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gregbarker
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I am looking for the tyco set of the petticoat junction, anybody have a connection?
I know most collectors think tycos junk , but i would still like to have the set .
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They don't call this the Tyco Forum for nothing! WE don't think they're junky, just funky. LOL. Can't help you with something Petti like this, though. Maybe at a future time junction, I'll run across one of those sets.

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IF you find one be prepared to spend HUGE $$$$ for one loco I wants one as well but SO high on price This also includes Iron Horse, Disneyland & Civil War sets
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IF Tyco is junk,, , then I'm quite a junk collector!
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quote:
IF Tyco is junk,, , then I'm quite a junk collector!

Originally posted by walt - January 29 2011 :  7:40:31 PM



x2 for me as well!
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It takes time,one will come along.I got the disneyland loco and two passenger cars,i need to complete my set. Watch ebay and once in a blue moon one will show up.
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IF you find one be prepared to spend HUGE $$$$ for one loco I wants one as well but SO high on price This also includes Iron Horse, Disneyland & Civil War sets

Originally posted by microbusss - January 29 2011 :  6:54:32 PM

I got the disneyland loco and two passenger cars,i bought the loco knowing it didnt run,here it was full of hair wrapped around the worm gear. still need the cars to complete my set though.
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Also watch for train shows in your areas
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Most Tyco *is* considered junk... but as debatable luck would have it, the Petticoat Junction set is one of a few that has held / increased in value over the years. That set, along with the Disneyland and Civil War sets of the same era, appeal to respective collectors outside the model train world.

If you are going for a full set - in nice shape including the box(es) - be prepared to spend about $200. Maybe more, maybe less depending on the moon - but that's a ballpark typical ebay figure. That figure is also typical of the Disneyland, Civil War, boxed Talgo, and certain complete key freight and passenger sets. Most anything else by Tyco can be had for next to nothing or not much; most sets bring from $30 to $75, maybe $100 for some of the "popular" ones.

If you're willing to be patient and invest time trolling and searching and browsing through lots and sniping, etc... you might find the individual pieces for much less, it does happen from time to time. Depends on a lot of factors, not the least of which is luck.
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^^^^^ I collect junk like this guy does ^^^^^

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I didn't mean for anybody to think i was calling Tyco junk, i went to a hobby store in columbus oh , and the guy said , they're junk, with my smartass comment i said ,
i'm 46 and when i was young there was not much of a selection of hobby stores in WV .
Tyco got people started in the model railroad realm that made other big companies a success
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from what i hear here in uk when i mention us toy trains,only 3 names are uttered bachmann and tyco/mantua,so i wonder if you asked people on the street over 40,there in usa,what name comes to mind,bet it wont be broadway or varney ken
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There was a new set in the box at the train show is White Plains, NY several weeks ago. I think he was asking for $150. I told him to come on this forum, that someone was looking for this exact set. He said he didn't bother with the internet, i guess he would rather keep stock for several yrs before selling it! How much do you want to spend? He will be there again in December. I can either give him your contact info or get the set and send it to you.
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from what i hear here in uk when i mention us toy trains,only 3 names are uttered bachmann and tyco/mantua,so i wonder if you asked people on the street over 40,there in usa,what name comes to mind,bet it wont be broadway or varney ken

Originally posted by catfordken - February 17 2011 :  2:27:59 PM



Well, you have to realize that the toy train sellers were in many different stores in the USA, back in the 1970's, like variety, 5 & dime, etc. , not just hobby shops. I remember my local hobby shop very well too, at the back of the store was a small 4x8 layout behind plexiglas, and opposite that on the wall, was a display case of brass engines, priced from $50-$200 in the early '70's. I used to drool over those! I couldn't tell you who made them, though. But on the bottom shelves back in the main store area, were the Tyco, Bachmann, AHM, etc. Those I remember. Varney? Marx? Gilbert? Penn Line? Nope, don't remember them at the Hobby shop, nor saw any that I recall in regular stores. If the price was over $5, I usually wasn't allowed to buy them then. Dad held the financial reins pretty tight back then, even when it was MY grass-cutting money I wanted to spend! I've got all my original trains I bought from back then, it's about 50% Tyco, 20% AHM, 20% Bachmann, and a few others like Athearn. I might have seen all those others, but the ones I remember are the ones I bought, which were the cheapest ones out back then. Most of the regular stores, and I remember a 5&dime which had Tyco stuff, 'cause I bought some then for $1 on sale. Price tags are still on my brown boxes. I remember trains being sold in Sears, Woolco, Woolworth, and others. Now, you can hardly find a place other than the lone hobby shop or online that sells trains. Toys R Us does have some, but not much selection other than complete sets. No individual stuff. So I don't wonder that the cheapest and most widespread trains were the cheapest ones out there, as that's what sold volume back then. Fine scale wasn't for children, you went to a hobby shop if you wanted that.

Jerry

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i only remember the one thing,that was the sight of a train going around a track,detail,accuracy of scale did not bother me,but as you grow up it all falls into place and as the money you get and the knowledge you remember spoils all earlier thoughts and clouds you perceptions,you start counting the rivets,the size of the chimneys,what railroads really were out there,then you realise that toy trains are cheap,real train copies down sized cost a lot of your hard earned pennies (cents)and choose your route,i mix mine,toys i can afford,and copies i am lucky to get at bargain price,and thats where i am,between the devil and the deep blue sea,neither a pure toy collector or a rivet counter,just a fun loving guy,ken
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quote:
I didn't mean for anybody to think i was calling Tyco junk,
Originally posted by gregbarker - February 17 2011 :  2:06:11 PM



No need to defend yourself on my account. I knew where you're coming from or you probably wouldn't be here.

Two things I believe are true;

  • One man's junk is another man's treasure.
  • It's worth what someone is willing to pay for it.
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TYCO is only JUNK when you do not know how to fix and tune them so they run like real champs.
I have several and would not trade them for anything on the market.
If you don't believe me ask me!!!!!
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I agree Ken. My first Tyco set was mid-60's and is still running with a little cleaning and maintenance.

Apples to oranges... take your pick. But I have had lots of luck with Tyco and Mantua with a little TLC and know how...

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well I did get my E-7 UP CofSF with Power Torque motor running I I paid almost nothing for it in the box Yes we all hate PT motors cause they junk Which I do agree with But my electronic genius of a friend who fixed it likes them Plus we do replace the motors with old flat CD motors Right?
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If anyone has a power torque motor they can't get going send it to me if I can't rebuilt it and have it running like it should I will buy it and pay the postage you paid to get it to me. I could install a CD motor for you if you want.
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to ptgolf : if you know of how to contact that guy or anybody that could contact him at white plains ny show, i would surely appreciate it .
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