Prices for brass engines

Discussion in 'N Scale' started by tim gungoll, Aug 30, 2008.

  1. tim gungoll

    tim gungoll Member

    Can anyone give me any guidelines on what is a fair price for brass? I know it also depends on rarity. However, there must be some base-line guidelines. I found a n gauge mkt brass steam engine listed for about $300 and have no idea what is fair.
  2. I would guess this is a Hallmark that came out the same time as the SLSF ones that I have. All three of the locos I have, retailed for $372 and the discounted dealer price was $299.95. Two were issued 9/92 and the third 1/93.
  3. TAG1014 (Tom Galbraith RIP 7/15/2020)

    TAG1014 (Tom Galbraith RIP 7/15/2020) Passed Away July 15, 2020 Supporter

    I have a pair of Hallmark F-unit A-B diesel sets from the early 90's (I think??). One (Reading F-7's), I traded stuff for. The other (KCS passenger F-3's) I bought about 2004 at a hobby shop "new, old stock" for about $100. When these engines came out, seems I remember they were about $149.95 for A-B set, both powered.


    PS: Hallmark engines are nowhere near as good runners as Kato, Life-Like or Atlas locomotives! You're paying for the paint jobs!
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  4. friscomike

    friscomike Administrator Staff Member Administrator Supporter


    I'd check Google for the brass you are interested in, then check eBay. Seems like prices go up and down, depending on the season and demand. There is a new little brown book on brass that is out. It is very expensive in itself, but it has prices for brass that can serve as a benchmark.

    Hope this helps,
  5. tim gungoll

    tim gungoll Member

    Thanks Mike. Does the Little Brown Book on Brass cover all scales?
  6. friscomike

    friscomike Administrator Staff Member Administrator Supporter


    I did some checking and the name of the newer brass price book is the The Brass Train Guide Book, and I think the price list is separate. A previous book was the brown book. It looks like they only review and rate from HO up as I saw no mention of N or Z on the site. A note to the publisher might be worth it.

    Perhaps the ebay price comparison approach is best...


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