The Nostalgia Thread

MK Jan 3, 2023

  1. Shortround

    Shortround TrainBoard Member

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    I only have some memories of the earlier listings. Before 1972 when I got out of service to our country. Before that I grew up on a farm with 11 brothers so such toys were out of the question. After that it took until 1990 to be able to indulge.
     
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  2. Kurt Moose

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    There's a few things in those pages I'd like to have today!;)
     
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  3. r_i_straw

    r_i_straw Mostly N Scale Staff Member

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    Yeah, the Arnold Rapido Pacific and the Con Cor Hudson were solid locomotives. The ones I have are still going strong. Would like a few more.;)
     
  4. Doug Gosha

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    I was so famous, back then, they didn't need to include my street address.

    No, I'm lying. However, I didn't Photoshop it out. I Painted it out. I almost didn't because it's not exactly an online secret, anyway.

    :D

    Doug
     
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  5. Hardcoaler

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    Wow Russell, I think I just spent fifteen minutes enjoying your AHC ad posts. A lot of wonderful memories there. The prices all seem so cheap today, but as a teen mowing lawns in the summer and shoveling driveways in the winter, I still had to budget very carefully.

    Some of the junk sold back then may have done more damage to N Scale's growth than it did good.
     
  6. Doug Gosha

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    It was the ad in an AHC mailer that caused me to order my UP RSC-2 in the summer of 1968 and I excitedly checked the mail every day until it finally arrived. I was a bit disappointed because it didn't look exactly like the illustration which was of an actual RSC-2 and not of the model.

    It still runs to this day, though. I always worked on all my Mehanotehnika locomotives until I got them to run smoothly.

    Coug
     
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  7. Doug Gosha

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    Boy Dan, I know exactly what you're talking about as far as budgeting!

    Doug
     
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  8. Hardcoaler

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    I remember ordering Atlas' F unit in C&NW with great anticipation and feeling so low upon discovering it was a dog. Hard-earned money wasted. I must have taken it apart and rebuilt it a half dozen times without much improvement. Thank heaven for Arnold Rapido, Minitrix and (Kato-built) Con-Cor locomotives, else I'd have probably quit N Scale.
     
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  9. Mark Ricci

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    This F3 came from my late 60s Tyco Mantua set
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    Think these came with the F3

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  10. MK

    MK TrainBoard Member

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    @r_i_straw Russell, those AHC pages are AWESOME! Brings back A LOT of memories. Would you happen to know what year those were from?

    I lived about a mile and a half from AHC in Manhattan and I would take my bicycle there all the time. Marshall and his infamous hair piece. :D
     
  11. Doug Gosha

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    The Greenberg N Scale Price Guide from 1981 and the supplement from 1985, Dallas Mallerich was only 17 when he released the original guide.

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    Doug
     
  12. r_i_straw

    r_i_straw Mostly N Scale Staff Member

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    That was from 1969.
     
  13. BoxcabE50

    BoxcabE50 HOn30 & N Scales Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    I remember when he was in high school. He was quite active in N, and started his little company, "Loco-Motives". Last i knew he was in On30, modeling and manufacturing, but I believe he is no longer active there.
     
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  14. Rich_S

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    Can't forget about some of the nostalgic track planning books of the era.
    How many folks had / have these books in their collection?

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  15. Many Trains

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    Had both of them! I still enjoy the Clinchfield book occasionally. I actually got it WAY after it originally came out. My first N scale book was about building a Burlington Northern layout. Came out in the early 1990's.
     
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  16. jtomstarr

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    For me a true Blast from the past !

    Tom
     
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  17. Doug Gosha

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    Some early N scale publications:

    1968

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    1969

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    1974

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    Doug
     
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  18. Doug Gosha

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    I think the Clinchfield is still in existence, isn't it? That was quite the project railroad!

    Doug
     
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  19. Doug Gosha

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    My earliest Rapido flyers:

    1965

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    1966

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    1967

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    And the 1965 Rapido price list. It is three pages and there is a lot of stuff in it.

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    Doug
     
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  20. MK

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    Wow, a MRR dealer right on Fifth Ave in NYC!
     
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