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#1 jdcrawler ONLINE  



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Posted March 13, 2014 - 01:29 PM

Over the last thirty years I have gotten into building things for O-scale trains.
Recently, I have been building the locomotives out of brass parts.

I started out going to train shows to find parts to work with and after learning to use the computer, I started searching on ebay for parts.
My experience with the train sellers on ebay has always been very satisfying.
However, the seller that I just finished doing business with is by far the most generous person that I've ever worked with.

His package just arrived and did I ever get a BIG surprise !  .........

About a year ago I picked up a brass boiler and cab for a Challenger locomotive engine.
Two weeks ago, this chassis for a Challenger showed up on ebay.




One guy emailed the seller and said what he was selling was worth about $100 less than what the start bid was and offered to buy the chassis  for that lower price.
Another emailed and offered to buy it for a lower price also.

The seller said he would not end the auction early but if it did not sell, he would re-list it at a lower price.

Now I have been looking for a Challenger chassis ever since I got the boiler and this is the first one that I've seen listed.
This is a Lobaugh chassis from the 50's ( the same as my boiler ) and had a 1954 blueprint included with the chassis.


My figuring was if this chassis gets re-listed at a lower start bid,  it is quite likely that it will end up being bid up higher than it is priced now.
Hoping that everyone else would be thinking that they might be able to get it at a lower price and not bid on this auction, I went ahead and bid.

It worked and I was the only bidder.

The seller also had a 0-4-4-0 chassis listed and I bought that also.


After the auction, the seller emailed me and said that he had found a few extra parts and was going to include them with the two frames.
I figured there would be a little Ziploc bag with three or four loose parts in it.

Here is a photo of the "few extra parts" !!!


These parts weigh almost 7 pounds and most of them are for the Challenger locomotive.

I don't feel right in giving out the sellers name without their permission but I am so overwhelmed by the generosity of this seller that I just had to share this experience.

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Posted March 13, 2014 - 01:36 PM

Hello Ray, that's an extraordinary hobby! I didn't understand much of the things you've explained, but it sounds good...

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Posted March 13, 2014 - 01:37 PM

Thats cool train. I buy sell and build 1/48 planes. If i sell and and get better than i want i throw in extras sometimes. Builds good relationships and i have many repeat buyers on planes i build and sell.
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Posted March 13, 2014 - 02:20 PM

Congrats on the nice find. That looks like a fun hobby. You do run into very nice people sometimes when buying and selling stuff. 

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Posted March 13, 2014 - 02:44 PM

That is a cool train! I never got caught up in that particular aspect of modeling. But I spend enough time in hobby shops to know that that is a very valuable collection of parts and hardware on the table. You contact was very generous!!

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Posted March 13, 2014 - 03:25 PM

That is very cool. When you treat people with respect it suprises and tickles them. He decided that giving the stuff to you was better than dealing with the chiselers. I hope that you show us pictures of the engine as it goes together and send them to the seller too. I put value on things going to a good home, he did too. Good Luck, Rick

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Posted March 13, 2014 - 05:50 PM

WOW, you hit the jack-pot with that fellow.

Ever once in a while you will have a wonderful dealing with someone and it restores good feelings about people.

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Posted March 13, 2014 - 06:02 PM

After dabbling in HO brass.....a O challenger ..the extras. Holy Smoke, better put seller on Christmas card list! Good deal! Shawn
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Posted March 13, 2014 - 06:15 PM

You've found a real nice person there Ray. Hopefully you bump into

each other some day.

I know nothing about these parts and pieces, but judging by your

excitement, this is a huge score. Congrats.

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Posted March 13, 2014 - 06:53 PM

WOW !, that is soooo cooollll, i love it :thumbs:


I still have a few HO scale trains left from the past but nothing like what you got, that is some solid history.

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Posted March 13, 2014 - 06:58 PM

That was a very generous score there! Way to go!

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