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PostPosted: Thu Jun 23, 2022 1:24 pm 
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Last trip through York, I visited Mike Rosenberg's booth where I was able to acquire a few tinplate toy railroad people. Based on a few on-line sources, I believe these were made by Barclay, hollow-cast in the style of toy soldiers of the era:

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These are in "as found" condition, pretty remarkable given their 70+ year age. I've no plans to change that.

I believe the guy in the middle of the lower image is intended to be a gateman. Both Lionel (presumably Barclay) and American Flyer made gateman that featured figures with an artificial leg. I have often wondered if this indicative of the hiring practices of the railroads, whereby injured employees and disabled veterans were hired to perform such "low impact" jobs along the right-of-way.


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That artificial leg.............now my interest is piqued........


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I gotta find my Flyer S-scale figures.


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