standard Gauge model trains. there are some books on Lionel and others on American Flyer, but this book covers nearly every maker of the big Standard Gauge. The pictures are great and the values are still close enough to be relevant to today's market. It even has information on accessories in this gauge.
Jackson, an avid colector of the Standard Gauge model trains.
a great detailed history of standard guage toy trains. has information on all manufacturers and good comparisions of each. great illustrations and informative details of many items. pictures of layouts and good discriptions of same.
i really enjoyed the book and highly recomend it!