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I LOVED trains as a that I've entered my second childhood I've rediscovered my love for them. I'm curious....what's the group-think wisdom on some of the most collectible trains? And secondly, do serious collectors run or display there treasures or keep them sealed in the box? Thanks for any info you can give....I'm already partial to steam. Regards....


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Collector items in any millieu need their fans. If your engines are valuable, they'll sell well.

Serious collectors don't run their trains. They treat them as commodoties, as investments. I don't collect trains, I run them. My take on the hobby is to play with the trains on layouts that I conceive, create, and refine over time. No shelf queens on my roster. They work for a living, just as I did in order to afford them.

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