N SCALE WTS - Entire collection of N-scale

RobertM - B&O Oct 10, 2021

  1. RobertM - B&O

    RobertM - B&O New Member

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    I have finally made the decision to sell all of my N-scale collection. So I am trying to figure out the best way to do it. Either as entire collection or individually which will leave me with a bunch of stuff.

    Just an idea of what I have to sell:
    - 75-85 Micro Trains from the 90's. A lot are northeastern lines B&O, NYC and Pennsy. Some are in multi packs never opened (ie B&O coal cars).
    - Lot of Atlas cars and Misc.
    - Kato passenger car sets for B&O and Pennsy.
    - Lot of engines (DC only) including steam. Most of it is Kato and Atlas.
    - Kato Unitrack (I had a large layout and it is great shape. Track and switches
    - Buildings that are complete and still in boxes.
    - Misc galore...

    I live in Charlotte so if someone is interested in the collection, let me know. Not sure how I would ship all of the buildings. If not, I will likely put lots on this site and Ebay which is likely how I will make the most money but will take a lot of my wife and my time. I will give a good price but not interested in pennies on the dollar.

    I am working on a inventory list and hope to have that in a few weeks. I would appreciate any thoughts or ideas.

    Robert
     
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  2. Bookbear1

    Bookbear1 TrainBoard Supporter

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    I agree that the easiest would be to sell the lot together, and the most profitable would be to sell individually on eBay. That said, I would be interested in the Pennsy passenger car sets and possibly some of the freight rolling stock. Please keep me in mind when you get your inventory ready. A thought about selling and record keeping: if you do your inventory as a spreadsheet, and have extra columns (empty at this point) for the price each item sold at, it's shipping cost, and the name, address, etc. of the purchaser, you will have all the info in one place, and can even automate the printing of shipping labels. And if a sale falls through, you can make the item available again w/o having to recreate the entire item info.

    Good luck!
     
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  3. RobertM - B&O

    RobertM - B&O New Member

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    Great idea. I will let you know about the Pennsy items
     
  4. Hardcoaler

    Hardcoaler TrainBoard Member

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    I'm not sure what I may need or want, but I'd be interested in seeing an Excel list when you're able. I'm a South Carolinian, so not too far away.
     
  5. MetraMan01

    MetraMan01 TrainBoard Member

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    Same here-would be interested to see the building kits. Best of luck!


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  6. MetraMan01

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    Also-instead of selling one large lot or every item separately you could sell them in multiple smaller lots. All one road name and car type together. Groups of switches and track. That kind of thing. It might be easier than everything separately and maybe make more money than one large lot.


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  7. RobertM - B&O

    RobertM - B&O New Member

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    Here is the spreadsheet of the Kato passenger cars and the Micro-Trains. I supplied the MT number, road name, type of car and if the car had the sticker or price on the back I show it. If the MT Price is blank, it was before they did that! I am not asking that price but wanted to show it if it was there. At the bottom is any multi=packs and the very bottom is special runs. Now I have to figure out what to do next.... I will be adding the Atlas and Red Caboose rolling stock and engines later.
     

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  8. Point353

    Point353 TrainBoard Member

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    For those items that may have more than one roadnumber, it might be helpful to specify exactly which roadnumber(s) you have for sale.
    Likewise, for the special run items, see if you can identify the matching NSC/NSE (N Scale Collector/Enthusiast) ID number.
    The Trovestar site can help you find that info.
     
  9. Keith

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    Might have an interest in some of the Kato Unitrack, when you get to it!
    Thinking of maybe combining 2 small 2x4 foot N Scale layouts into one 4x4 instead.
     
  10. RobertM - B&O

    RobertM - B&O New Member

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    I am sure I have plenty of Unitrack to support a 4x4. Do you know what you need?
     
  11. RobertM - B&O

    RobertM - B&O New Member

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    Are you interested in unbuilt kits or already done? For example, I have the N scale architect viaduct bridge done and it was made to insert a piece of unitrack or any track. Also, the station and platform for example.
     
  12. Keith

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    At least a full loop of track, with 11" curves.
    A half circle of 9.75" curve, and several #4 turnouts.
    Would have to get an exact count.
    Want to rebuild an Atlas track layout with Kato track.
    Have the double X-over, so I can run 2 separate layouts, or set crossover and run 1 large layout!
    Although, I've got an unused 4x8 in the garage, that I could use!
     
  13. MetraMan01

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    Primarily unbuilt kits.

    Also-would be very interested to see what (if any) Red Caboose centerbeams you might have.


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  14. Champsummers

    Champsummers TrainBoard Member

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    I might be interested in a Kato B&O passenger car set.
     
  15. porkypine52

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    On selling out your inventory. Selling everything in for one lump sum, would the quickest and easiest way to go. Don't expect to get anywhere near RETAIL or Wholesale for that matter also. You might box several like item up, IE all NYC cars--all PRR cars, Atlanta '95 SP-RUN cars etc etc up, and sell as a unit. Trying to sell each car, set of tracks, and to some extent locomotives INDIVIDUALLY, will take some time and you could end up with items that you will never be able to dispose of. TRUE you could make more $, by selling that way, but look at the time and effort put into selling in INDIVIDUALLY versus a one price package deal. One transaction and you are DONE.
    There are several persons, and companies that will buy collections, as yours, look around. MR--RMC--maybe a Local Hobby Shop can lead you to somebody. Be prepared to deal with each buyer individually.
    I used to be a SP-RUN car collector, but the NSC/NSE organization blew the SP-RUN car market, for me and others, years ago.
    I wish you luck with your endeavor, take your time, step back and look a look at what a Buyer is offering you, before shaking hands on a deal.
    If I can be of any more HELP---please don't hesitate to email or IM me.
     
  16. Randy Clark

    Randy Clark TrainBoard Member

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    If you come up with a list, I would be interested in NE freight and engines. Preferrably PRR, NYC, B&O.
     
  17. in2tech

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    One of the hobbies that a modeler buys stuff over time, only to realize they spent a ton of money when trying to get out of it. And it is very niche, unlike selling a set of golf clubs, etc... Most people have at least I would imagine thousands of dollars in it, if not multiple thousands of dollars over time. Mine is tiny and I don't want to know what I have spent :) And still buying too!

    Swap Meet here is awesome. But takes a lot of work. But your fellow modelers usually get deals? I haven't bought any brand NEW locomotives or rolling stock in years for my tiny layout, cause of the Swap Meet, and I don't buy much or often. BTW, I am planning on buying my first Brand new locomotives this or next year, for the first time in probably 15-20 years. Even most kids and grand kids don't want the items once they grow up. It's sad but true.
     
  18. RobertM - B&O

    RobertM - B&O New Member

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    No regrets on my purchases. My Dad was in model trains on and off through out my life. He is no longer able to model but I have a ton of great memories modeling and going to shows with him. Priceless.
     
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  19. RobertM - B&O

    RobertM - B&O New Member

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    Here is the Pennsy Set. 2 engines and a lot of rolling stock and caboose.
     

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  20. Bruceg503

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    Robert, What are you looking at in cost for the Unitrack? What Locos do you have?
     

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