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PostPosted: Aug Thu 26, 2010 6:05 am 
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Hello Guys,
Who's the Model railroad guru here .

Well today in a garage I came across like 20 various tyco cars and few others is therte a market for tyco cars .
I also come across these mini train scale made by atlas
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im certainly far from being a guru, but I've got a heap of Tycos too, and as far as I can tell, they're poor quailty junk.
Atlas seem a little better, but only probably in line with Lima.


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Hey All,

I ran a LOT of Tycos when I was a kid.Were they TOP shelf stuff? NO.

But were they all total junk? I'd say no to that as well. I could run LONG freights by " padding " them with Tycos.

As I recall there wasn't too much brand name rhyme or reason to derailing (which was MY main criteria to label a car "cheap") among the mid to lower end brands. Some would jump and some wouldn't.

As for VALUE, well nostalgia can play a role. Even if a car wasn't top shelf back in the day, it MAY fetch a decent price in the right market (Ebay??)

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It depends on which TYco cars you have and what condition they are in. Tyco had some neat advertising cars like cambells soup and old dutch clenser etc that sell pretty well on epay. you not going to make a mint off these but some poepl collect the advertising cars. Got a doritos car? I remeber wanting a doritos car whne I was 10 but my brother would not let me buy one because it was not a "real" car.

the atlas one is worth more than the tyco.

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http://tycotrain.tripod.com/tycotrains/index.html
People are just starting to collect these trains. They arent lionel by any stretch of the imagination, but they weren't bent on accuracy either. These sets were meant more for kids then the serious hobbyist. The tooling for their engines gets passed around from time to time.

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Tyco were THE HO scale toy train while I was growing up. They had them at all the local department stores, and I would save my allowance to buy new cars for my set at JCPenney. But, they were toys, not all too detailed and not very well made. I later graduated to N scale Atlas trains that were considerably better in quality.

I see tons of things from Tyco Electronics utilized here where I work, and always wonder if they are related to the company that made the toy trains back in the 70's- and think to myself wow, if they are I sure hope the quality has improved :D

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Hello simplex1040
Yes there are brandname like shell oil and beer companies and other name brands to.

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Hello guys,
I see they are not going for very much on ebay like my Texaco Tank cheap

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One thing that I remember from when I was more into model railroading back in the 1980s was that ALL of the cheap 'trainset' makers (ie, Tyco, Lifelike, etc) had at least one car model that was actually pretty good, only needing some basic upgrade modifications (new trucks/wheelsets, body-mount couplers, some detail parts, maybe some added weight, paint and decals, etc) to become good and interesting models for use on higher-end layouts.

And yes, I did do just that with several of them - and after closely examining them, other modelers would be floored when I told them what the cars originally were.

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On a practical matter, I'd like to run one of those common TYCO red & silver Santa Fe diesel engines around the Christmas tree. Any idea where I can get a set (four) of the small rubber traction bands for the driving wheels? Local "hobby shop" acts like Radio Shack when I ask the question.

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Greg were these the rubber "tires" or part of the drive from the motor?

If it was the "tires" they make a product called "bullfrog snot" that is a traction tire stuff.

http://www.bullfrogsnot.com/

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Greg Dan wrote:
On a practical matter, I'd like to run one of those common TYCO red & silver Santa Fe diesel engines around the Christmas tree. Any idea where I can get a set (four) of the small rubber traction bands for the driving wheels? Local "hobby shop" acts like Radio Shack when I ask the question.

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Here in Australia, I can buy them from a specialist model railroading shop.
Im not sure if the "general" hobby shops stock them or not though, as I have never asked.
If they're available here, they should be a lot easier to obtain in USA.
It was a silly design IMO, but I guess they just didn't have the weight in the trains for the wheels to get good traction.
Tyco is the only company that I'm aware of, that put rubber tyres on the wheels.


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I had a Tyco "Santa Fe" when I was a kid. I miss that train.

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Hello Nixie,
Now I have the Santa fe train set :lol:

among those toy trains looks tro be that set also one of the boxcars says miller beer :D

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