Space Express Bullet Train from 1970

I  have not seen this before. This was a very cool concept for a toy.

Space Express Bullet Train from 1970
Space Express Bullet Train from 1970

If the tack layout in the lower right is suggesting that all those rings are actually connected then holy cow. Think of the amazing layouts you could come up with. The ad doesn’t specify what gauge the train is, but if it is close to HO scale I can just imagine the kind layouts that could be dreamed up between this and like a regular Tyco HO scale train.

Ho Scale Train Accessories from 1976

I had several of these accessories for my train set.

Ho Scale Train Accessories from 1976
Ho Scale Train Accessories from 1976

The ones that I can remember are the lighted water tower, remote control unloading dept, the automatic crossing gate, and the rolling bridge.

One of my friends, from a long time ago, was also into HO scale trains. He always talked about setting up a train track along the walls of his house at almost ceiling level.

I don’t know if he ever did it, but to this day I catch myself looking at the walls and ceiling in my house trying to figure out if a train track would fit there.

Chug-Chug Train by Marx – 1972

We have another train from the 1972 Aldens catalog. This time it is a Marx version. The ad doesn’t say what scale it is, but it appears to be an “O” scale. If someone knows for sure please let me know. This train has a built in chug-chug engine noise and comes with a cardboard town.

Chug-Chug Train by Marx - Aldens 1972
Chug-Chug Train by Marx – Aldens 1972

Tyco Spirit of 76 HO Scale Train

During the 70s, as our nation was nearing its 200th year of Independence, several toys came out in celebration. This is Tyco’s HO scale model train called “The Spirit of 76”.

Tyco HO Scale Spirit of 76 from 1974
Tyco HO Scale Spirit of 76 from 1974

I have always enjoyed model trains and would most likely have one set up today if I had the room. One year for Christmas, my wife bought me an N scale train set since space was so limited. Wow! Was that train tiny. But sadly it was misplaced when we moved to Florida and we cannot figure out where it went.

HO Scale Santa Fe Train Set

Model trains were always a part of our family. My dad had a Lionel train set when he was a kid and he passed that tradition on to us. My first train set was similar to the one below but not as fancy. I didn’t have all of the accessories, but it was the Santa Fe from Tyco.

Santa Fe HO Scale from 1972
Santa Fe HO Scale from 1972

Dad had setup an old ping pong table top in the basement and that was the starting platform for our train sets. My brother and I built up a whole countryside on that piece of wood complete with mountains and lakes.

I still have my first train set though it has been over 20 years since I have even tried to see if it works. I guess that just runs in the family because my father still has his first train set and after 60+ years it still runs.