This Space for Rent

Bears and Eng!s

About three decades ago, I bought a bit of O scale track, a static display steam switch engine (an 0-8-0), and a couple of german prototype diesel switchers from AHM. Since I didn't know what to do with them, I didn't actually use them for anything, but instead left them in storage until this summer, when I pulled them out so that the bears could play with them.

I let Russell play with the diesel switcher on the vain hope that it would not disintegrate. That didn't turn out to be the case; about 8 hours after I took these pictures, he'd managed to mangle the siderods (cheap plastic) and pop one of the wheels off the switcher. The Buddy-L tank engine, on the other hand, is a little more robust, even though #1 gauge equipment doesn't fit too well on O scale track.