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Old 12-27-2019, 06:31 PM   #1 (permalink)
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For the beginners here that have a fancy to run live steam instead of electrically driven models, there is an estate sale over in the classifieds and live steam portion of this site. Many many entry level engines such as the Ruby and its varients, Aristocraft 0-4-0 switcher, 2 truck Mich/Cal Shay, a couple of the geared Regner models(do not need RC as they run at a walking pace). There is also a pair of USRA 0-6-0's that are super nice runners and give one a standard gauge steam locomotive for under $1000. Prices are as good as they come. Excellent chance if your thinking about getting an engine. Nothing like the smell of hot oil and steam and not needing any electricity to run a train in any weather! If the item lacks a price, email Sam and he will get you a price. Mike the Aspie
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Old 12-28-2019, 11:41 AM   #2 (permalink)
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But, there are no prices listed and us newcomers don't have a clue to what a fair offer would be.
'Reasonable' doesn't include a $ value... so I passed.
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But, there are no prices listed and us newcomers don't have a clue to what a fair offer would be.
'Reasonable' doesn't include a $ value... so I passed.
Excuse me, but Sam posted prices in the list several days ago. (Unfortunately, he does it by editing his original post, so the changes don't show up as an Active Topic!)

General opinion seems to be that his prices are very reasonable. $900 for the USRA 0-6-0 in 1/29th is a steal and it is a very easy engine for a beginner.
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Correct, and if it doesn't have a price, you dont have to make an offer if you have no clue. Just ask Sam what price he has in mind for that model. Jeesh people, its not that hard. Neither of the 2 models I bought had prices, I just messaged him and asked what prices he hand in mind. I was very pleased at BOTH asking prices that no further haggling was needed. I paid for one right away, and the other more expensive one once my bonus from work was in my account. Sam is very much trying to help newbies into the hobby with the many Ruby and other beginner level engines there. Both Regners, a Lumberjack(freelance geared logger) and a Frieda(would go well with LGB Euro 2 axle rolling stock) would be excellent beginners engines, same for the Rubys, 2 cylinder Mich/Cal Shay or the two 0-6-0's. Mike
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As a curious outsider, when I didn't see prices, I lost interest. As a model railroader, I'm used to seeing asking prices
Now it appears if you know Sam... but not having a clue as to what is reasonable and if I can afford, it's hard to make an offer.
If I can't afford it, I'd rather remain anonymous.

Maybe the Jeesh People don't mind, but it's cliquish the way it is.

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Now it appears if you know Sam...
John, I don't know Sam. But we 'large scale railroad modellers' know that most people on this forum are honest, especially those helping a widow to dispose of her husband's collection.
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I don't think so - I just find it friendly. I have no problem emailing someone I've never met, thousands of miles away (or local) for a chat, a discussion, or a request for a price.

John, I am not trying to be rude or to give you a hard time, and of course we don't think you should bother to email Sam - or reply to this - if you are not interested.
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The fact that Sam got somewhat caught up and updated the list with prices on most of the items makes John's complaint moot at this point. Stick to your electric trains John, if you cannot manage the simple emails to ask what the asking price is on a model that might be lacking a price, then you will probably have issues asking questions as you learn how not to burn yourself or burn down the house when trying to operate a live steamer. Nothing elitest about the way Sam did the ad. The collection is massive, and not exactly local to Sam. It took a bit to get prices listed. If you were serious about a certain model and it lacks a price, be an adult, grow a pair and post a message in the thread asking for a price or do it privately thru the email address that Sam posted. But I guess that is beyond your ablities, and if thats true, then so is operating even a simple live steamer. Just calling it like I see it. Mike
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