Thursday, October 23, 2008

GrandDaddy of All O Gauge Trains Listed on Ebay!

Dr. Paul Wasserman, president of the 53-year-old, 50,000-member Train Collectors Association, based at the National Toy Train Museum in Strasburg, Pennsylvania, has listed on Ebay what some consider the "Holy Grail" of model railroading: A Lionel O gauge prototype Set from 1915 (that's it on the right). This isn't a production part, this is a prototype.

Here's the interesting part: He's listed it for $500,000.00. That's right: A half million dollars! (the shipping is free, though!) A boxed production model from the same year has sold for $250,000 recently, so this $500,000 may seem like a stretch, but we sure hope Dr. Wasserman gets a bidder!

To say that this is rare would be an understatement. 1915 was the first year of Lionel O gauge train production, hence this train represents the very first O gauge train. Only one collector in the world can lay claim to this magnificent and historic piece of toy train production.

Dr. Wasserman states on the auction listing the history and notes that he's held it for 25 years.
It has been my privilege to be the caretaker of the train for the past 25 years. It has been displayed nationally, published in multiple toy train magazines and books, and is the one item that people insist on seeing when they visit our collection.
The auction ends on November 1st, 2008. We'll be keeping our eyes on it and report back with the results.
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