Bing O-gauge
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Author:  winced36 [ Sat Oct 19, 2019 7:05 am ]
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Wandering the halls at York, found this little Bing mechanical "set" that needed a new home:




1920s vintage, nice shape, strong spring...I need to find a key for it.

Paul II

Author:  javinda [ Sun Nov 03, 2019 7:06 am ]
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What amazing condition this is in.

Author:  winced36 [ Sat Nov 16, 2019 5:38 pm ]
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Yes, it's in pretty decent shape considering 90+ years old. A lot of times you find old mechanical trains with broken springs. I've been fortunate to have a clock shop in Gettysburg, Pa., that's willing to repair them for me. It's not an inexpensive proposition, but it's beyond my skill-level to make the repairs myself.

A No. 2 clock key will wind it, so I found one on eBay that will work. That'll be handy.

I have some really old two-rail Marklin track that I will use with it. I was short two pieces to complete an eight-piece circle, but I was able to pick up a couple from a guy in the Netherlands. Marklin track is pretty nice, as it includes a track-clip on each piece which will hold the sections together:


Leave it to the Germans, lol.

Paul II

Author:  winced36 [ Sun May 17, 2020 8:21 am ]
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I found a "3rd Class" coach to go with the Bing clockwork set:
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An early version, similar to the "1st/2nd Class" coach that came with the set. Both need a few minor repairs along with a good polish.

Author:  javinda [ Mon May 18, 2020 7:12 am ]
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Wow! I am fascinated with clockwork trains. Lucky you!

Author:  winced36 [ Tue Jun 30, 2020 7:49 pm ]
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I had been looking for a nice little clockwork set for the longest time, but I was a bit nervous about acquiring one. So many of them have broken springs, and a couple mates of mine that collect mechanical sets tell me one has to be especially careful when winding them. One hundred year-old springs can be brittle.

Close to forty years ago, my wife gave me a couple books featuring artwork from popular magazines of the early 20th century. When I saw the little Bing set at York it reminded me of one of the illustrations in the book, one from a seasonal issue of the Saturday Evening Post:
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Trains from German manufacturers were quite commonly sold in the American market during the late 19th century and the first couple decades of the 20th century. While the Bing I acquired is not an exact match to the toy in the illustration, it looks pretty darn close. That's a lucky kid in the picture...Santa treated him well.


Author:  javinda [ Sat Jul 04, 2020 6:03 pm ]
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What a beautiful illustration. I was prompted to see more info on the artist

Sarah Stilwell Weber

Author:  winced36 [ Tue Jul 21, 2020 11:36 am ]
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I decided to add one more car to the consist for the Bing mechanical set. Found this Postal-Baggage car online and decided it would work:
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I don't know the number for this car, but I suspect it is of more recent vintage than the two coaches. Best I can tell, it's all original. Makes the coaches look a bit shabby; might paint the roof of the 1st Class coach.

Anyway, that's it for my Bing collection (at least for now).

Paul II

Author:  winced36 [ Fri Feb 26, 2021 7:49 pm ]
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A recently acquired Märklin 970 clockwork:
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A nice strong mechanism, it was a bargain as it's missing its tender. Always fun to have something to search for.

Author:  javinda [ Sat Feb 27, 2021 7:51 pm ]
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How wonderful. I'll keep an eye out for you.

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