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I had the Lindberg stock car, flat car and gondola when I was a
teenager. I agree the stock car
probably is the most useful as kitbash fodder. I -think- I had the
switcher - I seem to recall it had
a drive line through the fuel tank that connected the trucks.
(Overland did the same thing on its
early brass models.) Does that ring a bell?
On 2/26/2019 1:03 PM, Garth Groff
I've occasionally seen the Lindberg switcher at train shows, and
scored one of the rather oversized cabooses to get the end
platforms/steps (parts still in my stock), but have never seen
any of the other freight cars. Has anyone ever run across these?
Were they ever re-issued by somebody else? The stock car looks
like it might have conversion possibilities.
I think I still have at least one pair of the Lindberg trucks
floating around someplace. They were among the best rolling
trucks of their era.
Now here's something to ponder. A.C. Gilbert of American Flyer
fame also tried their hands at HO. Most of their stuff was the
same tooling as Marx (and IIRC is still available from Model
Power). Most Gilbert was really low-quality junk, but when I was
a youngster I had two Gilbert 50' fishbelly flat cars that were
quite different. Except for the trucks and horn couplers, these
were one-piece cast metal and had some pretty good detail, plus
enough weight to keep them on the track. I keep an eye out for
these at train shows, and may be tempted if I ever run across
any again. They might be worth upgrading.