Has anyone here tried cataloging their collection, and ultimately put a value on it? I tried tackling that with my ERTL, RWS and TUGS collection just to gauge how much I have spent over the last 8 years since I began collecting, and how much money is "tied up" in the toys and books. It didn't take overly long as my collections of each aren't all that massive in their respective size.
Interestingly, its hard to gauge how much it is worth. For example, my loose ERTL trains I would say aren't worth much more than maybe $2 a piece (if that), but realistically, there is absolutely no way I could ever replace them for that price. Antique store prices for loose ones are grotesquely overpriced (sometimes more than a NIP train off eBay), and buying online involves shipping prices and often a high exchange rate.
Anyways, this was a fun little thing to do this morning, and tackling my Wooden Railway collection is next on the list.
My main hobby is model railways, and I will fully admit, for the last 10 years my interest in 'The Railway Series' had subsided. ' Nearly two years ago my Father passed away, and since then I've been gradually making the house my own. The property is old (1692 build) and there is a built in cupboard/display cabinet.
So I have dug out my Railway Series collection and.... I hope I have done the collection justice.
I present, 'Awdry Corner'
I am so pleased I've finally done this, there are books in there I have had from childhood, which my late Dad read to me as a child. It's making me emotional right now, but in a good way....it's a cabinet of childhood memories.
I don't think I've posted my collection here yet, but here it is: I don't collect the toy lines anymore such as Wood, Trackmaster, or Adventures to name a few. Nowadays I just stick with Home Video releases as well as certain books
Some of these VHS covers are custom made. The ones I used to have were lost as time went on. Part of me wants to re-purchase some of these VHS tapes just for the covers, but I suppose these covers will do for now.
If you're wondering about the UK DVD's: Some of them were given to me from my family in the UK, and as far as the Japanese DVD's go: I imported them from Buyee. It's very rare to come across some of these DVDs on sites like Ebay, but even if you find them, they're most likely being sold for high prices (around the $20-$40 range). I figured out that it was cheaper to import Japanese DVD's from Buyee and plus I find it much more convenient.
Aside from Season 2, I imported the complete seasons from Amazon UK. Same case scenario as the Japanese DVD's, only they're just hard to come by on sites like ebay. Plus it's cheaper to import from Amazon UK.
I don't have too much to say about the books, though I will say it's been a tradition of mine to always receive the Thomas annual as a Christmas gift each year from my family in the UK. I'm only a few annuals away from completing the collection.
As far as other stuff goes: - I do have Wooden Railway, ERTL, Take-Along/n' Play, Tomy, Trackmaster and Bachmann Thomas merch, but I have them stored away in boxes since I don't have much use for them nowadays. - I have the first 7 seasons digitally on Amazon seeing as this is the closest Americans will get to having Complete Seasons here in the US. -I also have Sodor's Legend of the Lost Treasure and The Great Race digitally on iTunes as well as Journey Beyond Sodor on Youtube. -I do have Season 20 pre-ordered from Amazon UK, and it should be coming in Mid-June since it's an import and they usually take longer to ship internationally.
Over the past few years, I've been quietly building up a collection of early 1990s Wooden Trains, with a focus on 1992 trains especially. It's easy for me to buy and forget about these on the shelf, so I took the time the other day to take photos and really appreciate what I've been able to collect thus far.
I encourage you all to stop and appreciate what you've acquired for your respective collections, as it is easy to get carried away for the "next one" in our fast paced world.
Woot! My Thomas collection surpassed 4000 items today, following the purchase of four Minis and a birthday card I'm pretty stoked! I've been collecting for as long as I can remember, and although my purchases have slowed down ever since I moved out of home (and had to pay for things like an adult ), I'm proud to have reached this milestone.
Now I wonder how long it'll take me to reach 5000?
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Grimstock: Don't know if this is the right place to ask, but here goes: I know the Snowdon Mountain Railway track gauge is considerably wider than that of the Talyllyn Railway, but I can't find info on the actual SMR engines' length
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Jan 14, 2020 3:41:54 GMT