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Hi: a relative who was a model train enthusiast recently passed away.  He built a quite spectacular model train set. His family would like to move from the house where this train set is located.  I understand that they might be able to sell the collection and set piecemeal, but they would prefer that the set-up stay complete if possible.  Are their model train enthusiasts who are interested in complete, very high quality set ups? Are their brokers who can assess the value and help to find someone who might want the complete collection or a very substantial portion of it?  How do I go about finding someone who knows the model train world and who might be interested either in the collection or brokering a sale?

Hello Grady,

Please contact me via my e-mail. I am in the business of disbursements of estates. Specializing in model railroad collections and anything related to railroads that may also be in the collection. If you can send me multiple images of the layout from edge to edge of the entire model railroad and the train collection. Depending on what scale it is (i.e. N, HO or O-scale) will be a determining factor. If you can send me as much information
as possible both descriptive and visual, I can help. My services are widely used throughout the northeast and southeast.

Contact information is:

John Schaub
Interchange at Vermont
P.O. Box 760
Manchester Center, VT 05255

802 768 8427 land line
516 946 6880 mobile


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I can answer the following questions: Almost anything about the hobby, except complex electrical questions. Anything about table construction, model kit building, layout scenery, weathering and painting, adding lighting to structures and scenery. I cannot answer questions about the value or appraisal of an item through an e-mail question. The only true method to valuation is having the item in front of me. I will not answer any questions about complex wiring for signals, DCC, or switch motor installations.


Model railroader since childhood. And that's quite a few years ago. My experience includes: Planning, Design, Benchwork Construction, Trackwork, Conceptualizing the placement of the basic scenic shell and future structure placement. Developing a "vision" of what the layout' them will be. Historical research. Model builder. Painter, Detailer and Weathering. Scenery Artisan, Model train room decorator. Freight car builder. Engine detailer. Turned my passion for model railroading to a full time career in 1998. I now design, build and construct model railroads. Focusing my skills on planning and design, model kit building services, scenery and structure installations, painting, weathering and detailing.

Manchester Chamber of Commerce. Rutland Railway Association.

Classic Toy Trains, January 2013

Self-taught Model Railroader turned professional consultant New York Institute of Technology, Communication Arts Degree C.W. Post College, Computer Graphics-Desktop Publishing Certificate Program Molloy College, MacIntosh Computer Studies-Certificate Program

Past/Present Clients
Sorry, I can not reveal their names. I will tell you that my clients range from 5 year olds to 75 year olds. My layout commissions are in private homes, hobby shops, hotel lobbies, libraries, museums and historical societies.

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