Railway Robbery: Brass and Paint

Aug. 6th 2013

Collecting trains is an expensive hobby, and most railroaders are willing to lay down a pretty penny for the perfect piece. But some collectibles in the world of trains are exorbitant beyond imagination, and look more like "Railway Robbery" than a good purchase. 

That's why I found five of the most excessive train themed items available on eBay right now. These trains might not necessarily be overpriced, but they're certainly more expensive than the average railroader would be willing to pay. Welcome to the first-ever edition of Railway Robbery. 

5. THE PINE TREE EXPRESS 6" SCALE TRAIN AND ACCESSORIES

Price: $500,000

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Most of us aren't willing to spend half a million dollars to improve our layout, but this is a real life train, so it might just be worth it. The seller explains that "the entire project took over 27 years with the help and support of family and friends," making this a family memento as well as an unbelievably cool train. I'd say that's worth hundreds of thousands, but I won't be getting my checkbook out today.  

4. MAGNIFICENT WORK,VINTAGE HUGE DETAIL BRASS DIESEL ALCO TRAIN SET,NON BETTER,1/1

Price: $55,750

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This is a really neat "scratch-built" brass train, but even a beautiful brass beast doesn't deserve a $55,000 price tag. At least the seller knows the average railroader isn't his target. He says, "I am looking for high end collectors like Tom Brokaw, Tom Hanks, Neil Young, and high end train collectors that have the funds and to preserve such a set, and want nothing but the best." Tom Hanks, if you're out there reading, here's your chance!

3. Lionel Standard Gauge No. 408E Two Tone Brown State Set!!!

Price: $47,500

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This is an absolutely stunning holy grail set, but it's still overpriced for almost $50,000. There isn't a collector alive who wouldn't welcome this train into their collection. There also might not be a collector alive that would pay so much for it.  

2. SCRATCHBUILT BRASS WM CLASS M-2 4-6-6-4 CHALLENGER

Price: $25,000

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This train is so ridiculously priced for a specific reason! "Just to set the record straight, I am really looking for information only here," the seller says. "And not looking to sell this piece." It's certainly a gorgeous train, but he's absolutely right that $25,000 is an outrageous price. 

1. HO TRAIN SET SUPER LARGE 72" x 104" INCHES OIL ON CANVAS JOHN KILDUFF

Price: $100,000

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John Kilduff is a moderately famous painter and actually quite talented, but this painting looks terrible. It's sloppy, the perspective is off, and the trains lack any detail. I might be missing some artistic element, but I can't imagine any self-respecting railroader spending $100,000 on this painting to adorn their railroad room walls.    

These five exorbitant collectibles might not be selling anytime soon, but they sure are fun to look at. Anyone who decides to buy one of these excessive pieces might just be a victim of Railway Robbery! If you don't want to get robbed, be sure to check out the DASH Marketplace for more reasonable trains that will still spruce up your collection. 

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