Antique Tinplate Model Railroad Trains
For serious railroad aficionados, the word “tinplate” is synonymous with “toy trains,” meaning a miniature train that is not made to scale. Toy trains often have oversize elements like smokestacks or wheels. Model trains, by contrast, are authentic replicas of real trains, correctly proportioned right down to the smallest handrail. True-to-scale model trains were actually first produced as prototypes and marketing tools in 1784, a full 20...