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This is my model HO-scale Sante Fe F3 diesel
locomotive made by Life-Like.  The upper photo is
how the train looks right out of the box.  The lower
photo shows the model after detail painting using
acrylics and dry-brush technique.  This kind of
detailing makes the model look less like a toy and
more like a working locomotive as it was in the 1950's
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The Boiler Room
Building my first permanent layout.  Somewhere in the foothills of the Appalachians...
Locomotives and rolling stock in my TYCO collection.
My first train set, age 5.  TYCO Spirit of 76
over-under train set.  I still have it.
This webpage is devoted to my HO train layout and my collection
of TYCO trains.  My first train set was a TYCO Spirit of '76
over-under set that I got for Christmas when I was 5.  At the time,
and for many years after, TYCO trains were the most available
trains at the local variety stores and in the JCPenny Christmas
catalogues.  Because these were the trains of my youth, I have
focused my collection on them.
Proud collector of
carpet-eating horn and hook trains
Spirit of 76 Alco 430 Diesel - First Issue with "Seal of
the President of the United States" bordering seal.
Spirit of 76 F-9 Diesel - Made in Austria
Spirit of America 10-wheel steamer
Spirit of 76 Alco 430 Diesel - No writing on seal, blue
top.
Spirit of America "old time" passenger car.
Spirit of 76 Minutemen Box Car - First issue.
Spirit of 76 Minutemen Box Car - longstripe version.
Spirit of 76 Washington's Crossing Box Car -
longstripe version
Spirit of 76 Paul Revere's Ride Box Car - longstripe
version.
Spirit of 76 Caboose - Blue, White, Red stripe order
Spirit of 76 Caboose - Red, white, blue stripes
order with "SLSF 1776, BLT 7-58"
Spirit of 76 Caboose - Red, white, and blue stripe
order with "SLSF 1776"
Recalled logo (usage
infringement issue) with the
letters "Seal of the
President of the United
States).  Tyco was asked by
the U.S. President's office
to cease using the logo.
Spirit of 76 Minutemen Box Car - shortstripe version.
Spirit of 76 Washington's Crossing Box Car -
shortstripe version
Spirit of 76 Paul Revere's Ride Box Car - shortstripe
version.
Spirit of America "old time" combine car.
Spirit of 76 Alco 630 Diesel