by Anura Guruge
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Last week’s post about the blinking beautiful O-gauge 4-8-4 Greenbrier got me taking a closer look at my assorted, hodge podge of model railway engines. I can go for months without ‘studying’ them per se. I realized that only had one N-gauge ‘Big Boy’, my favorite U.S. steam engine, on display. I knew I had two. I remember buying them. In the mid-1990s, during the Summer, July or August, there used to be a HUGE 2-day railway ‘show’/sale at Kingswood School, in Wolfeboro, N.H. Matthew, who was about 4 at the time, and I would go and spend hours at the show — always going on both days. The mid-1990s was also when I aws working like crazy and money was never an issue. So I would buy anything and everything that caught my fancy. I had bought these two ‘Big Boys’ at one of those shows.
Found the second one. Realized why it was not on display. Matthew had broken the front-end. That is OK. They are meant to be used and I have broken plenty of toys.
I don’t need the damaged N-gauge. Doubt whether I will ever again do N-gauge. Z-gauge is my poison. So I am going to list this, as damaged, on eBay. IF I can get a few dollars for it I might use the proceeds to get a new camera.