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Bob_cosgrove
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Posted on Friday, January 20, 2006 - 1:54 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

The annual Glancy Trains Show will be this Saturday at the Detroit Historical Museum from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

There will be dealers selling toy and scale model trains, answering questions, we have a repair clinic to evaluate your what's wrong with your trains, and a group of nationally renown appraisers to tell you what that relic toy train in your attic is worth. Repair evaluation and appraisals are on $3 per item. Admission to the show is free with museum admisison $5.50 for adults.

And, there are train videos for the everyone and the well-known Glancy Trains O-Gauge layout with its ChooChooCam TV train enabling visitors to get an engineer's eye view as the train circles the layout including seeing themselves when it circles the far end.

The exhibit of Supreme Marie Wilson's gowns will close shortly, and there's also the temporary exhibit Icons - Detroit Designs. Go to www.detroithistorical.org for more information.

A few tables a still available at the train show, call me at (313) 499-3466 if interested.

Bob Cosgrove
Glancy Trains Curator,
Detroit Historical Museum
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L_b_patterson
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Posted on Friday, January 20, 2006 - 1:56 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

i choo choo choose this thread
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The_rock
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Posted on Saturday, January 21, 2006 - 6:27 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Very well done, Robert C. I enjoyed your Glancy train display very much and it's obvious you have put a great deal of time and thought into the preservation of the collection. I counted 8 trains going around at various speeds, tracks winding around mountains, over bridges, through cities etc.

I had the opportunity several years ago to see Mr. Glancy's collection when he lived in his beautiful mansion on Lakeshore. I think that was in the late 60's. You have done him proud.
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Bob_cosgrove
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Posted on Wednesday, January 25, 2006 - 11:08 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Thanks Tom,

Bob Cosgrove
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Bob_cosgrove
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Posted on Wednesday, January 25, 2006 - 11:59 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

A couple of photos from last weekend's Annual Glancy Trains Show at the Detroit Historical Museum. Bob Cosgrove
Glancy Trains Show Jan 21

Glancy Trains Show Jan 21 2006
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Broken_main
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Posted on Thursday, January 26, 2006 - 3:45 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Can someone tell me what the status of the Historical Museum is. I thought this one fell under the mayors axe last year. Is the Museum open for business???
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Alexei289
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Posted on Thursday, January 26, 2006 - 4:38 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

BAD ASS

Ive been looking for a place for a long ass time where I can get parts for my vintage 1946 train... The coal car middle track pickups caught a break in the track and ripped themselves apart last christmas... maybe these guys can point me in the right direction
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Aarne_frobom
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Posted on Thursday, January 26, 2006 - 11:12 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Surprisingly, just about every part for old Lionel toy trains is readily available. If you ever get to Saginaw, you can buy them over the counter from Brasseur Electric Trains, in a nifty old buiding in a slowly-redeveloping quaint neighborhood (or over the net). A good newsstand will have a magazine called "Classic Toy Trains," which contains ads for mail-order parts dealers, at least one of which will have what you need. You may need a $25 book in which the Lionel parts diagrams and numbers are reprinted, called Greenberg's Guide to Postwar Lionel Trains. Using these sources I rehabbed my 1958 toy trains for my son. He thinks they're less interesting than video games, but I had a ball.

Too bad the Downtown Train and Camera shop is no longer in operation at 122 West Elizabeth, if I remember the address right. On my last trip near Grand Circus Park, I was astonished to see the building still standing and in good repair, including the large "Lionel Trains" billboard on the side. Does antyone else remember this atmospheric basement store?
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The_rock
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Posted on Thursday, January 26, 2006 - 11:51 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I recall the place well, and the fact that you actually entered the place by taking a small stairs down to the store itself. They were knowledgable sales people and were helpful for those looking for a particular engine or rolling stock.
Downtown Train and Camera eventually left their W. Elizabeth location and moved into the corner lobby of the Kales Building on W. Adams. I think that cameras became bigger in sales than trains and the place eventually closed.
I only have three old Lionel engines and about 25 rolling stock, but my German Fleischmann HO trains are pretty extensive now.
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56packman
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Posted on Thursday, January 26, 2006 - 12:30 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Too bad you guys weren't around a few years ago..I worked at Madison Hardware @ 1915 Fort, off and on for the boss. They had EVERTHING--right here in the D. If Ed didn't know where the part was, it didn't exsist. That's all gone, a memory now. The parts have been bought (they are till being bought, one auction at a time) by other antique Lionel specialists. "clean the commutator, fresh brushes, and oil" that all she needs!. The guy who bought that building spent a fortune sandblasting, replacing windows, enclosing the loading dock with drive-it, and now......nothing.
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The_rock
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Posted on Thursday, January 26, 2006 - 3:09 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Aarne--I just came back from driving downtown and getting my monthly haircut with Sammy the Barber in the Dime Building, and drove by Downtown Train and Camera on W. Elizabeth. Right you are, the building is still there and it has been refurbished. It's really the "Mera" apartment building, small but well painted. I did not see the Lionel sign on either the East or West wall of the structure, but the front of the building still has the old entrance for the store.That portion of the brick building appears to be wood with large windows and I would think the apt. building itself would like nicer if they tore down that old framework. Looking closely as you drive by, you can see the word "Hobby" on a sign against the inner wall.

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