Content provided as an educational volunteer effort of the American Passenger Rail Heritage Foundation (APRHF), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
Please help support the preservation and promotion of passenger rail heritage. Join the APRHF today! Website hosting made possible by our sponsors.

HOME APRHF TRAINWEB.COM .NET .ORG .US FORUM FACEBOOK NEWS RAILCAMS TRAVEL RAILFAN MODEL JOBS PARTY
TrainWeb Reports & Web Sites: Featured Today Past Highlights Previously Featured Slideshows The Big Stories Directory
Home
Current Officers
Membership
Waybill
Links
Reference Material
The Fine Print
Site Map

 

 

 

Collection Standards

 

Running our model trains is only a part of what the Toy Train Operating Society is about. Many of us are also avid train collectors. Collecting is a fascinating hobby because it offers an infinite array of specializations. Since the Pacific Northwest Division is located in Washington and Oregon, many of our members concentrate their efforts in collecting model trains and artifacts from Western railroading history. There is much to choose from!

Because prices on model trains, old and new, can easily reach into the thousands of dollars, collection standards have been established to allow comparisons of train values based on condition at the time of purchase. In 1983, TTOS established the following grading standards for use by TTOS members. The standards echo those of the TCA (Train Collectors Association), another national group involved in the hobby.

Grading standards are issued primarily to the finish conditions. Parts can be missing in all categories other than Mint or Like New. Missing and replacement parts must be noted in the description of the item. Refinished or restored pieces must be noted, and cannot be graded above Excellent. In between grades are not recognized by TTOS.

 

 

 

TTOS Grading Standards

GRADE SYMBOL EXPLANATION
MINT   Brand new, absolutely unmarred, all original and unused.
LIKE NEW Ln Free of any blemishes, nicks or scratches, original condition throughout, very little sign of use.
EXCELLENT Ex Minute nicks or scratches, no dents or rust.
VERY GOOD Vg Few scratches, exceptionally clean, no dents or rust.
GOOD Gd Scratches, small dents, dirty.
FAIR   Well-scratched, chipped, dented, rusted, warped.
POOR   Beat up, junk condition, some usable parts.
 

 

Copyright

Click below for pages in the directory of TrainWeb sites:
0-9 A B C D E
F G H I J K
L M N O P Q
R S T U V W
X Y Z
CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL CATEGORY DIRECTORY

Visit our Rail Magazine promotion trading partners:      (Click here to add your print rail magazine.)


ad pos61 ad pos63
ad pos62 ad pos64

TrainWeb Reports & Web Sites: Featured Today Past Highlights Previously Featured Slideshows The Big Stories Directory
HOME APRHF TRAINWEB.COM .NET .ORG .US FORUM FACEBOOK NEWS RAILCAMS TRAVEL RAILFAN MODEL JOBS PARTY

Newsletter | About Us | Contact Us | Advertise With Us | Silver Rails Country for Train Enthusiasts

shopify site analytics
View TrainWeb.US Stats  | Page updated:12/22/2018  | Version 2018l22b  | Links  | ©2015-2019 NordiLusta, LLC