Re: Throwback Tuesday: The Lindberg Line

Charlie Vlk

I believe that Mantua got the Lindberg line so now that it has morphed through Model Power and MRC to Lionel we will have to await yet another attempt at releasing dated tooling to see them again.  Maybe the Marx tooling they also got with the Model Power acquisition will be a higher priority…after all, they at least had a searchlight car!!!

Seriously, Mantua and Model Power did run the Lindberg tooling so some of the cars might be available….not sure if that is what they used for the “Heavies” line of diecast metal cars…just to prevent any kitbashing!!!

Charlie Vlk



From: <> On Behalf Of william darnaby
Sent: Tuesday, February 26, 2019 2:08 PM
Subject: Re: [RealSTMFC] Throwback Tuesday: The Lindberg Line


The reefer has short doors like a meat reefer.  Some 30 or more years ago I picked up 4 or 5 at a swap and did some simple upgrades…consistent with my limited knowledge at the time…and turned them into Armour (TRAX) cars.  They would be considered stand-ins, I’m sure, by todays standards but they are still in regular use in my sessions.




From: <> On Behalf Of Garth Groff
Sent: Tuesday, February 26, 2019 12:03 PM
Subject: Re: [RealSTMFC] Throwback Tuesday: The Lindberg Line



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.

Yours Aye,

Garth Groff

On 2/26/19 7:08 AM, Benjamin Hom wrote:

Lindberg ad, Model Railroader, December 1962.



Ben Hom


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