One of the great bugaboos of the model train hobby is the mindset that I run into at shows or just at social gatherings. John (or Jane) Q. Public has a train set that's "been in the family for a long time" and they want to know what it's worth. From the look in their eyes and the tone in their voice, they obviously have the one exceptionally rare antique set worth enough to cover their mortgage and send one or two of the kidlets to Harvard, so would I be a dear and please confirm this delusion?.
Nothing could be further from the truth in this hobby. Old DOES NOT mean valuable, whether it sports a Lionel tag or TYCO. What the Lionel debacle did in the 80s was pull out from attics and closets across this fruited plain, box after box of grandpa's old trains, showing that what was once considered "Rare" was actually just one of many hundreds that were buried, just like any other toy out there, waiting only for a good reason to be pulled out into the light. 5000 greenbacks for an original #300 Hell Gate Bridge will do that to anything out there, not just Lionel.
My 1590 set comes from a good friend who is settling his brother-in-law's estate. Fortunately for me, he understands that only special pieces get special prices. He found this mixed in the estate with a bunch of track, most of which had fallen victim to the ravages of Hurricane Sandy. It is in cosmetically good condition and has all four cars, the blue gon just didn't make the cut on the too short shelf space. The irony is that the value in the set is not in the whole, but in fact, one part...the "Range Patrol" truck that would have sat on the yellow flat car. An orange or yellow truck can get double what the set complete can get. Who knew...sigh...
Original 1958 catalog listing...
NOTE: Settling this estate has been a hoot for my friend and his family. With no will, the state and a reprobate offspring have ravaged the estate and my friend's life over the last 2 years. Being married to next of kin just gives the state a warm body to sink their fangs and claws into. They will get their pound of flesh, and it will be yesterday...
If you don't have a will, you are a fool and richly deserve every curse called down upon your corpse by the family you left behind. Get a will...now.
...yet another item received in exchange for the aforementioned track lot. It reminds me of the Camaro used in one of my favorite cinematic guilty pleasures, 1985's "Better Off Dead", starring a young John Cusack...
How about a little something from Muddy Waters to close?
Then saith one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, Simon's son, which should betray him, Why was not this ointment sold for three hundred pence, and given to the poor? This he said, not that he cared for the poor; but because he was a thief, and had the bag, and bare what was put therein. --(John 12:4-6)
I have been much remiss in posting on this blog lately. God has chosen to use this element of my life to bless others with His Word, and for a while I followed the council of those who did not have the best interests of my readers or myself in mind, heaping upon my head among other things, the "crime" of having material blessings that many others do not, when I should instead strip them from my soul, sell and give to the poor.
Mark these words...
Urgings for the poor far too often come from the ones who only seek to enrich themselves.
When material things come your way, delight in them with hands that don't close around them, and be ready to send them on to other needs as led by His Holy Spirit.
With that, recently I was given a large lot of American Flyer S scale track from a gentleman with the condition that I do not give it away, but swap it for something else, then let him know what I got for it.
Well...I got alot...starting with this rather awesome diecast van. Having grown up in the 70s, this...and not some gas sipping tuner out of Japan...was what you wanted to drive. --Well, that or maybe the '69 Baldwin Motion Camaro I also got in the deal-- Alas, during its packaging in the factory back in 2003, a factory worker
left out the antennas, a large whip one for the CB in the rear door and
a smaller one for the radio up front.
These came in several variations, including a rather awesome one with this Frank Frazetta painting. Unlike most diecast that go down (sometimes way down) in value, these vans have gone up rather dramatically...the Frazetta models typically selling for upwards of $400 each. Even this basic black one can command $200 on a good day, very unusual for diecast and very generous on the part of the brother in Christ who dealt with me on it.
You'll hafta wait for that Camaro 'til tomorrow...
...driven 90,000+ miles working in my new home state...
...inspected over 15, 000 apartments...
...started a new life on our own little farm out in the country and all that goes with farming, while holding down a full time job that can run 50+ hours a week, with almost half of that behind the wheel...
...I really don't have anything left for a blog at this moment. It certainly isn't for lack of material.
I've got some really great stuff going on in my modeling these last 6 months.
Born in 1926, David Charles Haddon Hunt enjoyed the
advantages of a godly upbringing and placed his trust in
Jesus Christ as his personal Savior and Lord in his early
As a young man, he served in the military toward the end
of World War II. Afterward, he attended UCLA and received
a degree in mathematics. It was during that time that he
met the love of his life, Ruth Klassen. In 1950, they were
married, and since both loved the outdoors, they enjoyed a
beautiful honeymoon hiking in the High Sierras—perfect for
two young people madly in love and with very little money
to their name. Marriage was soon followed by the birth of
two sons and two daughters. Ruth was a busy mother and
also a gifted writer herself. She had a tremendous
interest in and knowledge of history, a gift that would
help Dave further down the road. Dave’s own career path
led him into a position as a CPA/management consultant and
later as the manager of several corporations.
Along with church-related activities, Dave initiated and
became involved in numerous campus ministries and meetings
in their home, with a special outreach to Jewish young
people and foreign students. Many of these have stayed in
touch with Dave and Ruth through the years, fondly
recalling their times spent in Bible studies at the Hunts’
Dave and Ruth also traveled abroad, spending time in
various locations throughout Europe, meeting with
believers there and ministering in many ways while raising
their own family. Dave also brought Bibles and other
materials into the Soviet Union during a time when it was
very difficult to do so. Throughout his later years, he
and Ruth traveled extensively as he was invited to speak
in churches and fellowships, large and small, all over the
world. Often they stayed in people’s homes, dining with
them, learning their customs, and sharing God’s Word and
The desire of Dave’s heart was ultimately to be involved
in fulltime ministry, especially since he saw firsthand
everywhere he went the breaking down of the true church as
the world began to work its way into her midst. He began
to write in 1973, warning believers about the incursion
into Western culture and into the church itself of Eastern
religion, psychological and selfist philosophies,
ecumenism, and other unbiblical teachings.
The ministry of The Berean Call was founded by Dave in 1992. It grew out of a previous organization, of which
Dave was also a founding member since 1986. With T.A.
McMahon working alongside him at The Berean Call, Dave was
able to share his love for and defense of Christ in the
subsequent newsletters, books, videos, and speaking
engagements that resulted from this ministry. Dave and
T.A. wrote three books together, including the best-known
The Seduction of Christianity , which was
groundbreaking in its boldness, exposing false teachings
in the church and daring to identify the names of the ones
behind the deception.
By the early 2000s, Dave’s love for Christ and his desire
to defend the name of the Lord had grown even stronger,
and his concern over Islamic politics and religion are
reflected in many of his articles, lectures, books, and
Then Richard Dawkins and the “new atheists” came onto the
scene with a vengeance, seeking to destroy the very
concept of God in the minds of everyone. Dave began to
write and teach and speak more passionately than ever
about the absolute truth that is in the Word of God and
our need to immerse ourselves in it daily in order to
prevent being taken up in the evolutionist delusion that
is sweeping the world.
One of Dave’s favorite activities was to see whom God
would seat next to him on airplanes as he traveled and
spoke. He often said that he “could prove the existence of
God” just by these providential occurrences. While writing
about Islam, he would end up seated next to a Muslim who
didn’t really understand what Islam was about but was
eager to hear the difference between the Bible and the
Qur’an. When writing about creation vs. evolution, the
Lord would bring him, as a seat companion, an atheistic
scientist who thought he had all the answers and was very
surprised that there was another verifiable explanation to
Dave’s bold yet loving approach to any situation allowed
him entrance into these conversations where many others
would have been shut out. His love for Jesus, for Israel,
and for people in general was obvious to all. His
enthusiasm for the truth, along with his anger over the
sin and wickedness that he knew was robbing people of what
God wanted for them, flamed his desire to share the Lord
with anyone with whom he had contact.
At least 4 million copies of his books have been sold,
many of them translated into more than 50 languages. They
include: The Cult Explosion; The God Makers
(with Ed Decker); The Seduction of Christianity
(with T.A. McMahon); Global Peace and the Rise of
Antichrist; Peace, Prosperity, and the Coming Holocaust;
The New Spirituality (with T.A. McMahon); Whatever
Happened to Heaven?; Occult Invasion; A Woman Rides the
Beast; A Cup of Trembling; In Defense of the Faith; An
Urgent Call to a Serious Faith ; To Russia
with Love (with Hans Kristian); What Love
Is This?; Countdown to the Second Coming; Seeking and
Finding God; Honest Doubts; Judgment Day!: Islam,
Israel, and the Nations; Yoga and the Body of Christ;
and his final book, Cosmos, Creator, and Human
He also wrote two novels, The Mind Invaders
(formerly The Archon Conspiracy ) and
Sanctuary of the Chosen, along with a children’s
book called The Money Tree , illustrated by his
This is by no means a complete listing of all of Dave’s
works. One of his videos, Israel, Islam &
Armageddon, has become a tremendous tool for
churches and for anyone interested in helping to spread
the truth about events prior to and since the attack on
the World Trade Center. His video A Woman Rides the
Beast is a favorite among those who are witnessing
to Catholics, a group for whom Dave had a deep love and
sorrow, desiring to see them come to the knowledge of the
Dave Hunt’s own drive to find and then deliver the truth
is evident in everything he did. His impeccable research
and recognized scholarship were based on in-depth studies
of original documents and publications, interviews with
key experts from around the world, and extensive
travel—including to South America, Australia, Europe,
India, and throughout the Middle East.
Dave has left us a legacy of inestimable value. We are
blessed to be able to see and hear and read what he has
taught about the evidence for God in a breathtaking number
of materials. From explaining about the history of
Christianity, to exposing the deception that has crept
into the church, to teaching about the prophecies that are
being fulfilled even today, this humble, brilliant man
will go on teaching us for a very long time. We look
forward to the day when we will see him again.
There are no public services scheduled at this time. There
will be a time to remember Dave at our conference this
summer, August 23-24 in Bend, OR.
In lieu of flowers or other gifts, Ruth requests that we
rejoice with her that Dave is now with his Savior.
Just a Believer who happens to model trains on a very tight budget, providing a place to showcase my own model work as well as the work of others, regardless of type. Considerations for posting are always welcome. Please check out the modeling links I've put together as well...
Less than God could not have borne your sin so as to put it away; but the infinitely glorious Son of God did actually stoop to become a sin-bearer. I wonder how I can talk of it as I do.
It is a truth scarcely to be declared in words. It wants flame and blood and tears with which to tell this story of an offended God, the Heaven-Maker and the Earth-Creator, stooping from his glory that he might save the reptiles which had dared to insult his honor and to rebel against his glory; and, becoming one of them, to suffer for them, that without violation of his law he might have pity upon the offending things — things so inconsiderable that if he had stamped them all out, as men burn a nest of wasps, there had been no loss to the universe. But he had pity on them, and became one of them, and bare their sins. Oh, love ye him; adore ye him; let your souls climb up to the right hand of the majesty above, this morning, and there bow down in lowliest reverence and adoring affection, that he, the God over all, whom you had offended, should his own self bear our sins.
Though thus God over all, he became a man like unto ourselves; a body was prepared for him, and that body, mark you, not prepared alone, and made like to man but not of man. No, he was not otherwise fashioned than ourselves, he came into the world as we also come, born of a woman, a child of a mother, to hang upon a woman’s breast; not merely like to man, but man, born in the pedigree of manhood, and so bone of our bone and flesh of our flesh, yet without a taint of sin. And he, in that double nature but united person, was Jesus, Son of God and Son of the Virgin; he it was who “bare our sins in his own body on the tree.”
From a sermon by Charles Haddon Spurgeon entitled "Death For Sin, And Death To Sin," delivered November 16, 1873.
Men, protect your daughters....
“Picture this: Some 17 year old snot nosed punk comes over to take out your daughter, and you say, 'No you aren't worthy of her.' (Immediately everyone is up in arms over your 'judgmental' and 'harsh' position, and for 'breaking your daughter’s heart.') Ok, so let's put it another way now: You have a beautiful, brand new $200,000 Ferrari Testarossa in front of your house, and a snot nosed 17 year old punk comes over to take it for a spin. Would you hand him the keys? See, what your problem is, is that you value a car more than your daughter. Men, protect your daughters!”
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Because life's lottery has unfairly distributed technical skills and knowledge among folks, leaving more than a few with the mechanical aptitude of a grape, and very few with the fortitude to take responsibility for their actions, you take your life, family and house into your own hands if you follow through with any technical advise offered on this blog.
Are you ready for His return?
Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come. But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up. Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh. Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season? Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing. Verily I say unto you, That he shall make him ruler over all his goods. But and if that evil servant shall say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming; And shall begin to smite his fellowservants, and to eat and drink with the drunken; The lord of that servant shall come in a day when he looketh not for him, and in an hour that he is not aware of, And shall cut him asunder, and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
When I was a member of a club, I ran Thomas often at train shows and open houses, to the delight of children and their parents. I well remember the squeals of a little girl as she came into one of our open houses. When her eyes fell on Thomas across the layout, she called out, "Thomas, Thomas, look Mama...", as she ran across the room. Just as she got up to him, Thomas' eyes moved towards her and she squealed, "Mama, Mama, he looked at me, Thomas is real, he's real!!" Moments like that made him worth every penny and there were plenty of those moments to cherish.
Then there was a meeting. Apparently one of the members had objected to Thomas running through their expensive and hard built scenery and so a vote had to be brought up. Though they were never named, it was clear from the agitated stance who it was, a modeler whose work I liked and looked to for inspiration. Not wanting a war to break out over something I thought trivial, I offered not to run the locomotive any longer. But, the die was cast, the issue had to be properly resolved and, by an overwhelming majority, Thomas was voted to stay.
Sadly, the friendship I had with the modeler involved, did not survive the debate. They chose to carry the resentment on, even though I never ran Thomas again. When I heard news of his death a few months later, I was deeply saddened at the thought of carrying such a chip on one's shoulder into eternity over something so utterly pointless. Now more than ever I remember that this is just a hobby, a mindless platform that God has blessed me with and to use to reach others. One day it will all burn, a thousand years from now it will be a distant, fading memory of a temporal life, as we live forever in His presence---or apart from it. Never forget that.
The more His patience is abused, the sharper will be the wrath He inflicts. All the time men are abusing His patience, God is whetting His sword, and the longer it is whetting the sharper will be the edge...Presume not upon God’s patience. The exercise of it is not eternal; you are at present under His patience, yet while you are unconverted you are also under His anger: (Psa 7:11) “God is angry with the wicked every day.” You know not how soon His anger may turn His patience aside, and step before it. It may be His sword is drawn out of the scabbard, His arrows may be settled in His bow, and perhaps there is but a little time before you may feel the edge of the one or the point of the other, and then there will be no more time for patience in God to us, or petition from us to Him. If we die without repentance, He will have no longer mercy to pardon, nor patience to bear.---Stephen Charnock
And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.