Ives Standard Gauge

On a visit to Trains & Things in Trenton, NJ where Mike Wolf of MTH Electric Trains was visiting, they had on display the 2007 MTH reproduction of the Ives Olympian set, which was one of the last made by Ives in the years leading up to the Great Depression (1929-1930).  It seldom happens, but for me it was love at first sight and I walked out of the store with the set even though it's Standard Gauge.  For those unfamiliar with it, Standard Gauge trains run on track that is much wider than O-gauge track and, being much more from the toy train genre, there is no real scale, so Standard Gauge trains come in a variety of sizes, from small to very large.  My Standard Gauge Christmas trains are from the small school.  This new set is from the very large school.  The locomotive (based on a Milwaukee Road bipolar) and four cars stretch out over six feet in length!  While faithful to the original set in appearance, this reproduction incorporates all of the latest electronics and is fully controllable with the DCS remote control system. As you can see in this True HD 1080p video, it a super appearing, super sounding set.  HTML clipboard .style1 { margin-left: 80px; }  If the background looks unfamiliar, my Standard Gauge trains run on my auxiliary layout, which is on the carpeted floor of my library.

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