Far Guys Hobby: Lionel Trains

Yesterday we were on one of those missions. Going to a train show.. Going to buy some cool cars for the train..choo choo! Far Guy was so excited he could hardly sleep. He has been looking forward to this sale ever since the last train sale way last spring. All the way over there, he said "I hope that this is not a waste of time." All the way over there I am looking for Antique Shops and Garage sale signs, because after the train show I get to shop!! I was disappointed because there were not many shops along the back roads that we took. We are going to have to take a different route home if I am going to get any shopping in today. We didn’t get lost or anything, and traffic was reasonable. Our mission was clear "The Helicopter Car" should be located and purchased. We walked into the building and paid our 3 dollars each for a ticket and ten minutes later we walked back out…empty handed. Far Guy was so disgusted, and dissapointed..we drove almost two hours for that? He said "Well lets hit some Antique Shops." So one by one we hit some new to us Antique Shops and some great little garage sales along Hwy 371. One place was one of those hoarders..as there were only pathways..and one room led to the next..Far Guy kept walking..when the floor got real spongy under my feet I began to get claustrophobic..and retreated to the front door..I have never been in such a place in my entire life. No Trains..no old photos..but they did have a tame striped gopher that ate bird seed under the counter. Then I hit a nice jackpot with old photos..and low and behold the next Antique Shop had two boxes of train "stuff" ..Far Guy bought them both. I asked him how many cars were in the boxes.."Oh a couple, I didn’t dig all the way through them." It was a fun day, Chance had a good time watching for cows and barking at other dogs, we walked him several times throughout the day.

All the way home Far Guy speculated " What could possibly be in the boxes? " All the way home I am hoping that he won’t be disappointed. I asked him "What if the old Desoto Car that you really want is at the bottom of that box..or the Helicopter Car?" He said he would be so excited that he would wet himself. I am going to have my camera ready!

 

He unpacked the boxes in his old greenhouse/workshop, the first one had lots of track, one building and two cars. Not too bad.

The second box had a huge transformer..a bunch of odds and ends and fourteen cars..count them fourteen freaking cars. Choo..choo.. I hear that train a coming..but we don’t have room for all these cars after they are all cleaned up and presentable.. a few more cars on the old Lionel upstairs and it will catch itself coming and going.

Luckily he went potty as soon as we got home..because here is the car that holds the helicopter..no helicopter was found..maybe some other day. He had this same car as a kid..fifty years ago. I told him that this one looked broken, he said "It looks just as broken as mine used to and it still worked."

 A US Army Car. It held missiles. He will probably carve some out of wood.

A Fire Car. We will need to find a little guy to sit up in the chair to man the hose.

I have no idea what he is going to do..I do know that he has a few cars in this bunch that are really cool, and it will keep him busy half the winter fixing and repairing and cleaning them up. Perhaps he needs a train cabinet, where the cars sit on pieces of track, and every day he takes out different train cars to play with:)
 

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3 Responses to Far Guys Hobby: Lionel Trains

  1. Jan says:

    How can I be excited for a man I don’t even know?! I am…because he has a hobby that he gets excited about and that gives him pleasure! Too little of that in life sometimes. Good for you! I had a cousin who’s bedroom wall was full of train cars and it would fold down on top of his bed with a full track layout. He still lives in that house. Wonder if it’s still there. Even as a girl I thought it was really cool! Enjoy all winter and stay out of Far Sides’ way! I need to hit an antique shop soon! :0)

  2. TechnoBabe says:

    Everybody we know that has train sets displayed and spend time with them are like Far Guy. I have to admit, they are really fun when the cars are on the tracks and running and working. I have mentioned to hubby a couple times that doing that might be fun. I am happy for Far Guy that he found a treasure and it reminds him of when he was a kid and for you for enjoying your day with Far Guy and Chance and finding a couple good antique stores.