Sunday, October 22, 2017

Nevada Southern Railroad Museum, Boulder City, NV

Wanting to get out of the house and take the grandbaby somewhere she's never been before, we opted for a trip to Boulder City, NV. She likes Opa's toy trains and I thought she might like seeing the real stuff up close but she ended up napping during most of the ride (about an hour) and woke up a tad bit on the crabby side. Her first words when she saw the trains was "They're BIG". Yes baby, they are :-)  Although we had time to board the next train ride we just felt she wouldn't be interested in it and you know, once you're on that train there ain't no goin' back! Soooo, while Oma Bettina was changing the baby's Pull-ups in the ladies room I snapped a few pics, and then snapped a few more on the way to the car. It was cool to see many staffers/volunteers dressed in Halloween costumes (although I didn't get any pics) and even the engine was a bit fixed up for the season. The museum here isn't all that big, but it's nice and they do make regular runs with their passenger train on weekends for a very reasonable price. You can find out more at their site the Nevada Southern Railroad Museum, Boulder City, NV.  So for you train lovers out there - Enjoy! Opa Fritz and Oma Bettina

Flintstones Coin Operated Kiddie Ride

Here's an innerestin' addition to our not-so-regular Flintstones postings. Took a trip to the Historic District of Boulder City, NV yesterday and spotted this coin operated Flitstones Flivver outside an antique store. It didn't have a price on it and as I'm not in the market for one of these  I didn't bother to ask - also the grand baby was with us and she started to have a toddler moment (aka tantrum) when told she couldn't play on it anymore after about 10+ minutes playing and she started edging closer to wanting to run in the street. The ride is not actually connected to power and the coin box is blocked off with a metal frame attached by a lock so all kids can do is crawl up into it and play make-believe. Enjoy! Opa Fritz and Oma Bettina

Our little Schatzie and Bettina

I use the term 'little' loosely now in referring to Melody and it mostly refers to her age - the girl is big! At three years old she's already wearing clothes for 6yr olds. She's as tall and as heavy as any 6 year old and let me tell you, when she wants Opa Fritz to pick her up and carry her it is becoming more and more of a challenge! hahahahahaha

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Pyro U.S. Army Ferry Boat - OD HP

Here's a cool little boat from Pyro, the U.S. Army Ferry Boat. Hanlon's "PLASTIC TOYS Dimestore Dreams of the '40s &'50s" says this was made from the late '40s 'til the early '50s. The olive drab hard plastic boat rolls on land and floats on water. I've seen these in multiple, bright color schemes as well so they performed civilian as well as military duty! It measures 7 1/2" (19.05cm) L x 2 3/4" (6.98cm) W x 3" (7.62cm) H and includes four tiny U.S. Army staff cars. Enjoy! Opa Fritz and Oma Bettina

Without load

With load

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Playing With My Toys - Military Convoy 14 Oct 2017

Soooo, I've got all these toys I've been blogging just sittin' around doing nothing! In a rare period of  'me' time last week I decided to pull out most of my smaller military vehicles and see what I could do. Using the display base originally built for my American Civil War toys, I re-purposed it into a convoy route. There's approximately 135+ vehicles shown here (I didn't even bother to include the larger MPC stuff) and, using the photos, decided to put together a short video as well. It was fun being able to pull these out of boxes and off shelves and just play for a change - I mean, looking at 'em is cool and all that, but sometimes even collector's just wanna play! Enjoy! Opa Fritz and Oma Bettina