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 SOTW December 26, 2021 to January 1, 2022
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 Posted - December 28 2021 :  09:49:36 AM Link directly to this topic  Show Profile  Add wiley209 to Buddylist
May as well get this started. I have reconstructed my first electric train set from 25 years ago: the Toys 'R' Us Express from Life-Like!

I found a good-condition working Life-Like ATSF Dockside 0-4-0 steam engine (based off old Varney tooling) to pull the boxcars and caboose this set came with. As some of you may know, I got the Toys 'R' Us Express for Christmas 1996, when I was eight years old (at a time when most HO-scale model train sets were labeled as being for ages eight and up). And the timing couldn't be better, as Life-Like had just come out with the Power-Loc roadbed track, and of course this set included a 38" circle of it.
Shortly after, we got the Power-Loc track expander set to make a neat double oval out of the circle and some accessories and buildings, and while they were fun to set up and play with, I didn't start to take model railroading more seriously until I was twelve, by which time I got the big Life-Like "Railroad Empire" set for Christmas 2000! And of course while I've moved on to DCC, knuckle couplers, nickel-silver track and higher-quality prototypical locomotives, I still do love to use older Life-Like, A.H.M., TYCO etc. rolling stock and buildings and accessories on my layout!
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 Posted - December 30 2021 :  6:09:36 PM Link directly to this reply  Show Profile  Add Chops124 to Buddylist
Reconstructed first sets are the heart of cool.
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