Grading

Our organization utilizes the Train Collectors Associations (TCA) grading standards. Items offered are referred to the following so please refer to the grading scale abbreviation carefully to understand an items condition.

C1 Junk – parts value only
C2 Restoration required
C3 Poor – requires major body repair: heavily scratched, major rust, missing parts, major restoration candidate
C4 Fair – scratched: moderate, paint loss, dented, missing parts, surface rust, evidence of heavy use
C5 Good – sign of play wear: with scratches and minor paint loss, small dents, minor surface rust, evidence of heavy use
C6 Very good – minor scratches and paint nicks, minor spots of surface rust, free of dents, may have minor parts replaced
C7 Excellent – all original: minute scratches and paint nicks, no rust, no missing parts, no distortion of component parts
C8 Like New – complete all original: No rust, no missing parts, may show affects of being on display and/or age, may have been run
C9 Factory New – brand new: all original, unused, may evidence factory rubs and the slightest evidence of handling, shipping and having been test run at the factory
C10 Mint – brand new: all original, unused and unblemished

We do not test any item to operate and sell only on the exterior appearance of the item, not on its ability to operate or run. No exceptions to this rule. All grading is done strictly done by appearance of the item, not boxes and not running ability. All sales are considered “as is.” We are not responsible for typos, errors, or omissions.

In addition to the above condition abbreviations, the following abbreviations may be noted:

O/W = otherwise
WG = wide gauge
SG = standard gauge
pc or pcs = pieces
RP = reproduction or repaint
C = condition
GA = gauge
litho = lithographed
loco = locomotive
CI = cast iron


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