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Sam the Toy Train Man


Top 5 percent Hi, Welcome to Sam, the Toy and Train Man's family page. As a private party, we have been been collecting toy trains for over 25 years and with Sam's experience as past president of the Toy Train Operating Society - Southwestern Division, California's largest toy train club, our family has had a lot of experience with toy trains. The purposes of this web site are threefold. First, be sure and check out the Lionel picture catalogue. Second, this is a place where you can sell toytrains, vintage antique toys and models and diecast vehicles for cash. And third, we are now offering select Lionel and other trains, Department 56, Royal Doulton Nesbit and Madame Alexander dolls for sale at reasonable prices.




Go to Lionel Picture Catalogue!

Sell Toytrains, Vintage Antique Toys and Models and Diecast Vehicles For Cash!

See My Current Lists Of Available Trains, Department 56 and Madame Alexander Dolls We Have For Sale!




In addition, we occasionally purchase Department 56 items for our layout. We are also constructing a list of descriptions and links to the sites we have found to date. Our family is always looking for new and exciting ways to update our site. The Lionel Picture Catalogue section is a great place for kids of all ages, young and old, to see what the trains used to look like back in the day. Be sure to check from time to for additional links and new sale items. If you would like more information on trains, simply mail us your e-mail address.

If you have any comments or suggestions, please feel free to give them.

As our southern relatives, especially our beloved Esther would say (with her southern accent) ...." Y'all enjoy!"

Our family's primary interest lies in collecting Lionel trains. Over the past years we have collected not only the actual trains produced by Lionel, but many of their other paraphernalia as well. Among these, some of the more interesting items we have are the old Lionel train catalogues. Following is an excerpt from the 1927 Lionel Catalogue. It has been included here as an answer to those who would ask why it is so important to collect trains.

Lionel will give you all the thrill and fascination of operating a real railroad. You can either play the part of locomotive engineer, train dispatcher, switchman or station master, and perform all the duties of real railroad men with your Lionel Model Electric Railroads, for they are real in everything but size.

Ready? Let's go! All aboard!! You switch on the current from your "Multivolt" Transformer, and the Lionel Limited with its powerful headlight shining and cars brilliantly illuminated, gracefully glides away -- smooth and silent, just like a big all-steeled Pullman Train.

You advance the transformer switch, and immediately the massive motor responds -- increasing its speed and hauling the big train with perfect ease. Down the straightway stretch we go -- cars gently swaying, as real railroad cars do -- past the steel telegraph posts, semaphores and block signals.

Now we go dashing over the "Lionel Bridge" -- a beautiful structure built of steel throughout -- and on to the level railroad again.

Steady there 'round the curve! -- then, through the new illuminated all-steel Tunnel -- out again into the open. In the distance we see the brilliantly illuminated Station at Lionel City -- a touch of the transformer lever, and the Lionel Limited reduces speed and majestically stops -- the body of the engine quivering like a living thing, as though satisfied with a glorious run. A signal from the conductor -- All Aboard!


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Special thanks to, Michael, for his patience in helping me with these pages.

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